Another against the Diamondbacks!
My 59th game of the year.
Do I really need a photo of the Helmets or scoreboard. I think not it is the 4th game of this series!!!!
Today I arrived a little late to batting practice but missed nothing. The Rockies stopped as people entered the pavilions. So I got there as the Diamondbacks got started. They hit a bunch of home runs to the pavilions. I had a bunch hit close but not close enough. I finally got the last ball of batting practice which bounced of the bleachers and I bobbled but got it! It was not a pretty snag but it was a snag. This was my 26th of the season.
So I headed by the Diamondbacks dugout.
Mike and his son. They are regulars on the weekends at Coors they travel from Aspen every week the Rockies are home.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch once again to the Diamondbacks Adam Eaton.
Chatwood sat the D’backs down in order just as Jeff Francis did the game before.
Instead of the lead off batter Josh Rutledge getting hit he flew out but then Trevor Cahill hit Charlie Blackmon.
Time out to play can you find the Rockpile Ranter!!!!
Jordan Pacheco hit a single and ended up on second on an error. Blackmon advanced to third.
Tyler Colvin crash’s into second after a Chris Nelson hit.
Nelson getting doubled up at first to end the inning.
He took a pretty good hit but remained in the game. Tyler hit a single to get on base which scored Charlie Blackmon, for a quick Rockies lead.
Ryan Wheeler grounded to Tyler Chatwood. Wheeler reached on a throwing error to first.
Josh Rutledge flips one to D.J. Lemahieu to get Wheeler at second for the final out of the second.
After the third inning I headed out to where the Rockpile Ranter was. Jason Kubel hit a 2 run home run in the 4th. The D’backs took a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies made sure they did not hold the lead long. The Rockies would also score 2 in the inning and take the lead back 3-2.
Matt McBride slides into second on a Andrew Brown single in the 4th inning scoring Colvin from third.
Tyler Chatwood moving the runners in the 4th.
D.J. Lemahieu moved to second and Brown moved to third.
Chatwood pitched 5.2 innings and Josh Outman came into the game for the Rockies. Chatwood pitched very well probably one of his best starts in a while. He struck out 3, let up 2 runs on three hits. Kept the ball on the ground very well for 10 in field outs, of the 14 outs he was in the game for.
Charlie Blackmon in left field.
Here he is making a catch in the 8th inning.
Andrew Brown hit a home run for a insurance run for the Rockies in the 8th inning. this was his 4th home run since being called up.
he hit it out above the auxiliary scoreboard in right for his first opposite field home run. here he is turning at third and high fiving Rich Dauer.
Josh Rutlegde throw to Lemahieu to attempt a force at second. Jason Kubel was safe on this Ryan Wheelers hit.
The safe call being called by 2nd base umpire Jim Joyce and Eric Young!!!
Rafael Bettancourt came in for the save. He got the first 2 batters out and let it get interesting giving up 2 singles to Kubel and Wheeler. The final out was to Tyler Colvin who moved to left when Dexter Fowler came into the game in the 7th for Andrew Brown. The Rockies avoided the sweep with this 4-2 win. It was nice not to see a bottom of the 9th. inning. This does not happen to much these days. It was really cool because of the last 3 games. The Rockies are now 59 and 94 and 6 games away from 100 lose’s. They are 1 lose away from their all-time most lose’s of 95. That was done twice 1993 and 2005.
This was the fastest game at Coors of the season 2 hours and 30 minutes.
For anybody wondering we did not get a Kirk Gibson autographs. I actually gave up and stopped caring. If he don’t want to give one after so many trys I don’t want one. Amy did try after batting practice and he said he did not have time and headed into the dugout. So much for “I only sign inside”. I don’t mind not getting autos, but when someone says they only sign inside 2 days in a row and don’t do it, it kinda sucks.
Three more games against the Cubs left at home.
See You at Coors!
Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies
My 57th game at Coors this year.
Today the Rockies did their Celabration of Colorado Olympians and Paralympians. There was batting practice besides almost getting the first ball hit out by the Rockies Andrew Brown, I did not even come close to anything.
Before batting practice was over I headed behind the Diamondbacks dugout to see if I could get cards signed by a few of their coaches and manager Kirk Gibson since he would not sign outside the stadium the night before and he said I only sign inside. Which he did not!
So I than headed over to the Rockies dugout where the Olympic athletes started gathering. Amy and Kevin were trying to get Missy Franklin’s autograph on some very cool photos from the Olympics.
