Kyle Freeland was brilliant at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, but the Rockies offense couldn’t make up for his lone fault.
Austin Barnes’ leadoff homer in the second inning contained all the offense the Dodgers needed for a 1–0 win over the Rockies, which held on for two hits in the defeat as Freeland’s seven strong innings was wasted.
“We’ve never really been in a position to get a big hit,” said Rockies executive manager Mike Redmond. “We could not put any pressure on them. I think sometimes you have to pat your hat on, and he did a good job of pitching tonight and we weren’t able to maintain any sort of rally. ”
Charlie Blackmon and Ryan McMahon had their only hits for Colorado, dropping to 10-35 on the road this year. The Rockies ran four times but were the only runners-up in the scoring position, which Blackmon was after his first inning double, as Colorado were locked out for the 12th time in 2021.
Freeland, meanwhile, was efficient for Barnes Homer all night. Through a season-high seven frames, he allowed six strikeouts and one run on five hits without a walk.
“He swung the ball in and out, and a couple of times he was able to get a groundball double-play where he got into a difficult position,” Redmond said. “He looked completely in control tonight and it was fun watching him. I just wish we could get him some runs in there to get him a big win.”
Right-hander Tony Gonsolin kept the Rockies off the scoreboard for more than five innings, then the Dodgers’ bullpen did the rest. Alex Vescia, the combination of Joe Kelly, Blake Trainen and Kenny Jensen – who had three straight saves coming in including Friday’s series opener – secured the shutout for LA
On the plus side, Freeland “feels good for the first time in a long time” with regards to the recurring left middle finger blister issue that he has battled on several recent starts.
“I didn’t have a problem with[a blister]— it never got hot, it never blistered,” Freeland said. “It’s cool, and hopefully we can continue to work on it and make sure I can continue to pitch.”