DENVER – When the Colorado Rockies drafted the hometown kid in the first round of the 2014 Draft, nights like these are what they had in mind and what fans began to dream about.

Kyle Freeland has become the response to the notion that pitching with consistent quality in Colorado, at Coors Field, is impossible.

He tossed another beauty on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-0 win, allowing just two hits over seven innings of shutout baseball.

He was simply superb, working all corners of the strike zone with every pitch. One of the two base hits he surrendered was a double to his opposite number who took a total guess swing on the first pitch of the at-bat, lining a double into the gap.

The only other time a Pirate made it into scoring position came in Freeland’s final inning after he hit a batter and walked one in an 11-pitch at-bat. But he got a soft liner to left to end his night, able to walk off the mound looking at a big fat zero in the opposition’s run column.

Freeland has a 2.18 ERA in his home ballpark this season.

The Rockies entered the fifth inning without having recorded a hit against Joe Musgrove, the closest they came was in the previous frame when Carlos Gonzalez was robbed by Josh Harrison at second base on a beautiful diving stop and throw.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.