Even The Losers win Sometimes!

 4-16-2011

Cubs Vs. Rockies

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Starting Pitchers: Jason Hammel for the Rockies, Casey Coleman for Da Cubs.

 

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The crowd asking or screaming for baseball from Cubs players. Hunter just got one!

Today I had access to the front row did not catch anything once again not haveing a good year for snagin’. Hunter the D’s son has 4 more than me in 3 less game way to go. The catch is I can’t ask players for them I need to catch them on my owns as well as the rest of us adults that are having a rough year!

 

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                        Ty Wiggington before the game heading out to the field.

 

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Ian Stewart stretching or trying to audition for a medic alert commercial not sure. “My batting average has fall and I can’t get on base” after this game he was batting .080 2 for 25 in 11 games this season.

 

 
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                              The Deuce catching a throw from Stewart.

 

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 Today was Dingers 17th birthday, So they celabrated it by spraying him silliy string in the pavilions and his father Dug was there to share in the celabration.

 

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               The Norad & US Northcom Leaving the field after the National Anthem.

 

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                                              An Here it is The BNW….

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                                    …to show off my mad photo skillzs!!!!

 

Took this as i was heading to my seat. For this game I sat up in the Rockpile with “D” and The lil’ Ranter Hunter.

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Jason Hammel throwing the first pitch to the Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro for a strike Castro would end up hitting a single, but Hammel would end up striking out 2 and getting a Darwin Barney to fly out. He pitch 22 pitches in the 1st. The Rox went down in order in the 1st with Dex striking out, Herrera flewout to center and Giambi grounded out to second.

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                              Here is a look at Coors from the Rockpile.

 

          The Cubs would score 1 run in the top of the 1st from a Alfonso Soriano double which scored Castro. The Rox would respond with 1 of their own. The deuce lead off with a triple, he then scored on a Seth Smith sac fly to center.

 

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Cubs outfielder crashes into wall on the Deuces triple to the wall to lead of the second.

 
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                          The Deuce heading to third with his stand up triple.

 
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Jason Hammel pitching to Carlos Pena. After the 3rd it was time to wander a little so we headed to the concource to get some closer photos.

 

 
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Seth Smith rounding first on his way to second for his lead off double in the 4th inning.

 
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                       Ty Wiggington after the ball plunked him in the left elbow.

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         The Deuce throwing to Jason Giambi for a 6,2 ground out of Cubs Marlon Byrd.

The Cubs would score a run in the 5th and 6th inning. keeping the game well in reach for a Rockies comeback. In the 6th Hammel hit Ramirez to start off the inning, maybe a little pay back for Coleman hitting Wiggington in the 4th and Giambi in the 5th Hmmm. Or was it just an elaborate plan to get Pena to hit into a double play as he did. Then it was followed up by a Alfonso Soriano Solo HR . The Cubs now up 3-1.

 

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Speaking of Byrd’s Dex come in for a landing at second for his lead off double in the bottom of the 5th inning. he would be strande there as the Rox scored no runs in the 5th.

      In the seventh the Rox brought in Felipe Paulino who got (for the lack of a better explanation) shelled by the Cubs. He let up 4 hits including 3 run HR to Castro making the score 6-1 Cubs. He also walked Pinch hitter Blake Dewitt one batter before the homer.Not quite a stellar performance. Just to shake things up a little more they went to the bullpen once again and brought in Franklin Moraleswho let up 2 hits scoring 2 runner which was left on base by Paulino now 8-2 Cubs.

 

 
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seth Smith can only watch the ball head to the Rox bullpen onSoriano’s solo HRin the 5th.    
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                                 Chris Iannetta grounding out in the 6th.  

 

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Cubs third base coach Ivan De Jesus stops Koyie Hill at 3rd in the top of the 7th. Hill would be one of the 5 runs to score in the inning.

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Kosuke Fukdome one of the coolest names in baseball hits a single in the 7th. he was the 9th batter that inning and the Rox faced 10.

The Rockies did score 2 in the 8th.on a Iannetta HR. That was all the runs the could get this game and they lost for only the 3rd time this season. Their record is now 11-3.

 I first questioned the use of Paulino and Morales but then relized that the were saving the bullpen knowing that Alan Johnson would be making his MLB debut and starting the sunday game against the Cubs which they would need some of their stronger arms if he gets in trouble early in the game. Hammel went 6 innings letting up 3 runs 6 hits striking out 3.

 

Still one more game to go in this Cub Series and then the World Champ Giants come to Coors for a 3 days series.

                       Til Next time see you at Coors!!!!

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