Freeland and Rockies completes sweep of Giants in another shutout laugher 8-0; Loses adds up to four straight for S.F.

April 23, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, left, confers with pitching coach Dave Righetti, right, as catcher Nick Hundley looks on after Samardzija walked Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Denver. Colorado won 8-0. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Jeremy Kahn

Kyle Freeland is a native of Denver, and is now pitching for his hometown Colorado Rockies and what a performance he put on in front of the hometown Sunday afternoon.

Freeland pitched seven strong innings, allowing six hits, while Gerardo Parra hit a two-run home run and the Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-0 at Coors Field.

The Rockies completed their first three-game series sweep of the Giants at Coors Field for the first time since 2002, and are off to their second best in team history at 13-6.

As for the Giants, this was their fourth consecutive loss and with a record of 6-13, they are off to their worst start since 1983.

Jeff Samardzija went 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs and is now 0-4 on the season. The seven runs allowed by Samardzija are the most he allowed in a game since September 15, 2015, when he allowed 10 runs to the Oakland A’s while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.

Brandon Belt started in left field, while former Rockies catcher Nick Hundley was behind and Buster Posey started at first base.

The Giants were without the services of centerfielder Denard Span, as he is listed as day-to-day with a sprained right shoulder after he crashed into the outfield wall on Saturday night.

Hundley doubled against his former team in the top of the seventh for the Giants only extra-base hit of the afternoon.

NOTES: Matt Cain opens up the home stand for the Giants on Monday night, as he looks to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since May 5, 2013, while the Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu.


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