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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman cycles his way to Player of the Week honors

Freddie Freeman needed extra innings to accomplish the first Braves cycle since 2008, but but over the last week, no one's been hotter than the Atlanta first baseman.

The Atlanta Braves may be in last place in the National League East, but over the last week, they’ve gone 5-2, largely thanks to first baseman Freddie Freeman.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound slugger has gone 17-for-37 over the last week, with his .548 batting average ranking second in the Major Leagues by just a .002 margin.

Freeman’s .588 on-base percentage is also second overall in the big leagues, but first among players with at least 21 plate appearances.

Thanks to five doubles, one triple and three home runs, Freeman paces both circuits with a 1.065 slugging percentage, and his 1.653 OPS is in first by a .088 margin.

Freeman’s nine extra-base hits and 33 total bases also lead the Majors, and his eight RBIs are sixth overall.

The left-handed swinging Freeman has had at least three hits in five of his last seven games, doing most of his damage over the last five games, all of which the Braves have won.

On June 15 against Cincinnati at Turner Field, Freeman helped Atlanta power out of a four-game skid, going 4-for-7 in a 13-inning marathon, hitting for the cycle in a 9-8 win.

Coming into that game, Freeman had just nine triples in seven Major League seasons. He also became the first primarily-first baseman since Aubrey Huff to hit for the cycle (Huff accomplished his feat on June 29, 2007).

No other Brave had hit for the cycle since Mark Kotsay, on Aug. 14, 2008, and the last cycle in the Major Leagues came courtesy of Matt Kemp, on Aug. 14, 2015 – the fourth of four cycles last season.

Freeman kicked off his night by striking out in the bottom of the first – the first of his two Ks on the evening, making him the first to hit for the cycle while striking out multiple times since Carlos Gomez of the Twins in 2008.

In the bottom of the third, Freeman doubled to right with one out, and came around to score on a throwing error by Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Freeman tripled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but was stranded there, before taking matters into his own hands in the bottom of the sixth, slugging a 371-foot home run to left to get the Braves to within one, down 6-5.

After striking out for the second time in the bottom of the eighth, Freeman singled to center in the bottom of the 11th to complete the cycle, but was cut down at the plate later in the frame.

Freeman slugged his 12th home run of the season the next day against Cincinnati, driving in two runs with two outs in the third in a 7-2 Braves win.

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