We have gone all over the place in our arguments with which game is the best-pitched in Rockies franchise history. One friend will start and end every discussion by talking about the no-hitter thrown by Ubaldo Jimenez in Atlanta on April 17, 2010.
With a Game Score of 88, Jimenez didn’t allow a hit … but did walk six batters. Through his first 83 pitches (five innings), Jimenez had 42 balls and 41 strikes.
There was also Darryl Kile‘s 10-inning (yes, you read that right) shutout performance on the road against the San Diego Padres on September 20, 1998. He needed just 102 pitches to complete the gem, striking out seven while walking two and scattering three hits and pushing him to a 91 Game Score.
How about Tyler Chatwood‘s two-hit, complete game shutout of the Giants in San Francisco on April 15, 2017, registering a Game Score of 86?
What about Kyle Freeland’s near no-hitter at Coors Field against the Chicago White Sox on July 9, 2017? That produced a Game Score of 87 with just one hit, three walks, and nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work.
Yes, there have been plenty of top-notch pitching performances for the Rockies through the years, but which one is the best of the best? Let us know what you think in the comments below. I’m still sticking with Freeland in Chicago. What about you?