Freeman Homers Off Hader, Braves Head To NLCS

Jonathan Grant | October 13th, 2021

The Atlanta Braves just will not go away. A team that wasn’t even .500 for the first time until August 6th. They then proceeded to run away with the NL East. They showed that same kind of spirit against the Milwaukee Brewers in Atlanta on Tuesday night in Game 4, and that sent them to the NLCS as a result. In the top of the fourth, the Brewers scored a pair of runs to take the lead, getting singles from Omar Narvaez and Lorenzo Cain that drove in runs.

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The Braves immediately responded with a two-run single from Eddie Rosario to tie. An inning later, the Brew Crew’s series hero, Rowdy Tellez, hit a two-run bomb to center that put them back up by two. The Braves, though, saw Joctober continue as Joc Pederson got a man in via a fielder’s choice. Travis d’Arnaud followed it up with an RBI single to make it square at fours. The scores would remain the same until the bottom of the eighth when Josh Hader was called in by the Brewers. Freddie Freeman, with two outs, hit an opposite-field solo homer, his third opposite-field hit of the game, and it gave the Braves the lead at 5-4. They held on, with Will Smith closing it out, and they now will await the winner of Game 5 between the Giants and Dodgers.

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