Bust Out The Brooms: Braves Sweep Away Twins

Hugs for homers! - Kevin C. Cox

The Braves notched their second series sweep in a row this afternoon, dominating the Twins from start to finish en route to an 8-3 victory.

It was getaway day in Atlanta, which meant that Fredi Gonzalez gave several regulars the day off. Given the chance to step up, the Braves' bench did not disappoint as Jordan Schafer, Ramiro Pena, and Evan Gattis all had excellent games to lead Atlanta to a convincing 8-3 win.

For the second day in a row, Atlanta got the scoring kicked off early. Jordan Schafer drew a leadoff walk against Vance Worley, moving to second on a single by Ramiro Pena. Jason Heyward - batting third as Justin Upton had the day off - battled Worley for nine pitches before roping an RBI single into center field to put Atlanta on the board.

The Braves kept it going against Vance Worley in the third, as Ramiro Pena hit a one-out solo home run to make it 2-0. After Worley plunked Heyward and Evan Gattis, Chris Johnson drove in Heyward with a line drive to center, making it 3-0.

Things really unraveled for Worley in the fourth. B.J. Upton led off the inning, and worked the count full before smoking a fastball over the left-center field wall for a home run. (No, that's not a misprint.) Schafer and Heyward then both reached on infield singles (Schafer on a bunt) before Worley walked Freddie Freeman. That brought last night's hero, Evan Gattis to the plate. Gattis took three balls in a row, then got a green light on 3-0 and didn't miss. He smashed a fastball to the opposite field, squeaking it over the right field wall for a grand slam and his 10th home run of the year. Gattis's slam made it 8-0 and was the last of Atlanta's scoring.

Paul Maholm shut down the Twins, allowing just 1 unearned run on 7 hits in 7.1 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 4.

Cory Rasmus made his major league debut in relief of Maholm, notching the final five outs of the game. He allowed a pair of solo home runs, but his pitches looked sharp and moved well. He also struck out 3 men.

Atlanta has an off day tomorrow before heading north to the Big Apple to face the Mets in a weekend series.

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