Kyle Freeland delivers solid start; David Dahl homers again in Rockies’ walk-off

Rockies 8, Mariners 7

At Salt River Fields

Left-hander Kyle Freeland’s top priority this spring was to command his fastball and eliminate walks. As the Cactus League heads toward the home stretch, the Denver native is in command of those priorities. He pitched 4 ⅔ innings Tuesday, walking none and striking out a spring-high five. He allowed two runs on six hits, but settled down after the second inning to finish his longest start of the spring.

“Cutting the walks was my main focus, coming from last season into this season,” said Freeland, who credited bullpen coach Darren Holmes for slowing down his delivery after the second inning. “I’ve been working during the offseason with my mechanics to cut down on walks and fill up the strike zone.”

Freeland has 12 strikeouts vs. three walks this spring.

On the mound: It was a rough afternoon for prospect Ryan Castellani, who was tagged for four runs on four hits in one-third inning. … Lefty reliever Mike Dunn pitched a perfect inning, dropping his spring ERA to 2.25.

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At the plate: Minor-league infielder Derrik Gibson won the game with a walk-off single in the ninth. … Outfielder David Dahl, who opened the Cactus League going 0-for-15, smacked his fourth homer or the spring. He’s making a strong push for the 25-man roster. … Veteran Ian Desmond, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and is now hitting .071 (2-for-28) with 14 strikeouts. “It’s spring training,” manager Bud Black said. Asked if he was concerned about Desmond, Black said, “No.”

Worth noting: Jordan Patterson, another player on the roster bubble, made a nice throw from right field in the eighth, but it took an excellent fielding job by catcher Tom Murphy on the short hop to tag out Gordon Beckham at the plate.

Up next: Rockies at Dodgers, 8:05 p.m. at Camelback Ranch. Rockies RHP Jon Gray at Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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