Snow shovels, delays and a walk off.

April 16, 2013

New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 4 and 5 of the Year at Coors.

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Today they had a double-header because of the snow that cancelled the game on Monday April 15th.

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As most baseball fans know April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day. So all players in baseball wear the #42 which is retired in MLB. Except for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera who still gets to wear it because it was his number before MLB retired it and he will be the last once he leaves the game.

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So I arrived at Coors around 11:30 the time that it was announced that all gates would open. After I arrived at the gate they said they were waiting for word if or if not would the games be played. There was about 8 to 10 inches on the field that needed to be removed and nobody really knew how long this task would take. As I did get to enter the stadium I took this photo from the right field line most of the snow was removed from the field, but remained in piles along the out field and first baseline from just about home plate to the right field foul pole. Worker’s were working on the pile in center field when we entered. Now it was not just grounds crew members removing the snow it was promotions people, office workers,The Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Dan O’Dowd, Bill Gievett, T.V Broadcasters and coaches. I do believe that the Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

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Bill Geivett with shovel in hand and he also had a throwback theme going rocking a Montreal Expos long parker. The second game of this double-header is a throwback game the Mets and Rockies will be wearing uniforms from 1993.

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This is some of the progress about an hour and a half after the gates were opened. Here are the workers bringing snow from the large piles to the bullpen where they were tossing it over the wall into a walk way between the bull pens.

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Here is a look into the bullpen.

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Here is Marc Stout helping in the effort. He is part of the Rockies Broadcast crew. Also in the background is one of the Rockies promo people Harper in the purple jacket and snazzy boots!

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First base coach Rene Lacheman helps out.

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Catching coach Jerry Weinstein also flung some snow. As well as tossing the snow into the bull pen they were filling the grounds crew trucks and bring that out behind the stadium.

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After almost 2 and a half hours being in the stadium and 8 hours of removing snow, they finished removing the it and it was time for some baseball. Here is Juan Nicasio, Jim Wright, Wilin Rosario and Jerry Weinstein heading in from the bull pen.

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Here is Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out to Josh Rutledge at second. At first pitch the temperature at Coors field was 39 degrees. The 39 degrees tied for the 10th coldest game at Coors Field. Nicasio than walked Daniel Murphy and David Wright does what David Wright seems to do a lot when he is at Coors and that is hit a Home Run! His power is not just limited to Coors but seems like he always hits one here. I have also seen him hit a Grand Slam Home Run in Chase Fields during the USA’s win over Italy.

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John Buck at bat in the 1st. he hit a single in the inning.

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The Mets scored 2 runs in the 1st and the Rockies first 2 batters got out Carlos Gonzalez hit a triple. With Carlos on third troy Tulowitzki came to the plate and does what he does best and that was pop up to the Mets third baseman David Wright. I know he hits Home Runs and gets RBI’s but just seems like not in the clutch. IMG_6956

In the second inning Nicasio saw 4 Mets batters and struck out 2. This is Michael Cuddyer sliding into home in the second inning after getting on base with a double.

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The throw was on time but Cuddyer snuck by the tag.

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He was safe and scored the Rockies first run of the game. (2-1) Mets

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Chris Nelson would also hit a single in the inning.

Nicasio only face 3 batters in the 3rd inning. Sending Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Ike Davis down in order. Pretty good inning by Nicasio!

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Cargo would send one for a ride in the 3rd for the Rockies tying run with a home run to the second deck. (2-2)

The Mets would once again take the lead getting a run in 4th. (3-2)Mets

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David Wright once again haunts us with his long ball and hit his second home run of the game in the 5th inning. This a solo shot to center. His first was hit to the Rockies bullpen. (4-2) Mets

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After Eric Young Jr. Got on base and Cargo walked Tulo was hit in the left elbow with a pitch. It look like it hurt. Here is Walt Weiss and Kieth Dugger checking it out after he took his base. He, Cargo and EYJ would all score in the inning. (5-4) Rockies

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Cuddy came to the plate took this pitch for a strike. He as Cargo did would be walked.

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Carlos Gonzalez crosses home for the 2nd run of the inning.

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Tulo also scored.

The Rockies scored an additional run in the 6th inning. Chris Nelson lead off the inning with a double and scored on a EYJ single. (6-4) Rockies

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EYJ would hit a triple in the 8th inning scoring Jordan Pacheco from 1st. (7-4) Rox

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here is EYJ’s triple going over Valdespin in right field.

At that point they were still removing snow in the upper decks and in the Rockpile.

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Crew shoveling the Rockpile late in-game 1.

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Jonny Herrera throws to first for the last out of the first game the Rockies would win this one 8-4 Cargo also scored in the 8th inning.

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Rockies celebrate their win in the first game.

So it was announced that this would not be a split doubleheader during the first game so we did not have to leave the stadium. They were going to start the second game a half hour. So we headed to the game used booth to pick up a Name Plate Amy wanted from Opening Day.

We than headed back to our seats and it was time for game 2.

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It being a throwback game to 1993 the Mets wore the Uniforms they wore at home in 1993 and the Rockies wore their Grey Away uniforms that each team had worn on April 5, 1993. The first Rockies game ever. They also used the old graphics on the LED boards around the stadium.

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Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies in-game two. Collin Cowhill started the game with a single, he would be thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice play hit by Daniel Murphy. David Wright hit into a double play to end the inning.

Eric Young Jr. lead the 1st inning with a single.

