Colorado Rockies morning after: Freeland deals another gem

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 18: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pithces against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 18: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pithces against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies took the first game of the series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday by winning in 12 innings by a score of 5-3. They faced each other again on Friday night and won by a score of 6-1 on the back of Kyle Freeland.

Kyle Freeland notched the win, his third straight, on Friday night in the Rockies 6-1 win. Along with his third straight win, it was his fifth straight quality start (6 innings or more, 3 or less earned runs).

In those five starts, he is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.59. In 34 innings in those five starts, he has allowed only 22 hits (5.82 per nine innings), six runs (all earned), 9 walks (2.61 per nine innings), 32 strikeouts (8.47 per nine innings), and a .183/.238/.250 slash line against him.

The bullpen

After Freeland dealt 6 2/3 innings of only allowing one run, he gave way to Bryan Shaw and Mike Dunn to finish out the game. Between the two relievers, they went 2 1/3 innings and they only allowed one baserunner (a walk allowed by Dunn) and they struck out two batters a piece.

For both them, it was good to see them have outings like that so they can gain some confidence and regain their footing as both of them have struggled at points throughout the season.

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The offense

Something that also shouldn’t be looked over is the offense. After all, they scored six runs. Believe it or not, Ian Desmond provided most of the offense.

He went 2-for-4 with a RBI triple and a three-run homer for a total of four RBI. Charlie Blackmon also tallied a two-run home run in the 9th inning to cap off the scoring.

The Rockies totaled 10 hits, including 2-for-4 night with 2 runs and a walk from Nolan Arenado (who also had a spectacular play at third), two singles and a walk from Trevor Story (without any strikeouts), the two hits by Ian Desmond, the homer by Charlie Blackmon, and a hit a piece by Noel Cuevas, Daniel Castro, and Gerardo Parra (his came in a pinch hit role).

Next: The cold, hard truth about Ian Desmond

The Rockies hope to make it a winning streak this afternoon as they will face the Giants at 2 PM MT on Saturday.

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