(Colo)-Freeland Comes Within 2 Outs Of No-Hitter In 10-0 Rockies Win
DENVER (AP) - Hometown rookie Kyle Freeland came within two outs of the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field and just the team's second overall as Colorado beat the Chicago White Sox 10-0 today in the last game before the All-Star break.
Freeland, who grew up going to games at the hitter-friendly park, struck out the first batter of the 9th inning and then allowed a sharp single to Melky Cabrera on a 2-2 count and his 126th pitch.
The 24-year-old Freeland was pulled immediately after the hit and left to a standing ovation for a performance that saw him strike out a career-high 9 while walking 3 and hitting a batter as he improved to 9-7. He also drove in the Rockies' final run with a single in the 8th.
Freeland got the only runs he would need in the 2nd inning when Mark Reynolds walked and Gerardo Parra doubled to open the action, with Reynolds scoring on a ground out by Pat Valaika and Parra coming in on a throwing error
The score was still 2-0 when the Rockies broke it open with 5 runs in the 6th, an outburst that opened with Charlie Blackmon's team-leading 20th home run to lead off and was capped by a 3-run blast by Valaika...part of a career-best 5 RBIs by the young infielder. Blackmon's 477-foot shot off the chicken sign in right-center was the longest Rockies home run this season.
The only no-hitter in Rockies history was thrown by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010 at Atlanta while the only no-hitter in Coors Field history was by Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers in 1996. Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins has the lone no-hitter in the majors so far this season.
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