After waiting more than 3-1/2 hours Monday night to start the game, then waiting around for 2-1/2 more hours to score, Freddie Freeman made sure all the waiting was worth it for the Braves.
Freeman’s two-run, walk-off homer with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Braves to 2-1 win over the Mets in a game that ended at 1:22 a.m. His homer off Dillon Gee was just the fifth hit of the night against the Mets right-hander, all but two of those hits coming off the bat of the hot-hitting first baseman.
“You know, we’re here, you might as well just go out there and try to win,” Freeman said after his second game-ending hit in three days gave the Braves a win in the opener of a five-game series. “We were able to get it done.”
Freeman has had the game-winning RBI in every game during the Braves’ current three-game wininng streak, and has batted .385 with 10 extra-base hits (five homers) and 22 RBIs in his past 24 games. It was the second walk-off homer of his career.
“He’s awesome, man,” Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said. “Just like a Little Leaguer out there, the way he’s playing. He’s like the Little Leaguer that shaves already… He’s Kelly from Bad News Bears, riding up on his motorcycle and smoking heaters. That’s Freddie right now.”
Hudson got no decision after allowing six hits and one run in seven innings, and remained winless (0-2) in June despite a 1.57 ERA in four starts.