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Freddie Freeman hits for the cycle


Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle on Wednesday night, completing the feat in the 11th inning against the Reds. He doubled in the third inning, tripled in the fourth, hit a solo homer in the sixth, and completed the cycle with a single to lead off the 11th.

Freeman is the first player to hit for the cycle this season and the first to do it since Matt Kemp on August 14 last year. Mark Kotsay was the last batter to hit for the cycle as a member of the Braves. Albert Hall is the only other member of the Atlanta Braves to hit for the cycle, doing so in 1987.

The Braves missed an opportunity to walk off winners, loading the bases with no outs. Freeman advanced to second base when reliever Tony Cingrani balked, then went to third base on an Adonis Garcia single. Garcia went to second base on defensive indifference, and Cingrani walked Nick Markakis on six pitches to fill the bases. Jace Peterson tapped out to catcher Tucker Barnhart, who beat Freeman back to home plate. Tyler Flowers then hit a very shallow fly ball to center fielder Billy Hamilton, who didn’t need to do much to scare Garcia back to the third base bag. Erick Aybar ended the inning with a 6-3 ground out. So the game is still knotted at 6-6 going into the 12th inning as of this writing.

Freeman is hitting a solid .258/.350/.463 on the season with 11 home runs and 22 RBI on the season.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.