Freeland wins debut as Rockies top Dodgers 2-1

DENVER (AP) Ever since he was a kid, Kyle Freeland dreamt of taking the mound at Coors Field for his hometown Colorado Rockies.

''It couldn't have gone any better,'' the 23-year-old left-hander said after winning his major league debut, 2-1 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Freeland (1-0) gave up four hits with a pair of walks and struck out six, including the first batter up. He also singled off Hyun-Jin Ryu.

''That's another first to knock off: big league win, big league knock,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. '' ... The people of Denver should be very proud of their native son.''

Freeland became the first starting pitcher to make his big league debut in his team's home opener in the state in which he was born since 1966.

The eighth overall pick of the 2014 draft, Freeland grew up not far from the Rockies ballpark and used to participate in pregame youth baseball parades around the warning track at Coors Field. Because his parents wouldn't let him skip school, this marked the first home opener he'd ever attended.

''I was trying to play it cool, that's for sure. Butterflies were definitely flying around in my stomach,'' Freeland said. ''I had pregame jitters, especially for a home opener and my debut, but I tried my best to stay focused.''

Freeland figures Friday's crowd of 49,169 was about 49,000 more than saw him the last time he pitched in Denver, during the playoffs his senior season at Thomas Jefferson High School in 2011.

Freeland came out early to soak in the atmosphere, then settled his nerves and went right to work, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first and never really letting the Dodgers settle in. His only blemish was Enrique Hernandez's run-scoring groundout in the fourth.

''To say he had adrenaline today was an understatement,'' Rockies catcher Dustin Garneau said. ''But it was almost a good thing that he had that bases-loaded jam when he had to pitch through that in the beginning to kind of get that adrenaline to kind of flush out of his system. Because after that, he really settled in and became Kyle Freeland, and you guys all saw it.''

Black said he never sensed the moment getting too big for the 6-foot-4 rookie.

''I know he wasn't calm, but he looked calm,'' Black said, adding: ''He was composed. He was great in between innings.''

In between the lines, too.

BULLISH BULLPEN

Colorado's bullpen again came up big as Carlos Estevez and Scott Oberg each threw a scoreless inning before Jake McGee hit 98 mph and struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the season.

This marked the second time in franchise history (April 28-29, 1995, at Houston) that the Rockies won back-to-back 2-1 games.

RYU'S RETURN

Ryu (0-1) came up short in his quest to win for the first time since Aug. 31, 2014. The Dodgers left-hander made just one start last season, on July 7, between stints on the DL because of left shoulder surgery and left elbow tendinitis.

''I didn't feel any discomfort or pain in my shoulder and elbow, which is always a great sign,'' Ryu said through a translator.

Ryu allowed two runs and six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up an RBI single to Nolan Arenado in the first and a solo homer to Garneau off the left field foul pole to begin the fifth.

''You hold a team like that to two runs, you expect to win,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

HOME RARITY

Chuck Dobson of the Kansas City Athletics was the previous pitcher to debut by starting his hometown team's first home game, on April 19, 1966 against the Twins.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. RHP Josh Fields was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Rockies: The Rockies wanted RHP Chad Bettis to be on hand for opening day festivities, but he had to stay back in the Phoenix area, where he's receiving chemotherapy after doctors discovered his testicular cancer had spread to his lymph nodes last month.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw makes his second start of the season. Kershaw is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray makes his second start. He was the Rockies' opening day starter at Milwaukee last week and was cruising until a bad fifth inning sent him to the showers, leaving him with a no-decision and an 11.25 ERA.

