DENVER - When the Colorado Rockies drafted the hometown kid in the first round of the 2014 Draft, nights like these are what they had in mind and what fans began to dream about.
Kyle Freeland has become the response to the notion that pitching with consistent quality in Colorado, at Coors Field, is impossible.
He tossed another beauty on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-0 win, allowing just two hits over seven innings of shutout baseball.
He was simply superb, working all corners of the strike zone with every pitch. One of the two base hits he surrendered was a double to his opposite number who took a total guess swing on the first pitch of the at-bat, lining a double into the gap.
The only other time a Pirate made it into scoring position came in Freeland's final inning after he hit a batter and walked one in an 11-pitch at-bat. But he got a soft liner to left to end his night, able to walk off the mound looking at a big fat zero in the opposition's run column.
Freeland has a 2.18 ERA in his home ballpark this season.
The Rockies entered the fifth inning without having recorded a hit against Joe Musgrove, the closest they came was in the previous frame when Carlos Gonzalez was robbed by Josh Harrison at second base on a beautiful diving stop and throw.