Yankees vs. Rockies Game 2
My 17th Game at Coors this season.
Today started earlier than normal, I usually head to Coors at about 3 O’clock or so if I am not going early for autographs. Instead I headed down at about 12:30 for the Dexter Fowler Radio Show on 104.3 ESPN Radio. It is pretty cool it is at Jackson’s Lodo across from Coors. Dex basically answers questions and talks about himself and the team, during the hour-long radio show. It is hosted by different host depending on when the show is scheduled during the day. You can listen on the radio, but it is fun to be there. Dex is a really good guy and takes photos and signs autos for fans.
Today since it was early in the day not as many people were there but it was a good crowd. There were 4 of us from group today.
I than headed home for a little while and then headed back to Coors for the early gates that open at 4:30 I got there about 4 and the line for the was pretty long. When we entered the stadium the tarp was on the field and there was no batting practice so we waited in the area where they put up the chains so you can’t access the rest of the stadium and waited for it to open. We than headed down to the wall on the third base side to see if we can have any luck getting any Yankee autographs. Today it was raining for the most part while we were waiting and we all configured our umbrellas so our stuff and we would not get wet for the most part it work, but we did learn Amy did not know how to hold an umbrella still and kept getting us wet, mainly me but I think she did get everyone we were standing with at one point or another! So during warm ups no one came over and including Chris Nelson who we saw the night before an said he would come over to take photos with use in his new uniform. After the game we saw him again and he said he forgot. I did get a few photos over there.
In the photo above he is standing watching the video that the Rockies put together of him.
It was than game time and we headed to our seats an I sat in my usual section. Amy sat out in right above the auxiliary score board in the front row. Kevin sat in his normal section. Mariano later Met up with me in the section I sit in.
The starting pitcher for the Rockies this game was Juan Nicasio. Above he is throwing out the first pitch to Brett Gardiner who hit a single to start the game I guess there goes that chance for a no-hitter early! Two batter later Vernon Wells hit a home run that Scored Gardiner and himself that put a quick end to a chance for a second shutout in a row! Those were the only 2 hits in the inning Nicasio did face the first 5 batter in the Yankees line up.
David Phelps was the starting pitcher for the Yankees did slightly better in the first than Nicasio getting all 3 batters he face to ground out.
In the second inning Nelly made another attempt to get a hit as a Yankee and once again was unsuccessful, this time grounding out to the shortstop Reid Brignac. Yes once again Troy Tulowitzki was not in the line up, I am not sure of the reason to cold, to wet, a sore this or a strained that. Who can keep up or care enough to listen to the reason anymore.
Rockies responded quickly in the first inning Wilin Rosario hit a single with one out and Todd Helton hit his 2nd home run of the season and ties the game at 2.
Here is Helton’s home run going into the crowd above the auxiliary scoreboard.
Ichiro watches as it bounces back onto the field.
Todd high fives Nolan Arenado after running the base’s.
Both starting pitchers pitched well Nicasio pitched five innings and Romaine pitched 6. Beside the 2 runs each of them let up in the first no other runs were scored off them.
Josh Outman came into pitch for the Rockies in the 6th. He pitched the 6th and 7th for the Rockies. Now the next photo is something I have to explain before I post it, it is something that was brought to my attention going through search topics for this blog and it is “Josh Outman Adjusting Cup”. So this was the first time I have seen him pitch since I have seen that topic and well here it is!
“Josh Outman Adjusting Cup” It is very 4-year-old needing to pee. After I noticed and took this shot I realized that he did this before every pitch. One of those thing I wish I never noticed.
He did end up getting it in the 7th inning when he hit it to Dexter Fowler who over ran the ball and Nelly ended up getting to 3rd base. It was a single and an error for the advancement to 3rd. It was nice to see him get his first hit with his new team. Wish him the best of luck and hope all goes well with him with the Yankees. He has been a really cool guy to the fans and always had time to sign, take photo’s or just hang with us for a few minutes after a game.
Nelly stepping on third.
Rex Brothers pitched in the 8th for the Rockies sitting all 3 Yankees batters down in the inning.
The last out of the inning was Robinson Cano striking out.
In the 8th and was hit by a pitch, Eric Young Jr. came into pinch hit for him. so it must be something to do with Tulo’s leg that is why he was not in the starting line up. Young stole second.
Jonny Herrera goes for the deep throw to first.
It was a little of the mark and Vernon Wells got on base. Rafael Betancourt would than walk Lyle Overbay so runners would than be on first and second. Ichiro than sac bunted and advanced the runners wells and Overbay to second and third. He than intentionally walked Jyson Nix to load the base’s to hopefully get a forced out or double play. Travis Hafner pinch hit for Nelly and struck out so the rockies had 2 outs and base’s loaded Brennan Boesch pinch hit for the pitch David Robinson. Boesch hit a ball to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado who threw it to first and it was called safe which scored the runner Wells from 3rd. According to people who saw the replay and a photo I have seen he was out at first so I am giving that RBI to the umpire who blew the call. So this games final score was the Rockies 2, Yankees 2 and the umps 1.
That was the final score of this game.
Walt Weiss came out to argue the call.
Here is a quote I took from a News paper article from Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.
“Felt like he was out,” Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said. “I don’t know what the replay showed. It was close. Yeah, it’s a tough call. It’s a shame the game had to be decided on a call like that. But got to give them credit for being in that situation in the first place.”
Mariano Rivera came in to pitch for the Yankees in the 9th which pretty much sealed the win for the Yankees. this was his 620 career save. So we got to see Rivera pitch the most saves in MLB history. If that counts for much!
Rosario also made contact but he flew out to Brett Gardner in centerfield to end the game.
Chris Stewart who came in to catch in the 9th shakes hands with Mariano after the save and the Yankees win this broke a 5 game losing streak at Coors for the Yankees going back over 6 years. So that was it for this one the Yankees won 3-2. It stinks that a blown call decided this game but unfortunately the Rockies were in a bad situation that a blown call should have not of decided the outcome.
After the game I got to meet up with Nelly and congratulated him on his first Yankees hit and wished him good luck with his new team. Here he is signing autographs for a few fans.
So that is it for this game. There is one more from this series as I am writing this the Rockies are not doing so well in St. Louis. Friday night they had 1 hit against the Cardinals Shelby Miller in a very impressive pitching performance. The real crazy thing is the only hit was a lead off hit by Eric Young Jr. and then the next 27 batters got out. It is only the 4th time this has happened in almost 40 years.