Rangers vs. Rockies
Game 2of series
My 17th at Coors this year
Another bad batting practice today. Did have a few by me and one knocked out of my glove by a bare hand idiot. This is just something that drives me crazy because you rarely see them actually catch the ball and usually it deflects off there hand and hits someone else. This guy did end up with the ball because after he smacked at it bounce a row behind me and 2 behind him, I duck once it got deflected and he dove over the seats. It was not a bad day for autographs a bunch of guys signed and I got a Brandon Barnes card signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. he got the first 2 rangers batters out and then gave up a 1 run home run to Andre Beltre to give the Rangers a 1 run lead.
The first out of the game was a ground out by Chin Soo Choo to Charlie Culberson who made the start at second.
Prince Fielder struck out to end the inning.
Robbie Ross Jr. Started for the Rangers.
Charlie Blackmon hit a lead off home run for the Rockies to tie the game in the first.
Tulowitzki would get hit by this pitch to get on base. Carlos Gonzalez would hit a single top get Tulo to third.
Nolan Arenado was looking to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. This streak dates back to the White Sox series during the first home stand of the year.
This at bat he flew out to right field and Tulo scored from 3rd. to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game and pitched well. He did pitch till the 5th inning and had thrown 88 pitches in 5 complete innings. Which is over 17 pitches per inning. He control was the issue he only gave up 2 hits. He did walk 5 batters and only struck out 1 batter. The Rangers did only get 1 run on the Beltre homer in the 1st.
The Rockies did get a single run in both the 3rd and 5th inning. Drew Stubs lead off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Cargo single. It was his second hit of the game. The 5th inning run was also started with a Stubbs hit this time a double and scored single by Cargo to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead. This was Cargo’s 3rd hit of the game.
The Rockies bats really came alive in the 6th not that they were not hitting the first 5 innings, but in the 6th 7 of the 9 Rockies in the line up had a hit and most also had an RBI or scored.
Brandon Barnes was the first base runner of the inning. He hit a single and advanced to second on a error at first base.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double scoring him for the Rockies first run of the inning. Drew Stubbs got the second out of the inning a ground out to third then the hits really started coming Tulo hit a double followed by a single by Cargo. Nolan Arenado was walked, Justin Morneau, Charlie Culberson, Jordan Pacheco hit a single his second at bat and the runs kept coming with the men on base. Barnes hit a single his second trip to the plate. In total they had 8 hits and scored 6 runs. The Rockies had a 10-1 lead.
Drew Stubbs decided that 9 run lead wasn’t enough in the 7th and hit a lead off home run. Cargo hit his 5th hit of the game a ground rule double of the fence in left center.
Followed by a Arenado double to score the 1212 Rockies run of the game and extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
Arenado rounding first heading to second as Choo gets the ball in the left field corner.
Matt Belisle came in and pitched the Rockies, he gave up 2 hits and walked Elvis Andrus to load the bases. Both hits and walk came with 2 outs, He got out of the inning when Josh Wilson grounded out.
In an interesting twist the Rangers used Mitch Moreland to pitch he is and infielder and has been the DH this year for them. he was probly the best pitcher for the rangers all game he had the first 1,2,3 inning of the game in the 8th inning. This is a look of the second pitch he threw to Jordan Pacheco.
Andre Beltre sends one deep to center with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
That ball was caught be Drew Stubbs to end the game and the Rockies won the game 12-1 and the home stand with a 5-1 record.
Here are just some batting #’s :
Cargo went 5 for 5, 3 RBI’s
Tulo 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch, 1 RBI
Stubbs 3 for 4 a triple away from the cycle, 1 RBI
Pacheco 2 for 4 with a walk, 1 RBI
Barnes 2 for 2 in the 6th inning as a pinch hitter
What a great home stand for them these bats are just on fire and pitching is keeping them in the game. I think Blake Doyle may be a big factor in the batting, because he is a teacher and was not a player who hit well. After 4 batting coaches over the last few years I think he has really helped in getting the team as a whole batting so well. It is exciting to watch this team play again and you never know who will be the guy who gets the hit in the clutch or get things going not just relying on the middle of the order. From Charlie Blackmon leading off with big hits to the bottom 3rd of the order getting things done as well.
