Kyle Freeland struggled at times and the Rockies bats were unable to solve Zack Wheeler as the Colorado Rockies were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 6-1.
Command issues sink Freeland in the fourth
Kyle Freeland more or less cruised through the first three innings and came out unscathed. However, he put himself behind the eight ball in the fourth inning as three walks and two hits resulted in three runs for the Phillies.
A homerun by Jean Segura in the fifth inning added on to the scoring by Philadelphia and Freeland finished his day with four runs on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks in six innings pitched.
The king of bat flips strikes again
Down 4-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Trevor Story nearly went down to one knee as he waited for a breaking ball from Zack Wheeler. When the pitch arrived in the zone, Story turned it around in a hurry and added his signature bat flip to the drive for some flair. The ball would travel over 440 feet to left centerfield and landed in the second deck.
441 FT & a bat flip?— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 12, 2021
You know it’s #StoryTime pic.twitter.com/BkITBmle8h
Rockies couldn’t get to Wheeler
While they threatened a couple times, the Rockies bats had trouble throughout the evening against Zack Wheeler. Wheeler got himself into a couple of jams, with the Rockies threatening in second, third, and seventh inning. In each of those innings, Wheeler was able to find his best stuff and get out of the jams.
He finished his night with one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in 62⁄3 innings of work. The Rockies were unable to mount capitalize on any opportunities, going 0-for-9 against Wheeler and the Phillies bullpen with runners in scoring position.
Ryan Feltner and the Rockies will look to rebound against Aaron Nola on Sunday. First pitch at Citizens Bank Park is scheduled for 11:05am MDT.