Dodgers vs. Rockies
Andres Galarraga Bobble Head day
Like usual we arrived at the stadium really early to get on line for the bobble heads and autograph. Not as much for the bobble heads but to have good positioning in line for autographs. Like always a few minutes before the gates opened they let you know who or who may be signing. I got a text from someone at the stadium saying that the Big Cat may be signing. This would of been great since none of the other players who have had bobble heads have signed on there bobble head day. After we got in we found out that he was not signing and the signers were D.J. LeMahieu,Eric Young Jr., Edgmer Escolona and rob Scahill. So that was great I needed D.J. on my team project and had a photo for Escolona so I had mom take 16×20 to D.J. and I got on Edgmers line which was also the line that was rumored to be where Andres Galarraga would be signing if he did. Which gave me the versatility I would need if it was him. So I got Edgmer to sign a print of a photo I had either taken this year or last in spring training.
As we waited for the signers to come out which is over a half hour I have been taking out the bobble heads and taking a photo of them on the wall with the field behind them. As I took it out of the box I noticed the bat was missing so I asked the usher working the line if I could go get a new one and she let me so I headed back to the gate and they immediately helped me and handed me a new one. So that is the one in the photo.
Eric Young Jr’s line
D.J. LeMahieu taking a ball to sign.
Always get a smile from EYJ when he signs for you!
After autographs were done we noticed lights set up in front of the Rockies dugout and it was for a photo that Andres Galarraga would take with on the Venezuelan players on the Rockies current roster. The players in the photo were Carlos Gonzalez, Edgmer Escolona, Jonny Herrera, Jhoulys Chacin and Rafael Betancourt.
Here is what it looked like! This photo is courtesy of the Colorado Rockies twitter @Rockies. An a very rare photo not taken by me on this blog!
Here is Jonny Herrera signing autographs. That is actually my photo he is signing, Thanks to John for running it over to him for me. It was a pretty good day for autographs I got Edgmer, Jonny and Tyler Chatwood each on an 8×10 and D.J. on my team 16×20. Tyler stopped and signed after the pitchers warmed up while we were on line for the autograph Sunday autographs.
Michael Cuddyer during the National Anthem. I have taken it before but it is always a favorite of mine with the flag his stance and attention to the color guard.
Andres Galarraga waving as he is announce to throw out the first pitch.
Here he is throwing the pitch did really well from the mound.
He throw to fellow Venezuelan Carlos Gonzalez.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa taking the mound before his start.
Jorge throwing the first pitch of the game to the Dodgers Nick Punto.
here is a look at Cargo in left field. with the Vote for CarGo sign in the background.
Jonny Herrera at Short giving the base coverage sign to D.J. LeMahieu at second base.
Dexter Fowler wasted no time to keep his momentum rolling from Saturday nights walk off. With this first pitch home run that Andre Either could only watch as it hit the second fence in the Rockies bull pen. So in 2 at bats and only 2 pitches Dexter has won a game and took the lead in a second game. Not bad Don’t forget to vote for Dex when filling out those All-Start ballots. The Rockies scored a second run also, D.J. LeMahieu walked stole second advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a Michael Cuddyer sac fly to center field. 2-0 Rockies
The Dodgers did not let the Rockies to hold the lead for long they scored 2 of there own in the 2nd. inning. Andre Either singled to get on base and so did Luis Cruz. They would both score on this Skip Shumaker double that he tried to stretch into a triple and was tagged out by Nolan Arenado. That is just a case of no one read the scouting report that said Cargo has an above average arm and running to third is stupid if the ball is in left field. I think the squirrel that was on his baseball card a few years ago know that! Well he got 2 RBI’s I guess the out is kinda irrelevant.
Todd helton showed that he still had his bat in the 4th when the next run of the game was scored on his lead off home run. Here he is crossing the plate and slapping Arenado five after the homer. This run gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Rockies went on to score an additional run in the inning Herrera scored after being walked on a LeMahieu single. (4-0) Rockies
Matt Magil pitching in the 4th inning. he remained in the game through the 6th inning which meant another Rockies run in the 5th and 6th. In the 5th it was a homerun to Michael Cuddyer with Jorge on base and in the 6th it was Dexter Fowlers second home run of the game also a lead off home run.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 8th and 9th innings for the Rockies. Jorge pitched a very good 7 innings, he let up only 2 runs, 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5. He also threw 94 pitches in 7 innings which is very good. Ottavino finished the game with out letting a Dodger on base. He said take that Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn! he struck out 4 and I think he should be called Brookkkklyn!
After Magil was taken out Matt Guerier pitched the 7th for the Dodgers and Peter Moylan pitched the 8th.
