Freddie Freeman certainly knows how to deliver in a big moment.
The veteran first baseman sent the Atlanta Braves to the NLCS on Tuesday in dramatic fashion by slugging a go-ahead, two-out eighth-inning home run off of Milwaukee Brewers All-Star reliever Josh Hader to help Atlanta take the series in four games.
It was the first time in Braves history that a player hit a go-head home run in the eighth inning or later in a series-clinching win, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Freeman’s home run capped a 5-4 Game 4 victory over the Brewers after the team had trailed twice — 2-0 and 4-2 — earlier in the game.
The Braves first fell behind 2-0 in the fourth inning but responded in the bottom half with a two-RBI single from Eddie Rosario. The Brewers put two more runs on the board in the fifth courtesy of a two-run shot by Rowdy Tellez.
But the Braves answered right back, putting baserunners on to set up a RBI groundout from Joc Pederson and a game-tying RBI single from Travis d’Arnaud.
The Brewers called on Hader — one of the best relievers in the game — to pitch the eighth inning. After striking out the first two batters, Freeman jumped on the first pitch — a hanging slider — and crushed it the opposite way into the left-center field seats.
The Braves wil face the winner of the Giants-Dodgers series in the NLCS.