Tagged: Atlanta Braves

Rockies stop the chop and Laird gets popped!

6-12-2014

Braves vs. Rockies

Game 4 of series

 

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Jhoulys Chacin started this day game for the Rockies. Chacin was in his old form for this game he was getting ahead in counts early against the Braves batters and his stuff was really working he retired the Braves in order including a strike out to B.J. Upton.

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Here is D.J. LeMahieu getting the first out of the inning Jason Heyward.

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Ervin Santana started for the Braves and Charlie Blackmon did what he does best and that is lead off with an extra base hit.

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Charlie just being Nazty as he makes the big turn around first and heading to second!

The Rockies bats were not able to get him home for a run as Santana had a good inning after giving up the double. He got the next 3 batters out in order including striking out both Josh Rutledge and Wilin Rosario.

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Corey Dickerson tried to stretch a double into a triple and did not miss it by much to lead off the 2nd inning, he was out at third and the Rockies would go down in order again and it looked like the offensive slump would return. The Bats came alive in the 3rd as D.J. LeMahieu started the inning with a walk not exactly a bat coming alive but a base runner. He was caught stealing and Jhoulys Chacin got on base with a single and Blackmon came up with a Chacin on and even better then hitting doubles and that is hitting home runs and that put the Rockies on the board with a 2-0 lead. Blackmon has 10 double this season and 12 homers.

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Drew Stubbs takes a swing in the 4th inning that resulted in the third out of the inning.

The Rockies did get a 3rd run in the 6th inning a solo home run by Justin Morneau. The Rockies had a 3-0 lead.

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Corey Dickerson slides into home for the Rockies first of 5 runs in the 7th inning.

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 Jordan Walden came in with 1 out in the 7th to replace Ervin Santana. Santana went 6 1/3rd. giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. striking out 8 but giving up 2 homers and walking 2.

Chacin went a full 7 and gave up only 2 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 2. Great to see him pitch so well, it has been a while.

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Justin Morneau stands on first after a 2 run single. Those runs gave the Rockies a 6 run lead.

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Wilin Rosario watches a pitch go by during his 7th inning at bat he was the 9th batter for the Rockies in the inning. In total they scored 5 runs and took a 8-0 lead.

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Adam Ottavino pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies And gave up 3 runs to the Braves 2 on a home run to B.J. Upton.

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Tulo tosses gum out to the crowd between innings.

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After taking a foul tip off the mask during Corey Dickerson at bat Braves catcher Gerald Laird got hit by Dickerson’s swing.

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The next pitch Braves relief pitcher David Carpenter hit Dickerson with a pitch and this is where the game became crazy. After Dickerson had words with Carpenter…

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Walt came out and pretty much had words with everyone! Yelling at Carpenter and the Umpire.

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He was then tossed from the game. Carpenter was immediately thrown out after Dickerson was hit.

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Arguments continued all over the place and the Rockies bench got warned to stay in the dugout.

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Walt Continued to argue.

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Walt Leaving the field. This was the most fired up I have ever seen Walt it was nice to see.

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That Renee Lachman gave the ump an ear full. That must have been an interesting conversation!

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Anthony Varvaro replaced Carpenter and the Rockies picked up another 2 runs in the inning.

This was only half of the ejections for the inning. After the Braves came up to the plate and Nick Masset came into pitch…

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He hit Evan Gattis who was the 3rd Braves batter in the inning with 2 outs.

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Nick Masset and Bench Coach Tommy Runnels were then ejected for a total of 3 Rockies being thrown out and a total of 4 players and coaches.

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Masset standing on the mound after hitting Gattis.

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Matt Belisle came into pitch the last out for the Rockies.

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Lach pulled Terry Pendelton over to the side after the game. Just could imagine what was said.

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The Rockies won this game 10-3.

This seems to be a result of a lot of frustration over the past few weeks. Dickerson being hit was also the second Rockies batter to be hit in as many days. Josh Rutledge was hit in the head on Wednesday. The Braves thought Dickerson hit Laird on purpose, now Dickerson is a very good player and is very talented with the bat, but for him to be able to foul tip a ball and intentionally hit catcher would take an incredible amount of talent and skill. This was one of the craziest game I have seen in a long time. It was nice to see a little fire in Walt and hopefully this win is the boost this team needs to get things together. As I am writing this the Rockies have won 2 game in the 9th inning against the Giants in San Francisco. This is the first series win there in over 4 years and are going for the sweep later this afternoon. The Rockies are now 2 games under .500 with a 33-35 record and are 9.5 games behind the giants and are 3rd place in the National League West.

