Braves eliminate Brewers from playoffs on Freddie Freeman home run

With 88 regular-season victories, the Atlanta Braves had the worst record of any team in this year’s MLB playoffs. But in October, none of that matters. 

Reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman broke a 4-4 tie with a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Atlanta to a 5-4 victory. 

The Braves eliminated the Brewers in four games and advanced to the National League Championship Series for the second consecutive season.

“It’s been a whole different team in the second half,” Freeman said, crediting the front office for several key additions at the trade deadline. “We’ve been feeling pretty good about ourselves in the second half, playing really good baseball and we carried it over to the postseason.”

Freddie Freeman slugs a homer in the eighth inning to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.

Atlanta took the Los Angeles Dodgers to seven games in last year’s NLCS before losing to the eventual World Series champions.

This time, they hope the result will be different. 

The Brewers took two-run leads in back-to-back innings, but each time the Braves immediately countered with two runs of their own. 

Eddie Rosario had a two-run single off Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer in the fourth, while Joc Pederson and Travis d’Arnaud drove home runs off reliever Aaron Ashby in the fifth.

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