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Nationals 2, Rockies 0: Kyle Freeland returns to form, but bats silent

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Freeland pitched well, but what does it matter without any run support?

The Nationals shutout the Rockies 2-0 Wednesday night in a game that was delayed nearly two hours on account of rain. That makes three losses in a row against the Nationals. The Rockies’ season record has fallen to 47-55, and Thursday they’ll try to salvage at least one win in Washington before heading to Cincinnati.

The bright spot

This wasn’t a fun game overall, but Kyle Freeland was the clear highlight. In his best start since April, Freeland allowed four hits and walked one in six innings of work. He allowed one unearned run and struck out four batters.

Freeland was locating his pitches well, and he looked really confident on the mound. The season may be slipping away, but it was great to see Freeland so confident, comfortable, and effective on the mound.

After throwing 109 pitches, Freeland was surely done after his six innings. But he had to watch the rest of the game from the clubhouse, as he was ejected in the top of the seventh after arguing from the dugout:

Error costs Rockies

With two outs and a runner on second in the fourth inning, Kyle Freeland got Victor Robles to hit a grounder to second baseman Garrett Hampson. It should have ended the inning, but Hampson flat out missed it, which allowed the runner to score. It ended up being the only run Freeland allowed. It ended up being the only run Freeland allowed.

The Nationals added a run in the seventh, when Yan Gomes hit a home run off of Jake McGee.

The offense?

Well, there wasn’t any. Trevor Story hit a triple, and nobody could bring him home. David Dahl doubled in the ninth, but he stayed at second until it was over. They added three singles and 11 strikeouts beyond that.

Up next

The Rockies and Nationals wrap up the series Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 MT. Jeff Hoffman gets the start for the Rockies, and the offense has a tough assignment, as they face Max Scherzer.