Marc Stout interviewing Cargo after the game.
That is it for this one the Rockies are playing the next 2 in Texas before heading to Cincinnati for 3 this weekend and then to Kansas City for 2 that I will be at.
So see you at Kaufman!!!!!
Mini road trip!
Chicago White Sox Vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of Series my 4th game of the year.
Before the game and after Batting Practice I took my first trip up to the new Roof Top in the right field upper deck. It was cool it was a giant bar where seats use to be at a mile above sea level. That’s about all I got on that.
To more important things there is baseball in the stadium also!
Today in BP I got my first baseball of the year it was a catch and hit by someone on the White Sox.
Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he was called up when Tyler Chatwood went on the Disabled list with a slight hamstring pull. Chatwood will be doing a rehab start with the Sky Sox within a day or 2. He had a pretty quick inning facing 3 batters and throwing a efficient 11 pitch inning 7 were to the first batter of the game Adam Eaton who grounded out followed by a Marcas Siemien fly-out to centerfield. Jose Abreau grounded out to end the inning.
Ex-Rockie Felipe Paulino started for the White Sox. He pitched about as well for the White Sox as he did for the Rockies and well that was not to great!
After getting the National League player of the week Charlie Blackmon and 2013 NL batting Champ out Cargo hit a solo shot to put the Rockies on the board. He then walked Troy Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau ended the inning by grounding out.
Jordan Lyles pitched another very good inning in the 2nd. facing the minimum amount of batters and getting a strike out.
Lyles continued to pitch well in the third and allowed his first hit in the 4th inning a single by Marcus Semien. The Rockies score a third run in the third.
Paulino was taken out of the game by White Sox manager Robin Ventura after scored another run and the loaded the base’s. The Rockies would score 3 runs in the inning to give them 6-0.
Walt Weiss would take Lyles out of the game after 7th after the White Sox scored a run and he walking Tyler Flowers. The funny thing is one batter before Walt came out and just talked to Lyles and adam Ottavino started heading in from the bullpen. Walt then walked off the mound and Ottavino went back to the bullpen! He left the game throwing 102 pitches, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Striking out 4 and walking 2. He also went 3-3 at the plate with that double in the second and a single in the 4th and 5th. He also had 2 RBI’s so he hit 1 less hit than he gave up and scored twice as much as the White Sox. I would say that was a good outing for him.
The Rockies would score an additional run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run his first of the year. To get the fans tacos and his home run count up. Now still trying to figure out where his homers are when we have runners on and we are down but hey I will take it!
After Michael Cuddyer lead off the 8th with a double he would score on a error hit by Justin Morneau to Semien at second base.
The Rockies would win this one with great Pitching by Jordan Lyles and by taking advantage of runners on base and a bad start by Paulino.
Lyles is now 2-0 on the season not bad as coming up for an injury. Interesting to see what the move will be when Chatwood is reactivated.
On the Charlie Blackmon watch he went 0-5 this game and is now batting .464.
Got 2 more at Home against the White Sox and I will be there.
See You at Coors!
Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series and of the year!
This being a Sunday there was no bating practice so I still have not gotten a baseball this year! It was the first autograph Sunday of the year and the signers where Chad Bettis, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood and Charlie Culberson. I got Jordan Lyle on both of my team projects the 16 x 20 and the Spring training magazine. Later at the wall I got Chad Bettis in the magazine as well. So making some progress with the 2 projects.
Today Brett Anderson started for the Rockies this was his second start of the season and first at Coors.
He started out well getting the first 2 batters out in the inning he threw 3 pitches between them. Then Paul Goldschmidt hit a single followed by a Martn Prado double, Mark Trumbo was walked to load the bases and Anderson struck out Miguel Montero to end the inning and work himself out of the situation.
