Freese adds to Game 6 lore with leadoff HR

Dodgers first baseman also hits RBI double in 7-2 loss

October 19th, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a hunch about in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night.

Roberts started Freese at leadoff for just the fourth time in his 10-year career and the first time since 2016 -- ostensibly with matchups on his mind, but maybe history, too. Freese promptly opened the game by crushing a home run to right-center field against Brewers left-hander at Miller Park.

Freese doubled in the fifth inning to plate Los Angeles' only other run in the 7-2 loss to Milwaukee, resulting in a decisive Game 7 tonight.

Freese has hit nine home runs in his postseason career, three of them in Game 6s. He went 3-for-4 with one home run and three RBIs in Game 6 of the 2011 NLCS, when the Cardinals beat the Brewers to clinch a trip to the World Series. Freese went 2-for-5 with one triple, one home run and three RBIs in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, when the Cards beat the Rangers in 11 innings, 10-9.

Freese tripled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to score two runs and tie the game against Texas. He then hit a walk-off homer against in the 11th to win it.

Freese left the game in the fifth when pitcher Alex Wood entered the game, taking his spot in the lineup.