Solo home runs from Nolan Arenado and Ryan McMahon in the bottom of the ninth were not enough to overcome an early deficit, as the Rockies fell to the Brewers, 5-4. In a Friday night battle between two first place teams in the rain, the Brewers notched two first-inning runs off Kyle Freeland, spotting them a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish. The loss snaps the Rockies’ three game win streak and drops them into a tie for first in the NL West with the Dodgers.
Rough start for K-Free
Save for a stint on the IL, Freeland has had a great 2020 on the mound. Coming in, he had given up just one run the whole season. So, naturally, Avisail Garcia greeted him with a solo-shot to the deepest part of the ballpark. Two walks and a single later, it was 2-0 Brewers. Freeland settled in until he gave up another solo shot to Christian Yelich in the top of the third. Overall, it was a solid outing: three runs on four hits with two walks over five innings. Were it not for a sputtering offense, it would’ve been a great outing against a first place team.
There was one spot in the lineup that was producing on Friday night: Ryan McMahon in the six spot. With the score sitting at 4-1 in the seventh, he took a 3-2 pitch into the second deck in right field.
In fact, had it not been for an RBI double by Jedd Gyorko in the eighth, this hit in the ninth would’ve tied the game:
RyMac finished 2-for-4 with two solo home runs on the night. Other than an RBI triple by Elias Diaz and the solo shot from Nolan, just wasn’t enough offense on Friday night.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 6:15 pm MT on Saturday. Chi Chi González (1-1, 3.86) will take the mound for the Sim Rockies opposite Freddy Peralta (3-0, 3.21) for the Sim Brewers.