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Brewers ousted from playoffs on home run by Braves’ Freddie Freeman

Milwaukee Brewers stops pitcher Eric Lauer (52) with an eye problem during the third inning of Game 4 of a Baseball National League Division Series game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Atlanta.

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Paul Newbery Associated Press

ATLANTA – Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking home run with two outs in the eighth inning of Josh Hader’s close to Milwaukee and the Atlanta Braves entered the NL Championship Series for the second year in a row, beating the Brewers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The Braves went on to win three games in one of the Best-of-Five Division Series, with a World Series trip over the line to face either the 107-win San Francisco Giants or the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers. .

The game was tied at 4 when the Brewers brought in Hader to make sure it stayed that way. The hard-thrower lefty dismissed Eddie Rosario and Dansby Swanson, but he couldn’t get past the 2020 NL MVP.

Freeman caught on with an 84-mph slider, launching a 428-foot drive into the seats in left center—only the fourth homer from Haider, and the first since July 28.

Freeman celebrated wildly on his way around the base, and the crowd of 40,195 roared as they came back from the dugout for a curtain call. ESPN Stats & Info said he became the first player in franchise history to score a series-winning victory in the eighth inning or later.

Freeman HR sent Braves to NLCS with 5-4 win over Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer (52) works during the first inning of Game 4 of the Baseball National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Atlanta.

John Bezmore

“When Freddy hit that ball, I mean, I lost my balance. Everyone in the dugout was going crazy,” said teammate Ozzy Albiz.

Will Smith finished ninth in the series without a score to save for the third time in a row, allowing Kristian Yelich to look to strike three with first runner out for the final. Tyler Matzek claimed the victory with eighth place.


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