Following a near four-hour rain delay, the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets finally kicked off a five-game series — yes, you read that correctly — on Monday in Atlanta, with the Braves ultimately coming away with a 2-1 victory thanks to a walk-off two-run home run by first baseman Freddie Freeman.
With a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday following a May rainout that forced the aforementioned five-game set, Monday’s contest didn’t end until the wee hours of Tuesday morning, meaning that three games will likely be completed in less than 24 hours.
The offense didn’t really start until early Tuesday morning either, as a two-out RBI single by Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee at around 30 minutes past midnight accounted for the game’s first run in the top of the seventh inning.
While it was an all-around frustrating night for the Braves through eight innings, Freeman turned a marathon rain shower into another thrilling late-inning triumph when he followed a one-out, ninth-inning single by left fielder Justin Upton with a blast into the left field seats, effectively ending Gee’s spectacular start and giving Atlanta’s cleanup hitter his third memorable night in a row with a pair of walk-offs included.
Had Freeman not shown up, the Braves would likely have lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. Heck, had it not been for him, their abysmal offensive showing would’ve been pretty much non-existent, as he tallied three of their five hits in the game.
Thanks to Freeman’s second straight three-hit game, a long night was capped by an unforgettable moment — one that allowed the Braves to extend their National League East lead to 7.5 games over the second-place Washington Nationals.
Braves starter Tim Hudson was solid, which is another positive to take away from Monday’s contest. Nevertheless, he took a no-decision despite seven innings of one-run, six-hit ball in which he struck out six and walked three, running his winless streak to eight starts in the process.
But as good as Hudson was, this night belonged to Freeman, who carried a stagnant lineup to an important win. He probably won’t have to do so very often given how talented the Braves’ order is, but he is proving that he’s more than capable of providing clutch hits.