The Baby Bull and Brookkkklyn with the fist bump after the 7-2 win in this one and the 2nd win taking the series from the Dodgers.
With Dexter’s 2 home runs he was the player of the game.
remember to Vote for dex and all the Rockies for the All-Star game. Here is a link you can vote up to 25 times online a day!
The only thing that would of made this game better would have been Tom Helmer jumping on the desk for the post game show! Once again with Joel leaving roots sports we are trying to bring back Helmer if you agree let roots sports know that you want him back. Either on Facebook, twitter or there website.
Bring Back Helmer.
That is it for this series and home stand the Rockies return after a short road trip to play the Reds on Thursday.
See You at Coors!
Dodgers Vs Rockies
My 26th game of the year.
As usual the gates opened and the Pavilions where the place to be. Today the Rockies batting practice was a little light. The Dodgers did hit out a few. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and really did not get close to anything. This batting practice was filled with the morality of fans and players. And showed the contrasts of people. It started off early when a Dodgers player threw a ball to a kid who had a glove, the ball tipped off and a lady picked up the ball and walked away. This wasn’t like in Texas where the lady caught the random tossed ball this was someone taking a ball that was intended for a kid and tipped by him. That is just wrong if a ball is thrown to a kid give it to them. That is not how we do it. Then after a few long balls were hit by the Dodgers a young fan was hit on the top of his head and was a hit pretty hard. The sound was something you don’t like hearing. The ball did pass threw a few gloves and then bonked him. Within seconds Dodgers relief pitcher and ex Rockie Jamey Wright hopped into the stands and ran to the kid. Before security and the paramedics got there. He stayed with the kid til they walked away to get him checked out. Jamey did not just show the companion players have for fans and the concern that many players have for fans, thiers or the other teams. He not only made sure that the person who got the ball gave it to the kid but he also took off the glove he was wearing on the field and gave it to him. That is a true professional and I fully give huge props to Jamey Wright. That was one of the most stand up thing I have seen a player ever do. This just shows how some people are so rude and have no respect for others and how another person can go beyond what is expected to do the Wright thing. No that is not a typo!!!! Back to the kid the lady stole the ball from one of the Coors field regulars caught a ball and gave it to him once again showing the humanity and thoughtfulness of people. For me I got shut out this BP.
Josh Outman Started for the Rockies. He pitched in the spot formally held by Jamie Moyer. Moyer was designated for assignment. Outman pitched well besides a hit by lead off batter Tony Gwynn Jr. and walking Matt Treanor in the second he struck out 4 before being taken out in the 4th. I don’t think it was a problem but he is just not use to pitching innings and was taken out because of pitch count.
With 2 outs Carlos Gonzalez hit a single.
He was then caught stealing at second.
The Rockies Got the offence going in the 2nd inning. Michael Cuddyer lead off with a single.
Michael Cuddyer sliding into second.He did score end up scoring the Rockies first run of the game.He and Wilin Rosario scored on an overthrow during D.J. LeMahieus at bat in the 2nd.
Wilin Rosario hops up after one of his graceful slides into home!! for the Rockies second run.(2-0) Rox.
The Dodgers scored one in the 4th scott Van Slyke Hit a 2 out double and scored on a Alex Castellanos triple. (2-1) Rox Michael Cuddyer scored after he lead off the 4th with a walk. (3-1) Rox
Tony Gwynn Jr. Dives back to first after his 5th inning walk.
Marco Scutaro makes a jumping catch and tried to tag Gwynn as he steals second in the 5th.
The Rockies played a little 2 out small ball in the bottom of the fifth Dex kicked it off with a single followed by Scutaro single. They picked up a run in the inning. (4-2) Rox
The Dodgers score 1 in the top of the 6th.
Helton started the 6th inning with his 663 double of his career. After Jordan Pacheco grounded out Wilin Rosario hit a 2 run HR.
Wilin pumps his fist as the ball leaves the field.
Wilin give Helton a High-Five after his trip around the bases. (6-2) Rox
Chris Capuano bounces the baseball as Don Mattingly talk to umpires about a double switch. Capuano pitched 6th and a third and was taken out with a 2-2 count on our relief pitcher Adam Ottavino.
Jamey Wright came in to pitch for Capuano. Even know he was a stand up guy in during BP the Rockies got the best of him Scoreing 2 more in the 7th and 3 on the 8th. He was responsible for 6 hits and 4 runs in his 1 and 2/3rd innings pitched.
Ball being caught at 2nd and the slide.
Scutaro steps on second and throws to first in the to Get Tony Gwynn Jr.
