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Atlanta Braves Crush Miami Marlins to Finish Sweep

April 11th, 2013 at 8:43 AM
By Cody Fields

When Chipper Jones coined the terms "yicketty" and "mammo" for home runs and monster home runs last season, he surely didn't envision the power output of this year's Atlanta Braves team. Juan Francisco and Evan Gattis each went mammo as the Bravos finished off a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins 8-0.

The pair homered in a six-run fifth inning, Gattis' three-run shot carried around 430 feet into the Clevelander night club's swimming pool off Marlins starter Alex Sanabia.

"I had never homered into a pool before," Gattis said on braves.com. "So notch that one. I got another one."

After Dan Uggla worked a walk, Francisco hit his home run 459 feet to just right of center, bouncing the ball off the facade of the second deck and in view of a 502 foot sign.

"Real men hit the baseball," Jordan Schafer said. "That's not little kids. Even in [batting practice] the way the ball comes off their bat is unbelievable. You don't see that very often."

Even Schafer, who was filling in for B.J. Upton for his first start of the year, had a four-hit night, including a bunt single that sparked the huge fifth inning.

"He had a nice night for a guy who it has taken me nine games for me to put him [in the lineup] to get him some at-bats," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Mike Minor, meanwhile, was busy throwing 5-2/3 shutout innings en route to his second win of the year. He has only allowed one run in the 13 innings he has pitched this season. It was the fourth time the Marlins had been shutout this season.

The sweep leaves the Braves with a Major League best 8-1 record, their best since they started the 1994 season with a 13-1 mark. With an off day Thursday, they travel to DC to play the Washington Nationals.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Evan Gattis, Jordan Schafer, Juan Francisco, Miami Marlins, Mike Minor, MLB

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