Here are some of the Colorado athletes. I forgot who many of them were. The tall guy was a track and field competitor.
I do know and most people reading this, knows who one person in this photo is. If not I will show you who in the next few photos.
Here she is practicing her first pitch.
Heading to the field in here very own Rockies Jersey.
Throwing the first pitch.
It was not that bad of a throw a little short of the plate but Matt Belise reached for it and Dinger gave her the strike! It was not a bad call, I have seen worse from the umps!
Missy giving Matt Belise a hi five.
Jhouly Chacin and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bullpen.
Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Adam Eaton(not the Former pitcher) So you see me mentioning this There was an Adam Eaton that played for the Rockies in 2009 and 4 other teams. Including Padres, Phillies, Rangers and Orioles. Here would hit a single and he would score on a Juston Upton double. Upton would score on a Paul Goldschmidt double, Goldscmidt scored on a Jason Kubel singleD.J. sliding into 3rd in the 2nd.
D.J. LeMahieu slide into third for a triple in the 2nd. Andrew Brown hit a solo Lead off home run for the Rockies first run of the game. D.J. would score on a Jhoulys Chacin single. (3-2) D’backs.
Jordan Pacheco tried to stretch a double into a triple thinking the play was at home but it was cut off by the D’backs short stop John McDonald.
The call was out it does look like he missed the tag and if he did tag his foot was his hand on the base. It was a close one.
The Rockies did take the lead in the game because Jhoulys Chacin and Josh Rutledge scored before the out was made. (4-3) Rox
Wilin Rosario hit his 26th home run of the season to break the all time Rockies Rookie record of 25 home runs in a single season. Todd Helton previously held the record.
He watches as he makes Rockies history.
Heading towards home.
Way to go Wilin. He has been a great benefit to the Rockie offensively this year, now if he can only be able to keep the baseball in front of him on defence he will be a real benifit. (5-3) Rox
Chris Nelson hits a double in the 3rd and was left on base.
After this I gave up my camera and Rachel took a few photos.
Many did included Pachecos butt!
D.J adjusting his cup.
I do not support or condone these photos but come on it is kinda funny. She did also get a few good ones of the pitchers. Including Chacin and Carlos Torres.
The Rockies also used Josh Outman, Edgmer Escolona, Rex Brothers, Matt Belise and Rafael Bettancourt to pitch in the game.
After I got the camera back I did not take many more photos.
Here is one of Carlos Gonzalez being brushed back while pinch-hitting in the 9th. Carlos is on a quest of his own for 100, 100th home run of his career. As with many game the Rockies did not hold the lead. The D’backs scored 5 runs in the 6th. To take a 8-5 lead. The Rockies gave and score 1 in the 6th. (8-6) D’backs. They than again scored in the 7th to come within 1. But could not fully catch up and that was the single. Chacin went 4 inning giving up 7 hits and 3 runs not bad he left the game with the lead. Over all he has been pitching well since his return from the disabled list.
That is it for this one 2 left in the series and 4 for the year. I am still one game behind which should be posted shortly!!!!!
I will be at the 4 remaining games at Coors. 1 more against the Diamonbacks and 3 to finish the home season against the Cubs. I already attended the Sunday game. I think they covered the spread. Hint the final was a football score. But you probably know that. So you can look at the pictures for the next post!!!!
Well See you at Coors.
Dodgers vs. Rockies.
My 48th game at Coors this year!
This day started early once again I headed to lodo about 2 hours before gate to hang with the Ranter. We headed towards Jacksons for a few drinks before heading in for BP. After heading in we immediately headed the pavilions. Within a few minutes I got the first ball hit out by the Rockies. it hit about 2 rows behind me and bounced back. This was my 19th ball of the year in MLB ballparks counting te 1 from Atlanta. Not very good numbers for the amount of games attended. I should have had another but I was going into my bag for something when it was hit about 6 feet to my left. During the end of BP I had given up on catching baseballs and headed towards the Dodgers dugout. I was trying to get a Jaime Wright photo signed. I did not get him but did get a Clayton Kershaw on a Dodger stadium 50 Anniversary ball. unfortunately he signed it on the Rawlings Logo side in marker. After that I headed over to the Rockies side and got a Tyler Colvin card signed and a Josh Ruttledge card signed. Jordan Pacheco also signed as always. Thanks guys for being so cool to the fans continually.