Dex walking off the field after being left on base in the 7th. I should change the blog Name To Following Fowler, feels like I am Talking a lot about him lately! He was 3 for 5 tonight with 2 RBI’s Is hitting over .600 this home stand and his average is now.294 Creeping up on .300. Go Get ’em DEX!!!!!
Creepy Once again!!!
Chris Nelson pinch-hitting in the 8th. This is the swing before his HR. I had taken every swing he took and missed the last one for the long ball. This one still works image it is about 30 seconds later and the ball is about 5 feet off the tip of the bat!! Ohh and he was pinch-hitting in the third spot for Cargo!
The Rockies WON this one 13-3. For their season high winning streak of 5 games what a home stand so far. I will be back at Coors This afternoon. For game 2 of the Series.
Tonights Pitching Match up Aaron Harrang for the Dodger’s and Juan Nicasio for the Rockies.
well I will be there. See Ya at Coors.
LA Dodgers Vs. Colorado Rockies
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick
This day like most started early. We headed down to Salt River Fields for some BP. We started on the Diamondbacks side for there Major League Batting Practice. Where I got 3 Bp baseballs 2 rollers and final my first catch of the year, for a total of three. Than Don, Dan and myself headed over to the Minor league fields also on the D’backs side for minor league BP and I got 10 more mostly rollers or pick ups and a few Easter eggs!
So we than headed over to the batting cages because the Rockies did a BP in there instead of on a field. So we just watched from above.
Here’s Todd Helton Challenging hitting Coach Carney Lansford to a fight clearly Todd got the Karate Chop ready and Carney looks read to slide a jab or they are just going over his swing of the bat! I like my version better
Nolan Arenado in the cage. This area of the complex always reminds me of a zoo.
Always remember don’t feed the Players!
Jason Giambi Taken some swings.
Johnny Herrera looks on as Ramon Hernandez. Take a swing.
Jordan Pacheco waits for his turn in the cage and the creative BNW for this post to show off the mad photo Skillz.
Casey Blake loosing up before hitting the cage. He has not been in-game this spring due to an injury.
So after hangin there for a while we headed into the stadium.
This is new guy Marco Scutaro who the Rox got from the Red Sox in the off-season.
He most likely will be at 2nd base. But there is depth at the position with Johnny Herrera and D.J LeMahieu. Who as I was writing this was sent to Minor League camp. But I think we may still see him in Coors soon.
Bench Coach Tom Runnels brings the starting line up to home-plate.
Rockies Jeremy Guthrie throws the first pitch to the Dodgers Dee Gordon
Guthrie faced 4 batters in the inning only giving up a double to Andre Either.
Juan Uribe throws to first to get Marco Scutaro out at 1st. for the second out of the inning.
Adam Kennedy catches the Uribe throw.
Former Rockie Mark Ellis throwing to first to get Guthrie out in the 4th. The Dodgers scored one in the fourth when Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a single to get Eithier home. (1-0) Dodgers
the catch from Ellis’ throw.
Andrew Brown shaking Jim Tracy’s hand after hitting a HR in the 6th inning. 3-1 Rox
Willin Rossario legs out a single in the 6th.
Also in the 6th during I believe Rosario’s at bat I caught a foul ball and gave it to Mary O, who is an usher at Salt River Fields and Coors. It was her birthday. Happy Birthday Mary. It was the first game ball I got in a Major League game.
Parker Frazier pitching in the 7th inning.
The Rantics Showing some support for our Home Boy Tom Helmer. Dans 8-year-old daughter took this photo way to go good job.
During the Network not to be named pre game show we were shout to bring back Helmer and we want Helmer.
As you see in this picture I am wearing my St. Patty’s Day green hat. Which this guy stole from me for a few minutes before the game.
The Rockie mischievous mascot Dinger he could not get it on his head so he hung it on his nose.
Than the bee’s came and they evacuated the left center part of the berm.
Here is the mostly cleared berm from right field.
The Dodgers scored a run in the 8th inning the Rockies scored 2. (5-2) Rox
Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt came in for the 9th and got lit up by the Dodgers letting up 4 runs before the end of the inning.
Than in the 9th Tim Wheeler stepped to the plate with 2 outs and the game tied at 6 and launched a 2 run HR to the berm in right field for a Rockies walk off win. (8-6) the final. Right before this homer we were talking about how he is a clutch player and he proved the conversation right.
Once again thanks for checkin out the Rox addict blog.
We stil have about 5 games left at Spring training and I am still a game behind on posting so check back.
From Scottsdale I am the Rox Addict and I will see you around Phoenix.
Dodgers Vs. Rockies
Game 4 in Series
Autograph Sunday The signers were:
Eric Young Jr.
