Another Cold one at Coors, but was a great day in the sun.

4-18-2013

Mets vs. Rockies Game 3

My 6th game at Coors this year.

When I entered the stadium the score board temp said 25 degrees. It was 11 degrees colder than the first game of the double-header, but felt a lot warmer because the sun was out.

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I thought maybe since there has been no batting practice all week they may take it even know it was a day game. Not what happened there was no batting practice. So I waited for the rest of the stadium to open and headed over to the first base side of the field figured just hang by the wall and see if I could get any autographs. Vinnie Castilla stopped and signed  few but I was not ready and did not get him to sign anything. Jordan Pacheco came over and I gave him a copy of a photo I had printed from last year and he did sign a different photo I had printed.

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This is the photo I gave him.

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The field was warming up in the sun and the temps were still in the upper 20’s here is steam coming off the infield dirt.

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Jon Garland who came into the game with a 1-0 record was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with “Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario.

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Garland throwing a pitch in the 1st inning. I missed the first pitch because Tom Goodwin was in my way but after someone I was sitting with asked if he could take a step to his left he did. He was actually very fun for the 3 games as the Mets first base coach interacting and talking to the fans. He was an ex Rockie, he played for them in 2000. He played for 13 years and was with 7 teams including The Rangers, Dodgers and Cubs. He also played for the Atlantic City Surf an Independent league team in the Atlantic League the same League that the Long Island Ducks play in.

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So Garland was pitching to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out on a bunt attempt back to Garland. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on a David Wright single. The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead.

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Murphy did advance to 3rd because of a bad throw when stealing 2nd base. Josh Rutledge tried to dive for it but was unable to get it and it rolled into the out field. IMG_7510

Josh and Tulo could just watch as it heads to the out field. The Mets would only score the 1 run in the inning.

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Jon Niese was the starting pitcher for the Mets. The Rockies would score a run also in the 1st. inning. Dexter Fowler would score the first Rockies run, after hitting a single he advanced to second on a bad pitch and would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single. Tulo came up to bat and it was time to place your bets on how he would get out with a runner on and this one was a pop out to the Mets first baseman Murphy in foul territory. So that was 3 plays in this series he did not advance or score a runner. Which could have resulted in his 20th RBI of the year, That is if all runner scored that were on base during his at bats against the Mets.

The Rockies would take a lead in the 4th inning on a Rutledge solo home run. (2-1) Rox

The Mets would tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning with this interesting play. David Wright would hit the ball back to Jon Garland who tipped the ball and Josh Rutledge got the ball threw home to try to get Murphy at the plate and threw high.

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 Rosario than threw it to Tulo who was at second because Wright started for second than threw to Todd Helton at first after

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 Wright turned around and then tossed back to Tulo. So it was a 1,4,2,6,3,6 play.

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Than after the out Wright complained that Tulo Obstructed him and Terry Collins came out to dispute the call.IMG_7558

Here is Wright arguing with second base umpire Mike Dimuro.

The Rockies and Mets kept the game tie at 3 both scoring a run in the 6th inning.

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The Rockies than opened the game up in the 7th. inning. it started with Jordan Pacheco leading off pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. He grounded out. Eric Young Jr. hit a single but was out on a Dexter Fowler hit to Reuben Tejada for the out at second.

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With 2 outs Cargo hit a single Troy Tulowitzki  walked and Rosario would hit a hit to center field scoring Dex and Cargo. Tulo would go to third. (5-3)Rox. Rosario stole second and Todd Helton would hit his 573 career double scoring Tulo and Rosario (7-3). Todd moved into 20th on the all time double’s list. Passing Ivan Rodríguez and 1 behind Charlie Gehringer the next 4 people on the list are all Hall Of Fame members including Gehringer, Wade Boggs, Cap Anson and Robin Yount. Back to the game. He and Rutledge would also score for a total of 6 Rockies runs in the inning and a 9-3 Lead.

The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. A really odd thing happened in the inning. Jordan Pacheco lead off the inning pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. When the spot in the line up came back up Reid Brignac pinch hit for Pacheco the pinch hitter. Now most of us were wondering why they pinch hit the pinch hitter. One was that since they had such a lead to just get some at bats for Brignac who has been hitting well. Two for a right on left situation since the Mets changed a few pitchers in the inning and now had a righty on the mound. so we all where not to sure what the situation is so after the game we asked a player what was the reason for the pinch hit and it was because Pacheco was sent to the bull pen after his out and no one thought about the line up turning over and he could not get back to the dugout quick enough. So they pinch hit for the pinch hitter we are working to find out if this has been done before and when it may have been done before. Any help would be appreciated

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Chris Volstad would enter the game for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Jon Garland went 7 with 4 strike outs allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He now has a 3.32 ERA for the season. The Rockies only used Garland and Volstad to pitch in this game I can’t remember the last time they only used 2 pitchers in a game. This year they used 3 pitchers in two other games I think.

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Chris Nelson made a great play diving to his left to get a ball hit by Collin Cowhill.

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Than tossed it over to Helton on first.

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 It was a great play by him for the out and  he is doing a really well at 3rd.

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The Rockies added 2 additional runs in the 8th inning. Dexter Fowler led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season. Which puts him in 2nd in all of MLB behind Justin Upton who has 9 with the Braves. He is on the path to hit over 70 at this point all the best to him. He is really doing well and a great person.

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Wilin and Volstad shake hands after the Rockies 6th home win of the season and there 11th of the season. They are 11-4 on the season and now leads the National League west by 2.5 games. I know it is early in the season but is a great feeling to have them in this spot.

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Troy Tulowitzki high fives Dante.

 After the game we headed over to Dex and friends at Jacksons. Which is on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Today it was more like Dex since he was by him self with the broadcasters. Usually there is a second player with him that changes from show to show.

On a side note at first pitch the temperature was 28 degrees which tie the record for coldest game ever played at Coors Field.

Well That is it for this one.

This weekend the Diamondbacks come to town and the return of Matt Reynolds and Will Nieves both for Rockies. See You at Coors!!!

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