The above photo was the first out of the inning A.J. Pollack grounded out to Arenado who tossed to Cuddy at first.
Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks.
Charley (Chuck Nasty) Blackmon started the game off like he has all weekend and that was with a single that he was originally called out and Walt went for the challenge in the first at bat of the game.
Blackmon standing on 1st as the play is reviewed by umpires. The call was overturned and was ruled a single. That was the first review of a play in Coors Field.
He would then be out at second when Michael Cuddyer hit to the D’backs short stop Chris Owings.
The D’backs started getting some runs in the third inning. A.J Pollach started the rally with a lead off single and that was followed by a Aaron Hill single and both scored on a Paul Goldschmidt hit to third that was and error on Arenado and the ball headed to left field. Goldschmidt ended up on second. (2-0) D’backs
The D’backs scored 1 more in the 4th when Wade Miley contributed with a single scoring Owings and 2 in the 5th on a Mark Trumbo home run. This was his 4th consecutive game hitting a homer and his 5th of the year.
The Rockies scored again in the 7th, scored by Troy Tulowitzki on a Nolan Arenado sac-fly to center. They got a third in the 9th (5-3) D’backs
Cargo scored the run. Above he stole second and the ball headed into center field and he would head to third and scored when Rosario would hit into a double play getting Tulo out at second and himself at first. After Arenado flew out the game ended and the 3 runs was not enough to sweep the Diamondbacks this Opening Weekend.
The Rockies will have their first interleague series of the year against the White Sox Monday-Wednesday.
See You at Coors!
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 25th game of the season at Coors.
Today being a day game meant no batting practice but I does mean there is a good chance to get pitchers autographs. So after the stadium completely opened we headed down to the wall on the Rockies side of the field. There were a few player throwing and getting in their pregame warm ups and work mainly consisting of throwing, running and stretching. the starting pitcher from a few games ago may do a bullpen session. So after they were done Jeff Francis, Tyler Chatwood and Wilton Lopez stopped an signed. before the start of the game Wilin Rosario who did not start this game came out and signed for a while when he got to me I had him sign 2 photos one of him and Juan Nicasio and another of Him, Jerry Weinstein, Tyler Chatwood and Jim Wright. I also had Tyler sign it when he was signing. It was the first photo in the post about Saturdays game. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/05/19/lincecum-fall-and-holds-onto-the-ball/
D.J LeMahieu also came over to sign because I had a photo to give him of a play he made last year. He signed a copy for me and another photo I had taken in the springs a few weeks ago.
Today Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies. He had a very good first inning facing only 3 batters and the last 2 outs were strike outs to Didi Gregorious and Paul Goldschmidt.
Trevor Cahill started for the Diamondbacks. After getting both Eric Young Jr. and D.J. LeMahieu both to fly out to right.
The Rockies would take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
De La Rosa held the Diamondbacks hitless and scoreless in the 2nd. inning. He di walk the second batter of the inning Gerardo Parra, he remained on base as Martin Prado and Wil Nieves got out.
The Rockies and especially Cargo got on Cahill once again in the 3rd inning, D.J. LeMahieu hit a single with one out and Cargo than hit a triple scoreing LeMahieu. Cargo Scored on a wild pitch by Cahill.
Jorge was taken out of the game in the 6th inning after throwing 103 pitches, striking out 5, walking 2 and giving up 1 run in the 4th. The run was after a Cody Ross lead off single he than scored on a Will Nieves single 2 batters later.
Edgmer Escolona came into pitch the remainder of the 6th inning and the 7th.
In the 6th inning Dexter Fowler hit a ball down the line in right Rene Lacheman first questioned the call and then Walt Weiss headed out of the dugout after talking with the 1st base umpire Doug Eddings he went back to the dugout…… and came back out of the dugout and headed to home plate umpire and crew chief Dana Demuth.
The umpires than headed into review the play.
After a few minutes the ump’s headed back out to the field and called it a foul.
Dexter Fowler got on base by hitting a single and than got in Cahill’s head who threw over to first base a few times.
