Story's power, Freeland's arm help Rockies beat Padres 8-0

DENVER (AP) Kyle Freeland's left heel throbbed after being hit by a liner.

The pain actually helped him bear down and make some of his best pitches.

''I was thinking more about my heel than my mechanics,'' Freeland said.

Trevor Story hit the second grand slam of his career, Freeland scattered three hits over seven crisp innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 on a cold Tuesday night.

Freeland (1-3) provided plenty of heat as the lefty struck out a season-high eight to earn his first win since July 30. But there was a moment of concern when Freeland was hit by a Chase Headley liner in the fourth. Freeland took a few warmup pitches and remained in the game. After that, his mechanics have rarely looked sharper, Rockies manager Bud Black said.

''It smoothed him out. He didn't overthrow,'' Black explained. ''His focus might have been more heightened, because he was in a little bit of discomfort.''

Although the heel smarts, Freeland said it will ''be all right.''

Colorado outfielder Noel Cuevas notched his first major league hit - a single down the line that looked like a sure double before he slipped on the first base bag. That's about the only stumble for the Rockies in a game delayed 46 minutes by rain on a 37-degree evening. In an effort to stay warm, Nolan Arenado resorted to wearing a ski mask in the field.

San Diego lefty Eric Lauer (0-1) had a rough outing in his major league debut. He allowed seven runs, six earned, over three innings.

''Like I said to him on the mound when I took the ball from him, `There's going to be a lot of really good days ahead. You're going to remember this because you're going to come back from this one and have a lot of really good days,''' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''Definitely not the debut I know he was looking for, but humble beginnings are a good place to start from.''

One consolation: Lauer picked up his first big league hit on a bloop single.

''It kind of hurt my hand a little bit but I'll take it,'' Lauer said.

The 22-year-old Lauer made a mistake in the second with a fastball that Story took deep to left to give the Rockies a 7-0 lead. Story's other grand slam was April 21, 2017, against San Francisco.

Story is on a roll over his last eight games, hitting .423 with three homers.

''Just trying to put my best swing on it and not try to do too much,'' Story said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: 3B Christian Villanueva (hamstring tightness) was given the night off due to the cold conditions. ''It just wasn't in his best interest or our best interest to push him,'' Green said.

TOUCHDOWN!

The Rockies scored a touchdown's equivalent in runs over the first two innings. Fitting since linebacker Von Miller, quarterback Case Keenum and a few other Broncos were on hand for the game.

''We threw a shutout for (the Broncos),'' Black said.

FAMILY LEAVE

First baseman Eric Hosmer was placed on family medical leave. The team hopes to have him back in the lineup Friday.

''He had some things he needed to go home and take care of,'' Green explained. ''Respecting his privacy and his family's wishes, we'll just kind of leave it at that right now.''

NAME GAME

Rockies right-hander Brooks Pounders had the most memorable name in the minor leagues in 2014. No disputing it, either - he won the ''Moniker Madness '' bracket challenge that crowns the best name.

''It's pretty cool,'' Pounders said.

Pounders pitched the ninth in his Rockies debut. His contract was selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

MORE LAUER

Lauer became just the second pitcher from the 2016 draft class to make his major league debut. The other was teammate Joey Lucchesi, who made his first start on March 30, 2017.

In addition, Lauer was the 27th pitcher to make his inaugural big league start at Coors Field, including seventh as an opponent and second for the Padres (Anthony Bass on June 13, 2011).

''It was just nerves,'' Lauer said. ''I'm just going to work and come back.''

UP NEXT

The Padres will throw RHP Tyson Ross (2-1, 2.81 ERA) in the series finale Wednesday. His last time out he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning at Arizona. The Rockies counter with RHP Jon Gray (1-4, 6.75), who's looking to snap a three-game skid.

