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With one out in the ninth inning, Melky Cabrera singled to left field to break up Kyle Freeland’s no hitter. At well over 100 pitches going into the ninth inning, Bud Black was obviously giving Kyle the chance to record the Rockies first ever home no hitter. Cabrera may have broken it up, but it was still a terrific start by Kyle and easily the best start of his young career. It was only made even more special for the fact that this is his hometown crowd and he nearly did the extremely unlikely.
The Rockies not only had a terrific pitching performance, they also got an offensive outburst, their second of the series, to head into the break with seemingly some life that reflects the team that held first place through the first two months. It is hard to say what exactly brought the offense to life, but the runs came on the return of Gerardo Parra, who tallied three hits in each of his first three games since returning from the DL.
With Cargo still struggling, Parra acting like an MVP, and Tapia performing very well, the Rockies outfield may see less and less of Cargo, especially if he never returns to form. With David Dahl also on his way back, the outfield is crowded and it is a good thing, as all but Cargo is playing really great baseball.
There is really no better way to script this game heading into the break. The White Sox are obviously not a great team, but heading into a break with confidence and being able to rest up are two keys to a second half surge. The Rockies have a relatively easy return form the break facing the Mets, Padres, and Pirates in their first three series. They have struggled against the Padres this year and the Mets series is an away one, but this team could very well be set up for a second half surge that solidifies their playoff spot.
Charlie Blackmon will participate in the home run derby tonight, facing Cody Bellinger in the first round. It is exciting to see a Rockie in the derby, though they have not fared well in the past, so hopefully Charlie can knock the rookie phenom down a peg.