Streak ends, but Freeman's focus on winning

Streak ends, but Freeman's focus on winning

MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman enjoyed his 20-game hitting streak. But Atlanta's rookie first baseman showed his maturity Sunday when he proved he understood it was more important for him to get on base than to extend the streak.

In the process of going hitless in four at-bats during Sunday's 6-5 win over the Mets, Freeman concluded a seven-pitch, sixth-inning plate appearance by looking at ball four. While he did not score after drawing the one-out walk, his patience in that situation further indicated the maturity he possesses at 21-years-old.

"It's a hitting streak, the most important thing is we won the game and that's all that really matters," said Freeman, who singled in his first at-bat Monday against the Marlins. "When I came back to the stadium today, everybody said, 'Congratulations and it was fun to watch.'"

During his career-best 20-game hitting streak, Freeman batted .402 with a .444 on-base percentage and .573 slugging percentage. His batting average rose from .272 to .299, and he touched the .300 mark for the first time in his career Friday.

Freeman's streak was the longest for a rookie in the Majors this year and the second-longest streak by a rookie in Braves' franchise history. Alvin Dark holds the rookie record of 23 in 1948.