ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Freese's six-RBI bonanza backed up the St. Louis Cardinals' assessment that he belongs in the lineup. His no-nonsense attitude off the field repays the team for sticking with him last winter.
A DUI arrest in December served as a wakeup call for the 27-year-old rookie third baseman. He's sworn off alcohol, concentrating instead on driving the ball and being an all-around success story in his hometown.
Freese's big day against the Braves in Thursday's 10-4 win completed a 4-game sweep for St. Louis. It was the most RBIs by a Cardinals rookie since major league baseball established qualifications in 1957.