Tyler Chatwood was the Starter for the Rockies this game here he is with “The Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario heading to the dugout from the bullpen.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch to the Dodgers Mark Ellis. Mark Ellis would reach base on a strike out passed ball. He would get out on second on a Shane Victorino hit to second.
Mark Ellis takes a pitch inside during his at bat. In the inning Victorino would steal second Matt Kemp would be walked and Adrian Gonzalez would hit into a double play.
Mark Ellis throwing to first base to get Tyler Colvin out in the first.
Chris Capuano started for the Dodgers. Here he is throwing to Josh Ruttledge. Josh Rutledge would hit a shot deep to left center.
Matt Kemp watch out for the wall!!!
The ball which it looks like he did catch the ball but it popped out of his glove. Shane Victorino came to make the play from left.
Kemp stayed down for a few minutes.
Josh Ruttledge made it to third on the play.
Don Mattinly and the Dodgers training staff immediately ran to the out field as well as the Coors Field security staff.
after a few minutes he stood up appeared to be O.K. and remained in the game.
Jordan Pacheco would than hit a ball to shallow left field.
Matt Kemp as a true professional than dove for the ball.
He missed it after the first hit I think he should have went for the one in the middle but guess he did not get the ball. Ruttledge would score and Pacheco would get to second.
Andre Either runs after this one.
Pacheco slides into second. Rosario would hit a single and score Pacheco from second. (2-0) Rockies
matt Kemp would than start walking off the field. The Dodgers trainer would head out and walk in with him.
Wilin Rosario jumps back to first.
Andrew Brown would hit a double scoring Rosario. (3-0) Rox The Rockies would score a fourth run when D.J. Le Mahieu also hit a double and Brown scored. (4-0) Rox.
The Dodgers would score a run in the second. (4-1) Rox
Rosario hit home run #22 in the 3rd. He is 3 away from the Rockies Rookie HR record set by Todd Helton in his Rookie season. (5-1) Rox
The Dodgers scored a second run in the 4th. (5-2) Rox The Rockies got an additional run in the 4th. (6-2) Rox
Jaime Wright pitching to the Rockies Wilin Rosario in the 7th inning with Pacheco on first and Rutledge on third. He would get out of the inning allowing 2 runs. (8-2) Rox.
Wilin Rosario returns to first after his 7th inning hit and Pacheco being called safe at third. This hit also scored Rutledge for one of the 2 Rockies runs.
Don Mattingly would argue the call at third.
Chris nelson goes for the third out in the 9th a pop out to the third base seats.
he missed it and went for a ride on the tarp!
Luis Cruz who pinched hit and struck out to end the game.
The Rockies win 8-4 to win the second game of this 3 game series against the Dodgers.
immediately after the game we headed towards the Rockies dugout to get a Adam Ottavino auto Amy needed him on a ball and I had printed a photo of him to sign he stopped and he signed for us. we than headed out side of the stadium and waited for players to come out and I got Clayton Kershaw to sign a card which he personalized and I also got a really cool auto when Matt Treanor came out and we realized Misty May Treanor met up with him. She was actually standing out there most of the time and we did not know it was her. So I got him and her on a ball for you who may not know who Misty May Treanor is, she is a 3 time Gold medal winner in the olympics in women’s beach volleyball with here partner Kerry Walsh. That was just really cool that they signed for us. this is defiantly one of the most interesting baseballs in my collection.
That was it for this one the Rox go for the sweep of the dodgers on Wednesday afternoon. Go Rockies.
See You at Coors.
Also a Slight reminder The Rock Nation Crew is doing another used equipment drive this Saturday Sept. 1.
See There website www.Rocknation.co
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The Rockpile Rant www.baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com
The Take from Blake. http://takefromblake.mlblogs.com/
L.A. Dodgers Vs. Colorado Rockies
Coming directly from work I had sometime to kill before the gates opened at 4:30. I first headed down to the players entrance and not much was going on there. I than headed to the Rockpile entrance. It was about 45 minutes til the gate opened. After the gates opened I immediately ran up the steps and headed to the pavilions for BP. The Rockies were batting and not hitting much out. The Dodgers who usually have a good BP hit and about 6 baseballs were hit to the pavilions. So once again shut out on the day. I headed to the 1st base line and waited to dee who would sign and Jordan Pacheco and Tyler Colvin both signed did not get either to sign anything.
After warm up I stayed down the first baseline for first pitch.
Jeff Francis was the Rockies starting pitcher. He pitched very well. He pitched 5 scoreless innings. Letting up 4 hits 1 walk and striking out 6. He got himself out of the 5th inning after getting into trouble in the with one out and a runners on 2nd and 3rd got out of the inning striking out the next 2 batters.Beckett and Victorino.