So that is it for this one I have another post coming from Fridays night game in the Springs.

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Matzek limits the Braves to 2 in his MLB debut.

6-1-2014

Braves vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series.

This game saw the debut of the third Rockies starting pitcher in the last 5 games. Tonight it was Tyler Matzek’s turn to take the mound for the first time.

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Here he is walking in from the bull-pen.

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He started out getting the Braves Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton to ground out on 3 pitches a piece.  He fought back after pitching 3 balls to Freddie Freeman who would then strike out after a 10 pitch at bat to end the inning.

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Julio Teheran started for the Braves.

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After striking out Charlie Blackmon, Josh Rutledge hit a single and here he is diving back to first on one of many throws over to first by Teheran.

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Rutledge went from 1st to 3rd on a Justin Morneau single. He would score on a Drew Stubbs double to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

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Morneau scored on a Drew Stubbs double to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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Stubbs would score on a Corey Dickerson triple to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

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The Rockies would score the 4th run of the game on a sac fly by Stubbs to Heyward in right field to score Tulo from third.

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In the 5th inning Troy Tulowitzki would a single and make a big turn to get caught in a run down while he was being chased by the Braves infield..

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Josh Rutledge would score, after running from 1st to third on the hit and then scored.

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The Rockies took a 5-0 lead.

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Tyler Matzek pitched very well till the 8th inning. After the Braves scored their first run Walt Weiss took Matzek out of the game and he brought in Franklin Morales. Matzek gave up only 2 runs on 5 hits walking no batters and struck out 7 of the Braves batters. The Braves did not get a hit off him till the 5th inning, when Justin Upton hit a single. He pitched very well. I must say I was concerned when they said he was starting, because the innings I have seen him pitch in spring training were not so good and he has not been doing that well in the Springs. Tonight he took away any concerns I had about his pitching and I hope he continues to do well with the Rockies. In the 8th the Braves did score 2 runs and the Rockies still had a 8-2 lead.

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Franklin Morales pitching in the 8th inning.

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LaTroy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th for the Rockies. After giving up a hit to Freddie Freeman he got the next 3 batters out and that was the game. The Rockies got this win in a very good start by Matzek and the Rockies have seemed to find there bats for this one scoring 8 runs on 13 hits.

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LaTroy  Hawkins get Tyler with the Water Bucket!

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The Braves are still up 2-1 in the series and there is a 4th game remaining in this series.

That’s it for this one see you at Coors!

Nicasio gets scalped by Braves!

6-10-2014

Braves vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series.

 

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This game was a train wreck from the start. The Braves immediately started getting hits and scoring runs off of Juan Nicasio with a total of 7 hits and 7 runs in the 1st inning. The hits started with a double by Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton to start the game and the last one of the inning was a grand slam home run by Andrelton Simmons.

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Evan Gattis, Chris Johnson, and Tommy La Stella running home after Simmons home run.

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The 4 of them after Simmons crosses the plate.

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Mike Minor started for the Braves he did not start that great either but he was not as bad as Nicasio. He would give up 3 runs in the first after Brandon Barnes started the game with a single and Dickerson walked. Troy Tulowitzki was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Wilin Rosario hit a single scoring Barnes to get the Rockies on the board.(7-1) Braves

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Justin Morneau hit a sac-fly to center field that scored Dickerson from 3rd. for the second run for the Rockies. IMG_6452Dickerson crossing home-plate 7-2 Braves. The third run would come by a passed ball by Braves catcher Evan Gattis to score Tulo from third.

The Braves continued to add to their lead in the 3rd and the Rockies tried to chip away at the lead by scoring 2 additional runs in the 3rd. (8-5) Braves.

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After giving up 2 solo home runs in the 4th inning Walt Weiss headed out and took Nicasio out of the game. The home runs were hit by Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis. those runs would be the Braves 9th and 10th of the game.

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The Rockies did score 1 run in the 4th a solo home run by Wilin Rosario to give the Rockies their 6 run and they were still down by 4. !0-6 Braves.

