Kyle Freeland threw six shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres won 1-0 on Jurickson Profar’s walk-off double in the ninth inning Monday night in San Diego. With the loss Colorado is now 20-21 with 19 games left in the season.
As it currently stand the Rockies are on the outside of the playoff race, trailing both the Giants and Marlins, who are both .500.
Freeland returns to form
Freeland, still looking to prove his struggles in 2019 were a one off, was facing San Diego for the third time in the past month and was coming off back-to-back rough starts.
After beginning the season 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his first six starts he struggled in his last two outings earning two no decisions despite an ERA of 11.37. As for Monday, Freeland changed up his approach against San Diego.
“It was a different plan of attack. It was the third time I had faced them in the last (few) weeks. In my second start against them, they sort of sat soft on me and I could see that. So we changed up the game plan and got them back off balance throwing with hard action (inside) to get them off the soft stuff away.”Freeland said.
Rockies manager Bud Black likes what he’s seeing from the Colorado lefty.
“Kyle has that capability to do some things, to change his game, which I think is the mark of a developing young pitcher.”Black said after the loss.
The Rockies managed seven hits in the game, including two each from Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado.
- Padres starer Dinelson Lamet threw 7 2/3 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. It was the deepest he’s pitched in a MLB game in his career.
- The two teams square off again tonight at 7:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Chi Chi González (0-0, 5.00 ERA) starting for Colorado against Mike Clevinger (1-2, 3.14 ERA) going for San Diego. González is taking the place of injured starter Jon Gray, while Clevinger is making his second starter since the Padres traded for the righty.
- Colorado signed former All-Star reliever AJ Ramos and assigned him to the team’s alternate training camp.
- TheAthletic.com’s Marc Carig took a stab at naming franchise icons for all 30 MLB teams. Not surprisingly Todd Helton was the choice for Colorado.
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