Freeman’s 3-for-3 day includes doubles to each field

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Braves wanted to make Fredi’s debut a success, and Freddie certainly did his part.

Rookie Freddie Freeman doubled in each of his three plate appearances Saturday against the New York Mets, but Atlanta blew a 5-3 lead in the 10th inning of a 5-5 tie against the New York Mets in Fredi Gonzalez’s Braves  managerial debut.

It was also a debut of sorts for Freeman, 21, in his first start as the Braves’ regular first baseman. The 21-year-old hit a double to every field — driving a ball to right field in the second inning, hitting a soft shot to left in the fourth, and lining a hit that one-hopped off the base of the center-field wall in the sixth.

“Freddie had a great day,”  Gonzalez said. “Three doubles. Nice three at-bats.”

Freeman’s second and third doubles were two-out hits.

“It felt good out there today,” said Freeman, who also scored the Braves’ first run on a wild pitch by Mets starter Jenrry Mejia in the second inning. “Really I was just trying to see some pitches and track some balls. I got a couple of good swings today.”

On doubling to all three fields, he said, “I was just trying to hit it where it was pitched. Especially that last one, having a two-seamer running away and able to go with it, it felt real good.

“The first one was on a cutter in, and the second one was a hanging curveball that I kind of just flared it over to left field.”

Freeman’s fourth-inning hit followed a two-out, first-pitch homer by Eric Hinske, who drove a Pedro Beato fastball onto a grass berm beyond right field for a 2-0 lead.

“Freeman’s really swinging the bat,” said Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who allowed two hits and no walks in two scoreless innings. ” That’s good. I think we’re going to really need his bat, especially in that lower part of the lineup.”

Freeman hit sixth Saturday in a lineup that didn’t include Dan Uggla, Martin Prado, Chipper Jones or Alex Gonzalez. The rookie will bat seventh or eighth in the regular lineup to start the season.

“If they’re going to be pitching around some people to get to him,” Jurrjens said, “he’s going to be really coming up in a big spot for us. It’s good to see.”

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Hanshin Tigers

February 26th, 2011
7:22 pm

Hiroshima Carp

February 26th, 2011
7:23 pm

Nippon Ham Fighters

February 26th, 2011
7:23 pm

Where is KK?

Kat

February 26th, 2011
7:26 pm

I’m excited to see what Freddie’s bat can bring to the team this year. Hopefully today’s spring training game is taste of what’s to come.

Adam

February 26th, 2011
7:48 pm

Best wishes in not struggling all year mixing up your “Freddies” as you did in the first quote :)

Ben

February 26th, 2011
8:14 pm

@ nippon ham.. who cares!

Jesse

February 26th, 2011
8:22 pm

I miss Sid Bream…..

Ostrich Racer

February 26th, 2011
8:28 pm

RBI doubles make the world go ’round. This oughtta be fun.

Nochahoma in Jax

February 26th, 2011
8:41 pm

Play Ball!!!

kelly

February 26th, 2011
9:17 pm

Adam, ughh…….

Nate

February 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

Shouldn’t that Gonzalez quote be: “Freddie had a great day…”?

Brett Favre

February 26th, 2011
9:43 pm

Kimbrel, just do what I do when I’m feeling down — send pictures of your jimmy to people on your cell phone.

P. Bull Terrier

February 26th, 2011
9:46 pm

Fire Fredi, and fire Freddie too. Gonzalez has to be the worst manager since Bobby Cox. Jurrjens was cruising along until Fredi decided to pull him, and clearly he left Kimbrel in too long. This guy thinks he’s a major league manager, but he can’t even convince Chipper and McCann to come in from their fishing hole for a critical game against our division rival. No leadership at all with guy. Next thing you know he’ll be letting the pitchers play golf. It never ends with this guy.

Freddie Freeman proved he is a bust as a major league player. We needed 3 home runs today and all Freeman bothered to do was hit 3 doubles. That isn’t going to cut it at the major league level. If Freeman is too selfish to think of the team and hit home runs when we need them, we don’t need him around taking up space on the roster that could be filled by some hot new prospect from the Rookie League.

The Braves will never win with these guys. It’s time to cut our losses before it’s too late.

Billy

February 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

I like the young kids…they seem hungry to play and Fredi the mgr will be his own man and I like that. Matt Young I hope makes the team as he has worked his tail off for the last three years to get a chance.
Willie Harris will never let the Braves forget trading him…Braves killer!
Now lets see Ugga and Chipper tomorrow! Go Braves.

JohnnyCash

February 26th, 2011
9:59 pm

I think it’s a bit drastic to use the phrase “blew a” lead in the first Spring Training game. Everyone is still getting limber. I am very excited about Freddie; he is something special, both defensively and at the plate. I love that he isn’t going to have to put up with the fervor that Heyward had to deal with in his rookie campaign.

@P. Bull Terrier – Dude quit trolling, it is waaaaaay to early in the year for this.

Joshua

February 26th, 2011
10:21 pm

Well congratulations are in order for Willie Harris…first ever big league HR!

HOF Expert

February 26th, 2011
10:27 pm

Sid Bream is an excellent HOF candidate, I can see him next to Gehrig and Foxx.