IMG_6472  The Rockies would come within 2 runs in the 5th inning after Josh Rutledge started the inning with a triple and would score D.J. LeMahieu single.

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Chad Bettis came into replace Kahnle in the 6th and showed why he keeps getting sent to the Springs. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, facing 8 Braves batters. to give the Braves another 5 run lead, 13-8.

The Rockies did once again to get close to the Braves score scoring 1 in the 7th and 8th for a 13-10 score.

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The Braves brought in their closer Cole Kimbrel in the 9th to close out the game and he succeeded and the 13-10 score was the final. ( there you go E2theMNFnB)

In total the Rockies used 7 pitches Martin pitched the 7th, Belilse pitched the 8th and Nick Masset and Rex Brothers pitched in the 9th.

So the losing continues as the team has been derailing almost on a nightly bases. Oddly enough we still keep watching just to see who are the causality and who survives the carnage that this season has become.

That is it for this one.

See you at Coors!

Christian Bergman takes loss in MLB debut.

6-9-2014

Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies

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This game saw another MLB debut for a Rockies pitcher this game it was Christian Bergman’s turn. He pitched a very good first inning striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. The only base runner was Jason Heyward who reached based on a Troy Tulowitzki error at short. Bergman pitched 3 no hit innings and the Braves started getting hits in the 4th inning the first by B.J. Upton and the Second by Freddie Freeman both scored in the inning Upton on a Evan Gattis grounder and Freeman when Chris Johnson hit a single. That would give the Braves a 2-0 lead. He pitched well in the 5th inning which he got out of throwing only 10 pitches. The Braves swinging at the 1st or 2nd  pitch helped keep the pitch count low and the 5 he threw to B.J. Upton was half the pitches for the inning. Bergman pitched a complete 6 innings striking out 4, He allowed only 5 hits and 2 runs and he walked 2.

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Christian Bergman  warming up in the bullpen before his start.

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Throwing his first pitch, a ball to Jason Heyward.

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He also got his first MLB hit in his 3rd inning at bat.

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In the 7th inning Corey Dickerson hit a lead off solo home run to give the Rockies their first run of the game and cut the Braves lead by 1. The Score was 2-1. The Rockies threatened slightly in the inning with 2 outs after D.J. LeMahieu walked and Brandon Barnes hit a double. Barnes came into pinch hit for the pinch hitter Ryan Wheeler in the pitchers spot after the Braves changed pitchers after Wheeler was announced. Luis Avilan Came into replace Gavin Floyd who started for the Braves.

Rex Brother pitched the 7th for the Rockies, he pitched well in the inning striking out 3 of the 4 Braves batters he faced. The only base runner he allowed was a walk to Heyward.

The Braves scored a 3rd run in the 8th with a little small ball off of Adam Ottavino. Ottavino walked Justin Upton who scored on a Chris Johnson single.

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Mike McKenry hits a ball to center in the 9th inning for the second out of the 9th inning for the Rockies.

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 Craig Kimbrel who came in to close the game for the Braves came in a little close to Charlie Culberson during his 9th inning at bat. Culberson would eventfully walk.

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Wilin Rosario could not catch up to this Kimbrel fast ball to strike out and end the game.

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The Rockies would lose this one  3-1.

They are now 29-34 and it seems that the season is quickly getting away from them. They also had more bad news on Monday when Michael Cuddyer is out with a broken shoulder and Carlos Gonzalez was going to have exploratory surgery on his finger.

So that is it for this 1 and now onto the next one!

See You at Coors!

Yorvit is playing where, Who’s on First?

4-24-2013

Braves vs. Rockies

3rd game of Series  my 12th of the year at Coors.

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This game was a lot warmer than the double-header the day before. It was about 50 degrees for most of the game and sunny. It was great to watch a game not wearing 5 layers of clothes for the cold.

Today being a day game that means there was no batting practice, but I did get my second ball of the year a toss-up from Chris Nelson. It was the first 20th Anniversary ball I had gotten.

Tyler Chatwood made his Rockies debut for the year after starting in the year in Colorado Springs. He was called up after Rob Scahill who came up because of Jhoulys Chacin going on the disabled list got optioned back to Colorado Springs.

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Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.

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Chatwood takes the mound for his 2013 Rockies debut. The first batter he faced was the Braves Ramiro Pena It was a shaking looking start after he walked. B.J. Upton hit into a Double play and Justin Upton hit a single, Chatwood got Freddie Freeman to fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field.

