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Brian McCann homers twice, Evan Gattis once, as the Braves beat the Jays

May 28, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Many people would argue that the story of the early season has been Evan Gattis — El Oso Blanco — the Braves’ backup catcher who has seemingly come out of nowhere to put up some pretty impressive power numbers for a 26 year-old rookie. And with all of the attention on Gattis, it’s understandable if one overlooks the guy he backs up. That’d be Brian McCann, who smacked two homers today — one in the 10th inning — to lead the Braves past the Blue Jays 7-6 in a sloppy getaway day game.

The reason Gattis had the opportunity to become a story is because McCann started the season on the DL. But since he’s come back all he’s done is hit .281/.354/.614 with six home runs, 14 RBI and a .968 OPS in 16 games. That has left Gattis with less playing time, obviously. But not without opportunities to shine. He hit a homer today as he played behind the plate, giving McCann a chance to DH in the AL park.

As for the Braves and Jays, they do both getaway. Both to Atlanta, as they complete the final two games of their four-game series at Turner Field tomorrow and Thursday.


  1. proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Close game and some timely homers by the Braves. Both teams had 12 hits but the Jays had 2 errors to 1 for Atlanta. Unfortunately for the Jays, they were done in by some sloppy fielding in the first inning and had to use a lot of relief pitchers after losing Morrow. The closer for the Braves is rather good isn’t he? Did not want to see him in the game.

    • nbjays - May 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      John Gibbons needs to have Ramon Ortiz pitch nothing other than batting practice right now, because it seems that is all he is good for.

      • proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Ortiz was just designated for assignment. They needed 4 good innings from him and got 3.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        the jays whole staff is pitching the same way so why single out Ortiz? He fits right in

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      i see the jays only gave up 4 HR’s today and are 2nd in giving up the long ball, if it wasnt for houston the jays would have the worse team pitching in the AL.

      • nbjays - May 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        If you looked closely, you would also see that the Jays are tied for 2nd in MLB in hitting the long ball.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        jays have hit 66 HR’s and given up 68, anyway you look at that it doesnt speak well of your piching staff. And if you got no pitching you aint winning in the AL East and if you look closely you will see the jays are sitting there in last place. If it wasnt for houston the jays would be dead last in every major team pitching stat there is.

      • misterj167 - May 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        The Jays play in a homer-friendly park (and they’ve built their team around it) so it’s natural they would hit a lot of homers…and being in the power-centric AL, it’s no surprise they give up a lot as well. And the Braves are of course a power team, they have six or seven guys in the lineup capable of putting up 20 or more homers this year. Of course they strike out a LOT…

  2. sleepyirv - May 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    I want to see a 1980s-style TV action show based around Evan Gattis. He would walk the Earth; righting wrongs, saving rec centers, and defeating evils of all sorts by hitting home runs in local baseball games.

    • digbysellers - May 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Or if he wanted to go the other route, he could be a ringer for Mr. Burn’s softball team.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        He’d have to get rid of his sideburns first.

    • nbjays - May 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      He’s the right-handed version of Jim Thome… a big ol’ country boy who can hit the ball a country mile. He scares me when he comes to bat.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        with that pitching staff any hitter that steps up to the plate should scare you

  3. historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This moment was brought to you by the DH rule. Isn’t that nice? Two catchers, no pitchers, all kinds of fabulous.

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