The Rockies tallied as many hits as the Pirates on Monday with 11, but they could not find the clutch hit and grounded into double plays three times. Kyle Freeland had a rougher start and Jameson Taillon was strong in his return as Pittsburg defeated Colorado by a score of 7-2.
The first inning for Freeland started with a leadoff walk and a home run by Josh Harrison. It got the Rockies down by 2-0 early in a game where runs were hard to come by for the Rockies. Pittsburg would find themselves scoring two more runs in the third with an RBI double and single.
Freeland would give up one more run in the sixth with three singles bringing around Max Moroff to score. The two out run scoring single would end Freeland’s day as he exited with a final line of 5.2 innings, five runs (four earned) and two walks with three Ks. It was not a great start for the rookie, though he did get more length than would have been expected after his bad first inning.
The Rockies scored only two runs in the game, one on a single by Trevor Story and one by a ground out in the ninth from LeMahieu. The Rockies had plenty more opportunities as they left 10 on bas and went 1-11 with RISP. They had baserunners in every inning except one, but just could not get the clutch hit to drive in a run.
The loss gave Colorado its second straight, but it is not something to worry about. They have been good at rebounding, especially win losing series openers, and the next two days favor them winning. It is a road series and no major league team should be underestimated, but they are games the Rockies should win.
Tyler Chatwood heads to the hill on Tuesday to take on Gerrit Cole in a battle of righties. Reynolds, Arenado, and Blackmon have all done well against Cole in the past, but whether Reynolds starts is in question as he hurt his knee in Monday’s game.