DENVER (AP) – Kyle Freeland launched six times with two shots and was supported by the excellent defense of Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado when the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Saturday night.
Freeland (2-0) authorized a two-way single for Tommy Pham in the first and then retired 13th after, before Francisco Mejia's double in the sixth. The southpaw scored four and made one to 83 throws.
It marked the tenth time in his career that Freeland passed six or more entries and did not allow races.
The Denver native rediscovered his form during the off-season, retrofitting his mechanics. He eliminated the delivery pause and added an improved change.
For two matches, Freeland looks more like the 2018 version of himself – the one who finished fourth in the NL Cy Young race – than the 19 version when he made 3-11 with an ERA of 6.73.
Freeland certainly had a lot of defensive support. The story made a dive capture in the room that made Freeland raise his arms in appreciation. In the sixth, the Rockies' stoppage prevented a big turn, stopping an attacker in the middle and starting a double play.
The story contributed to the dish, as well as a solo shot in the room. It was his second consecutive game with a local.
Arenado also showed his glove. The third baseman who won seven straight Golden Gloves made a run over his shoulder in filthy territory.
Arenado had another dive stop on the seventh.
Matt Kemp hit a solo solo on the third, the first since signing with the Rockies on July 4th. He's reaching 0.332 with 22 men over his career at Coors Field.
Leftist Joey Lucchesi (0-1), from Padres, had a forgettable ride by passing 1/3/3 times and giving up three races.
Trent Grisham headed for eighth out of the Rocky Mountains reliever, Yency Almonte.
The Padres have scored at least three races in each of the first eight games for the second time in franchise history
RELIEF, PART I
Rocky Mountain manager Bud Black was bringing Wade Davis closer on the night off, after giving up four races in a pair of two players on the ninth Friday. Davis still has a tenuous influence on the job.
"Let's see where this goes," said Black.
RELIEF, PART II
An All-Star in 2019, Padres closest to Kirby Yates has struggled with his command so far this season. He walked two scouts on a shift during two of his three appearances. He has done this on three occasions throughout the past season.
"It is not a matter of trust," said Yates. "I still know who I am."
FOCUS ON HOME
Staff manager Jayce Tingler is not focused on all the positive tests of COVID-19 around baseball. Your attention remains at home.
"We have enough roller coasters only in our games," said Tingler. "I was happy with our organization remaining resilient, managing ourselves and being responsible for each other."
Pictures: 1B Eric Hosmer was placed on the 10-day injured list due to stomach illness. The change is retroactive to Wednesday. His condition is described by the team as gastritis.
Rocky Mountains: RHP Scott Oberg (contracted) was scheduled to launch a mock game on Saturday.
Colorado will play right-hand Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 3.60 ERA) in the series final this Sunday. The Fathers turn to Zach Davies (1-0, 3.60).
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