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Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for the Braves. He face 3 Rockies batters in the 1st. After Eric Young Jr. popped out to Juan Francisco at third. Dexter Fowler would walk and then got into Hudson’s head during Carlos Gonzalez’s at bat Hudson threw over to first a few times during the at bat. Cargo would hit into a double play getting himself out at first and Dex at second.

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The Rockies with one out would go back to back with  Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge both hit homers to give the Rockies 2 runs.

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Josh Rutledge running to first after his home run in the 2nd inning.

The Braves would score 3 runs and the lead in the 4th inning on a series of hits. (3-2)

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The Rockies would tie the score at 3 in the 4th inning. Chris Nelson started the inning with a triple and scored 2 batters later on a Tyler Chatwood single.

The Braves once again took the lead in the 6th inning scoring 2 runs Evan Gattis lead the inning with a double and scored. Dan Uggla who scored also reached on a Jonny Herrera error. The Braves took the 5-3 lead.

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Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino took the mound for the Rockies in the 7th. He had another very good inning facing 3 Braves batters and finishing the inning by striking out Justin Upton.

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The score remained the same till the Rockies made it get interesting in the 9th inning. Jordan Pacheco started off the inning pinch-hitting in the 7 spot which was the pitchers spot after a double switch in the 8th inning. Pacheco flew out to left. Jonny Herrera would redeem himself for the error in the 6th inning. He would score on a Dexter Fowler double scoring Jonny and Troy Tulowitki who hit a single to get on base as a pinch hitter. That tied up the game at 5.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.

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Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.

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Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.

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Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.

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Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.

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Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.

With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.

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Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.

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In the most interesting move was putting catcher Yorvit Torrealba at first base. Yorvit pinch hit for the pitches spot in the 10th inning. he did fly out in that at bat but was kept in the game for his offence. He seemed like he could handle playing there well. He did seem a little nerves but he was only involved in one out in the 11th inning which was a ground out.

Eric Young Jr. hit a triple with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th and it looked like the Rockies had the win.

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he ran home on a Fowler hit to first and Freeman threw to catcher Gattis.IMG_8664

Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.

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Eric Young Jr. being called out at home after the throw to Gattis.

After the Rockies did not score in the 11th and the Braves did not score in the 12th. The score remained tied at 5.

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Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.

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It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.

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Matt Belise pitched for himself because nobody was left on the bench. He did make a few bunt attempts before striking out for the first out of the inning. Now Yorvit Torrealba who remained in the game at first base for his offense, paid off…..

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He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.

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The ball was coming in as he started his slide.

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Gattis did not tag him and he was safe at home and the Rockies would get the 6th and winning run. So the Gamble at first base paid off for the Rockies Torvit hit the game winning single in the bottom of the 12th for the Rockies. The cool thing was that his catching partner was the winning run. IMG_8718Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.

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the dugouts than emptied and the team celebrated this dramatic come from behind win. It is so awesome to see the drive and motivation to win this team has and then it seems like you never know who will hit the winning run or come through when needed. Reminds me of the 2007 and 2009 playoff years, not saying that is where this is going but sure would like to see it be a possibility. It is stile early in the season but it is just great to see great baseball being played by the Rockies at Coors.

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Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.

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Yorvit and Walt Weiss both with awesomely huge smiles. Great move keeping Yorvit in the Game Walt. If he had gave up an error at first that lost the game it would of been a bad decision, but since he hit the walk of single score the winning run it was genius!!!!

The Rockies Played 4 in Arizona since this game was played I just have been busy and can’t get these done as quick these days. But they lost 3 of 4 against the D’backs and are currently tied for first in the National League west with them at 15 and 10. The are starting a 3 game series in L.A. against the Dodgers. The Rockies also designated Chris Nelson for assignment during this week on the road which is kinda sad he was really cool to the fans and was always joking around with us and was just a fun guy to have around. Wish the best for him hope he gets picked up by a good team if he doesn’t stay in the Rockies organization. In his place the Rockies have brought up Nolan Arenado to play third base. In his first game in AZ he went 0-3 with a walk, but I know he is a lot better with a lot of power I have seen him play in Tulsa and the 2 years he has been in big league camp at spring training. This year in Colorado Springs he batted .364 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s.

