July 7,8,9, 2014
Padres vs. Rockies series
The fist game was Monday Night and before the game I hit up batting practice and got 2 baseballs one I got on a bounce and the second I caught both were from the Padres. These were my 17th and 18th baseball of the year. This keeps me on the pace of about 35 to 40 baseballs for the year, that is what I normally will get in a average year at MLB Stadiums.
Tyler Matzek made his 6th MLB start since being brought up in early June from the Sky Sox. He faced only 3 batters in the first. Matzek pitched into the 7th inning giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. he kept it together pretty well for most of his outing only facing 10 Paadres batters in the first 3 innings and striking out 4 in the game. He was taken out in the 7th inning where the Padres got 3 runs to were against Matzek. Matt Belisle came into pitch the 7th the first batter he faced was Chase Headley who hit a triple to score the 2 runs against Maatzek and then he would score to give the Padres a 6-1 lead.
The Rockies run came in the 4th inning on a Drew Stubbs solo home run to tie the game at 1. The Padres first run came earlier in the inning When Headley scored on a Brooks Conrad sac fly to right field.
As the game was being played we pretty much watched a storm roll in and here is a shot I got of lightning before the game went into a 56 minute rain delay.
After the rain delay Chad Bettis came out to pitch for the Rockies. He would pitch the 8th and 9th inning allowing only 2 hits and striking out 2. The Rockies dropped game 1 6-1 and found themselves in soul position of last place in the west and worst record in all of Major League Baseball. Congrats on trying for the first pick in the 2015 draft! Got to spin this positive somehow! They are 37-53 this season.
The jsecond game on Tuesday night saw Franklin Morales start the game. This was his 2nd start after being sent to the bullpen in late May.
After giving up a lead off double to Chris Denorfia he struck out 3 batters in a row. The above is Chase Headley taking a swing for a strike.
Cody Ross started for the Padres and Charlie Blackmon started the inning for the Rockies with a lead off double and then he would get the next 3 batters out also including striking out Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki.
Charlie Blackmon sliding into second for his 1st inning lead off double.
His next at bat was in the 3rd inning and it was a 2 run home run to give the Rockies a lead.
Franklin Morales was taken out of the game in the 6th inning with 2 outs after a Rene Rivera solo home run to cut the rockies lead to 1 run. (2-1) Rockies.
Brooks Brown came into pitch for his second appearance with the Rockies since his call up from The Sky sox last week. He got the Rockies out of the inning.
Drew Stubbs stealing 2nd base after his 1 out single in the 8th inning.
Alex Torres started the 8th inning for the Padres he is the first pitcher to use the new protective hat made for the pitchers. The over sized padded hat looks is a lot larger then a normal game hat and no other pitcher has chose to wear it. It has been compared to the hat that the super Mario Brothers wore in the video games. He it is a good idea but is a little obtrusive looking but it is good that the pitchers do have the option to wear it if they want. I think it needs a little work before it catches on and needs to be slightly streamlined for more guys to wear it regularly.
Seth smith came into pinch hit in the 9th inning for the Padres and did what he was always did late in games and that is get a hit tonight it was a 2 out double for Mr. Late Night, but did not result into a run for the Padres. Denorfia would make the last out of the game and for the first time in a few days we did not have to watch a bottom of the 9th inning as the Rockies won this game 2-1. Who would of thought that a game that Franklin Morales and Tyson Ross would start would be such a low scoring game. Especial with Morales entering the game with a 5.50 ERA.
The Rockies got to celebrate this win and Charlie Blackmon with his 2 run home run was the player of the game. he went 2 for 4 with the 1st inning double and 3rd inning home run. for those living under a Rockies he was selected as a reserve for the 2014 National League All-Star team.
Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies for Wednesdays day game it was his second start since coming to the Rockies from the Reds organization.
He allowed the Padres first batter to get on a base a single by Seth Smith. He would than get the next 3 batters out including striking out Chase Headley and Yasmani Grandal.
The Rockies, mainly Charlie Blackmon would get on the board fast against Padres starter Eric Stultz.
He hit a lead off solo home run.
Two batters later Troy Tulowitzki would also hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
In his 7th MLB at bat Kyle Parker who started at first this game, got his first MLB hit!
Jurrens was taken out of the game with 2 outs in the 5th inning and Tommy Kahnle would finish the 5th and pitch the 6th inning. He struck out Will Venerable to to end the inning. Jurrens went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking 2.
rex Brothers pitched the 7th and Boone Logan pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would add 3 run to their total in the 8th with a 2 run home run by drew Stubs scoring himself and Charlie Blackmon. To give the Rockies 5-3 lead. Then Tulo would follow it up with his second home run of the game to extend the lead to 6-3.
Yasmani Grandal hit a hi pop fly to left to end the game and get the series win for the Rockies.
Brandon Barnes makes the catch to end the game and give the Rockies their first series win in what seems like forever! The Final for this one was 6-3.
The Rockies celebrate their second win in a row. Troy Tulowitzki was player of the game which I don’t fully agree with he did hit 2 home runs. I do think Drew Stubbs that gave the Rockies the 5-3 lead and broke the tie should have gotten it because he gave the team the lead but I guess 2 RBI’s on 2 solo shots means more then the guy who gave the team the lead in the first place. Well that is it for this one.
I will be at 2 of the 3 games against the Twins before heading out on my 2014 Baseball Adventure. Which I will be at the Triple A All-Star game and then Greensboro, Winston-Salem, I will finally get to the Carolina Mudcats and see the New Charlotte Stadium in Downtown Charlotte before moving on to the Mid-West for a bunch of games more info to follow.
See you at Coors and Around!