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Kyle Freeland working his way back to the top

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Rockies news and links for August 16, 2019

Rockies’ Kyle Freeland taking small steps forward on comeback path | Denver Post ($)

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.

The final inning is simply “different” for those tasked with ending it | Mile High Sports

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.

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Las Vegas Aviators 6 | MiLB.com

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 5, Portland Sea Dogs 3 | MiLB.com

High-A: Lake Elsinore Storm 13, Lancaster JetHawks 8 | MiLB.com

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 6, Charleston RiverDogs 3 | MiLB.com

Short-Season A: Hillsboro Hops 6, Boise Hawks 0 | MiLB.com

Rookie: Billings Mustangs 11, Grand Junction Rockies 2 | MiLB.com

DSL 1: DSL Rockies 9, DSL Angels 5 | MiLB.com

DSL 2: DSL Mariners 5, DSL Colorado 0 | MiLB.com