Rockies’ Freeland just misses no-hitter


LOS ANGELES: Colorado rookie Kyle Freeland came agonizingly close to a no-hitter on Sunday, but the bid was broken up in the ninth inning of the Rockies’ 10-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox.

Freeland held the White Sox hitless for 8 1/3 innings before Chicago’s Melky Cabrera lined a single to left field that spelled the end of Freeland’s day.

He threw 126 pitches, 80 for strikes, and departed to a prolonged standing ovation despite failing to become the first Rockies pitcher to throw a no-hitter a batter-friendly Coors Field.

The 24-year-old left-hander hit one batter and walked three in his 18th career start.

He had a career-high nine strikeouts — all swinging.

Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra charged a fly ball hit by Yolmer Sanchez and made a sprawling catch to open the eighth.

Freeland, who was born 39 days after the first game in Rockies franchise history in 1993, pointed to Parra, thanking him for the effort in preserving the no-hit bid.

Ubaldo Jimenez threw the only no-hitter in Rockies history — April 17, 2010, at Atlanta.

The only no-hitter at Coors Field was thrown by Japanese hurler Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 17, 1996.

In Los Angeles’ 9-0 victory, Nomo walked four and struck out eight and faced 30 batters, while throwing 66 of 110 pitches for strikes.