Kyle Freeland came up two outs short of becoming the second Colorado Rockies pitcher to throw a no-hitter.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland came up two outs short of a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox at Coors Field.
The rookie southpaw finished threw 126 pitches on the afternoon, striking out nine and walking three before White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera singled with one out in the top of the ninth.
Reliever Jordan Lyles came on to get the final two outs in the 10-0 win, helping Freeland improve to 9-7 on the first half of the season.
Freeland, a Denver native, would have been the first Rockies pitcher to throw a no-no at Coors.
“These guys were incredible,” he said of the crowd. “I felt them out there, especially the last two innings.”
Ubaldo Jimenez is the only Rockies pitcher to record a no-hitter when he accomplished the feat on April 17, 2010 against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The only previous no-hitter thrown at Coors Field was by Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 17, 1996. More than 50,000 people were in attendance for Nomo's no-hitter.