Freiman making a name for himself against lefties

OAKLAND – For a player who wasn’t supposed to be in the big leagues this year, Nate Freiman is having a serious impact for the A’s.

That’s never been more true than in two starts against the Yankees’ former Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia.

Freiman had three singles off Sabathia back on May 3 in Yankee Stadium with his Boston-area family in the house. Then on Tuesday, he had two more singles off the veteran lefty before finally hitting a ball back up the middle that Sabathia deflected to turn into a groundout.

   “I think if I had another five at-bats against him, it might not go like that,’’ Freiman said. “He’s one of the best in the game.

“It’s always nice when you can get some hits and they turn out to be parts of rallies, whether it’s against C.C. or anybody.’’

Freiman, who was likely headed to the minor leagues until the A’s claimed him on waivers for Houston, which was going in a different direction at first base.

The A’s needed a right-hander to play at first behind lefty Brandon Moss, and Freiman has carved out a nice for himself. He has been starting regularly against left-handed pitching and has acquitted himself with a .338 average, two homers and 14 RBIs.

Wednesday, for just the second time this year, he was in the starting lineup against a right-hander, the Yankees’ Phil Hughes. He’s struggled against right-handers, going just 2-for-20, but he was needed as the DH with outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp unavailable for the evening.xt—


John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.