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Colorado Rockies: Kyle Freeland part of franchise first on Monday

Sep 6, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (21) pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

When Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland and San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman squared off against each other at Coors Field, it marked a moment of pride for the state of Colorado and a first for Coors Field.

Here’s why Monday’s Colorado Rockies-San Francisco Giants game had a special meaning to it

With Freeland (a Denver native) and Gausman (hailing from Centennial, a suburb of Denver) serving as the starters for their respective clubs, it marked the ninth time in Major League Baseball history that two Colorado natives had squared off to begin a game.