Freeman has productive day in finale

Freeman has productive day in finale

Freeman has productive day in finale
ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was well aware of his offensive numbers heading into Sunday's finale against the Rangers.

"I fight and fight and work every day to try and get back to where I was," he said before the game. "It's slowly getting there. I felt a little bit better the last two at-bats of [Friday], especially the walk. I haven't walked in forever. I finally worked one of those. I've been swinging at a lot of balls."

Entering Sunday's finale with the Rangers, Freeman was hitting 3-for-24 (.125) with a whopping 15 strikeouts over his past six games. The slump came after a 12-game stretch when he hit .400 (20-for-50), with 11 RBIs and just 10 strikeouts.

But Freeman seemed to get back on track, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the Braves' 4-2 win over Texas. His only out came when Nelson Cruz robbed him of a hit at the top of the right-field wall in the second inning.

"You're going to go through those little stretches, and unfortunately mine was a strikeout stretch," Freeman said. "I got a couple to fall and got a big RBI that last inning to kind of spread the lead a little bit."

Freeman said he didn't think his recent mild oblique strain was a factor nor the blisters he had on his hand a few days ago. Instead, the first baseman thought his slump was just a matter of trying to do too much.

"I wanted to get hits instead of let the hits come to me. You can't do that," Freeman said. "It'll come real fast. You feel like you're going good and it'll just punch you right back. It's just one of those things everybody goes through. You just try to minimize it as much as you can -- try to not have it go too long."