Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was another early start for a 2:10 game I arrived at Coors about 9:30, I was not gonna go early since I did not have to because it was not a bobble head day, but since I started the Pirates photo I wanted to see if I could get a few more guys on it. So I waited by the players entrance and got A.J. Burnett and Jared Hughs so for the 3 days I got 9 autographs on it in all. Not bad for an away team. It was an Autograph Sunday and since there was a few guys up that I needed on my team 16×20 I brought it and I was kind of lucky since 2 of the 3 guys I needed that are up signed. I needed both Jeff Manship and Charlie Culbertson. The 2 other signers were Jonny Herrera and Josh Outman. So I have a total of 49 autographs on my team 16×20 almost everybody who wore a Rockies uniform for at least a game. Still missing 4 Mitchell Boggs who is in the Springs and Colin McHugh also in the Springs, Roy Oswalt who is on the D.L. and Chad Bettis who is with the team.
Chad Bettis made the start for the Rockies this game. He had a strong 1st inning facing 3 batters striking out 2 Alex Presley who lead off and Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Locke started for the Pirates he did allow a base runner when he walked Troy Tulowitzki with 2 outs. He did get the next batter out Wilin Rosario.
Wilin Rosario hitting into a ground out in the 1st. inning.
Chad pitching in the Second inning Pedro Alverez started the inning with a home run to put the Pirates up 1-0.
The Rockies would score a run in the 2nd inning when Charlie Blackman got hit by a pitch. He than stole second and was moved to third on a balk. After Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu hit to center for a sac fly and Blackmon scored to tie the game at 1. Tulo ended the inning with a fly ball to left. The Pirates once again to the lead in the 3rd. inning After Clint Barmes hit a lead-off double. He scored on a McCuthchen single (2-1) Pirates
Tulo showed his best Jazz hands during his 4th inning at bat! He walked this at bat.
Charlie Blackmon gets back to first after his 5th inning single. Not much happened in the fifth. The Rockies did get a few base runners but failed to score, Blackmon did get to third.
Jeff Locke was removed from the game in the 6th inning. Yorvit Torrealba was on second and Charlie Blackmon on first with 2 outs. Tony Watson came into pitch, Corey Dickerson reached on an error and Torrealba scored. (2-2)
Torrealba scoring the Rockies tying run.
Wilin Rosario hitting a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs.
Rosario scored on a Nolan Arenado double his 20th of the season. Not bad since being called up in late April! along with his 9 home runs, 3 triples and 40 RBI’s. The Rox took a 3-2 lead.
Andrew McCutchen striking out in his 8th inning at bat.
Matt Belisle pitching in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Bettis pitched a complete 6 inning allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits and Striking out 3 and walking 2. Corpas pitched the 7th and Belisle in the 8th.
Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Unfortunately hit into an inning ending double play.
Rex brothers came in for the save and made the game interesting again. He gave up a single to Neil Walker start the inning.
After striking out Russell Martin who pinch hit in the inning for Garrett Jones, Tony Sanchez hit a double Martin went to 3rd. Starling Marte came into pinch run for Sanchez.
(The Brooms started coming out after the first out a little early for my liking)
Jordy Mercer would line out for the second out and Gabby Sanchez was intentionally walked to load the base’s when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Alex Presley would pop out to Arenado at third to end the game and the Rockies got the 3 game sweep o the Pirates it in the first time they swept a first place team since 2010.
It was a great series with three really great games. Things really seemed to change in this home stand.
The Rockies celebrate the sweep of the Pirates.
The Pirates are a strong team and defiantly be my team to root for if they make the play off a bunch of really good guys and they are the Rockies central, so it would be great to see the Clints Hurdle and Barmes do well again.
The Rockies are Currently playing a series with the Padres which I will be getting to all 3 this week.