Well That is it for this one the Rockies return home against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and than take on the Yankees next week. I should be there for all 6.

So See You at Coors!

Coldest Game in MLB history!

4-23-2013

Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies

my 10th and 11th game of the season it was a split double-header.

After snow and cold temps it was time for colder temps and baseball.

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This was the coldest double-header in MLB History and the first game was the Coldest first pitch in MLB history.

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Yes, that is the temp right after Jeff Francis’ first pitch to Andrelton Simmons.

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So for game one Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was by far not his best game. His first inning wasn’t bad beside the Juston Upton solo home run. He only faced 4 batters getting the Braves lead off batter Andrelton Simmons to pop out to Wilin Rosario and B.J. Upton to ground out to Chris Nelson at third base. Freddie Freeman flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field. He got out of the inning with 19 pitches a little high for an inning but not horrible.

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Mike Minor was the starting pitcher for the Braves got all 3 Rockies he faced out in this inning. He got out of the inning throwing 8 pitches now that is really good.

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In the 2nd inning he did walk lead off batter Troy Tulowitzki. He scored from third on a Wil Rosario single. He moved to third on a Michael Cuddyer double.

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Michael Cuddyer running to second as Tulo runs to third.

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Cuddy dives into second.

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Wilin Rosario hitting his single to score Tulo from third base.

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Tulo scoring the tying run (1-1)

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Jordan Pacheco than hit a single to score Cuddy and for a brief moment they lead the Braves (2-1) Rox

The Braves would score 2 in the 2nd inning on a Dan Uggla home run.

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Dexter Fowler tried to get things going in the 3rd inning. with a lead off triple. Josh Rutledge scored Dex to once again tie the game at 3. Cargo struck out and Tulo flew out to shallow center and Rutledge did not score there is another lost RBI and opportunity for Tulo. That is approx. 10 runs that were not scored with runner in scoring position during his at bats.

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Tulo swinging at the pitch that he hit to center for the out.

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Rosario grounds out to Braves third baseman Chris Johnson who through to Freddie Freeman at first to end the inning.

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Rob Scahill came into pitch in the 5th inning for the Rockies. He pitched really well he got out of the inning throwing only 5 pitches in the inning. That was to the middle of the Braves line up starting with Justin Upton then getting Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson out. Scahill pitched 3 inning throwing a total of 29 pitches now that is really good pitching. He faced a total of 10 batters striking out 2 and only allowing 1 hit a single to Freeman.

Before leaving the game Francis did let up a 4th run a home run to Evan Gattis. (4-3) Rockies.

Not much happened at the rest of the game it was cold it warmed up to about 28 degrees by the end of the game.

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With a 4-3 lead the Braves brought out there very affective and intense closer Cole Kimbrell. He started the inning by striking out Michael Cuddyer, Rosario hit a single, Jordan Pacheco also struck out and while Chris Nelson was batting Rosario was thrown out in a very questionable play. He was stealing second base. The question is was it a not so well executed hit and run or was it a steel attempt. This was the third out of the inning and ended the game. The Rockies lost this one and the Braves now have the best record in baseball. So it was time to empty the stadium. We had about an hour and a half to wait for the opening of the gates for the second game of this split double-header. The first game I was the only one of the our regular group to be at the game. Carlos was there for an inning or 2 and Robert was in his post in the pavilions. In total there were only about 1000 fans at this game.

Game 2

The start of this game was 30 degrees.

Slightly warmer from game one but not much better.

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John Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.

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Julio Teheran started for the Braves.

Gonna keep this short and sweet it was cold, I did not take many photos the Rockies lost this one also. The Rockies took a 1 run lead in the 3rd the Braves answered with 3 in the 4th.

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Here is Eric Young Jr. scoring that run in the 3rd.

John Garlnd got roughed up he did pitch 6 innings. Let up the 3 in the 4th 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th.

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The Rockies went into the bottom of the 9th down 10-1. the Braves scored 4 in the top half of the inning . Josh Outman allowed  got touched up in the 9th inning allowing 4 runs. Some of those were after Wilton Lopez came in to pitch, but were runners that Outman had put on base. Wilton did not get as shelled as in Sundays game but something does need to be done with his inconsistency.

