Kyle Freeland is scheduled to make his sixth start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday night amid a growing feeling that he will most likely rejoin the Rockies rotation after the All-Star Break. With the way the schedule is set up, Freeland could make two more starts for the Isotopes and and be in line to start the Rockies fifth game after the All-Star Break -- against the Giants at Coors Field on July 16.
Freeland is 0-3 with an 11.12 ERA in five starts for Albuqeruque, but reports on Freeland are that the numbers are not necessarily a true indication of the adjustments the lefthander has made since the Rockies sent him down. The Rockies stressed when Freeland was sent down they were going to be more focused on his pitch command and approach than results.
Freeland finished fourth in Cy Young voting a year ago, when he was 17-7 witha 2.85 ERA. He set a franchise record for lowest ERA,and had the fourth lowest ERA in the National League.
This year, he was 2-6 with a 7.13 ERA in 12 starts before being sent down. The Rockies, however, have struggled in the fourth and fifth spots in rotation, using Jeff Hoffman, Peter Lambert and Chi Chi Gonzalez. Go nzalezwas sent back to Albuquerque on Tuesday to make room for Trevor Story to come off the Injured List, leaving the Rockies with four starters on their current roster -- German Marquez, Jon Gray, Antonio Senzatela and Lambert.
Freeland starts at Sacramento for the Isotopes on Wednesday, and could be set up to start at El Paso on July 11.
In Tuesday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (35-50) lost 11-2 at Sacramento (Giants). The Isotopes were held to one hit prior to the ninth when Josh Fuentes (.264) doubled and Sam Hilliard (.249) hit his 22nd home run, giving him 67 RBI. Pat Dean (2-9, 7.74) allowed seven runs on 11 hits, striking out six in five innings. Harrison Musgrave retired the two batters he faced in his fifth appearance on a rehab assignment.
AA Hartford (5-9, 42-39) lost 6-2 against Bowie (Orioles). Second baseman Alan Trejo (.260) singled twice, including a two-hit base hit in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Dennis (0-1, 7.50) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks, striking out one in four innings.
Advanced A Lanscaster (9-4, 43-38) won its fourth in a row and extended it's second-half lead in the Cal League South Division to two games with a 5-4 victory against Inland Empire (Angels). Sean Bouchard (.300) was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first. Garrett Schilling (4-4, 4.46) allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out 11 in six innings.
A Asheville (5-8, 34-49) lost 6-4 against Lexington (Royals). Alfredo Garcia (2-8, 6.75) allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks, striking out five in five innings. LeeMarcus Boyd (.167) doubled home one run and scored another.
Short-season A Boise (9-10) claimed it's first win in nine road games, 4-1 at Everett (Mariners). Isaac Collins (.250) drove in three runs, giving him a team-high 13. Frederis Parra (3-0, 0.72) allowed an unearned run on five hits and struck out five in six innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (9-8) won 2-1 against Rocky Mountain. Colin Simpson (.323), the Rockies 29th-round draft choice from Oklahoma State, had the go-ahead home run in the fourth. Helcris Olivares (1-0, 2.00) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out eight in five innings. Gavin Hollowell (1.80) walked two and struck out three in the ninth for his third save.