Freeland Uses Arm & Bat to Defeat Reds

Freeland Uses Arm & Bat to Defeat Reds

Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland will oppose Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo on Sunday in the series finale.

A bird showed up in the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast booth on Sunday before the Reds went on to score three runs in the sixth inning.

Freeland's skills at the plate have not gone unnoticed by manager Bud Black.

"He looked like a prize fighter", Black said. "That's one of the things we talked about this winter when we were putting the roster together". "We felt he was a good fit". Freeland came into the game getting more than 66 percent of his outs on the ground. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to be here".

Both teams met each other twice in the spring training where the Rockies won the first game while the Reds Pulled a 9-8 victory in the second.

Gomes' third-inning homer off Joe Musgrove (3-4) gave the Indians a 3-1 lead, and Cleveland added three more runs in the fourth. The NL Pitcher of the Month in April struck out three and walked none.

Arroyo was tagged for five runs in five innings by the Cubs in a loss Tuesday.

The Reds have lost seven straight, their longest skid since they dropped 11 in a row last May. Colorado is now 15-7 on the road and 6-0 in sets of at least three games.

The Colorado Rockies have jumped out to quite the start this season. Arroyo (3-4) allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Bud Black sees Kyle Freeland's swings during batting practice, so the Colorado manager wasn't surprised that the left-hander launched a 72 miles per hour slider into the right-field bullpen, especially on a day when the Rockies were, as Black said, feeling "hitterish".

"Talk about reinvigorating a ballclub", Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Bonilla didn't have it".

Right-hander Scott Oberg (5.50 ERA) also failed to muffle the Reds' bats, giving up two runs on two hits in the seventh. It was the most hits allowed by the Reds this season. His band is in town for a performance.

Rockies: Story is expected to play three games on a rehab assignment and be evaluated. Catcher Stuart Turner went on the 10-day DL with a strained hamstring.

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani was cleared to resume throwing this weekend. It started with an unusual occurrence - a Nolan Arenado error where he rushed a barehanded attempt on Billy Hamilton but instead deflected the ball of his own face, needing to take a moment to recover from a cut he suffered just under his left eye.

Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer to start the Reds' sixth against Chad Qualls, who faced only four batters.

The Rockies rookie settled in nicely after that, throwing just six pitches in the third inning, the first clean frame for the Rockies pitching in their last 11 attempts.

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