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The Rockies made an effort to get back into the game but were only able to get 1 run in the inning. they had a mini 2 out Rally but it was way to little to late. This was there 3rd straight home loss after starting the season with 8 consecutive wins to start the season. The final in this one was 10-2. The temp at the end of this game was 27 degrees. It was not to bad till about the 7th inning and then I got to the point of I can’t handle the cold. Despite the loss and the cold it was a fun night hangin with the crew at Coors.

Well that is it for these two games got another one to post about from the exciting Thursday day game.

This Post was brought to you by Jackson of Lodo without getting warm and eating there between games I would have never made it through the second game!!!!!

Two tribes battle it out in the rain in Indy!

7-18-2012

Gwinnett Braves Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Vs Indianapolis Indians Triple A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This was the 15th game of my road trip. This was the 2nd game at  Victory Field in Indianapolis.

After taking a few laps around the Ballpark area looking for parking since the parking lot we parked in sunday was for employees of the building during the week and others were full. I found a parking lot across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. Still think this looks like an airplane hangar. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl XLVI (46 for the roman numeral challenged) in February. I took the short walk to Victory Field.

This is a look at the Center Field entrance at the corner of West Maryland Street and South West Street. After getting my ticket and taking some photos outside. I looked across S.West St. and noticed this….

… yes that says 104 degrees. This was about 50 minutes before first pitch.

Despite the temperature I still took a walk around the stadium. This photo is of the grounds crew putting down the foul lines. This was the first time I have seen this proceed use it is a box with a filter on the bottom the place them on the ground and tap them with mallets these with baseballs on the end of a hammer handle. Somebody at the game said they do this at Great American Ball Park and in Columbus at Huntington Park. That is where the Columbus Clippers play.

Ex Rockie Jose Morales was the starting catcher for the Indians.

Here is a look of the indians stretching before the game with the J.W. Marriott and the Indianapolis skyline in the background.

Indians starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera throwing in the outfield.

I then noticed this easter egg under a seat along the left field line. This ball looked very used had no logos or other marks. This was the first ball I have gotten at this stadium and the first of the day.

Cabrera throwing in the bullpen.

Jose Morales catching in the bullpen.

Starling Marte signing autographs for fans. I had him, Chase D’Arnaud and Anderson Hernandez to sign my program. While i was by the wall for autos I met a fellow road tripper David who was also doing a road trip his Included Columbus, Cincinnati, The Louisville Bat factory, The Football Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll H.O.F. and other places. He was the person who told me about the boxes the were using for the lines.

Cabrera throwing the first pitch to the Braves Jose Costanza popped out to third. For the first out. Josh Wilson flew out to center. Felix Pie would hit a double. (pronounced PeeYea). The next batter Ernesto Mejia grounded out to end the inning.

Mejia taking a swing in the first. I walked to me seat in the process of the inning. Today I got a seat in the second deck on the first baseline. Both times I have been to this stadium I sat on the 3rd base side in the lower seating.

Almost immediately after the Braves 3rd out it started to pour. It was a slight rain during Mejia’s at bat, but before the first pitch could be thrown for the Braves the grounds crew pulled out the tarp.

So I headed to the concourse on the lower level to escape the rain. Here are a few photos during the rain delay.

Here is the water running down the steps while more drops fell.

I than looked up one of the stair cases and caught these to enjoying the rain. This was a well needed storm in the area. The Indianapolis area has been in a severe draught the whole summer. With many water restrictions in effect.

I think this security guard should be the highest paid person to step on the field for this afternoon because he stood there the whole rain delay. Major props to him.

Rowdy had some fun with the rain and the tarp, while entertaining the crowd!

A look of the field with the tarp and a rain-soaked Indianapolis in the background. The odd thing was that this rain delay was 2 hours and 27 minutes of almost continues rain and my relatives that live about 8 miles away did not see a single drop.

Jose Morales and Daniel Cabrera waiting in the dugout during the first slow down of the rain it would come down hard again and the rain delay continued. During the rain delay I met back up with David and we talked about our road trips. I was really cool meeting with someone else actually doing a trip. I have met many Rockies fans at away stadiums, but not someone doing a full road trip to many stadiums in a single trip like I do.

After about 2 hours the tarp was removed and they started working on the field.

The Braves finally took the field to resume the first inning. Here is there starting pitcher Eric Junge throws the first pitch to the Indians Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud lead the inning off with a single. He and Yamaico Navarro were the only 2 base runners for the Indians Navarro walked.

