National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Arizona|
(Thursday, April 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 10, Arizona 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman hit a pair of two-run home runs
and drove in five total runs, as Atlanta waxed Arizona, 10-2, to start a four-
game series at Chase Field.
Freeman has hit three home runs in the last two days and is 7-for-13 with 10
runs batted in over the last three games since getting the game off on Monday.
He has raised his average from .162 to .260 this week. The Braves clubbed 16
hits, including three from Dan Uggla and two apiece from Michael Bourn, Brian
McCann, Jason Heyward and Juan Francisco.
"Everybody is hitting. It's something we couldn't say last year. Everybody
wasn't clicking at the same time, and that's what we're doing right now,"
Mike Minor (2-1) was the benefactor, giving up just two runs -- one earned --
on five hits with nine strikeouts over eight frames.
A.J. Pollock and starting pitcher Todd Collmenter drove in the runs for
Arizona, which is banged up with red-hot Chris Young on the disabled list and
Justin Upton out of the lineup once again. Collmenter (0-1) took the loss,
giving up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3
"We've been through [injury trouble] before. It's not fun to be a part of it,"
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We went through it last year, sometimes in
baseball you have to take your lumps."
Atlanta started the assault in the first inning as Freeman launched a two-run
home run to left following a walk to Martin Prado. Arizona chipped into the
deficit and tied the game with runs in the third and fifth frames.
In the third, consecutive singles and a double steal had runners at second and
third with nobody out. Gerardo Parra then scored on Collmenter's groundout,
but Pollock flied out to center and Willie Bloomquist struck out to end the
threat. Arizona then scored an unearned run in the fifth, as Henry Blanco
reached on a two-base fielding error by Uggla, moved to third on a sacrifice
bunt and scored the tying run on Pollock's sacrifice fly.
The Braves broke the game open with five runs between the sixth and seventh
innings. McCann singled with one out in the sixth and raced to third on
Uggla's bloop single to right. Heyward then sliced a double to shallow left
field, scoring McCann, and Francisco followed with a two-run single to center.
Freeman launched his second home run of the game in the seventh, a two-run
shot to give the visitors a 7-2 lead. The Braves added three more in the
eighth on Prado's two-run double and Freeman's RBI two-bagger.
After pitching a career-best 7 1/3 frames against Milwaukee, Minor again set
his career-best in innings pitched...Atlanta won in Arizona for the first time
since June 10, 2010...Collmenter had surrendered just one run in 13 career
innings against the Braves before Thursday's start.
04/20 01:47:47 ET