Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 9-0 road rout of the Nationals on Sunday, clinching the series sweep for Atlanta.
1. The Braves offense, to borrow a phrase from NFL Films, had all the subtlety of a punch in the face
The Braves racked up nine runs and 12 hits against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals, but the offensive explosions were essentially reserved for the first and third innings.
Upton opened the game with a line-drive double to left field. After a Jason Heyward popout to shallow right field prompting Upton to wisely tag from second base to third after the catch B.J.'s brother, Justin Upton then walked, setting the stage for the first defining at-bat of the day.
And guess who? Paul Bunyan himself, Evan Gattis.
Wasting little time in the box, Gattis laced a double to left field, scoring B.J. Upton. One batter later, Chris Johnson raked the first of his four hits to center field (barely evading Gonzalez's glove) for a two-run single, boosting the score t...