Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies
My 24th’ish game at Coors actually 23 and 2/3rds considering the last Giants game needs to be continued and is tied at 2 in the 6th.
This is the first game back at Coors in a week and a half. After a very poor road trip so we were looking for something good to lift the team moral being at home. They were 2-7 on the road this last trip that brought them to Atlanta, Philly and Cleveland.
Today at batting practice was not too bad for me I got 2 baseballs one that was hit by Cuddy and I got after it bounced around the concourse and a vendor picked it up and tossed it to me. The second was a Easter Egg, I was heading over by the third base dugout and as I was walking over there a good 5 to 10 minutes after the rest of the stadium opened and it was sitting in the middle of an isle. So that brings my total for the year to 10 baseballs. 8 at Coors, 2 at Kaufman. Not the best year so far for getting baseballs. Considering the amount of batting practices I have attended this season.
Today I had a different view I sat in the front row of the pavilions which I have done before but not recently.
Jorge De La Rosa was the staring pitcher for the Rockies for this game it was by far not his best start of the season he immediately started the game by walking the Diamondbacks first batter Gerardo Parra on 4 pitches. Aaron Hill followed up with a single. After a line out to Charlie Culberson at third by Martin Prado Miguel Montero popped out and Cody Ross hit into a force out getting Hill out at second it was a rough inning but he did get out of it.
Chase Anderson started for the Diamondbacks he also started the game with a walk to Charlie Blackmon. Michael Cuddyer flew out to left field and Justin Morneau would hit a ground ball that got past the infield but it looked like Blackmon thought the ball was caught by the Diamondback’s second baseman and he did not run to second, the ball then was thrown in from the outfield and he was out at second for the second out of the inning.
The out at second.
With one out in the second the D’backs got their first hit of the game a triple hit by Chris Owings that was hit to the gap between Carlos Gonzalez in left and Blackmon in center. Owings was tagged out at home on a hit by Ender Inciarte for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Culberson came up in the 2nd inning for the Rockies and hit a triple with Wilin Rosario on first.
Wilin appeared to score the Rockies first run of the game.
The call was overturned and he was called out at home it appeared that Montero tagged him before he had touched home. That was the second out of the inning. Culberson as left on base and the game was scoreless after 2.
The scoreless part remained till the 4th inning when the D’backs scored 3 on 2 solo home runs 1 by Nick Evans and Chris Owings. Ender Inciarte hit a single with no outs and would advance and score before the inning was over.
The Rockies would get their first run in the game in the 5th when D.J. LeMahieu hit a solo home run which was about a half section and 10 rows up from where I was sitting. 3-1 D’backs.
Corey Dickerson came into the game for Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th inning.
After Jorge pitched a complete 7 inning, Rex Brother came into pitch the 8th inning. He would give up 2 hits both a doubles the first to David Peralta and the second 2 batters later to Chris Owings to score Peralta. 4-1 D’backs. Chris Owings was a single short of hitting the cycle. Peralta replaced Ross in left in the 7th. Jorge gave up 7 hits and 3 runs walking 3 and had no strike outs. He threw 99 pitches. Later in the game he seemed to get things together and kept his pitch count O.K. I would have liked to see him come out and pitch the 8th. But he was replaced in the 7th offensively, but I think even if his at bat did not come up he was coming out of the game.
La Troy Hawkins pitched the 9th for the Rockies and had a very quick 1,2,3 inning but then again any 1,2,3 inning for him is very quick. He did it on 11 pitches usually that is the amount of pitchers he throws to one batter! O.k. maybe not but he does run very high pitch counts for a closer throwing 1 inning. I have seen many high 20 pitch count innings and remember a 35 pitch inning and he still got the save in that one.
Tulo throws to Justin Morneau at first to get Aaron Hill out to end the 9th.
The Rockies came up in the 9th and Tulo hit his lead off solo home run to bring the score to 4-2 D’backs Corey Dickerson would hit a single and remain on base.
The game ended with a strike out looking by D.J. LeMahieu who was not happy about the strike call and argued the strike call but the game was over and that was it. The Rockies fall for the 5th straight game and are now 28-29 1 game below .500 and 8.5 games behind the Giants and are now in 3rd place in the N.L. West.
I will be at Coors most of this home stand I know I will be late to Thursday’s game and not sure if I will bring camera to a few games. just want to travel light for a few!
I am also starting to put together my plan for the 2014 Road Trip which will be From the All-Star break till the first week in Aug. I will be hit up some of the perennial favorite spots and getting in many places I have not been before including 2 MLB parks and the New Charlotte ballpark. More info to come in the next few weeks.
See You at Coors.