The final game before the All-Star break provided one of the most surprising and fantastic moments of the 2017 season.
Kyle Freeland stepped to the mound against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, July 9, on a bit of a cold streak. He had lost his previous three starts, surrendering 25 hits and 14 earned runs in 17.1 innings. The 24-year-old rookie southpaw was looking to go into the All-Star break with a bit of momentum. He did just that and much, much more.
Freeland took a no-hit bid into the top of the ninth inning as he threw a season-high 126 pitches, striking out nine White Sox as Colorado posted a 10-0 decision. A single by Melky Cabrera with one out in the ninth ended Freeland’s bid and day. When Colorado manager Bud Black went to the mound to take Freeland out following Cabrera’s hit, the ovation was as loud as any moment at Coors Field in 2017.
Two of the best moments of the day? Gerardo Parra making a diving catch to preserve the no-hitter (watch the catch here) and the reaction of Freeland’s mom when the no-hitter was lost (watch the reaction here).
Freeland’s no-hit bid established a new high for a Rockies pitcher in terms of consecutive outs at Coors Field. Ubaldo Jimenez still holds the distinction of throwing the only no-hitter in Colorado history, and that came in 2010 in a road game against the Atlanta Braves.