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.
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia
My 36th MLB game of the year. 42nd including Minors.
After leaving New Orleans at about 9 A.M., We were on our way to Atlanta for a 7P.M. game it is about an 8 hour drive and we lost an hour with the time zone change. We arrived at the stadium about 5P.M. Eastern time.
Lets just start this out with Wow, really like this place from the get go the staff was really nice. The screen was in center field was huge. The stadium also showed a lot about the history of the team which is the longest continues franchise in baseball.
Here was my first look at The inside of Turner Field.
A look at the outfield.
They had these signs with the different years that they won title either Division, League and their 1995 World Series win.
I found these signs interesting I am not sure what the significance or purpose of them are but they have them all over the center field area with different distances.
So we headed to left field for BP the Diamondbacks were hitting an it was not to productive. We did not get anything.
A look from behind home plate while the grounds crew prepared the field.
Before the game they have a competition, Three people had to see who could hit a golf ball closer to the pin they set up in center.
Here is the guy running with the measuring wheel.
Craig Kimbrel hit one and was closer than the contestants.
Exchanging of the line ups and going over the ground rules with the umps.
Here is a look at Turner Field from our seats in section 207. 1st Row. These were cool seats with a great line of sight to the field.
Tim Hudson throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist, who grounded out. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both hit singles before Justin Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt struck out.
Justin Upton watching the ball as it lands for a single.
Chipper Jones at third.It was great to see him play at home in his final season. It is amazing how people are coming from all over to see him play one last time. Most with signs saying where they came from and how long they have watched him play. Teenagers that don’t know what a Braves roster looks like with out the name Chipper Jones on it.
Daniel Hudson throwing to the Braves Michael Bourn, Bourn wasted no time putting a run on the board as he hit a lead off home run. (1-0) Braves. Jason Heyward than hit a single but was left on base as the next 3 batters went down in order. Including 2 strike outs. Nelson Prado and Dan Uggla.
Bourn taking the home run swing.
Chipper Jones throws over to fist for the first out of the 2nd inning. Miguel Montaro lead off the 2nd with a single. Roberts hit to Jones for this out. The Braves would get the D’backs out of the first with no runs. Daniel Hudson get into double trouble in the third 3 consecutive Braves hit double in 2nd inning. They sent 9 to the plate and scored 4 runs(5-1) Braves.
Simmons called safe at second.
In the 5th inning it was time to take to the stadium and check out the stadium and view the game from different locations around the stadium.
Hudson pitches to Josh Collmenter who came in for Daniel Hudson.
The Diamond backs turn a double play in the 5th inning.
A look from left field.
The Braves fan doing the Tomahawk Chop. Ok so when 4 drunk idiots are doing it at Coors it is annoying but when you get a stadium of Braves fans doing it is kinda cool or at least interesting!
Here is a giant piece of art depicting the history of the Braves.
Aaron Hill dive into first for a single in the 9th inning.
Atlanta had Anthony Vavaro pitch in the 9th inning it was his 4th appearance with them.
That is it for the first one from Atlanta there is 1 more in Atlanta before I head north to North Carolina for a few minor league games.
This is a really cool stadium with a lot of history, tradition and passionate fans.
D’Backs Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
My 4th game of the year @ Coors, 5th including the Springs.
Today was also Jackie Robinson. This year marked the 65th Anniversary of becoming the first black player in the Major Leagues.
As with all Sundays at Coors it was autograph Sunday.
Today Juan Nicasio, Tyler Chatwood, Rex Brothers and Matt Reynolds signed.
I was able to get Tyler Chatwood on a Card and Rex Brothers on my default photo of Coors Field which is a photo from the upper deck of the sunset on the last game of the season last year.
Drew Pomeranz was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his first start of the year. Drew did have a start in Tulsa on April 10. He went 4 innings striking out 4 and letting up no runs.
