Freeland’s struggles overshadowed a historic night for Nolan Arenado, who crushed his 200th career home run in the third inning and knocked in Colorado’s first five runs to keep the Rockies within striking distance of the Orioles.
A two-out RBI single in the first. A two-out three-run homer in the third. A two-out RBI single in the fifth. And yet, somehow, Baltimore kept pitching to the All-Star third baseman. For that, the Rockies said thank you and took advantage of the opportunity.
Those three hits represented his ninth three-hit game of the season so far, a mark that leads the Majors. He had 11 three-hit games all of last season.
Arenado told reporters after the game he wasn’t going to celebrate the home run milestone until after Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles. But let’s take a moment to celebrate it for him.
He reached the milestone in his 925th career game. That is the fourth-fewest games played to get to 200 homers in franchise history. Larry Walker needed just 795.
Arenado also has three homers in his last two games and Saturday’s long ball extended his current multi-hit game streak to five, tying the longest stretch of his impressive career.