With a 4-1 victory over the MLB-leading San Francisco Giants, the 2021 Colorado Rockies can no longer be the worst road team in Major League history, notching their 14th road win in their belts at last. Despite some peculiar miscues due to the California wind, solid defense and excellent pitching led the Rockies to victory.
I’m a Kyle Freeland Guy
Kyle Freeland earns his third win in a row on a fantastic outing at the marine layer. Freeland had only gone five innings in each of his last two starts, and a taxed Rockies bullpen needed him to get through six. He delivered in excellent fashion, throwing 106 pitches through six complete innings and giving up just one run on five hits and two walks.
He found himself in a few jams, especially in the second and third innings, but was outstanding in every other frame. He had all of his pitches working very well and struck out six Giants batters in his quality start.
Kyle Freeland's 6 strikeouts pic.twitter.com/kpCILnnyOW— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) August 15, 2021
Prodigal Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacín didn’t look his best at the beginning of the season when he was pitching very sporadically out of the bullpen or as a spot starter. Now with a month and a half left of the season, the veteran lefty looks comfortable as one of the Rockies’ most reliable bullpen arms.
His last time out, Chacín had his first blemish since June, allowing two runs and three hits. He had not given up a run since June 26th. Tonight he bounced back in a big way during a close ballgame.
Chacín pitched two full shutout innings in relief of Kyle Freeland, giving up just one hit, one walk, and striking out one. The veteran is seeing boosts in velocity due to shorter pitching stints, and has been absolutely vital to the Rockies out of the bullpen.
Call him Norwegian “Croner” because that bat’s been cash money
CJ Cron has been everything the Rockies need in a veteran first baseman who actually naturally plays first base. He’s on a four-game hit streak and has been vital to what little offense the Rockies have shown during this road trip so far. Tonight CJ hit his team-leading 19th home run of the season to put the Rockies on the board in the second, and legged his way to first base safely on a fielder’s choice grounder to score the Rockies’ second run in the sixth inning.
hi hi, it’s us.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 15, 2021
wanted to let you know that C.J Cron has homered. tell all your friends!
Toss a ball to your pitcher, O’ mountains of plenty
It seems like it’s been a while since Rockies fans have been able to celebrate their 2020 comeback player of the year closer in Daniel Bard, but he’s quietly gone 3-for-3 in save opportunities in the month of August after a July best left out of the bard’s songs.
Bard recorded his third save of the month tonight in a scoreless ninth inning to put a feather in the cap of a much needed road victory. He allowed a two out single, but also struck out two for a mostly drama-free finale.
Coming up next
The Rockies will play their final game at Oracle Park in San Francisco tomorrow afternoon for game four of this series against the Giants. Big Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies against Giants lefty Alex Wood looking for a series split. First pitch is at 2:05 PM MDT.