I went to Matt Daley’s line 1st Because I had a card for him, I was the first one in his line. After i got his auto I headed over to Jhoulys Chacin’s line. Dex was still not signing by the end of the autograph session so I then got on line for Eric Young Jr’s line but he finished before I could get down for the auto, which is ok because I could actually just stand at the bottom of the line and hand out his autos from my own collection. I think I have 10 to 15 of his autograph. He has been a very generous signer here at Coors and in the Springs. After The autograph session I headed to the Dodgers side of the field to see who I could get over their. During warm ups I got Dee Gordon and Aaron Miles.
This is a photo of The Dodgers during warm ups. Dodgers Starter Rubby De La Rosa is throwing in the out field Aaron Miles and Juan Uribe are in the bottom left . The Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas is in the middle heading out to the bullpen.
To former Rockies Jamie Carrol and Aaron Miles getting some throws in before the game.
Zach and Robert Robert is holding a copy of Zachs book Zach is holding Robert letter that I have named the Manifesto!!!
Ubaldo Jimenez Heading to the bullpen for his warm ups before his start.
Rod Barajas, Rubby De La Rosa and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycut heading in for the game.
Ubaldo Jimenez throwing to the Dodgers lead of batter and former Rockie Jamie Carroll. Jamie abused the Rockies pitching staff in this game besides grounding out in the first inning he went 3 for 4 and walked in the game. He was the first out of the game Aaro Miles would also ground out, followed by Andre Ethier flew out to left. Ubaldo pitched very well in the 1st inning. Retiring the dodgers in order.
The rockies started the 1st inning very aggresive Carlos Gonzalez lead off with a double. He has been batting great since moving to the lead off spot looks just like the Cargo of last season. He went 3 for 5 this game with a double, single and HR, just missing the triple for the cycle. Just hitting a little better!!!!! After Cargo’s double Herrera and Helton would both get out The Deuce ( Troy Tulowitzki) would be walked and seth Smith got up and hit a 3 run HR to left that bounced of the second deck. 3-0 RockiesJonny Herrera attempting a bunt in the 1st inning.
To the right Seth Smith High fives Cargo after his run around the bases.
In the second the Dodgers tried to start their comeback very unsuccessful in the 2nd. Matt Kemp would lead of the inning with an out then James Loney would hit a single aswell as Juan Uribe. Rod Barajas the hit a ball to Herrera at second for the force on Uribe at second. Barajas would the be safe on first. The Dodgers would not score in the inning and Ubaldo would end the Inning striking out Trent Oeltjen.
The Rockie would not be very productive in the second and then the Dodgers would unleash on Ubaldo in the 3rd Jamie Carroll lead of with a single, Aaron Miles would then also single, Andre Ethier would be struck out. Matt Kemp was then walked to get to James Loney who hit a very high HR just above the auxilary scoreboard in right field. scoreing 4 for the Dodgers 4-3 LA. The dodgers would also get another run in this inning 5-3 LA.
Ubaldo was taken out in the 6th. He still wouldn’t get his elusive first home win of the year @ Coors.
Rubby De La Rosa was then taken out of the game after throwing 1 pitch in the 6th with a cramp in his throwing arm.
The Rockies would set up for a comback of their own in the 7th Jose Morales lead off the inning with a ground rule double. Then Cargo would hit a HR scoring himself and Morales. 9-5 LA , I forgot to mention the Dodgers scored to in the top of the 7th. Back to the Rockies 7th!!! Pinch hitter Ryan Spilbourghs then hit a double and was then advanced to third on a wild pitch or passed ball. He then scored on a HR by The Deuce 9-7 LA.
Cargo high fives third base coach Rich Dauer after his HR in the 7th.
The Dodgers would score 1 more in the 8th. 10-7 LA
The Rockies would not go down with out a little fight after cargo and Spilli both got out to start the 9th Todd Helton would hit a solo HR 10-8 The Deuce woukd then hit a single. The game would end on a Smith hit to James Loney at first. The game would end 10-8 LA they would split the 4 game series with 2 games a piece. The Rox bats have picked up in the last week or so they just need to get the pitching rolling again. They are now 5.5 out of first place in the west and only one ahead of the Dodgers in 3rd.
Brad Hawpe and The San Diego Padres would come into town for 3 here at Coors.
See you there!!!
My east coast road trip begins next week I will be in NY for 2 games against the Yankees missing one for a friends wedding. Then I will be heading south to NC for a week of minor league baseball around NC. Finishing up when the Rockies return to the east coast against the Nationals.
Maybe I will see you There!!!!!!