Stat of the Day: Freddie reaches milestone

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Braves this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 15: Braves 5, Brewers 1 -- Freeman reaches milestone
Freddie Freeman made history yet again with a two-run shot to left-center field to forever put his name in the record books with 250 career home runs. Freeman had struggled at the plate in May, entering Saturday's matchup with only seven hits and a .163 average (7-for-43). Despite his woes, nearly a third of his hits this season have been homers. He is tied for second in home runs (10) and tied for third in walks (25) in the National League.

May 14: Braves 6, Brewers 3 -- Back-to-back blasts
Marcell Ozuna and Ozzie Albies tallied the Braves' first back-to-back homers in 2021. So, it took Atlanta 38 games to do this for the first time. They totaled four back-to-back homers last year, including two within the season's first 32 games. Those two back-to-back shots were produced by Ozuna and Travis d'Arnaud against Philadelphia's Aaron Nola on Aug. 21, and Ender Inciarte and Austin Riley against Philadelphia's Adam Morgan on Aug. 29.

May 13: Blue Jays 8, Braves 4 -- Striking first
With a pair of first-inning runs Thursday, Atlanta now leads the Majors with 34. Ronald Acuña Jr.'s leadoff homer was Atlanta's 14th first-inning home run, which also leads MLB. The Braves have scored 20 percent (34 of 167) of their runs in the opening inning this year.

May 12: Blue Jays 4, Braves 1 -- Interleague woes
The Braves have now lost each of the five games played against the Blue Jays and six of seven games played against American League teams this year. Since 2014, they have gone 63-84 in Interleague games. Their .429 winning percentage is the third-worst during this span, trumping only those produced by the White Sox (.408) and Reds (.381).

May 11: Blue Jays 5, Braves 3 -- Too many blown leads
As the Braves surrendered three runs in the eighth inning, they created further concern about their bullpen. They are now 14-3 when leading after seven innings. They were 23-0 in such games last year.

May 9: Braves 6, Phillies 1 -- Ynoa's hitting streak
Huascar Ynoa didn't homer in a third straight game, but he did stretch his hitting streak to four games with a fifth-inning single. Ynoa's hitting streak is the longest by a Braves pitcher since Max Fried hit in four straight games from July 27-Aug. 18, 2019. No Atlanta pitcher has hit in five straight games since Tim Hudson in 2010. Ynoa is 6-for-10 with two homers during his streak.

May 8: Braves 8, Phillies 7 (12 innings) -- Sandoval's pinch-hit homers
Pablo Sandoval came off the bench to hit a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning. Sandoval has tied the franchise's single-season record with four pinch-hit home runs. He's needed just 17 pinch-hit at-bats to tie the record with Tommy Gregg (1990), Johan Camargo (2019) and Evan Gattis (2013).

May 7: Phillies 12, Braves 2 -- Contreras' hot start
William Contreras has eight hits through his first eight career games. The only Braves catcher to record more hits in that span since the team moved to Atlanta was Evan Gattis, who tallied 10 hits within his first eight games. Contreras' total matched Brian McCann's.

May 6: Braves 3, Nationals 2 -- Two-out runs
Ehire Adrianza's decisive two-out, two-run single in Thursday's win over the Nationals continued an encouraging trend. The Braves have now scored a MLB-best 70 runs with two outs. The Dodgers rank second with 67. Atlanta also leads the Majors with 19 two-out homers.

May 5: Braves 5, Nationals 3 -- Marcell Ozuna's grand slam
Huascar Ynoa hit a grand slam in Tuesday night's series opener, and Marcell Ozuna added one in Wednesday's win at Nationals Park. It marked the first time the Braves hit grand slams in consecutive games since Eddie Perez and Ryan Klesko did it Sept. 16-17, 1997.

May 4: Braves 6, Nationals 1 -- Huascar Ynoa's grand slam
Ynoa picked up the first home run of his career last week on April 28, in a 10-0 win against the Cubs. With the bases loaded Tuesday, Ynoa crushed a 95 mph fastball 427 feet to straightaway center. With the grand slam, Ynoa is the first pitcher since the Braves moved to Atlanta to homer in back-to-back starts, and the first in franchise history to do it since both Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn accomplished the feat in June 1961, when the team still played in Milwaukee.

The last pitcher to hit a grand slam in the Majors came on June 23, 2018, from Anthony DeSclafani, while the last pitcher to homer in back-to-back games came from Steven Matz (Sept. 13, 2018, and Sept. 18, 2018).

May 2: Blue Jays 7, Braves 2 -- Anderson's 2.20 ERA
Despite his ERA rising to 3.27 after Sunday's 7-2 loss, Ian Anderson produced an ERA of 2.20 through his first 11 career starts (which excludes Sunday). Since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966, only one Braves pitcher has produced a lower ERA: Mike Soroka, between 2018 and 2019.

May 1: Blue Jays 6, Braves 5 (10 innings) -- Pache hits 1st slam
In his first game back from injury, Cristian Pache returned in style with a 411-foot grand slam. The blast was Pache’s first career grand slam as well as his first regular-season home run. The Braves’ top prospect hit a solo shot in Game 3 of the 2020 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.