Bonus notes from our MLB on Fox broadcast of the Braves-Nationals game on Saturday . . .
Before each of the first two games of this series, Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis sat quietly at his locker, wearing headphones, staring at his iPad and studying opposing pitchers.
"I look at all the pitchers getting hit," Gattis said, laughing. "I don't want to see 'em doing good."
On Saturday, as teammates played cards and moved casually through the clubhouse, Gattis locked in on Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, a pitcher he had never faced, not even in spring training.
And in Gattis' second at-bat, he crushed a high 96-mph fastball from Strasburg for a two-run homer, breaking a scoreless tie in a game the Braves ended up winning, 3-1.
"I thought it was going to barely get into the bullpen, barely clear the wall," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It went over the bullpen."
Gattis' bat is that quick. His body is that strong.
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