Shane Victorino was the first batter Francis faced and he grounded out to Jonny Herrera. He threw to first for the first out of the game. Francis did let up one hit in the first and that was to Matt Kemp who was stranded after hitting a 2 out double.
Josh Beckett made his first start for the Dodgers since being traded from the Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford for James Loney and 3 other players from the Dodgers organization. His first pitch to Tyler Colvin was a strike.
His second pitch was not as succesful, Colvin hit a home run to the second deck in right. He would than get the next 3 Rockies out in order including striking out Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario. Francis and Beckett both pitched well in the second. Francis allowed a base runner in the 3rd by walking Shan Victorino. The Rockies would have a bunch of base runners in the 3rd. Jonny Herrera would get on base aswell as Francis, Colvin and Pacheco none would score Herrera and Francis would both get out at second.
Herrera diving back to first while on base in the 3rd.
In the fourth inning I decided to head and visit some friends that were sitting down the third baseline. I did sit there the rest of the game. The Rockies did score a run after a Chris Nelson 2 out triple. He scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single. (2-0)The above photo is of is Don Mattingly taking Beckett out in the 6th inning. Nelson would score for the Rockies once again in the 6th. (3-0) Rockies.
D.J Lemahieu turns a double play hit by Matt Kemp to get out off the 8th.
Pacheco making the stretch to get Kemp at first.
The Rockies had a HUGE 8th inning. Charlie Blackmon who came in for Andrew Brown in right, Led off the inning flying out to left. Chris Nelson than hit a double he once again scored on a Lemahieu single. Nelson scored 3 times this game.
Matt Belise would attempt to contribute offensively by bunting but that just resulted into a strike out for the second out of the inning. That would not stop the Rockies from scoring 7 runs in the inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate. Tyler Colvin hit a triple to clear the bases and Wilin Rosario hit a home run scoring Cargo and himself. Cargo got on base after striking out swinging on a wild pitch.
Colvin making the turn from second heading to third for his triple.
Here he is reaching third.
Wilin taking a stroll around the bases after his Home run in the 8th. (10-0) Rox
The Rockies celebrate a big night at the plate. The bats were alive and Pitching was solid it was a great combination to shut down the Dodgers powerful line up. The Rockie used 4 pitches Francis starting, Josh Roenicke, Rex Brothers pitch in the 7th and continued for an out in the 8th and Matt Belise would close out the game pitching the end of the 8th and the 9th.
Way To go Rockies, this may be to little to late, but exciting baseball has returned to Coors. It is now being called Purple Magic by players. It has been a really good last few weeks for the Rockies at home and on the road. Hopefully this keeps going. They have 2 game remaining against the Dodgers this week.
They are 15 and 11 for the month of August.
That is it for this one.
See You At Coors!
Cincinnati Reds Vs Colorado Rockies
Cincinnati Reds first Place in the National League Central by 3 games the Rockies second worst team in the Major Leagues!
O.K. before I start about the day Just want to give a S/O to the Rock Nation Crew who on Aug. 4th will be holding an Equipment drive.
Here is the info.
O.K. as always on a Sunday I headed to Coors early. I met up with X, Rachel, Julie and the rest of the Sunday morning crew. The gates were a little earlier today because instead of autograph Sunday it was photo day. This is a fun day that you get to hang on the field and have some fun interacting with the players and coaches. So when the gates opened we headed to the field and decided to head out to left field. While we were waiting for the players we had some fun and took some photos.
Shortly after the players started heading out and we noticed Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario heading to the section to our right. So we went over to them.
Here is me with Wilin Rosario.
Carlos Gonzalez and I.
After Betancourt The Deuce was not far behind. Here is Gary X with Him.
Then I got to take a photo with him.
Which was kinda interesting because I have been one of his biggest critics over the last few years and have not always had the best experiences when meeting him.. He was actual not a Deuce today. He was pretty cool, took his time and sociable with the fans. Most asked how he was and when will he be returning to the line up. He is doing well and should be back in early September.
To the left is a photo of Bo McLaughlin The Rockies new Pitching Coach.
Carney Lansford and Rich Dauer. Hmm in this photo can you figure out who does not have a World Series ring!!
A and X with Big Jim Wright!
Josh Roenicke and Rex Brothers.
Brooklyn in Da house. Adam “No Sleep To Brooklyn” Ottavino, Adam grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn.