Chris Leroux came into pitch the second inning because of the long rain delay. The Indians did not bring Cabrera back out. Leroux sat the braves down in order. The Braves did the same in the 3rd.

Jose Constanza at bat in the 3rd inning. He hit the ball to second and was thrown out at first.

d’Arnaud strikes out for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would actually walk this at bat.

He was thrown out trying to steal second.

Billy Bullock pitched for the Braves in the 4th inning. Here he is warming up in the bullpen.

Starling Marte hits to third for  ground out to lead off the 4th for the Indians once again they would go down in order.

After hitting a single and advancing to third Ruben Gotay gets caught between third and home in the 5th inning. The Braves scored 2 in the inning 2 solo shots by Jordan Parraz and J.C. Boscan. (2-0) Braves

Leroux got pulled out in the 5th. Brian Morris would come into pitch for the Indians.

With runners on in the 5th Morris contributes offensively for the Indians. move 2 runners over. The Indians did not utilize the 2 runners in scoring position and Chase d’Arnaud popped out to short to end the inning for the Indians.

Morris getting out in the 5th inning.

Starling Marte takes a swing in the 6th to get on base. He got on base but Anderson Hernandez was out st second.

Anderson breaking up the double play at second.

Yamaico Navarro takes a swing in the 6th inning.

Matt Hague safely slides into second on a Navarro single.

Adam Russell came in to pitch for the Braves with bases loaded in the 6th.

Jose Morales would hit a single to score Marte and Matt Hague to tie the game at 2.

Marte crossing the plate for the Indians first run.

Eric Fryer would than hit a single to score Yamaico Navario to take the lead 3-2.

Terry Tifee pinch hit for the Braves in the 7th here is d’Arnaud turning a double play to end the 7th.

d’Arnaud slides into third for his 7th inning lead off triple. He would score on a Hernandez fly out (4-2) Indians.

Josh Wilson grounds out for the Braves first out of the 8th inning. Morales was the only runner for the Indians in the 8th he got on base on a walk.

Stephan Gartrell lead off the 9th for the Braves with a single in this photo he is swinging for a strike but did get a single.

Tifee steps on second as the pinch runner for Boscon,  Luis Durango scores at home.

Jay Chapman warms up in the bullpen for the Braves with hopes of the Braves taking the lead and he would pitch in the 9th for the Braves. The Braves did send 9 batters to the plate and score 4 runs to take the lead 6-4.

He did get to pitch the 9th.

Anderson Hernandez swings at a pitch for a strike. He was the last out he grounded out to second.

Chapman would sit the Indians down in order in the 9th and the game was over after a 2 hr. 27 min. rain delay and the game taking 3hrs and 24mins. to play the game ended the Braves Won 6-4. That was the end of the game and my road trip. I hung around a few minutes to see if I could get a ball while they were cleaning the dugout and did not get one. Everyone I asked said they could not touch them including a bat boy. Josh Wilson was the player of the game after he did a post game interview he signed some autographs.

Here he is grabbing a ball from David to sign.

So that was it for the game and my road trip. This was the 4th home team loss I have seen on this trip so the home record was 10 win 4 losses for my trip. Saw some great games. Met many cool people. Like always i would like to thanks everyone that let me stay with them including Amy’s Aunt, Uncles and cousins for getting ticket’s in Arlington and staying with them. To My family all over for letting me stay with them and everything else involved, Eating, driving going to games help with my truck and supporting this trip.

So you ask?  I did mention I got 2 baseballs this game and only mentioned one well after I exited the stadium I walked down S. West street as I was walking I saw something in a bush in the median…

… and there it was the second ball. Who said baseballs don’t grow on trees. It must have been from BP who knows how long it was there but it was my second easter egg of the game. It was a very faded International League ball.

I am now home and after a long 16 and a half hour drive from Indy I got in about 10:30 last night. It took so long today to write this post because ontop of un packing and settle into being home. It was a rough day in Denver and I would like to send my condolences, my heart and prayers for the victims, family, friends and the whole Denver Community that was affected by the shooting during the night at The Aurora Town Center.

Well that’s it for this post and my road trip to use the home record of my trip to sign off 10-4 over and out. I will be back at Coors next week see you there!!!

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