Kyle Freeland out-pitches Noah Syndergaard
Things didn’t start out so well for Kyle Freeland. The first three batters of the game singled, but after that Freeland allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. He handed it off to the bullpen after seven innings. Noah Syndergaard was tough but not that sharp. He walked four and struck out five, and the Rockies scored two runs off of him in six innings.
The Rockies got their three runs in maybe the most unexpected way. First, Ian Desmond took a 97 mph Syndergaard fastball deep to left field for a solo shot. Then, Gerardo Parra took a four-pitch, bases loaded walk to score the Rockies’ second run. Finally, with the game knotted at two in the eight, Desmond hit his second home run of the game, another solo shot, to right-center.
If the game result was different, we’d be talking more about a couple missed opportunities. There were no outs after Parra took that bases loaded walk in the third, but the Rockies weren’t able to score any more. Trevor Story struck out, and Desmond grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Another chance came in the fifth. Dahl led off with a double. Then, with one out, he was thrown out while attempting to advance to third on a ball in the dirt. Gerardo Parra hit a double of his own right afterward, but there was no longer anybody on base to score.
The Rockies are off on Monday after wrapping up this nine-game road trip. They next play Tuesday, when the Rockies kick off a two-game set against the Angels at Coors Field.