Well That is it for this game and well see you at Coors.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was interesting in batting practice with in about 30 seconds of getting to the pavilions I had a shot at 2 baseballs one fell short into the first row and the second was to my right and I ran down the Isle and over ran the ball and it skimmed of the top of my head not really not hitting me it just took off my hat! I did get that ball. During the Pirates batting Practice I came close to a few but did not catch any then there was a ball hit about 4 or five rows up on the other side of aisle so I headed towards it, I went to hope the rail between the sections like I have many times and missed the bleacher seat on the other side and landed in the seat hitting my head on the top of the seat, I ended up bruising my shoulder, skinning my left knee, getting a cut under my right eye and getting another cut on my left ankle and the next day had a sore rib, also did not get the ball. I think my pride was hurt more than the injuries!
Andrew McCutchen grounded out to third for the last out of the inning.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 1st inning against the Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. They did get a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead
The Pirates got there first run and tie the game 1-1 in the 4th inning on a Russell Martin double.
Roger (Troy Tulowitzki) Dorn argues a strike out looking call once agin. Getting kicked out for it was just not enough. Sooner or later they are just gonna start tossing him more.
Garrett Jones slid into third in the 6th inning for a triple scoring Russell Martin from first and the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. Jones would also score on a Jose Tabata single 3-1 Pirates.
The Rockies fort back immediately in the 6th when Michael Cuddyer got things started with a single and advanced to second on a fly ball hit to center and Cuddy tagged up and reached second great hustle play by him in my opinion this is what really got the motivation for this team up.
Nolan Arenado than hit a double scoring Cuddy (3-2) Pirates. The next batter Jonny Herrera walk to have runners on first and second.
Charlie Blackmon came into pinch hit for Nicasio and hit a double to score Arenado to tie the game at 3.
Herrera and Blackmon both scored on a Dexter Fowler single for a 5-3 lead.
Dexter Fowler at second with the fist bump to Rene Lacheman.
Clint Hurdle would remove Burnett from the game after the Fowler at bat and Tony Watson would come into pitch for the Rockies.
Corey Dickerson hit a single to left field scoring Fowler and advancing to third on a throw from Starling Marte that Pedro Alvarez missed.
Corey Dickerson rounding first.
Fowler sliding into third as Alvarez gets the ball.
but does not hold onto the ball to score Fowler.
Corey Dickerson reaching third.
Josh Outman pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he started the inning by giving up a single to Josh Harrison on the first pitch of the inning. He hit the next batter Starling Marte. Alex Presley came in to pinch run for him. Neil Walker hit into a double play that Clint Hurdle did not agree with!!
He came out and was arguing with 2nd base umpire Adrian Johnson.
He must of said some key words because well Adrian Johnson tossed him from the game. it was awesome to see a manager get fired up!
Rex Brothers came in the 9th inning. He walked Gabby Sanchez to start the inning. Things got rough after he allowed the Next 2 batters Alex Presley and Neil Walker hit singles Sanchez scored on the Walker single which cut into the Rockies 3 run lead.
Walt Weiss heads out to the mound to talk to Rex.
It must have worked!
Brothers than struck out McCutchen and..
Alvarez to end the game and the Rockies won the second against the Pirate 6-4.
That is it for the second game from the Pirates series got another from this series.
So see you at Coors!
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Columbus Clippers Triple A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Vs. Indianapolis Indians The Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana
14th game and 11th stadium this road trip. Can’t forget the 6th state I have seen a baseball game in this trip. I also belive this is my 5oth game of the season. This is the second time I have been to Victory Field the last time was my first road trip in 2010.
Today was a bobble head give away game. We arrived a little after the gates opened and got them. Than we had a little over an hour to game time. usually when they have a bobble game in the Springs or at Coors you have to be there early that was not the case with this stadium. Getting there early gave me time to wander a little around the stadium. I have been there before so it was not all to eventful but I always like to just check out the concourse and things that they have at the stadiums or in this case anything new. They have added a few things since I was last here one was the Captain Morgan Cove in left field and another was the Victory Bell in right.
Here is a look at the concourse from left field.