He was called safe as Didi Gregourious threw the ball to second baseman Josh Wilson thinking he was out.
Yorvit Torrealba tried to catch the D’backs off guard and tried to put down a bunt and popped it up to D’backs catcher Wil Nieves.
Another ex Rockies Will Harris came into pitch for the D’backs in the 8th inning.
Cargo also tried the bunt thing, it was fielded by Harris for the second out of the 8th inning. Cargo had a good shot of hitting of hitting another cycle with his first hits were the Home Run and Triple. he just did not finish it but had a great game getting 3 RBI’s and scoring twice. accounting for 3 of the 4 Rockies runs.
Matt Belise and Rex Brothers finished up the game both pitching an inning each. Belise the 8th and Brothers came out for the save. They each faced 3 batters.
Yorvit comes out and hugs brothers after Rex’s 2nd career save and first for this season.
With this win and the Giants losing to the Nationals there is now a 3 way tie for first place in the National League West. All 3 teams had Thursday off and the Rockies will be in San Francisco for a weekend series. The Diamondbacks are playing the Padres in Phoenix this weekend.
So the Rockies won 4-1 and this post is done!
Now Root Sports has recently announced that on July 1, Joel Klatt will be leaving them . We are starting once again the Bring Back Helmer campaign. We are asking everyone to visit there Facebook or twitter feed and kindly ask for them to hire on of the best Postgame announces Tom Helmer. We think it would be great for him to be back behind or as he was known to be on the desk after Rockies wins. We ask if you have a Helmer is my home boy shirts to start wearing them to the games as we try to get them to Re-Hire him.
There is also a Bring Back Helmer page already on facebook. her is it’s link.
and Root Sports Facebook page!
So lets get the ball rolling!!!!
As always see you at Coors!!!!
Rays vs. Rox
My 15th game at Coors this year.
Today was another cluster of a day at Coors. With it being autograph Sunday and a bobble head give away day, once again we had to get to the stadium way earlier than we would need on a regular Sunday. What really stinks is this year the game time is at 2:10 which seemed like a good idea, till we relized with the promo’s we still have to get to the gate at the same time as in past years when the games started at 1:10.
Today was Vinny Castilla day.
So the autograph signers today were Jordan Pacheco, Juan Nicasio, Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman. So I already had everyone on my team project except Josh Outman so I got in his line. I was the first one in his line. Now another thing that happens now is that the gates open 2 hours before game time but the autograph session still starts an hour and a half before game time so you than have to wait in line for almost a half hour. By the time that they start signing you really can’t get on a second line for another autograph because of the extra amount of people and the 30 minutes of people getting on-line that makes the lines way to long to get a second auto which is not that bad but in the past most of the time you would be able to get 3 or all 4 players signing. So you really have to pick who you get wisely! Luckily I only need 1 player.
After waiting around for the end of autograph session I than headed down to get a place along the wall to see who else I could get. Todd Helton signed and skipped over the ball i had for him to sign. he seemed to only be signing with a black sharpie and was not taking pens and other color markers that fans had. The ball I had for him to sign was actually a ball I also had David Neid sign because I wanted the 2 #17 that played for the Rockies on the same ball. Since most likely their will only be those two once Todd retires. Some days autograph collecting is like fishing some days you leave with a bucket full and others the big one gets away. Not too worried sure I should have more opportunities to get the ball signed.
So Dinger got all dressed up for Cinco De Mayo and Vinny’s Bobble head day in his Matador outfit.
For the first pitch they had Vinny and his three son’s come out to the field. His 2 son’s Christian and Daulton stood on the mound with him and his older son Marco who you can see snagging baseballs in the outfield during the Rockies Batting Practice caught the ball behind home plate
Jhoulys Chacin made his rehab start today wait this wasn’t a rehab start. Ooops!!