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He would advance to third on a Josh Rutledge single.

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Cargo would hit a sac fly to center and Eric Young Jr. would scored the first run of the Throwback game which was an interesting case of history repeating it self, since his Dad Eric Young Sr. scored the first Rockies run at home in 1993.

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EYJ scoring the first run of the game. Not quite an Opening Day home Run but still the first run in the Throwback uniform. I think it would have been cool if he wore the #21 for the game his dads number in 1993. That would be the Rockies only run of the inning. The Mets would respond with a run in the 2nd inning.

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Jeff Francis throwing to the Mets Rueben Tejada. Tejada would hit to Cuddyer in right field which scored Lucas Duda to tie the game at 1.

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Tejada would try to stretch the hit into a double and was tagged out at second.

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Tejada at second with Tulo covering.

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The Mets would take a lead in the 3rd scoring 2 runs. David Wright would walk in the inning here he is on first while Jeff Francis pitches in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco at bat in the 3rd inning with the throwback graphics on the board along the third base line.

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Michael Cuddyer who got on base with a single was caught stealing for the second out of the inning.

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Mets starting pitcher Aaron Laffey in the 4th inning.

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Yorvit Torealba hits a foul during his at bat in the 4th inning. He would walk in the inning.

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Daniel Murphy playing second base. IMG_7210

Jordan Pacheco with his bare hand in his pocket before the pitch. He was looking really cold. It was cold this game also first pitch was 36 degrees which is in the top 5 of coldest games played at Coors. Thanks Stout for the Stoutistics! about these cold games. It was even colder at this point in the game.

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Tejada gets brushed back with a high fastball.

The 5th inning was a rough inning for the Rockies the Mets scored 5 runs in the inning.

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Daniel Murphy crossing the plate for the first Mets run of the inning. It was a long inning with the Rockies out in the field for over a half hour.

Walt Weiss would take Jeff Francis in the inning after facing 7 batters in the inning with only 1 out. the Mets hit 4 base hits, he walked 1 and hit Lucas Duda.

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Francis walking off the field.

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Tejada on first after his single in the 5th inning. Francis pitched 4.1 innings letting up 9 hits, 8 runs, walking 4 and striking out 4. He has a 8.25 ERA. He did not pitch terrible but his bad innings were really bad most of the hits and walks were from the 5th inning.

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Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino  came in to pitch. He pitched the remainder of the 5th inning and all of the 6th.

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Cargo hitting his double in the Rockies half of the 5th. Cuddy and Pacheco both walked, Rutledge who was on third scored on Pacheco’s walk. Chris Nelson sac fly to Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd, scoring Cargo from 3rd. The Rockies would score 4 runs in the inning. (8-6) Mets

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Josh Edgin pitching in the 5th inning. The Mets used 7 pitchers in the game and Edgin and Latroy Hawkins in the inning.

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Yorvit Torrealba hit a double in the 5th which scored Cuddy and Pacheco.

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Pacheco crossing the plate. And 2 BNW photos with a pan to show off the mad photo skillz or did a setting change and I was lucky I panned the runners!

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Matt Belise Pitching in the 7th inning he pitched both 7th and 8th inning. He faced 6 batters and struck out 2 and let up only one hit to Ike Davis who pinch hit in the 8th but was doubled up on a Daniel Murphy hit to Jonny Herrera, Davis was out at second.

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With bases loaded and 2 outs they brought out Troy Tulowitzki to pinch hit for Reid Brignac. Not a decision I may have made, As many home runs and RBI’s he gets it seems like many are not in late inning clutch situations when the Rockies are down a few runs. This is the second time today he could not come through in this type of situation. I know most people are saying he is  2nd on the team in RBI’s, but my question is imagine how many he could have if he hit in the clutch? It would have been 4 to 6 more just in these two games. He started the games today with 11 and finished with the same amount.

IMG_7341 Cuddy hitting in the 8th inning to Mets shortstop Tejada who committed his 6th error of the season in just 13 games. Rutledge and Cargo scored to tie the game at 8 runs.

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Miguel Tejada throwing to first or well attempting to throw to first.

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David Wright hitting to Rutledge at second for the first out of the 9th inning for the Mets.

Rex Brothers pitched for the rockies in the 9th faced 4 batters the only base runner was Mike Baxter who came in the game in the 5th inning for the Mets replacing Lucas Duda in left.

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 Rafael Betancourt pitched for the Rockies in the 10th inning ohh yes like it wasn’t cold enough the human rain delay came into pitch. He struck out 2 walked 2 and 2 batters flew out in the inning.

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Pacheco came up in the bottom of the tenth with Cargo on third and Cuddy on 1st and 2 outs. Cuddy advanced to 2nd on a none contested steal. Pacheco hit a ground ball single to right field scoring Cargo for a walk of hit.

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The Rockies win 9-8 in this game.

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 They are now 10-4 on the season and are undefeated at Coors. As I am writing this they are 1.5 games ahead of the Giants and leading the National League West. The 3rd game of this series has been postponed and they are scheduled to play what would have been the 4th game tomorrow afternoon. No date has been posted for the make up of the Wednesday game. There are a few off days that both teams have but most are with the Mets on the east coast and Rockies away.

That is it for this very interesting day at Coors. I was at the stadium for 12 hours from the time I arrived at the gates till I left after the second game.

That’s it for this one see you at Coors when the snow melts!

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