Down on the Farm: Freeland Takes 2nd Step in Bid to Return to Rockies Wednesday

Cinch -- The shirt that won the West.

Kyle Freeland, who finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting last year, and set a Rockies record with a 2.40 ERA at Coors Field, makes his second start Wednesday night for AAA Albuquerque in his bid to regain the form of 2018. Last Thursday, Freeland suffered the loss at Omaha, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out two.

Freeland was 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA for the Rockies last year, and started Opening Day this year at Miami, picking up a victory. He, however, was 2-6 with a 7.13 ERA in 12 starts at the time he was optioned to the Isotopes.

The Thomas Jefferson High School alum last year became only the second Rockies pitcher to finish in the top five in NL Cy Young voting. Ubaldo Jmenez was third in 2010. His overall 2.85 ERA a year ago ranked fourth in the NL, and was the lowest in a full-time season for a Rockies pitcher who qualified for the ERA title.

In Monday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (30-35) lost 13-4 at Iowa (Cubs). Tim Melville (3-3, 4.38) allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out five in five innings. He gave up three home runs. Elliot Soto was 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored.

AA Hartford (36-25) was off. The Yard Goats open a season at Akron Tuesday night.

High A Lancaster (30-32) won 2-0 against Lake Elsinore (Padres). Garrett Schilling (4-2, 3.70) worked seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. Tommy Doyle earned his ninty save with a scoreless ninth that included two striekouts. Colton Schmidt (2-2, 1.70) earned his ninth save. Ramon Marcelino hit a two-run home run.

Low A Asheville (28-36) won 2-1 against Columbia (Mets) in a game cut short to six innings because of weather. Colton Schmidt (2-2, 1.70) allowed one run on five hits and a walk, striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. He opened the game with five shutout innings, extended his shutout streak to 23 innings. He departed in the sixth with a man on base, who scored. Terrin Vavra (.323) led off the bottom of the sixth with a bunt single, and took third on a Grant Lavigne (.265) double. After Coco Montes (.241) singled home Varva with the game's first run, Lavigne scored the game-winning run on a double.