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Rockies 5, Giants 2: Rox win behind Kyle Freeland and a scrappy late rally

The Rockies came back late to reward another Kyle Freeland gem.

The Colorado Rockies dinked and dunked their way to a comeback win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. In doing so, they got one back for Kyle Freeland to reward him for a second straight start in which he went toe-to-toe with Madison Bumgarner. After taking a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning, the Rockies went on to win 5-2.

BABIP’ed and Giants’ed to death

Nobody in these circles is going to cry for Madison Bumgarner, but the rally that chased him didn’t exactly involve a lot of hard contact. Pat Valaika put a decent swing on his single, with DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon following with a jam-job that dropped in right field and a softly hit infield single, respectively.

With the bases loaded, the Rockies got their first two runs on a Nolan Arenado walk and a Trevor Story double play. The go-ahead run scored when Ian Desmond reached on a surprising Brandon Crawford throwing error. An ugly rally is still a rally, and any team that has lost to the Giants over the years would tell you as much.

Kyle Freeland was great again

Perhaps the lasting image of this game was Freeland on the top step of the dugout alternating between running his fingers through his glorious mane and cheering on the go-ahead rally. He no doubt knew how well he had pitched again to set his team up with a chance to win—another quality start with two runs allowed over seven innings of work. It was nice to see the Rockies scrap to get this win for him.

Scott Oberg, setup man


Looking ahead

The Rockies continue their series against the Giants on Tuesday with Antonio Senzatela on the mound opposite Chris Stratton for the Giants.