Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson entered the batsman’s penalty zone in the sixth inning at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon, facing Rocky right-hander Julian Fernandez, who is making his major league debut .
First pitch: Swanson fouled with a four-slit fastball at 101.4 mph. Second pitch: Swanson hit a 100.7 four-slit fast ball. Third pitch: Swanson hit the ball with a 102.4 mph four-slit fastball at Fernandez.
Colorado lost 9-2, but Fernandez’s fastball was impressive.
Rocky Mountain forward Carlos Estevez acted as Fernandez’s interpreter during the call between Zoom and the media after the game. He was amused by all the questions about Fernandez’s popularity. Both are from the Dominican Republic.
“When I first signed with the Rockies (2011), I started to see him,” Estevez said. “I was 18 years old. He was three years younger than me. When he signed (in Dominica), I was already in the United States. He told me,’When I was 18, I wanted to throw 100 like you guys. He went on. I know he has been throwing like this for a long time.”
Fernandez was called in from Triple-A in Albuquerque and completed his first major league outing, giving up three hits, no walking, and one strikeout. Austin Riley hit one of his home runs in the seventh inning.
Damage update. The left-hander Kyle Freeland left his last game early due to a left hip impact. He performed well and is expected to start Monday’s game against the Giants at Coors Field.
Right-handed Jon Gray (tight forearm) is doing better every day and is expected to start Wednesday afternoon against the Giants.
footnote. The nine games the Rockies gave up on Sunday are the most games they have allowed at home since their July 17 game against the Dodgers. …… Right shooter Jordan Sheffield played a perfect ninth game in his first appearance since he entered the injured list with a right back strain on June 5.
On the deck
Giant RHP Kevin Gosman (12-5, 2.52 ERA) in Rocky Mountains LHP Kelvreeland (5-6, 4.22)
Monday at 2:10 pm, Coors Field
radio: 630 AM/94.1 FM
Two native Colorado pitchers faced off at Coors Field on Monday. Freeland, a 2011 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, made his 19th start this season. His last game was interrupted by a left hip impact, which allowed him to play only one game against Texas. Since June 28, Freeland has scored 2.77 5-4 in the past 12 games. During that time, he scored 2.91 in Coors’ six starts with a 3-1 SR. Freeland defeated the Giants in San Francisco on August 14 and scored a first base with five hits in six innings in Colorado’s 4-1 win. In 16 career starts against the Giants, Freeland’s record is 7-3, with an ERA of 3.41, including a 5-1 record of 9 home starts and an ERA of 3.99. Gausman is a 2010 graduate of Grandview High School. He did not make a decision when he started last time, but he did well in the game against Milwaukee, throwing five innings, two runs, four walking shots, and even strikeouts. Gossman has given up three or fewer games each time in the past seven games. The right shooter scored 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in four games against the Rockies, including a 1-1 record and 4.35 ERA in two starts at Coors Field.
trend: Remel Tapia made 2 of 4 shots in Sunday’s three-game winning streak, increasing his Coors field field goal average to 0.304.
problem: Courageous veteran pitcher Charlie Morton threw seven innings of two-run baseball on Sunday, making a good start. When the opposing batsman made a high-quality start, the Rockies’ record was 3-35.
Probability of pitching
Tuesday: Giant RHP Logan Webb (8-3, 2.56) in the Rocky Mountains RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 6.13), 6:40 PM, ATTR
Wednesday: Giant RHP Anthony DeSclafani (11-6, 3.24) at Rocky Mountains TBA, 1:10 PM, ATTR