Well it looked like a rehab start. The first inning was really rough inning for him and even more rough to watch. It looked like he was having a tough time with the placement and location of pitches. He gave up a single to Desmond Jennings then walked the next batter Matt Joyce. He did get Evan Longoria to fly out to Michael Cuddyer in right field, but Jennings did move up to third. Jennings did go on a score on a Jame Loney single for a 1-0 Rays lead. Then with Joyce on scored on a passed ball/wild pitch not sure oddly enough I really don’t pay that much attention and the flash the official scorers decision on the board so fast I rarely see it. As Wilin Rosario ran and got the ball Chacin covered home and got the ball and tagged Joyce but the ball came out of his glove. Loney would also score and the Rays would have a 3-0 lead.
Alex Cobb was the starting pitcher for the Rays he started the inning by striking out Dexter Fowler. Nolan Arenado grounded out and Carlos Gonzalez got the Rockies first hit a single, he would than steal second and would be left on base when Troy Tulowitzki struck out to end the inning there is another one of those Tulo outs with a runner in scoring position.
Chacin did settle down a little and only face 3 batters in the inning. The second batter Sean Rodriguez did walk but got out on a double play ball hit by Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb.
Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the second off with a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
The Rays continued to hit Chacin in the 3rd but the fielding got them out of the inning. Jennings who leads off the inning hit a single but was out on a fielder’s choice at second hit by Matt Joyce. Longoria hit into a double play to end the inning.
Tulo would hit the second Rockies solo home run to start off the 4th inning. For the Rockies 2nd run. (3-2) Rays
Did not pick up the camera for that one!
He would also bat in the 5th inning and came up with two runners on base and one out and swung at the first pitch he saw and hit into a double play to end the inning. Once again nice solo shot how about hitting in the clutch a single would have scored two runs but he swung at bad pitches and hitting into double plays is so efficient. Well if you are the other team it is maybe they should start paying half his salary. So there are 2 more RBI’s he did not get! Once again he is a good player not a timely hitter the thing that makes me mad is he can be a great player if he was more reliable with runners on and in clutch situations, it is understandable that he can’t always be the RBI guy and he does get an ok amount of big at bats but could make some real bad at bats great at bats. I think as the “Team Leader” he should be able to accomplish this.
The Rockies got another solo home run in the 7th, here is the ball going out as Desmond Jenning climbs the wall to get it.
Here is Nolan Arenado after taking his third home run stroll around the base’s in his week-long MLB career. This is 7th game and he has hit 3 home runs already. I would say that is a pretty good start.
Things got rough once again for the Rockies in the 6th inning Chacin had a good 5th and fell apart again in the 6th. Walking the leadoff batter Longoria then after striking out Loney the next 3 batters would get on base and 3 runs would score. (6-2) Rays
Chacin would complete the inning.
Josh Outman came into pitch and the Rays added to their total with 2 more runs in the 8th inning.
That would be the final score and the rays would win the game 8-3 and the series taking 2 of the 3 games.
Jamie Wright pitched the 9th inning for the Rays. He struck out all 3 Rockies batters in the inning. He has played for 10 different teams in his 17 year career including the Rockies and The Royals twice. He was drafted by the Rockies out of High School in the 1st round in 1993. He has always been a good guy and last year I did a post about him Called doing the Wright thing when he jumped into the crowd when a kid got hit with a baseball and helped him than gave him his glove. Here is a link to that post. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/06/02/doing-the-wright-thing/
Here he is with catcher Jose Lobaton after the last out of the game.
That is it for this game and this series. Next Up 3 against the Yankees.
See You at Coors.
Rays vs. Rockies
My 14th game of the season.
This game started with another very lack luster batting practice. The Rockies hit a few when we first got in and that was about it. The Rays have not had the best batting practices especially for the pavilions in left field area. They hit a few over to the right field side but that is about it. I still have not got my first batting practice ball of the season.
Jon Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Desmond Jennings broke up the chance of a no hitter early with a lead off single. Garland would get the next 2 batters out and Evan Longoria would also hit a single. Jame Loney would make the third out of the inning.
Desmond Jennings dives back to first base after his single.
David Price started for the Rays and eric young Jr. quickly started things of for the Rockies. His hit was followed up by a Josh Ruthledge single. he would score on a Troy Tulowitzki single for the quick 1-0 lead.
