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The subsequent cease on this journey is the one Freddie Freeman has been ready for essentially the most.
On Friday, he’ll return to Atlanta for the primary time since he left the Braves to signal with the Dodgers this offseason.
It’s certain to be an emotional homecoming, one full with a World Sequence ring presentation and certain loads of tears from the star first baseman.
And it’s been a second that, attempt as he may, has been on his thoughts for weeks.
“You’re most likely gonna see me cry fairly a bit on that Friday,” Freeman mentioned final week, waiting for the reunion together with his former group. “I can’t wait to return, however I’m virtually wanting ahead to it being over, so I can simply attempt and focus on baseball.”
Within the meantime, nevertheless, Freeman actually hasn’t appeared to have any drawback staying within the second.
As a substitute, after slumping by means of the primary two weeks of June, the slugger has shortly reemerged as one of many Dodgers hottest hitters, following up a five-RBI outburst on Tuesday with two hits, together with a go-ahead dwelling run, on Wednesday within the group’s 8-4 win towards the Cincinnati Reds.
“Clearly I do know what’s happening this weekend,” he mentioned postgame. “However that doesn’t actually have an effect on what’s happening at this time.”
After the Dodgers trailed by three early, Freeman helped lead the comeback.
He was hit by a pitch within the third inning, transferring Trea Turner to second base.
Turner scored the Dodgers’ first run within the subsequent at-bat, utilizing his trademark slide to securely evade a tag on the plate on Will Smith’s RBI single.
Freeman was a part of a go-ahead three-run rally within the fifth, getting an RBI single with one out earlier than scoring the tying run later within the inning on a bases-loaded hit by pitch from Reds starter Luis Castillo.
Justin Turner adopted with a sacrifice fly to provide the Dodgers (42-25) their first lead.
The Reds (23-45) tied it within the subsequent half-inning, when Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson gave up a solo dwelling run to Albert Almora Jr. however escaped a jam later within the inning when Chris Taylor threw out Jonathan India at dwelling on a possible sacrifice fly.
“Oh man, that was superior,” mentioned Anderson, who gave up 4 runs — three earned — in 5 innings. “He obtained behind it. I imply, it’s simply textbook. He’s a really textbook participant and that was a really textbook play.”
It set the stage for Freeman’s go-ahead blast within the seventh, a line-drive homer that left the bat at 108.5 mph and cleared the wall in proper to interrupt a 4-4 tie.
It gave Freeman 42 RBIs on the season, second-most on the group behind Trea Turner, who has 50 RBIs.
It gave him his third multi-hit recreation out of the final 4, a stretch wherein he has gone 9 for 17 to get his batting common again over .300 for the primary time since Might.
And it was Freeman’s third blast in his final 9 video games, after he’d hit solely 4 in his first 58 video games this season.
“Simply to maintain pitchers sincere that he can clear them out at occasions, I believe it makes him a greater hitter, a extra harmful hitter,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned of Freeman’s latest energy surge, including with a smile: “I don’t thoughts the pull-side homers.”
The Dodgers pulled away an inning later, when Trayce Thompson roped a two-run double to right-center — his first hit since being reacquired by the Dodgers in a commerce with the Detroit Tigers this week — earlier than scoring on a sacrifice fly from Trea Turner.
“It’s very encouraging,” Freeman mentioned of the membership’s second straight eight-run efficiency, one thing they’d carried out solely as soon as beforehand this season. “We obtained well timed hits. We labored great ABs it appeared like all night time.
“We took the sac flies after we wanted to, took walks after we wanted to. That’s actually all you’ll be able to ask for.”
Anderson throws two-hitter in spite of everything
Anderson was charged together with his first hit Wednesday lengthy earlier than he took the mound at Nice American Ball Park.
Earlier that morning, MLB made a notable scoring change to his earlier outing final week — ruling his throwing error within the seventh inning of that recreation was truly a single for Angels infielder Jared Walsh.
Within the second, the error name was vital — holding Anderson’s no-hit bid alive till he ultimately misplaced it with one out within the ninth.
Nonetheless, in hindsight, the pitcher and Roberts joked they’d wished they’d recognized in actual time, relatively than have Anderson fall in need of historical past after throwing a career-high 123 pitches.
“I may have thrown method much less,” Anderson mentioned with a smile.
When requested in regards to the scoring change in Anaheim on Wednesday, Walsh mentioned he had requested the league overview by means of an MLB Participant’s Assn. app — however solely as a result of Anderson hadn’t accomplished the no-hitter.
“There have been just a few folks on the sphere, teammates, different folks, who inspired me to do it, saying ‘Hey, that’s a fairly robust play for a left-handed pitcher, gotta choose it up, spin 180 and throw a strike,’” Walsh mentioned.
“If that breaks up no-hitter, I wouldn’t have appealed it. Within the recreation, the official scorer dominated it an error shortly. I used to be nice with that. I hit the ball 20 mph for about three ft. Had he nonetheless had the no-hitter, I wouldn’t have fought it.”
Instances employees author Mike DiGiovanna contributed to this report.