Yes, that is a sigh of relief you just heard coming from Denver now that Freddie Freeman has left. He and Brandon Beachy led the charge Sunday afternoon to help the Atlanta Braves sweep the Colorado Rockies.
In a series that already saw two Braves comebacks, Freeman provided a three-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the third inning gave Beachy all the run support he needed. Beachy went 6 1/3 innings and gave up only two runs on four hits.
"Freddie Freeman is an absolute beast," David Ross said. "That guy is just amazing. I'd love to be like him one day."
Freeman, who has compiled a .435 batting average against the Rockies, hit his first career triple to give the Braves two more runs to work with in the sixth inning even though it seemed like it had to be timed with a calendar instead of a stopwatch.
"I was halfway to second and he was still running after it," Freeman said. "So even if I did hit a wall, I still think I would have made it, even though the parachute came out around second base. But I still made it."
Beachy equally held down his part of the fort. Through six innings, he had only allowed a single to Ramon Hernandez. He showed a little bit of fatigue in the seventh, however, when four of the five batters he faced reached base safely.
Christhian Martinez inherited a bases load jam with one out, but he induced two groundouts to end the frame. He went 2 2/3 innings to pick up his first career save.
The outing was still a huge improvement over his first outing at Coors Field, when he gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings. It also provided a smaller ERA after Braves starters combined to allow 14 runs in the first two games of the series.
Beachy also raised his ERA to a whopping 1.62 through his first six starts, while Freeman has hit .356 over the last 18 games.
What is not to be lost is that Nicasio plunked Freeman with the first pitch he saw Sunday before he homered and tripled.
The Braves will take their world-leading offense to Chicago for a three-game set with the Cubs. Tommy Hanson will toe the rubber along with Jeff Samardzija in an 8:05 start.
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