Wednesday Triple Play: Freeland Optimistic for Next Start
Lefthjander Kyle Freeland pitched seven shutout innings in the Rockies 8-0 victory against the Padres at Coors Field on Tuesday night. He earned his first victory since July 30 last season in Washington, D.C., and his first at Coors Field since July 23 last year against the Pirates, although there were some abnormal circumstances involved in that winless stretch.
He would be scheduled to start again on Monday night in Chicago against the Cubs.
Time, however, will tell. Freeland took a line drive off the bat of Padres infielder Chase Headley in the fourth inning off his right heel. He fielded the ball, threw Headly out, and continued through the seventh inning despite some soreness.
"He is a little sore," said manager Bud Black. "Hopefully he will be okay for his next start."
He was getting treatment during the day on Wednesday, and after Wednesday's game he said he is optimistic, particularly with the Rockies off on Thursday, which means he would have five days between starts, instead of the normal four. And then there is the possibility the Rockies could bring Jon Gray back on normal rest to start Monday, giving Freeland a sixth day to heal.
In Freeland's first start after his win at Washington last July, he faced only two batters, suffering a strained groin and went on the disabled list for 10 days. He was activated, and was eventually put in the bullpen for a 20-day stretch.
Looking for a Victory
Eric Lauer made his major league debut in Tuesday's game, only the seventh visiting pitcher to debut at Coors Field. He gave up seven runs, six earned, in three innings, and suffered the loss. The rookie starters are 1-2 in the seven games, and their teams have lost four of the seven games.
Welcome to the Big Leagues, Coors Style
|Eric Lauer||4/24/2018||SDP||L 0-8||GS-4, L||3||6||7||6||4||3||1||74|
|Marco Gonzales||6/25/2014||STL||W 9-6||GS-5||5||7||5||5||2||3||1||82|
|Ty Taubenheim||5/20/2006||TOR||L 1-5||GS-5, L||5||5||3||3||3||3||1||86|
|Chris Brock||6/11/1997||ATL||L 6-9||GS-5||4||7||3||3||2||2||1||67|
|Anthony Bass||6/13/2011||SDP||W 3-1||GS-5, W||5||5||1||1||4||1||0||81|
|Marcus Jones||2000-07-17 (1)||OAK||W 11-10||GS-3||2.1||5||4||4||3||1||1||64|
|Matt Ruebel||5/21/1996||PIT||L 10-12||GS-5||4.2||12||5||5||2||1||2||90|
The Rockies 8-0 victory on Tuesday was the 12th time the Rockies have shutout the Padres and limited them to four or fewer hits.