Matt Reynolds with the card that X made for him with a photo I took.
X and A with Jorge De La Rosa. I asked Jorge when I should be back from having Tommy John Surgery and he said soon it has been about 14 months or so since he had it he said he is feeling good and rehab is going well.
To the right Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill.
Manager Jim Tracy.
I did get a bunch more but this post is long enough others were Jerry Weinstein, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Josh Fields.
It was a fun day with the players. I think it is really cool that the Rockies do this and it is a lot of fun. I also want to thank Matt Belise and Drew Pomeranz for doing a running man!
Drew is the first player to actually do it twice he also did it at fan fest in January.
After photo day was over it was time to get down to the normal business of the day. The pitches came out and did their normal warm ups.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa throwing to trainer Keith Duggar.
Also got a few autos one was Jim Tracy on my photo I have been having everyone sign. Wilin Rosario on a card. Drew Pomeranz on a Tulsa pocket schedule I got on my road trip.
It was then time to play ball. The starter for the Rockies was Jonathan Sanchez. This was his Coors debut. He was recently acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie.
This is his first Coors field pitch to the Reds lead off batter Zack Cozart. Cozart would pop out to second for the first out of the game.
Sanchez would walk the second batter Drew Stubbs. Who would than steal second.
Brandon Phillips would single which scored Stubbs from second, also tried to steal second but was not as succesful as Stubbs. Sanchez would strike out Todd Frazier for the final out of the inning. (1-0) Reds
Dexter Fowler on his quest for his record all-time leader in triples for the Rockies lead off the inning by not accomplishing that record, but reached base by walking. Josh Rutledge batted second.
He would hit his second MLB home run and first one at Coors. He has been a great addition to this team in the past few weeks with and including this game he is batting .379 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 58 at bats. He also has 22 combined hits and 8 RBI’s. (2-1) Rockies
Michael Cuddyer would also reach base with some hard running and a rushed throw from Zack Cozart at short that…
… pulled Miguel Cairo off first.
The Reds started the 2nd off aggressively Chris Heisey hit a lead off triple he would score on a sac fly by Cairo to center and tied the game at 2.
I am going to try to make this one brief the Reds would than score a run in the 3rd. The Rockies would not produce in the third Cuddyer and Rutledge would both get hits but would not score. The starting pitcher for the Reds Matt Latos would sit the Rockies down in order in the 4th.
Jonathan Sanchez would get really roughed up in the 5th. Cozart lead off with a single Stubbs hit a 2 Run home run. (5-2) Reds 2 batters later Jay Bruce would hit a solo shot. ( 6-2) Reds. After that Sanchez was removed from the game by manager Jim Tracy.
Here he is leaving the mound.
Carlos Torres would come into pitch for the Rockies and would strike out the first 2 Reds he faced in the 5th to get out of the inning. he would pitch the complete 6th and 7th ining. Facing 9 Batters in his 2/3rd innings. Striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit. The hit was a double by Ryan Hannigan.
Dex sent one for a ride in the 5th which looked like it may have gone out but fell short and was caught by Jay Bruce on the right field track.
Mike Ekstrom pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did not have a great outing but he did let up an additional run on 2 hits and a Rutledge error at short. (7-2) Reds
Matt Reynolds pitched the 9th for the Rockies Striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He did let up one hit to Stubbs.
The Rockies would attempt a 2 out rally in the bottom of the 9th, After Andrew Brown would get a single when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot. Josh fields who was brought in a double switch in the 6th would hit a single. Dex then grounded out to end the game. The Reds won 7-2 and swept the Rockies this weekend. It looks like my days of seeing home team walk off wins have ended now that I am back home. It is just something we are getting use to at Coors. Well that is it for this one besides the Rockies loss it was a great day hanging at Coors today. Once again thanks to the players and coaches for having a photo day for the fans.
Here is a few others from our time on the field.
Mary O and Me.
Me waiting for my marker back that Jim Tracy was signing with.
Then these to girls had this sign that said show me how to Tulo. So read their definition!
O.K. so now my Tulo dig for the post yes I have to go there. I thought Tulo-ing would be when there is 1 out with 2 runners on and he pops out to the first base or third base line. Now I only say this because I have seen several time this year. Maybe after this injury things will turn around for him with him.
Well that’s it for this one I should be at Coors most of the week as they face the Cardinals and Giants in the next week.
I may also have a surprise post mid-week. Covering something I normally would not cover!
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