Down on the Farm: Freeland Challenge Continues In Bid to Get Back to Big Leagues


Kyle Freeland's struggle to regain the successful touch of a year ago -- when he set Rockies records for ERA both overall and at Coors Field, and finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting -- continues. Freeland was gone after 3 1/3 innings against Tacoma at Albuquerque on Friday night.

He had a no-decision in what became a 15-14, 10-inning loss for the Isotopes, but that doesn't make things any better. He gave up 10 runs, nine earned, on 12 hits and three walks while retiring only 10 batters.

Five starts into his assignment to the Isotopes, Freeland is 0-3 with an 11.12 ERA. ​

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​In Friday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (34-37) lost 15-14 in 10 innings against Tacoma (Mariners). Drew Butera (.311) was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two home runs, giving him five for the season and three in the last two games. Roberto Ramos (.307) hit his 18th home run, Elliot Soto (.310) his fifth, and Yonathan Daza (.380) hit his ninth. Daza also singled, doubled and drove in three runs. Sam Howard (1-1, 4.46) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, striking out one in one inning.

AA Hartford (4-6, 41-36) lost 3-2 at Richmond (Giants). Jack Wynkoop (5-9, 3.30) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out two in seven innings. Colton Welker (.275) was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Advanced A Lancaster (5-4, 39-38) lost 5-2 at Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Ryan Rollison (2-4, 4.28) allowed five runs, four earned, giving up three home runs among seven hits he allowed while walking two and striking out seven in six innings. Luis Castro (.295) was 1-for-2 with a double, walk and RBI.

A Asheville (3-6, 32-47) lost 12-5 at Charleston (Yankees). Ryan Feltner (5.68) started and allowed four runs on six hits and five walks, striking out two in 3 1/3 innings. Boby Johnson (1-3, 5.63) suffered his third blown save, giving up five runs on six hits while retiring two batters in the seventh inning. Robert Metz (.250) was 1-for-4 with a run scored and double.

Short-season A Boise (7-8) extended it's winning streak to four games with a 7-6, 10-inning win against Salem-Keizer (Giants). Vladimir Dilone (.313) had the game-winning sacrifice fly. Bladimir Restituyo (.327) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI and two doubles. Second-round draft pick Aaron Schunk (.280) also was 3-for-5 with an RBI and double. Wander Cabrera (3.21) started and worked 4 2/3 shutout innings, giving up one hit and three walks, striking out three. Joel Condreay (1-1, 4.32) earned the win, working 1 1/3 shutout innings, striking out two, including coming on to put an end to Salem's five-run rally in the ninth.

Rookie Grand Junction (7-6) split a doubleheader against Ogden (Dodgers), losing 8-4 in Game 1 and winning 5-4 in Game 2. Julio Carreras (.300) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a two-run triple that tied the game in the bottom of the seventh (and final inning). He eventually scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk to Max George (.292). Gavin Hollowell (1-0, 0.00) pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out one, for the win. Mike Ruff (5.40) started Game 2, allowing one run on three hits and a walk, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. In Game 1, Brenton Doyle (.325) hit his third home run. Anderson Amarista (0-1, 6.92) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out five in four innings.


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