Kyle Freeland on an off night
Kyle Freeland had a decent start, but he wasn’t really sharp. He labored through 51⁄3 innings, ultimately throwing 112 pitches. The only time he threw more pitches in a start was in his almost no-hitter against the White Sox last year. The Cardinals had nine hits against him, although it only amounted to three runs. Those three runs were enough for the Cardinals to come away with the win. Kyle also walked three and struck out five in his 51⁄3 innings.
It didn’t end up mattering, but it’s notable that Bud Black let Freeland hit with a runner on first and two outs in the top of the sixth. Freeland had 99 pitches at that point. He made the final out of the top of the sixth, and he didn’t make it out of the bottom half. The results weren’t what the Rockies wanted, but it showed Black’s trust in Freeland.
The Rockies will try to come away with a series split against the Cardinals tomorrow morning, with first pitch scheduled for 11:15 MT. Antonio Senzatela is set to face Miles Mikolas.