Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks contained some glimpses of Kyle Freeland’s previous glory. He seemed loose and had some more of his old confidence as he struck out pitchers and led hitters into double plays. He’s feeling good despite his unimpressive numbers. He likes the way his mechanics are going, and even though the numbers don’t yet reflect it, the Denver native claims he’s on his way back to the top.
Baseball is a dynamic game, and closing out a game is different than starting it. Those final three outs aren’t the same as the first 24. The last inning is a culmination of the whole game, with the team either hanging on to a lead or trying to overcome a deficit. Each pitch seems to matter a little more, with the limited number to get the job done. There’s so much pressure; if a reliever gives up several runs, people remember that more than a hitter going without any hits. Focus is critical for a pitcher to be able to perform well in those last three outs. It’s not an easy job, but hopes are always high.
On the Farm
Pitcher Tim Melville got the start for the Isotopes, doing well early in the game. Offense was working well to start, with the top three of the order, Elliot Soto, Sam Hilliard, and Pat Valaika getting hits early.
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