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.