The Dodgers surrendered the most runs that they had allowed all season in Thursday night’s slugfest to the Cardinals, but there were some positives that came out of the defeat. Namely, Freddie Freeman reached a milestone to further his eventual path to Cooperstown, by connecting for his 300th career home run in grand style.
Freeman is no stranger to success in St. Louis, as he is carrying an average north of .390 with an OPS of over 1.150, the highest stats he has totaled against any team at their home stadium. He continued his domination in a two-hit performance with a triple and a grand slam, raising his average to .313 and his OPS at a .918 clip. Additionally, Freeman now has recorded a multi-hit game in six of his last eight games.
After becoming the newest member of the 300-home-run club, Freeman spoke with Kirsten Watson of SportsNet LA post-game and reflected on how his teammates reacted to that moment, while also expressing a desire to regroup and focus on the games ahead after Thursday’s stressful contest:
“You wish you’d do these things in wins, but it’s still pretty cool... just enjoy it for the night, and tomorrow, we’ll worry about tomorrow’s game. Tonight was kinda cool... It’s kind of a cool thing to hear your teammates appreciate what you’ve done in this game, and with those kind of guys, it was nice.”
"It's kind of a cool thing to hear your teammates appreciate what you've done in this game." @FreddieFreeman5 chats with @kirsten_watson about hitting his 300th career home run and being celebrated by his teammates. pic.twitter.com/s7JWMoBDcc— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 19, 2023
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