ST. LOUIS Twice, David Freese had departed the batter's box with his head down. His first attempt had ended with a baseball landing in a right fielder's glove. His second with a swing and a miss.
By his third try, he was due.
The St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman hit a Jorge De La Rosa pitch hard toward first, a scorched grounder that found the Busch Stadium grass after it nicked the glove of Colorado Rockies'first baseman Jordan Pachecho.
Just like that, Freese spoiled the no-hitter De La Rosa had protected through seven and two third innings.But he had also done something less noticeable. In an 8-2 loss, he had taken another quiet step out from under the cloud of questions that hangs over his hitting.
"I'm getting better," Freese said after the game. "I'm just trying to keep it going. Obviously, I dug myself in a pretty big hole. Thankfully, it's not a one-month season."
The hole was the early-season slump that limited Freese to four hits in 33 at-bats over 10 games. At the...