Braves’ Freddie Freeman becomes third player to strike for 2021 MLB season cycle against Marlins
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman became the third player to hit for the cycle in the 2021 season on Wednesday, accomplishing the feat against the Miami Marlins.
Freeman doubled in the first set against Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo. He then tripled against Luzardo to lead the fourth set. Freeman wouldn’t get a third crack against Luzardo; instead, he delivered a fifth inning single against Sean Guenther. Freeman delivered the home run in the sixth inning with a two-runner shot against Luis Madero.
As mentioned, Freeman is the third player to hit for the round this year, joining Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Trea Turner (who did so as a member of the Washington Nationals on June 30) and the San Diego Padres shortstop Jake Cronenworth (July 16). Freeman is the first Braves player to accomplish the feat since… well, himself. He had already struck for the cycle on June 15, 2016.
Overall, Freeman’s cycle was the eighth in Braves franchise history. This is the fourth since the franchise moved to Atlanta, joining its previous one, that of Mark Kotsay (August 14, 2008) and that of Albert Hall (September 23, 1987), according to research conducted by MLB.com.
Freeman, 31, entered Wednesday with a score of .296 / .394 / .503 (131 OPS +) with 26 home runs in his first 119 games this season. Freeman, it should be noted, is expected to qualify for free agency this winter.
The Braves are looking to continue their recent hot game. Atlanta entered Wednesday’s game 20-11 in the second half, including a 12-3 record in August. The Braves’ recent play has been good enough to open a 2 ½ game lead in the National League East over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves finished the first half with a 44-45 record.