Good Kyle Freeland came to the yard today and turned in a gem of a performance with six shutout innings before handing things to the bullpen. The offense struggled until a bomb of a three-run homer by Trevor Story that turned out to be the difference in the 3-2 win for the Colorado Rockies.
Strong starting pitching continues
The Rockies’ starting pitchers have taken a liking to pitching at Coors Field and Kyle Freeland continued that trend tonight. Freeland worked with pace and had full confidence in his stuff this evening. He was throwing strikes and trusting his defense to make plays behind him and they delivered.
Freeland finished the night with 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K, and 3 BB on 98 pitches. He has been stellar in his last three starts, dropping his ERA more than four runs over that stretch in which he’s allowed just one run in 17 innings of work.
RyMac flashes the leather (and hand)
Ryan McMahon showed the former Rockies third baseman that there hasn’t been a drop-off defensively at third base since his departure. He made plays to his left, to his right, with his glove, with his barehand, diving, spinning—he did it all. The Rockies have had some of the best third base defense in the league this year and it hasn’t been particularly close. Both Joshua Fuentes and Ryan McMahon have contributed and it’s been a very welcome development after having the luxury of Nolan Arenado’s glove at the hot corner for eight seasons.
RyMac doing RyMac things pic.twitter.com/a0NF6siG8r— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) July 4, 2021
Story breaks hitless stretch with RISP in emphatic fashion
The Rockies’ lineup has struggled over the last several games with runners in scoring position. That trend continued tonight as the team was 0-for-6 with RISP before Trevor Story's seventh-inning home run.
Story came to the plate in the scoreless game with two men on in the bottom of the seventh, looking to break the RISP trend. Story left no doubt that he was going to end that streak and hit a ball 461 feet to left-center field.
Story finished the game going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and his monster of a home run. The three runs proved to be enough to secure the win and provided just enough cushion for the Colorado bullpen as they were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory.
#StoryTime : 461 FT Edition pic.twitter.com/nRYD1K0M2h— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 4, 2021
The Cardinals send Carlos Martínez to the mound with the unenviable task of facing Rockies ace Germán Márquez. Márquez is coming off a historical stretch over his last three games, and recently one-hit the Pirates on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm MDT.