Pomeranz pitching to the Diamondbacks Ryan Roberts. Roberts and Gerado Parra both grounded out Justin Upton than hit a single and Michael Young hit an HR for a quick 2-0 lead for the D’backs.
Troy Tulowitzki makes one of his patent off-balance throws to first. Kids don’t try this at home. Maybe he is trying to do a running man!!!! I don’t know this just does not look comfortable to throw like that.
Chris Young touches home after his 2 run HR.
Drew Pomeranz pitches to Aaron Hill in the 1st. inning.
Eric Young Jr. grounding out in the 1st inning.
Here is a look from section 307.
I was going to walk aroung the whole concource but decided to head to my seat which I very rarly get to usually I walk the concource or hang with friends in other sections.
The Diamondbacks scored another run in the 3rd. for a 3-0 lead.
Pomeranz pitching in the 5th inning to one of his last batters. He was taken out with 1 out and I believe 2 runners on base.
Josh Roenicke warming up in the bullpen.
The D’backs did score to for a 5-0 lead.
Drew Pomeranz coming out of the game in the 5th. He threw 108 pitches 45 for strikes and 63 balls. Letting up 5 runs and 9 hits.
The rain started shortly after the pitching change so I headed down to the concource by the bullpen.
Matt Reynolds heading to the bullpen in the 8th inning. He struck out 2 in the inning and got the third to pop out to short.
Tulo Catching the pop up in the 8th inning.
After Chris Nelson struck out in the 8th. Jonny Herrera hit a double to start a Rockies mini rally. He and Eric Young Jr. both scored (5-2) D’backs. Tulo singled and Ramon Hernandez pitch hit in the pitchers spot which was 5th in the batting order after a double switch earlier in the game. The Rockies sent 9 batters to the plate in the ninth and it looked like there may be a little Lodo magic for the third game in a row but they fell a little short. The D’Backs used 4 pitches in the inning.
Michal Young being tossed out at first for the last run of the game. He was responsible for 3 of the 5 D’backs runs.
The final score was 5-2. The Rockies did win the Series taking the first 2. Hopefully last years Sundays whoa’s won’t carry over to this year and this game was a slight glitch not the start of a Sunday trend. The Rockies are 4 and 5 on the year. and currently 3rd in the N.L. west. 4.5 games back from the Dodgers who have had an amazing 9-1 start to the season. Looks like the owner ship change was good for them.
Starting Monday the Rockies will be playing the San Diego Padres.So we get to ask the question of where is Huston Street once again!!
I should be there for all 3.
See Ya at Coors.
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Jason Hammel pitched for the Rockies and Josh Collmenter started for the D’backs.
Today was also the day that most of the September call ups are at Coors. Since the Sky Sox and Tulsa seasons are both over. So 2 of them started today one being Jordan Pacheco who is the starting catcher for the Sky Sox. He started at the revolving door we call third base.
Jordan Pacheco and Dexter Fowler during warm ups.
Also called up and starting today was Willin Rosario. Willin is a top prospect for the Rockies and spent the last 2 seasons as a Tulsa Drillers.
Jason Hammel and Willin Rosario Heading in for the start of the game.
The question as always when Jason Hammel pitches is which Jason Hammel will pitch the dominant throw for strike and make batters cringe or the whoops was that a 4 run inning Jason Hammel.
Hammel got out of the 1st inning letting up a run. (1-0) D’backs
The 1st. inning did not yield any runs for the Rockies neither did the 2,3,4…..
In the second inning the D’backs went down in order including Jason Hammel striking out Chris Young and a great play or maybe a bad running error. When John McDonald hit a ball to the gap in left center and tried to stretch a sure double into a not so quite a triple Seth Smith picked it up and threw it in to The Deuce who than threw it to Pacheco at 3rd. for the out.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 2nd. Giambi grounded out and Seth Smith struck out. The third batter of the game was Willin Rosario for his first Major League at bat. He hit to the warning track in center, but it was caught by the D’backs center fielder Chris Young.
