The Sim Rockies’ losing streak stretches to four after being shutout by the Sim Brewers on Thursday night. Kyle Freeland pitched toe-to-toe with Freddy Peralta, but the Sim Rockies offense was dormant for the duration of the duel.
One hit cannot rule them all
The Sim Rockies were not no-hit, but they were held to a single hit. That hit belonged to none other than Raimel Tapia — a single in the third inning. Tapia finished 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
On the flip side, Daniel Murphy was the only Sim Rockies’ starter to not record a single strikeout. He did, however, finish 0-for-4. The team combined for ten total strikeouts while the Sim Brewers combined for six. Nine of those strikeouts came at the hands of starter Freddy Peralta, who pitched seven innings of one-hit baseball and allowed two walks.
Kyle Freeland’s good outing wasted
Despite the abysmal offense, Kyle Freeland actually pitched really well. He pitched six innings of five-hit baseball, allowing two runs and striking out three. He did not walk a single batter. This outing lowered Freeland’s ERA from 4.23 to 4.15 on the year.
Both pitchers pitched perfect through three innings. Freeland’s first baserunner came from hitting Manny Piña in the third inning, and his first hit came in the fifth. That inning was where things started to get away from him. After getting Jedd Gyorko to pop out to the catcher, he gave up a solo home run to Ronny Rodríguez. The 417-foot big fly was Rodríguez’ first of the year. Freeland followed that up with a double to Orlando Arcia, which came around to score on a double by the next batter, Manny Piña. Freddy Peralta flied out and Lorenzo Cain popped out to limit the damage to 2-0 Sim Brewers.
Wade Davis pitched the seventh inning and held the Sim Brewers scoreless. He walked one, but struck out two.
However, Joe Harvey proved to be the weak link in today’s bullpen. Harvey didn’t record a single out, but he gave up a double to Lorenzo Cain, a single to Avisaíl García, and a three-run homer to Christian Yelich to seal the Sim Rockies’ fate. It’s worth noting that Yelich had been held hitless while Freeland was on the mound — two strikeouts and a fly out to left.
Tim Collins came in to clean up the mess, pitching an inning and giving up one hit, one walk, and one strikeout.
This game was a short one, so you can check it out below!
The Sim Rockies have three more games against the Sim Brew Crew before the Sim All-Star Break next week. Sim All-Stars will be revealed Friday night at 6:00pm MT, so be on the lookout! There will not be any more broadcasts until Tuesday, but keep up with the results on Purple Row!