Rockies’ Kyle Freeland roughed up by Padres in Coors Field finale


The Padres trashed Kyle Freeland’s final home start of the season.

The Rockies’ left-hander is a technician and when he’s precise, he’s very good. Witness his last five performances entering Sunday. In those five starts, he gave up three or fewer runs in each, going 2-2 with a 1.84 ERA.

But when the left-hander misses his spots, he sometimes gets hit like a piñata. Such was the case Sunday when the Padres whacked Freeland for seven runs on nine hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

“Today there was poor execution and when there was (good) execution, there were good swings,” he said. “They came out firing and they had my number today.

“I haven’t watched the video yet … but there were bad pitches that were exposed and there were some good pitches made and they put good swings on them with runners on base. Then things just snowballed on me.”

San Diego’s three-run first inning included a leadoff double by Ha-Seon Kim, Freeland plunking Brandon Drury to load the bases, a sacrifice fly by Jake Cronenworth and a two-run double by Wil Myers.

The Padres’ four-run third was highlighted by Cronenworth’s two-run triple into the right-field corner, immediately followed by Myers’ two-run homer.

Manager Bud Black acknowledged that Freeland was not at his best Sunday, but also said that the lefty doesn’t always have to be right on point to win games.


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