On Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies saw their six-game home stand come to a disappointing end with a 6-0 loss at the hands of the San Diego Padres. Starting pitcher Kyle Freeland struggled in his second Major League start and the offense was again unable to get anything going as they were shutout at Coors Field for the first time since July 21, 2015.
The first three batters of the game—Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, and Yangervis Solarte—went double-double-single for the Padres and, just seven pitches into the game, the visitors had a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Ryan Schimpf hit his second homer of the season to put the Rockies in an early 4-0 hole.
Freeland cruised through the next three innings before running into trouble again in the fifth where a walk, bloop single, double, and sacrifice fly resulted in two more runs for San Diego. The 23-year-old lefty allowed six runs (all earned) on eight hits in just 42⁄3 innings. He walked three (one intentionally) and struck out two in a start that was far more forgettable than his first.
The Rockies’ offense, meanwhile, was completely shutdown by minor league journeyman Zach Lee. Coming off a 2016 season in which he had a 6.14 ERA in Triple-A, the 25-year-old righty allowed just two hits (both to Charlie Blackmon) as he shutout the Rockies across 51⁄3 innings. He did walk four to only three strikeouts, but there were a lot of mishit balls against a pitcher who allowed nearly 12 hits per 9 innings to minor league hitters last year.
Once Lee left the game, things got no better for the Rockies’ offense. Jose Torres, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer shut the home team down during the final 32⁄3 innings. They allowed only one hit, a double off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez, walked none, and struck out four to complete the shutout. Jake Esch also pitched in the ninth inning and walked both batters he faced before being replaced by Maurer. It was a continuation of a troubling trend for the Rockies that has seen them score only 21 runs across the past eight games—six of which came at Coors Field.
If you need a silver lining on this one, it was the work of the bullpen that continues to be fantastic. The trio of Jordan Lyles, Jake McGee, and Scott Oberg combined to throw 41⁄3 hitless innings with four strikeouts to lower the bullpen’s collective ERA on the season to 2.31.
The loss drops the Rockies to 6-4 on the year while San Diego improves to 5-5. After this, the Padres head to Atlanta for a four-game set with the Braves, while the Rockies head west for a six-game road trip, starting with four against the San Francisco Giants. First pitch tomorrow night is scheduled for 8:15 pm mountain time.