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Behind a big four-run second inning, Kyle Freeland was able to earn the win and stop the Rockies three game slide. With Gallardo on the mound, the Rockies were seeing a more familiar pitcher and they were able to get to him quickly, making him exit after only three innings. It was just what the Rockies needed and while it wasn’t the best or prettiest win of the year, it was a win and what the Rockies needed to keep pace with the other NL West leaders.
Kyle Freeland was not his typical ground ball inducing self on Thursday getting only four ground outs to seven fly outs over six innings. He also only had three strikeouts, but he did get two double plays behind him. Freeland was also not as under control as the Rockies would have liked, as he walked two and hit three in his outing. Regardless of what happened to Freeland while he was on the hill, he did pitch well enough to earn a win and a quality start, eventually leading to the Rockies win.
In the big fourth inning, Cargo started it all with a walk. Then Mark Reynolds came up and launched a 450 foot bomb to get the Rockies on the board and an early lead. They got two more runs before the inning was up, one coming from an RBI single from Story and the other coming off of a Blackmon sac fly. The four runs that came in that inning would be all the Rockies would need, but they would get two more before the game was up.
In the third inning, Nolan Arenado hit a homer, his 13th of the year, to get back at the Mariners for the run they scored in the bottom of the second. The Mariners would score again in the fourth, but just like the run in scored in the second, it would not last long as the Rockies scored another in the fifth.
The big player of the game, aside from Mark Reynolds and his home run, was Gerardo Parra who went 4-4 with an RBI and run scored. Parra has been hot recently and Bud Black has had to work him into the lineup. That is easier with how Desmond has been struggling, as he can slot Parra into the outfield with a righty on the mound, or use him to give Blackmon or Cargo a day off. Obviously it gets a little more tricky once David Dahl comes off the DL, but for the time being it allows Dahl to get back to 100% without needing to be rushed back.
Colorado will now head off to San Diego for a three game set against the red hot Padres. The Padres are fresh off a sweep of the Cubs and had an off day on Thursday, so the Rockies will need to be sharp in the series. Most would consider the sweep of the Cubs more of a fluke, but anything can happen in baseball so the Rockies need to come in with a good mental approach.