Last night, the baseball world was treated to the first cycle of 2016, and it came from an unlikely source – Freddie Freeman.
During last night’s match-up against the Cincinnati Reds, it took him 11 innings but the 6’5”, 225lb Atlanta Braves first baseman completed the fete, going 4-7 with an RBI and two runs scored. It was his first career cycle.
After beginning the night with a first inning strikeout, Freeman went on a tear. He doubled down the right field line in the third, somehow legged out a triple to the right-center gap in the fourth, connected on an opposite field homerun in the sixth, and singled up the middle in the 11th.
Perhaps most importantly for the six-year vet, his Braves managed to escape with a rare win. After falling behind 8-6 in the top of the 13th, the team rallied, securing the walk-off win on a single from Chase d’Arnaud. The game was one of three to go 12+ innings last night. Atlanta will look to even up the series tomorrow afternoon as the teams meet for the last of a four game set.
While this season will undoubtedly be a forgettable one in Atlanta, at least they’ll be able to look back on this highlight-packed evening.