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Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 17,691

Rockies' Freeland hopes to reverse trend vs. D-backs

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Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The last three series played between these teams at Chase Field have resulted in sweeps. The Rockies have recorded two of the three sweeps, one in September of last year and one in June of this season, while the D'Backs swept the most recent series at Chase Field in July.
  2. Nolan Arenado has hit 216 home runs in his career, second most all-time by a third-baseman (based on career position) through seven MLB seasons (Eddie Mathews -- 253).
  3. The Diamondbacks (62-63) have been within one game of .500 for an MLB-high 86 days this season (next closest is Texas with 61 days). The 86 days are the most games that Arizona has ever been within one game of .500 in a single season in franchise history.
  4. Eduardo Escobar has 16 home runs as a LHB this season and 12 home runs as a RHB, while teammate Ketel Marte has 13 home runs as a LHB and 12 home runs as a RHB. Escobar and Marte are the only two switch-hitters in the majors with double-digit home runs from both sides of the plate this season.
  5. Charlie Blackmon has hit seven career leadoff home runs against the Diamondbacks, including one on June 20 of this season against Robbie Ray. In this his 9th season, Blackmon has hit 36 leadoff home runs -- the only player with more leadoff HR in his first nine MLB seasons is Alfonso Soriano (44).
  6. Zac Gallen is allowing 0.60 home runs per nine innings this season, the fourth-lowest rate in MLB (min. 45 IP as starter). Gallen allowed nine hits and two earned runs over 4.0 IP against the Rockies in a 9-3 Arizona win on August 13.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/19/2019 thru 8/21/2019

Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland has started three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.

None have gone well.

Freeland (3-10, 7.09 ERA) will get one more chance Tuesday night in Phoenix in the second game of a three-game series.

Freeland's struggles against the D-backs mirror his 2019 season after he went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA last season, finishing fourth in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award.

Against Arizona, he has allowed:

-- eight runs in six innings on May 4

-- five runs in three innings on May 30

-- five runs in six innings Wednesday

Overall, Freeland is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP when facing Arizona this season.

His first two outings against the D-backs came before he was sent down to the minors. He's 1-4 with a 7.01 ERA since being recalled, but he and manager Bud Black said they saw improvement last Wednesday, when Arizona hit two home runs.

"With my mechanics and the way the ball is coming out of my hand, I'm getting some good movement on the ball, so I feel much, much better about everything," Freeland said, according to the Denver Post. "Obviously, giving up five runs is not acceptable, but I have to tip my cap to (Arizona)."

The Rockies lead the season series 9-8 but have done plenty of hat-tipping lately to the D-backs, who have won six of the past seven meetings after losing eight in a row earlier this season.

Arizona won 5-3 on Monday night, rallying after being no-hit for five innings. Carson Kelly broke up that bid with a sharp single to lead off the sixth before Ketel Marte hit a two-run blast for a 2-1 lead. Kelly then belted a solo shot to lead off the eighth for a 3-2 edge.

The Diamondbacks moved back to .500 at 63-63 and are four games behind the second wild-card spot in the National League.

"We've been this way all year. We never give up," Kelly said. "Sometimes we get down early, we just continue to fight, continue to battle. We're never out of it, and that is something you want in a team. It's what we've got here."

At some point, though, the D-backs will have to get on a run to make the postseason. They have not been more than two games above or below .500 since losing on June 18.

"There were so many things that happened inside the game today that keeps me thinking this team is ready to do something special," manager Torey Lovullo said.

Arizona will send out rookie Alex Young (4-3, 3.98) for a lefty-lefty matchup Tuesday night. Unlike Freeland, he has happy memories of the Arizona-Colorado series this season, having thrown six hitless innings at home against the Rockies on July 7. He was on a pitch count in his second career start and was pulled from the game after 71 pitches.

Young has struggled in his past two starts, losing both and giving up a total of nine earned runs in 8 1/3 innings.

Marte returned to the lineup Monday night after missing two games because of lower back tightness.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 20, 2019

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