Kyle Freeland, Story Fashion Colorado Rockies to 3-1 win over Washington Nationals
DENVER -28 Sep 2021
Kyle Freeland pitched into the seventh inning before running into trouble, and the Rockies snapped a five-game Coors Field skid with a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
Trevor Story is sure of one thing if his homer Tuesday night winds up as his last at Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies. He connected on a slider from Patrick Corbin that went 475 feet, according to Stat cast. It was the Rockies’ second-longest homer of the season, behind Ryan McMahon’s 478-foot blast on May 15 against Cincinnati.
He was cruising until the seventh when Story loaded the bases and walked in a run with two outs to make it 2-1. He turned the ball over to reliever Tyler Kinley, who got Alcides Escobar to fly out and end the threat.
The left-handed Kyle Freeland kept slugger Juan Soto and the Nationals from the timely hit over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run while striking out three and walking four. Freeland has given up three earned runs or less in 15 of his last 18 starts.
“Feels like I’m in the middle of the mid-season form,” said Freeland, who didn’t make his first start until May 25 due to a strained left shoulder he suffered in spring training. “It sucks because it’s the end of the season, and I feel this way.”
Freeland could make another start Sunday in Arizona or Monday in Atlanta, should the Rockies and Braves need to make up their postponed game from Sept. 16. However, Black would certainly take more of this version of Kyle Freeland.
“He pitched outstandingly,” Black said. “His stuff was crisp.”
“Kind of hung a slider there to Story,” Corbin said. “That happens sometimes in this ballpark.”
Brendan Rodgers added an insurance run with an RBI double in the seventh.
Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman celebrated his 37th birthday with a double, and an infield hit in which he was called out before a successful challenge.
“It’s hard to play at this level whether you’re 37, 21, 27,” Zimmerman said. “It doesn’t matter what age I am; you owe it to the game, you owe it to your organization — you work hard, and you try to produce.”
A first-round pick by Washington in 2005, Zimmerman has remained quiet about his future.
“I don’t want to decide on anything before I have closure on it,” Zimmerman said. “The last thing I want to do is say I don’t want to come back and come December, I’m sitting at home talking with my family, and I realize I do want to come back. So, there’s no real rush.”
Rodgers was back in the lineup a day after being hit in the helmet by Josiah Gray’s 92 mph fastball. Rodgers had a foul ball hit the dirt Tuesday, pop up, and knock his helmet off in the third inning against Corbin. Rodgers then flew out to the right.