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.
“I think Kyle’s stuff is good enough, and there are times when Kyle’s stuff in the strike zone definitely has enough action to get guys out,” manager Bud Black said. “But today, there were some mistakes. Today was not his day.”
Blackmon limps out. Veteran outfielder/designated hitter Charlie Blackmon left Sunday’s game after hitting a double in the eighth inning. Blackmon was limping noticeably when he rounded first base.
Blackmon said after the game that he’s still dealing with a sore hamstring.
Footnotes. Rookie outfielder Sean Bouchard went 2-for-3 with a career-high three RBIs. … Second baseman Brendan Rodgers, who sustained a hamstring injury on Sept. 18, has ramped up his baseball activity. There is a chance he could play Thursday at San Francisco. … The Padres won their first series at Coors Field since they took two of three from the Rockies from May 11-12, 2021. Seven different Padres recorded multi-hit games Sunday, a season-high.
The Rockies are off on Monday
Trending: Ryan McMahon hit his 19th home run of the season Sunday, a solo shot to lead off the third inning. The homer measured 439 feet, McMahon’s eighth home run of the season over 430 feet. His average home run distance of 425.7 feet ranks as the third longest in the majors.
At issue: The Rockies committed 54 errors at home this season, their most since making 58 errors at Coors Field in 2016.
- Tuesday: Rockies RHP German Marquez (8-12, 5.15 ERA) at Giants RHP Logan Webb (14-9, 2.93), 7:45 p.m., ATTRM
- Wednesday: Rockies RHP Jose Urena (3-7, 5.34) at Giants TBA
- Thursday: Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (3-8, 5.91) at Giants LHP Carlos Rodon (13-8, 2.98)
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