Kyle Freeland’s seven-inning gem lifts Rockies over Brewers – Denver Post

In his final start before the All-Star break, Kyle Freeland lit up the Rockies’ dugout in frustration. Monday night in Milwaukee, the left-hander was simply lights out.

Freeland blanked the Brewers over seven innings in Colorado’s 2-0 win at American Family Field, giving up just four hits, striking out seven and allowing just one walk. Freeland threw 99 pitches, 58 strikes.

“After a long layoff like that, especially coming off a game that left a bad taste in your mouth — and then you have to sit all that time, basically with that,” Freeland said. Sitting in your brain, brewing — it (smells),” Freeland said. Correspondent in Milwaukee. “But there’s always another start and you make sure the next time you go out there you’re going to give it your best performance.”

Manager Bud Black told reporters that Freeland just went out and did what he does best.

“Kyle’s strength is his ability to find the ball, especially up and to the right, up and to the left, in and out, change speeds,” Black said. “He used all his pitches and I think tonight was probably the game he pitched the best.”

But as is almost always the case with the Rockies, the victory didn’t come without some late drama. Christian Yelich tagged Daniel Bard with a leadoff single in the ninth, and then second baseman Brandon Rogers grounded into a groundball double play by Willie Adams.

Bard got Andrew McCutchen to fly out to center, though Yelich tagged out and advanced to third. Hunter Renfrow hit a blooper to shallow right in no-man’s land, but Rodgers redeemed himself by making a tough catch for the second out.

Bard then walked pinch-hitter Rowdy Tallies to load the bases. But Rodgers snuffed out Luis Urias’ line drive for the final out, giving Bard his 21st save in 23 chances.

With their victory, the Rockies avoided a four-game sweep by the Brewers and snapped the Brewers’ seven-game winning streak against them.

“I’m very proud to be a stop,” Freeland said. “The last three games have been a grinder for us. … Tonight was a good night and luckily I was able to keep them off the bases.”

In fact, no Brewers baserunner reached second base against Freeland.

In Freeland’s last three starts in July, he was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA, with opponents hitting .306 in those three games. On Monday night, however, Freeland looked like the pitcher who went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA in 2018, finishing fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. Monday was the lefty’s third career start of seven or more shutout innings while striking out seven or more batters — his first since 2018.

And Monday was a 180-degree turn from his start against San Diego on July 14 at Coors Field. After being pulled in that game, Freeland took a 5-2 lead to bat in the dugout on a lighter fixture.

“I didn’t like where that light was in the dugout — it didn’t look good,” deadpanned Freeland after the Rockies beat the Padres 8-5.

The Rockies didn’t do much damage against Milwaukee left-hander Aaron Ashby, but they did plenty.