Farm Report: Freeland Takes Big Step Forward in 3rd Start for AAA Albuquerque

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Rockies owner Dick Monfort and assistant general manager/player development Zach Wilson showed up at the Triple-A Isotopes game in Albuquerque on Monday. They were there to build the Rockies relationship with their affiliate farm club, and also try and help build a Rockies fan base in the New Mexico city.

They got a bonus.

Kyle Freeland started for the Isotopes on Monday, and Freeland pitched well in a 5-3 loss to New Orleans, a Marlins affiliate.

Freeland did suffer the loss, but more importantly for the Rockies, he walked only one batter, struck out three, and gave up two runs on five hits in six innings. Freeland, who finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting last year, had allowed 12 runs on 17 hits and seven walks in 10 2/3 innings in his first two starts with the Isotopes.

Freeland started Opening Day for the Rockies, and earned the win in the Rockies 6-3 victory at Miami. He allowed one run and two hits, walking one and striking out five, in seven innings. He, however, had only one more win in his last 11 starts, and had a 7.91 ERA in those 11 starts.

In Monday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (31-40) lost 5-3 to New Orleans (Marlins). Roberto Ramos (.294) hit his 16th home run, and Drew Butera (.303) was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

AA Hartford (37-29) was off. The Yard Goats open a three-game series with Bowie on Tuesday.

High A Lancaster (34-39) was off for the three-day California League All-Star Game break.

Low A Asheville (39-41) was off for the three-day South Atlantic League All-Star Game break.

Short-season A Boise (1-3) won 4-1 at Everett (Mariners) in front of a home-opening crowd of 4,014. Bladimir Restituyo (,222) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Wander Cabrera (1-0, 1.80) allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out four in five innings. Will Tribucher (0.00) struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for his first save.

Rookie Grand Junction (1-3) won 9-0 at Ogden (Dodgers). Max George hit a three-run home run to cap off a seven-run fifth inning and added another home run in the ninth. Miguel Ausua (1-0, 0.00) worked five shutout innings, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out one.