Freddie Freeman insisted he had not had much time to contemplate his delayed return to Atlantawhere he was the beloved face of the Braves franchise and helped bring the World Series championship to the city last season.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman, to score a home run and Droaming in three rounds in a 10-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, has ruled out the question of what is sure to be an emotional weekend.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “Just looking forward to coming home and seeing my family. They’ve been in Atlanta for a few days. I’ve been asked a few times, and I’m just saying no, no (talking) now. All I care about is getting home to my family. Tomorrow you can ask those questions to me, and I’ll see what kind of emotions I go through tomorrow.”
After a dozen years in Atlanta and winning the World Series last year, Freeman became a free agent and signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Dodgers—at 32, he was .303 with eight home runs and 45 RBI.
Freeman and Dodgers will pull into Atlanta with momentum. They swept the Reds, scoring 26 runs and making 42 hits in three games.
Freeman has a season-high five RBI in an 8-2 win in the series opener on Tuesday, and amassed 10 in the series.
“We got hits. It’s baseball. It’s tough,” he said. “We’ve been through ups and downs throughout the season and we’re on the up now.”
Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith and Justin Turner also homered for the Dodgers leading NL West. They have beaten the Reds 52-18 in winning all seven games against them this year.
Clayton Kershaw (5-1) allowed one run and seven hits through six innings. Kershaw left after 80 throws, lowering his season ERA to 2.00 even.
“Just a fantastic performance across the board,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Cincinnati has lost seven times in a row and is an NL-worst 23-46.
Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-8)—despite hitting 100 mph with his fastball at least five times early in the game—delivered six runs and nine hits, including three homers, in five innings.
Freeman hit a towering two-run homer into midfield in the third quarter. Bellinger’s two-run drive in the fourth made it 5-0. Freeman added the RBI single at number eight.
Tommy Pham scored three homers as the Reds scored four goals in the seventh inning from reliever Phil Bickford.
“We care about winning. This is the only thing we care about,” said Reds manager David Bell. “To be able to go out and not finish it is very frustrating. We’ve all been through it before, and we know how to get through the other side too.”
Reported by Associated Press
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Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers looks forward to Atlanta’s return
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