This stadium does show a little history about the team through the years but not much. Baseball has been played in Indianapolis for 135 years. They have signs throughout the concourse of players that have been Indians and have made it to the big leagues including Harmon Kilabrew, Roger Maris, Ted Beard and Ben Sheets and those are the ones I remember. Other Alumni include Frank Viola, Andrés Galarraga, Marco Scutaro and Andrew McCutchen.
Captain Morgan Cove on the right field concourse.
Here is a look at Victory Field from Left Field.
This is a look towards the outfield from where my seat was located with the huge Marriott across the street.
The Indians starter Rick VanderHurk throwing in the bullpen.
Catcher Tony Sanchez waiting for the throw.
The Indians stretching before the game.
Rick VanderHurk throwing the first pitch to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera. Carrera would fly out to left. The next batter Jason Donald would hit a single .
Jason Donald turns to third after Rotino’s hit. He would score for a quick 1-0 lead for the Clippers.
Matt LaPorta takes a swing for a fly out to right for the 2nd out of the inning. The Indians only let up that one run in the inning.
Clippers starting pitcher T.J. McFarland pitching to the Indians Alex Presley who was on a rehab assignment for the Pirates and is at Coors and actually batting in the 8th inning as I am writing this!!!! Wow even players I saw in the minors are getting to Coors before I am!!! Including Josh Rutledge who was in Tulsa when I was there over 3 weeks ago. Wow it has been a long trip. So back to this game Pressley lead off the game with a single. At Coors he grounded out to Roenicke Who threw to Michael Cuddyer for the out!!!!
Oddly enough he hit one back to the pitcher as well…
…but do to a bad throw to first base he was safe.
The next batter Brandon Boggs did not get so lucky he hit into a double play getting Presley at second and himself at first to end the inning.
Tim Fedroff got on base as the second batter of the 2nd inning for the Clippers.
He would get picked off at first after getting caught off the base. It was a great heads up play by Sanchez behind the plate to get him.
Jeff Clement would start the second inning for the Indians with a single. Than with 2 outs Chase D’Arnaud would hit a double to score him to tie the game at 1.
D’Arnaud stopping at second.
D’Arnaud rounds second on a Anderson Hernandez single to score the Indians second run of the game to take a 2-1 lead.
Hernadez was than caught at third after he tried to go first to third on a wild pitch for the final out of the inning. The Clippers would go down in order in the third for the second inning in a row. this inning they included the whole infield for the 3 outs first grounding out to short, then third and the last to second. Just found that interesting. I know I am seeing way to much baseball when I am looking for unique innings the outs in the first for the Clippers were to all 3 outfielder also!!!!
With one out in the 3rd. Alex Presley hit his second single of the game. He would then score on a Brandon Boggs single.(3-2) Indians.
The Clippers would get and additional run on a Russ Canzler 2 out solo home run in the 8th.
Tim Wood warming up in the bullpen in 8th inning. he would be the third pitcher for the Indians. The second was Brian Morris who came in the game in the 7th. Morris pitched the 7th and 8th.
Brandon Boggs got caught stealing second in the 8th inning.
Tom Wood heading to the mound for the 9th inning.
Here he is pitching to the Clippers Tim Fedroff who grounded out for the first out of the inning. Wood did get in trouble in the inning. With 2 outs Luke Carlin hit a single followed by an Ezequil Carrera single with to men on Jason Donald hit a ball to left…
…he was tagged for the final out of the game in relief of everybody in the stands. The run would have tied the game and it was so hot we just wanted it over. I attended this game with some of my cousins who live in Indy.
The Indians won this game 4-3.This was the 10th home team win I have seen on this trip. Home teams are 10-3 with me at the games. I have only seen 3 home team loses, one was the Rangers beating the Rockies, another was the Hickory beating Greensboro and the third was Delmarva at Hickory. Only if the Rockies can do the same when I get back!!
Remember the bobble head I mentioned earlier this is what it looks like.
That is it for this one til next time see ya at a random stadium or when I return to Coors.
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Just a thought: If the Indians Beat Columbus in 1492 we would most likely not have baseball!