Wilin Rosario fouls a pitch back behind the netting.
Jason Hammel struck out Justin Upton in the 4th. to lead of the inning. Than sat the next 2 down also. In the Rockies 4th Jordan Pacheco would have his first Major League at bat. The result was a little different then Rosario’s. With a 1/1 count he swung and hit to center field for a single. He would advance to third after Hammel would sac bunt and Fowler grounded out, but remain there and not score.
Jordan Pachecos first MLB hit.
Hammel would have another good inning in the 5th Striking out 2 but also walking 1.
The Rockies would have had a productive inning in the 5th. With another first, after Seth Smith lead of with a triple Rosario stepped to the plate and no it wasn’t his first MLB hit he lined out, but Pacheco would ground out Smith scored for Pachecos first MLB RBI!!!! To tie the game at 1.
Seth Smith slid into home plate after Pacheco hits the ball for Pachecos first RBI
The D’backs would than take the lead again in the 7th scoring 1 run, After a Goldschmidt lead off double, Gerrado Parra hit a single to score him 2 batters later.
Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 7th and hit a single.
D’backs Manager Kirk Gibson takes starter Collmenter out of the game in the 7th after Seth Smiths single.
Eric Young Jr. Sliding into home plate and was called out. I think he was safe but my call don’t matter. After seeing the play on TV after I got home it still looked like EYJ was safe.
The D’backs scored one, which on most nights would pretty much all they need to win the game., but not this night. Then there was the Rockies 8th. After Pacheco got out and Kouzmanoff came in to PH for Hammel, Fowler would hit a single. Kouzmanoff would be thrown out at second. Mark Ellis hit a single followed by Cargo single which score Dex to tie the game. Cargo and Ellis would advance a base on a wild pitch with The Deuce at bat. Once again he proved me wrong and hit another prove the Addict wrong 3 run HR.[Love when that happens]. (5-3) Rockies. That was the second time in 2 days he has done that. That was not it Ty Wiggington PH in the fifth spot also hit a single Seth Smith than hit another triple to score Wiggy. (6-3) Rosario walked to get on base for the first time in his MLB career with a walk. Pacheco also hit a single for another RBI his second. (7-3)Rockies. Kouzmanoff came up for the second time in the inning and was hit by a pitch. The next batter Fowler walked and scored Rosario from 3rd.(8-3) Rockies. Ellis ended the inning flying out to center. After 2 out the Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate after their were 2 outs and a total of 13 batters in the inning. Scoring 7 runs this was one of the best innings of baseball I have seen from this team all year, it was great that they were able to put a good rally together.
Dex Scoring the first run in the 8th.
The Deuces HR swing in the 8th
The ball was hit to the near empty pavilions
The Deuce steps on home after the 3 run HR, This time their was no hug for Cargo but a lot of High-Five!!
Wiggington scoring after Seth Smiths 2nd triple of the game.
Pacheco reaching base for his 2nd MLB hit and RBI.
This was probably the best game of the season for Jason Hammel he has pitched consistent occasionally but he was right on keeping his pitch count low for him, not having the blow up inning and striking out (????). Pitching 7 complete innings. In an interview awhile ago after totally falling apart one game he said that is just part of the enigma that is Jason Hammel well this game was a different part. It was the lights out, I am going to get the job done part of the enigma of Jason Hammel. Great game. unfortunately he did not get the win. Matt Belise did, for his 10th win of the season. One more he will be tied for all time wins for the Rockies from the bullpen with 11. Which was done by Gabe White in 2000.
The Rockies won. It really did not make a difference in the standings, But it was agreat game. Hope they can keep this up. If we are not going to win the division or get in the playoffs make it exciting for the rest of the season. Oh and once again we got tacos!!!!!! I Won’t be at the next 2 against the Reds, But will be at Coors on Sunday.
Dinger celebrating the win!!!
The Rockies celebrate the win!