Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland no-hit the White Sox for 8 1⁄3 innings on Sunday, but Melky Cabrera’s line shot to left field ended the bid. Freeland struck out nine on the afternoon and tossed 126 pitches. He was pulled right after the Cabrera single. He did walk three guys. The White Sox made very little hard contact. In the eighth inning, Yolmer Sanchez hit a sinking liner that Gerardo Parra made a diving catch on but other than that I don’t recall any max effort plays to preserve the no-no.
Carlos Rodon on the other hand, gave up six runs in 5 1⁄3 innings. He struck out four and walked three on 95 pitches. Chris Beck cost Rodon a couple of runs when he entered the game with two men on and promptly gave up a three-run shot to Pat Valaika.
The Rockies got on the board in the second. Valaika hit a grounder to first to score Matt Reynolds who walked. Gerardo Parra, who doubled in the inning also came around to score when Omar Narvaez attempted a pick off throw and threw it away to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Charlie Blackmon hit an absolute rocket to right-center field to start the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu followed with a walk. After a Nolan Arenado line out to the returning Avisail Garcia, Reynolds also walked. Parra singled to right to end Rodon’s day and set up Valaika to dinger off of Beck to make the score 7-0.
Mike Pelfrey came in to start the seventh and didn’t fair any better than Beck did. Arenado started off with a walk. Reynolds followed with a single. Parra knocked in Arenado with another single. Valaika did more damage with another hit to make it 9-0. The man of the hour, Freeland, completed the scoring with a single off of Gregory Infante.
With that, the first half comes to a close. Enjoy the All-Star break.
Record: 38-49 | Box