Friday was Kyle Freeland’s turn.
Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as dramatic as recent Rockies tilts have been. The Rockies took a lead in the third which they would never surrender. Kyle Freeland got to play with a lead for most of his six innings of work. He threw brilliantly, earning nine strikeouts and allowing just three hits.
The only blemish were four walks issued by Freeland, who has quietly posted a 2.96 ERA for the season. Sub 3.00 is almost unheard of for Rockies pitchers, Freeland has been a beacon for Colorado, earning his 11th win for the game.
Relief pitching would once again struggle but the offense put up numbers that even a beleaguered Rockies bullpen couldn’t give away.
On the offensive side, it was a field day for Colorado, who managed to put an 11-spot on the board without a single home run. A rarity for the Rockies, indeed. Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, DJ LeMahieu and Ian Desmond all posted three hit days. DJ and Charlie hit a double each while Charlie and Ian each netted a triple on the day as well.
Desmond paced Colorado with five RBI, all five coming with two-out. Blackmon and LeMahieu each had two RBI an minus some late-game noise from the Braves this was a dominating performance from the Rockies and their seventh win in eight games.