Freddie Freeman launches longest HR of postseason to give Braves lead in Game 5 of World Series

Freddie Freeman launches longest HR of postseason to give Braves lead in Game 5 of World Series

Everyone at Truist Park and watching at home knew the ball off Freddie Freeman’s bat was long gone.

The Braves first baseman caught a 94.5 mph sinker from Astros left-hander Framber Valdez over the heart of the plate right on the barrel of his bat, and he sent it 460 feet to right field for a no-doubt home run. The third-inning blast gave Atlanta a 5-4 lead over the Astros in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.

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The distance of that blast checked off boxes on several milestones. It was the longest home run of the 2021 postseason to date, surpassing a 454-foot, two-run homer by Braves teammate Joc Pederson in Game 2 of the NLCS off Max Scherzer.

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According to Baseball Savant, Freeman’s big swing was also tied for his longest blast among those tracked during the Statcast era, which started in 2015. The first homer was a 460-footer off Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez in Game 1 of the 2019 NLDS. Both home runs are the longest hit by Braves players in the postseason in the Statcast era.

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The first half of World Series Game 5 delivered plenty of back-and-forth moments. The scoring started early with Braves center fielder Adam Duvall hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the first, but the Astros responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second and two more in the top of the third to tie the game 4-4.

Freeman then gave the lead right back to Atlanta in the bottom of the third. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Freeman now has the most go-ahead postseason home runs in Braves history, passing Hall of Famer Chipper Jones.





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