JD

February 26th, 2011
11:02 pm

Lucas put us up 3 – 2 in the ninth, sounds like I missed Kimbrel half-as*ing it in today. Did he give up the HR to Harris? Ugg – yeah its spring training but lets not be stupid and start mailing in the opportunities to get a W, even if it doesn’t count. You play like you practice. if Kimbrel was throwing BB’s and just had a bad day that’s one thing, but leaving pitches up for HR’s sounds a lot like lack of focus….

baseballsback

February 26th, 2011
11:07 pm

P. Bull……

youre kidding right? its SPRING TRAINING. thats when you let people get game work in, rather than jsut throwin in a bull pen. surely you cant be that ignorant. do you even know what spring training is about? If you look at any other team around the league, especially THIS EARLY in spring training, NONE of the starters go more than 2-3 innings. Spring training has literally nothing to do with who wins the division, its a way to ease back into the game and get a feel for game situations instead of just throwing bp, and fielding weak grounders.
congrats on what has so far been the dumbest post of spring training to date

JHey's Better

February 26th, 2011
11:39 pm

Why are people losing their minds over one spring training game yeah Kimbrel gave up a homer and walked some guys its THE FIRST GAME OF SPRING TRAINING not the NL Championship game 7 to go to the Series. You know you can tell who actually watches and knows something about BASEBALL in general and who just rides the wagon until they lose 5 staight in May

butch

February 27th, 2011
12:54 am

p bull…that’s about the funniest thing i’ve read in a while…r u at the punchline this week?

Just Wanna Say

February 27th, 2011
1:57 am

Im pretty sure P Bull was joking guys. Can’t you read sarcasm?

ilive4 pennant races

February 27th, 2011
3:49 am

Hahaha I love it P Bull… by May we will see posts like that where people mean every word of it.

Sarcasm, c’mon folks.

Tremaine

February 27th, 2011
8:21 am

So you going to ignore that Brook Conrad made another error today?

David O'Brien

February 27th, 2011
8:25 am

So you going to ignore that Brook Conrad made another error today? — Tremaine

You should read the blogs before you try to be critical, Tremaine. And it’s Brooks, not Brook. From my main story yesterday on the game:

He didn’t seem worried about his shaky command or his velocity Saturday, when most of his fastballs were several ticks below his usual mid- to high-90 mph heat.

“I don’t think command was the problem,” said Kimbrel, who gave up a double to Scott Hairston to start the fifth, followed by a two-run homer by Fernando Martinez, then two walks to the last four batters he faced before being replaced.

Second baseman Brooks Conrad also made an error that helped extend the inning.

“I did walk those guys. I went deep into some counts with guys fouling them off,” Kimbrel said. “It’s early. I don’t have all my stuff right now. I’m working my way….”

Ekim

February 27th, 2011
9:14 am

P bull Terrier — you had me there for a minute; I had to read your post twice. Very well done.

Stan

February 27th, 2011
9:20 am

Saw Rafael Belliard In Dunedin Yesterday..He is a coach for the Tigers now. He still looks the same..super friendly..signed lots of Autograhs
brought back some great memories!!!!

The Dude Abides

February 27th, 2011
10:53 am

Hey DOB, can we get some video interviews after the game? bout the only thing that you havent done yet.

The Dude Abides

February 27th, 2011
10:54 am

and yea, P.Bull Terrier is a Mike Vick fan so you know he despises Atlanta sports teams.

Tallcarl

February 27th, 2011
10:54 am

P-BULL have you been inbreeding with your dogs again. This is the first spring game and means nothing in the standings. Also too early to leave the pitchers in as they are trying to get him some innings and other pitchers as well. Pay attention when someone is speaking to you.

P. Bull Terrier

February 27th, 2011
11:50 am

First!

Relax guys. It’s spring training. You know, time to work on new pitches and stuff like that. I think some people are just jealous that I beat them to the complaining.

I’m glad a few people were able to see through my post, but it is a little sad that so many didn’t. I don’t know if that is more of a reflection on them for not being able to understand sarcasm, on me for not being more clear in my writing, or on the blog for the number of idiots making similar posts with completely serious intent.

“The Dude Abides” may be aware that the name “P. Bull Terrier” originated during the Mike Vick scandal when I was inspired to post about Vick being a dirt bag, then it just kind of stuck with me. If that’s the case, nice job of turning my sarcasm around and using it against me, Dude.

One last thing, did anyone else notice how little Hayward accomplished yesterday? I think all that publicity he got last year has gone to his head and now he is just as cocky and lazy as Brian McCann. The whole club house is falling apart. Bring back Chuck Tanner.

wayn-o

February 27th, 2011
11:57 am

P. Bull, sorry but some people just aren’t fluent in sarcasm.

Tremaine

February 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

Wow, no need to be defensive David. BROOKS must be your motorcycle buddy to? I don’t have time to read a million blogs. I clicked on that one because I thought I was going to get a recap of the game. The only reason I mentioned it was because of what happened last year The first preseason game the guy makes another error. You would think he would have spent everyday of the offseason fielding ground balls.

Brandon

February 27th, 2011
5:09 pm

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ramblingman

February 28th, 2011
12:37 pm

P Bull Terrier, the post was hilarious and timely. I don’t know what was sadder – that some took you seriously or that some jumped on board and agreed.

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