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Evan Gattis hit the longest home run of the season against Cole Hamels

Sep 8, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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Evan Gattis was the Braves’ only source of offense this afternoon against Cole Hamels in the series finale in Philadelphia. The Braves scored two runs on two hits, both Gattis solo home runs — one in the second inning, and one in the seventh, giving him 18 on the season. The Phillies scored twice in the first inning against Braves starter Paul Maholm on an RBI double by Chase Utley and an RBI single by Darin Ruf.

After Hamels tossed a scoreless eighth inning, running his pitch count to 99, Darin Ruf cracked a tie-breaking solo home run to right field against Braves reliever David Carpenter. B.J. Rosenberg was called on in the ninth to lock down the save, and he retired the Braves in short order for his first career save. The Phillies complete a sweep for the first time since June 3-5 against the Marlins. The Braves were last swept August 22-24 against the Cardinals.

The first home run by Gattis, which landed in the concourse area in left-center at Citizens Bank Park, was measured at 486 feet, the longest of the season according to ESPN Stats & Info. Logan Morrison hit one to right-center at Marlins Park on Friday that measured at 484 feet.

  1. section138 - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    The Marlins were the only source of the so-called 484′ HR. The very source you use for Gattis’ HR today, in fact, has LoMo’s HR at 467′. A blast, sure, but the Marlins seemed to have fibbed a tad.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      “The Marlins fibbed a tad.” And this surprises you why?

  2. bankboy2012 - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    The only thing I couldn’t figure out was how Hamels let him hit a second one given that he was the only Brave really hitting him hard today. The second one was no fence-scraper either, he just killed them both.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      In between the two homers, Gattis crushed a ball that was caught on the warning track in dead center – Hamels dipped his head right after it was hit, thinking it was gone for sure. It was just one of those things, Gattis just owned him today

  3. sgtr0c - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Good too know the Brave’s are saving their best for the playoffs… Swept, losers! Nothing like going into the playoffs wrappin up you divisional teams, lol.

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Phillies are now 23-7 in September against the Braves dating back to 2008. They are 55-47 in non-September games against them in all other months over that span

  5. Walk - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    The wind was blowing in when gattis hit his first hr as well. Sandberg said it would have taken a tornado to stop that first one.

  6. greymares - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    so you choose to write a story of a homerun hitter hitting a big homerun rather than the real story that the Braves get swept by the lowly Phillies.

  7. spacemaker101 - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    DelawarePhilliesFan you would talk about 2008 haha phillies aren’t shit anymore dude. Screw your September stats.. Phillies are garbage.

  8. moogro - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I love that he and Wil Myers rock out without batting gloves.

  9. walterwhite1976 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Wind was blowing Left to Right before the game. Allegedly. Who knows.

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