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  • W: K. Freeland (1-3)L: E. Lauer (0-1)
  • HR: COL - T. Story (6)
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C. Headley 1B40000002.088.225.118.3430.0
F. Galvis SS30000001.236.333.303.6370.0
C. Spangenberg 3B30000020.200.241.364.605-1.0
A. Hedges C20100110.152.200.273.4731.5
A. Ellis C00000000.150.292.150.4420.0
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  • a-struck out for Maton in the 9th
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D. LeMahieu 2B41110102.290.372.510.8824.0
C. Blackmon CF42200011.299.379.6491.0293.5
N. Arenado 3B22000201.343.434.6001.0344.0
T. Story SS31141110.250.353.523.8769.5
C. Iannetta C40110011.231.306.369.6751.5
D. Dahl LF41100022.333.385.500.8853.0
I. Desmond 1B40110020.179.213.357.5711.0
N. Cuevas RF41200011.250.250.250.5002.5
K. Freeland P20000020.111.111.111.222-1.0
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Shaw in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Margot (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - D. Dahl
  • HR - T. Story (6)
  • SH - K. Freeland
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (12), T. Story 4 (18), C. Iannetta (8), I. Desmond (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (7), T. Story 4 (11), I. Desmond (5)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Pirela (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Lauer (L, 0-1)3.067643118.003.33-10.5
A. Cimber2.02110302.651.004.5
K. Makita2.00000204.501.177.0
P. Maton1.01001200.001.202.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Lauer (L, 0-1)3.0
A. Cimber2.0
K. Makita2.0
P. Maton1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 1-3)7.03002804.331.3330.0
B. Shaw1.00000306.941.804.5
B. Pounders1.01000100.001.002.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 1-3)7.0
B. Shaw1.0
B. Pounders1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 74-44, A. Cimber 21-16, K. Makita 21-13, P. Maton 22-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 3-3, A. Cimber 2-0, P. Maton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 19, A. Cimber 7, K. Makita 6, P. Maton 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 90-57, B. Shaw 13-10, B. Pounders 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-6, B. Pounders 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, B. Shaw 3, B. Pounders 3
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F. Cordero LF40000044.234.265.511.776-2.0
W. Myers RF30000010.310.310.483.793-0.5
K. Makita P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Pirela 2B30100100.262.301.364.6652.0
C. Headley 1B40000002.088.225.118.3430.0
F. Galvis SS30000001.236.333.303.6370.0
C. Spangenberg 3B30000020.200.241.364.605-1.0
A. Hedges C20100110.152.200.273.4731.5
A. Ellis C00000000.150.292.150.4420.0
E. Lauer P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
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  • a-struck out for Maton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B41110102.290.372.510.8824.0
C. Blackmon CF42200011.299.379.6491.0293.5
N. Arenado 3B22000201.343.434.6001.0344.0
T. Story SS31141110.250.353.523.8769.5
C. Iannetta C40110011.231.306.369.6751.5
D. Dahl LF41100022.333.385.500.8853.0
I. Desmond 1B40110020.179.213.357.5711.0
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K. Freeland P20000020.111.111.111.222-1.0
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Shaw in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Margot (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - D. Dahl
  • HR - T. Story (6)
  • SH - K. Freeland
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (12), T. Story 4 (18), C. Iannetta (8), I. Desmond (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (7), T. Story 4 (11), I. Desmond (5)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Pirela (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Lauer (L, 0-1)3.067643118.003.33-10.5
A. Cimber2.02110302.651.004.5
K. Makita2.00000204.501.177.0
P. Maton1.01001200.001.202.0
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PITCHERSIP
E. Lauer (L, 0-1)3.0
A. Cimber2.0
K. Makita2.0
P. Maton1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 1-3)7.03002804.331.3330.0
B. Shaw1.00000306.941.804.5
B. Pounders1.01000100.001.002.5
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PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 1-3)7.0
B. Shaw1.0
B. Pounders1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 74-44, A. Cimber 21-16, K. Makita 21-13, P. Maton 22-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 3-3, A. Cimber 2-0, P. Maton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 19, A. Cimber 7, K. Makita 6, P. Maton 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 90-57, B. Shaw 13-10, B. Pounders 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-6, B. Pounders 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, B. Shaw 3, B. Pounders 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Desmond singled to right, Dahl scored08
  • 2ND INNING
    Story homered to center, LeMahieu, Blackmon and Arenado scored07
    LeMahieu singled to center, Cuevas scored03
  • 1ST INNING
    Iannetta reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Blackmon and Arenado scored, Story out at second on 2nd baseman Pirela fielding error02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brooks Pounders pitching
    • Carlos Asuaje hit for Phil Maton
    • C. Asuaje: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Asuaje struck out looking
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Pirela singled to right center
    • C. Headley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Headley grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Pirela out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Kyle Freeland
    • M. Szczur: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Szczur struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Phil Maton relieved Kazuhisa Makita
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Cuevas singled to left
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Bryan Shaw
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McMahon walked, Cuevas to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis lined out to right
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hedges struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Ellis catching
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Arenado popped out to second
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Myers grounded out to third
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pirela grounded out to third
    • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Headley lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kazuhisa Makita pitching
    • Matt Szczur in right
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon popped out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Spangenberg flied out to left
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hedges walked
    • A. Cimber: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cimber struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Margot doubled to center, Hedges to third
    • F. Cordero: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cimber Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story grounded out to third
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dahl tripled to deep right
    • I. Desmond: Desmond singled to right, Dahl scored
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuevas struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pirela walked
    • C. Headley: Ball, Headley grounded out to pitcher, Pirela to second
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • Adam Cimber relieved Eric Lauer
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hedges singled to shallow center
    • E. Lauer: Ball, Lauer singled to right, Hedges to second
    • M. Margot: Margot lined out to left
    • F. Cordero: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas flied out to deep left
    • K. Freeland: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pirela grounded out to second
    • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Headley grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond flied out to deep right
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Ball, Cuevas singled to left
    • K. Freeland: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Freeland hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Cuevas to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, LeMahieu singled to center, Cuevas scored
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blackmon singled to center, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, LeMahieu to third, Blackmon to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Story homered to center, LeMahieu, Blackmon and Arenado scored
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta singled to right
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Foul, Dahl lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Foul, Margot popped out to first
    • F. Cordero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cordero struck out looking
    • W. Myers: Myers flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arenado walked, Blackmon to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Blackmon to third, Arenado to second
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Iannetta reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Blackmon and Arenado scored, Story out at second on 2nd baseman Pirela fielding error
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dahl struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)