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Freeman: "I didn't expect Hader's launch"

First baseman Freddie Freeman, who hit the solo home run with which his Atlanta Braves team defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Tuesday in Game Four of the National League Division Series, which they won by 3 -1 to the best of five, to reach the Championship, he acknowledged that the pitch made by star closer Josh Hader was not expected.

"The first two guys went down, so I tried to get a pitch up and he hung up a slider and I put a good swing on it," Freeman said. "There was no rhyme or reason to it, but the ball came to me and I took advantage of it."

The Braves, who will fight for the National pennant for the second consecutive year, will have as rivals the winner of the Division Series starring the San Francisco Giants, with 107 wins, or the Los Angeles Dodgers, with 106 wins, current champions of the World Series.

The game was tied at 4-2020 when the Brewers pulled Hader to make sure he stayed that way. The left-handed pitcher struck out Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario and Dansby Swanson, but could not overcome the Most Valuable Player (MVP of the XNUMX National League.

Freeman hit a slider of 135 mph, launching a 131-yard drive toward the seats in left-center of the field bleachers, just the fourth home run all season off Hader (0-1), who charged with defeat, the first since last July 28.

"Against an opponent like Hader you have to wait for the moment when he makes a weakness and that's what happened," Freeman said. "Then we played great defense to secure the win."

His teammates recognized that Freeman's hit completely changed the history of the game and the future of the team in the October competition.

"When Freddie hit that ball, I mean, I lost my balance. Everyone on the bench was freaking out," Curacao second baseman Ozzie Albies said.

Freddy! Freddy! Freddy! » the crowd chanted as the Braves celebrated in midfield.

Despite having fewer wins (88) than any other playoff team, and even two teams that didn't make the postseason, the NL East champion Braves once again put their experience to good use and will fight for the pennant. Old Circuit.

Manager Brian Snitker's team hopes to finish the job it came so agonizingly close to accomplishing a year ago, when it blew a 3-1 series lead and lost in Game 7 to the eventual World Series champion Dodgers.

Atlanta hasn't been to the World Series since 1999.

"We felt really good about ourselves in the second half, playing really good baseball," Freeman analyzed. "We took him to the postseason."


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