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  • W: K. Freeland (1-0)L: H. Ryu (0-1)S: J. McGee (1)
  • HR: COL - D. Garneau (1)
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E. Hernandez SS20010000.200.333.400.7331.0
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  • b-struck out for Van Slyke in the 9th
  • c-singled for Hernandez in the 7th
  • d-fouled out for Stripling in the 7th
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D. LeMahieu 2B41100022.105.190.105.2961.0
C. Gonzalez RF40200010.200.238.300.5381.5
N. Arenado 3B40110032.333.429.6111.0401.5
T. Story SS30000022.176.300.294.594-1.0
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D. Garneau C31111011.500.6251.1671.7925.5
K. Freeland P20100001.500.500.5001.0001.0
G. Parra LF10000000.375.412.438.8490.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Turner (4), S. Van Slyke
    • SH - Y. Grandal
    • RBI - E. Hernandez (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Arenado (2)
    • HR - D. Garneau
    • RBI - N. Arenado (3), D. Garneau
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Blackmon
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Hernandez, H. Ryu
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Ryu (L, 0-1)4.26221513.861.500.5
    R. Stripling1.10000202.700.004.0
    G. Dayton1.00000100.000.003.5
    J. Fields1.00000300.000.004.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Ryu (L, 0-1)4.2
    R. Stripling1.1
    G. Dayton1.0
    J. Fields1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (W, 1-0)6.04112601.501.0024.0
    C. Estevez (H, 3)1.01000100.001.002.5
    S. Oberg (H, 1)1.00001100.001.002.5
    J. McGee (S, 1)1.00000300.000.0011.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (W, 1-0)6.0
    C. Estevez (H, 3)1.0
    S. Oberg (H, 1)1.0
    J. McGee (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - H. Ryu
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 77-52, R. Stripling 15-9, G. Dayton 14-8, J. Fields 21-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 4-5, R. Stripling 1-1, G. Dayton 1-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 21, R. Stripling 4, G. Dayton 3, J. Fields 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 95-55, C. Estevez 17-10, S. Oberg 14-7, J. McGee 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 10-2, S. Oberg 1-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, C. Estevez 4, S. Oberg 3, J. McGee 3
    • Balks - C. Estevez
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Gutierrez LF30000020.143.143.143.286-1.0
    a- A. Gonzalez PH-1B00000100.333.529.5001.0291.0
    J. Turner 3B40200011.471.471.7061.1762.5
    Y. Puig RF30000102.333.5001.0001.5001.0
    S. Van Slyke 1B-LF21100100.200.429.400.8294.0
    b- C. Utley PH10000010.125.125.125.250-0.5
    Y. Grandal C30000013.133.133.533.667-0.5
    E. Hernandez SS20010000.200.333.400.7331.0
    c- C. Seager PH-SS20100010.333.400.6111.0110.5
    J. Pederson CF30100011.167.313.417.7290.5
    H. Ryu P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    R. Stripling P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    d- A. Toles PH10000001.167.286.167.4520.0
    G. Dayton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-walked for Gutierrez in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Van Slyke in the 9th
    • c-singled for Hernandez in the 7th
    • d-fouled out for Stripling in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF30000112.105.227.105.333-0.5
    D. LeMahieu 2B41100022.105.190.105.2961.0
    C. Gonzalez RF40200010.200.238.300.5381.5
    N. Arenado 3B40110032.333.429.6111.0401.5
    T. Story SS30000022.176.300.294.594-1.0
    M. Reynolds 1B30000012.389.450.8891.339-0.5
    S. Cardullo LF30000000.000.500.000.5000.0
    C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Garneau C31111011.500.6251.1671.7925.5
    K. Freeland P20100001.500.500.5001.0001.0
    G. Parra LF10000000.375.412.438.8490.0
    Total30262111112-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Turner (4), S. Van Slyke
      • SH - Y. Grandal
      • RBI - E. Hernandez (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Arenado (2)
      • HR - D. Garneau
      • RBI - N. Arenado (3), D. Garneau
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Blackmon
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Hernandez, H. Ryu
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Ryu (L, 0-1)4.26221513.861.500.5
      R. Stripling1.10000202.700.004.0
      G. Dayton1.00000100.000.003.5
      J. Fields1.00000300.000.004.5
      Total8.06221111---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Ryu (L, 0-1)4.2
      R. Stripling1.1
      G. Dayton1.0
      J. Fields1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (W, 1-0)6.04112601.501.0024.0
      C. Estevez (H, 3)1.01000100.001.002.5
      S. Oberg (H, 1)1.00001100.001.002.5
      J. McGee (S, 1)1.00000300.000.0011.5
      Total9.05113110---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (W, 1-0)6.0
      C. Estevez (H, 3)1.0
      S. Oberg (H, 1)1.0
      J. McGee (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Ryu
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 77-52, R. Stripling 15-9, G. Dayton 14-8, J. Fields 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 4-5, R. Stripling 1-1, G. Dayton 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 21, R. Stripling 4, G. Dayton 3, J. Fields 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 95-55, C. Estevez 17-10, S. Oberg 14-7, J. McGee 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 10-2, S. Oberg 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, C. Estevez 4, S. Oberg 3, J. McGee 3
