The Atlanta Braves newest all-star, Freddie Freeman, used Thursday night to show why he deserved to win the final NL spot. Freeman led the Braves (53-39) to a 6-5 victory in the 1st of 4 games against the Cincinnati Reds (51-41).
It was around 5:15 p.m. on Thursday when Freddie Freeman and the Braves got the news they had hoped to hear. With 19.7 million votes, Freeman beat out Yusiel Puig and grabbed the final spot on the NL All-Star team. Freeman will join teammate, Craig Kimbrel, next week at Citi Field.
Thursday was the second game in as many days the Braves got behind in the game’s first inning. Reds’ all-star, Brandon Phillips, gave the Reds the first run of the game when he singled off Braves starter, Tim Hudson. Shin-Soo Choo scored on the single by Phillips. Another Reds all-star, Joey Votto, scored in the inning as well. He was able to score on a single to right field by Jay Bruce. The Reds led 2-0 after the top of the first.
In the Braves first at bat, Freddie Freeman showed the Reds, and baseball,why he deserved the all-star selection. His double to deep right field brought in both Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton. The Freeman double tied the game up at 2.
In the second inning, it was Freddie Freeman again that would knock in another run. He tallied his third RBI of the game when he singled to right field. Reed Johnson, playing right field after an injury to Jason Heyward, scored on the Freeman single. That made the score 3-2 Braves.
In the third inning, the Reds would tie it up on a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto. Choo was able to score and the game was tied once again.
The Braves went all the way around the bases in the fourth inning. In the fourth, the Braves got a triple, double, and a single to bring in runs. It started out with a triple by Reed Johnson. Andrelton Simmons was on base and was able to score on the triple by Johnson. It was then a double by Justin Upton that brought Johnson in from third base. The Braves would then add a third run in the inning when Freeman singled once again. This single scored Justin Upton and gave Freeman his fourth RBI of the day.
It looked like the Reds would comeback in the eight inning while Jordan Walden was pitching for the Braves. A double by Brandon Phillips was able to score Zack Cozart and cut the Braves lead to one. The Reds had runners of first and second, when Walden was able to get back to back outs to end the threat.
The Reds also got the tying run on in the ninth. Devin Mesoraco started off the Reds ninth inning with a single, before Craig Kimbrel got 3 straights outs to end the game. Kimbrel, the other Braves all-star, picked up his 25th save of the season.
It was great for the Braves to get a win against a really good Reds team. The Phillies picked up their third straight win against the Nationals and helped the Braves open up a six game division lead.
Freddie Freeman: 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI
Freeman had a great day at the plate. It was no question who Thursday’s MVP was going to be. Not many media outlets were pleased with Freeman winning the final vote, so it was great for him to have a great game on Thursday night. His four RBI was important, but he also did a great job saving some errors at first base with great picks.
Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton, and Andrelton Simmons all recorded multi-hit games. Freeman and Upton both were 3-4, while Simmons ended his night 2-4.
Braves fans have to be excited from what they have seen out of Justin Upton these last few days. In his last four games, Upton is 8-17 (.471 Avg), with six RBI. He has played a huge part in the Braves winning three of their last four games.
With three games remaining before the all-star break, the Braves take on the Reds again on Friday night. It will be Kris Medlen vs. Bronson Arroyo on the mound. Medlen (6-8, 3.45) and Arroyo (7-7, 3.55) have pretty similar stats so far this season.