The Colorado Rockies defeated the Giants 8-0 Sunday afternoon. The win completed the sweep. It was the Rockies’ first three-game sweep of the Giants at Coors Field since May 24-26, 2002. Everything worked on Sunday.
Kyle Freeland pitched an excellent game. He only allowed his first baserunner in the fourth inning, and he only allowed one extra base hit (a seventh inning Nick Hundley double). In all, Freeland tossed seven scoreless innings, during which he allowed six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Fifty-seven of his 93 pitches were strikes.
The Rockies patched together a some runs early and then added a big sixth inning to add some insurance. Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a triple. Hunter Pence looked like he might have had a play on it, but right field continues to bedevil him out there. Blackmon scored on Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly. With Carlos González on first, Gerardo Parra took Samardzija deep to right field in the fourth inning to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
The Rockies blew the game open in the sixth. Arenado opened up the inning with an infield single, and CarGo followed with a walk. Reynolds struck out, but Parra lined a single to center field to plate CarGo, making it 4-0. Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez mishandled the ball and tried to catch González at third base, which allowed Parra to move up to second. Trevor Story singled to right field to score both runners. It made the game 6-0, and it chased Samardzija to the showers. With Story on first, reliever Steven Okrent hit Tony Wolters around the butt area to put two on. Freeland sacrificed the runners over, and Charlie Blackmon drove them home with a double to left field. The five run inning made it 8-0 Rockies.
Scott Oberg pitched a scoreless eighth, and Chris Rusin likewise tossed a scoreless ninth to finish the Giants off. The Rockies improved to 13-6 and are still in sole possession of first place in the National League West.
The Nationals come to Denver tomorrow for a four game series. Joe Ross gets the ball for the Nationals, and Tyler Anderson will start for the Rockies. Game time is 6:40 MT.