      • Balks - C. Estevez
      • 5TH INNING
        Garneau homered to left12
      • 4TH INNING
        Hernandez grounded out to shortstop, Van Slyke scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Arenado doubled to deep left, LeMahieu scored, Gonzalez to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chase Utley hit for Scott Van Slyke
        • Jake McGee relieved Scott Oberg
        • C. Utley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Utley struck out looking
        • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Grandal struck out on foul tip
        • C. Seager: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Scott Oberg relieved Carlos Estevez
        • Adrian Gonzalez hit for Franklin Gutierrez
        • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • J. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gonzalez out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Josh Fields relieved Grant Dayton
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Carlos Estevez pitching
        • Gerardo Parra in left
        • Corey Seager at shortstop
        • C. Seager: Strike looking, Seager singled to center
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pederson lined out to center
        • Andrew Toles hit for Ross Stripling
        • A. Toles: Ball, Strike looking, Seager to second on balk, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Balk ball, Seager to second on balk, Foul, Foul, Ball, popped out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Grant Dayton pitching
        • D. Garneau: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Garneau struck out on foul tip
        • G. Parra: Ball, Parra lined out to center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • Y. Puig: Foul, Strike swinging, Puig flied out to deep left
        • S. Van Slyke: Ball, Ball, Foul, Van Slyke grounded out to second
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grandal grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stripling Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
        • S. Cardullo: Cardullo flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe grounded out to second
        • F. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gutierrez struck out looking
        • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • D. Garneau: Garneau homered to left
        • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Freeland singled to right
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon walked, Freeland to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded into double play third to second to first, Blackmon out at second
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single, Freeland to third
        • Ross Stripling relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • S. Van Slyke: Strike looking, Ball, Van Slyke doubled to deep left
        • Y. Grandal: Foul, Grandal sacrificed to pitcher, Van Slyke to third
        • E. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop, Van Slyke scored
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson singled to right center
        • H. Ryu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ryu grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reynolds lined out to shortstop
        • S. Cardullo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cardullo lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • F. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
        • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner doubled to deep left
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Puig grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to third
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
        • H. Ryu: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ryu struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • S. Cardullo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cardullo safe at first on left fielder Hernandez fielding error
        • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Foul, Garneau flied out to right
        • K. Freeland: Freeland reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Cardullo to third on Ryu fielding error
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded into double play first to catcher, Cardullo out at home, Freeland to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • F. Gutierrez: Ball, Ball, Gutierrez grounded out to third
        • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner singled to left center
        • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Turner to second
        • S. Van Slyke: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Van Slyke walked, Turner to third, Puig to second
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Grandal grounded into fielder's choice to second, Van Slyke out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out, reached on passed ball
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Blackmon caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, LeMahieu singled to center
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to right center, LeMahieu to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado doubled to deep left, LeMahieu scored, Gonzalez to third
        • T. Story: Ball, Story popped out to first
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)