Garland only allowed 3 base runners in the first 2 innings. The only runner was Ryan Roberts who came in to the game after garland hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch that took him out of the game. The Rays took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd. inning. The Rockies tied the game with 2 of their own in the inning once again Eric Young Jr. lead off with a single and Carlos Gonzalez was walked. troy Tulowitzki hit a very timely double to score EYJ and Cargo. It is cool to see Tulo hitting in timely situations but I would not exactly start calling him Mr. Clutch just yet.
The next run was scored in the 5th inning when Carlos Gonzalez hit a lead off solo home run for a Rockies 4-3 lead. I did not have anyphotos of that I was actually on the concourse with out my camera when he hit it. I did not take many photos till later in the game since there was not that much action from the third to the 7th inning. I did take photos but not to many great shots or anything relivant to the game till I got the following photo in the 7th inning.
Ohh Yeah there it is with base’s loaded and Nolan Arenado at the plate, his 2nd home run of his career and first Coors home run the 7th inning Grand Slam home run.
All he could do is watch as the ball heads quickly to the pavilions.
Desmond Jennings could only do the same watching the ball go over the wall. the Rockies would take a 9-3 lead.
O.K. you may be wondering how he hit a 5 run home run but he didn’t Cargo scored on a Michael Cuddyer single for the Rockies 5th run of the game.
Here he is celebrating at home plate after running the base’s.
more celebrating at home. I did not take many photos this game but I think I got one that really counted. Most player wait years or may even never hit a Grand Slam home run in there career and Nolan has done it on only his 6th game and 26th major league at bat.
I credit these hits and runs to the rally bird that landed on the infield to the third base side of the pitchers mound and remained through most of the inning including Arenado’s home run.
Nolan Arenado makes final out of the game tossing a Ben Zobrist grounder to Pacheco at first.
That was the game the Rockies won 9-3.
Rockies celebrate their win and Arenado’s monster night. I feel we will be seeing a lot of this from him.
Mark Stout interviewing Nolan Arenado after the game. Arenado was the player of the game.
That is it for this one there is one more from this series and then Mid weeks the Yankees will be here at Coors and I will be there for all 3.
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See You At Coors!
Braves vs. Rockies
3rd game of Series my 12th of the year at Coors.
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.
Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.
Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.
Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.
Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.
With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.
Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.
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.
Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.
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.
Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.
It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.
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…..
He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.
The ball was coming in as he started his slide.
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. Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.
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.
Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.
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!
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
My 7th game of the season.
The Starting pitchers were Jhoulys Chacin vs. Ian Kennedy
Here is a photo during the National Anthem. It seems rare that all 7 starters are out there at the same time, so had to take this. Most of the guys are already done warming up before the Anthem starts and are usually already by the dugout.
Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies tonight in what started off a pitchers duel. Ian Kennedy was hitless Chacin Let up a single to Gerrado Parra but got out of the inning with a double play ball hit by Paul Goldschmidt. The first base runner for Kennedy was a walk to Josh Ruthledge in the 4th.
Kennedy struck out 5 Rockies in the first 4 innings including Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez in the 1st. Michael Cuddyer and Helton in the 2nd and Chris Nelson in the 3rd.
Ian Kennedy Pitching in the first inning.
Before the Game Amy Blake Street Babe / Take from Blake was chosen for one of the promotions it was the Topps match game. She won and got a prize bag with 2 T-Shirts, a hat and 2 packs of Topps baseball cards.
Rene Lacheman giving what we have named the spiel this in it self is worth the price of admission. If you have a child and sit down the first baseline he may come over and give them a ball. I have seen him do this at the Springs and now it is awesome to see it on a daily bases at Coors this year. He is a very interesting baseball guy loaded with stories of his 50 years in the game of baseball. When we see him we always ask if he has time for one, they are that good. I had mentioned 1 or 2 here before during the Rockies Hot Stove meetings in January.
During the inning we did some visiting out in right field. I like sitting out here. The last time I did sit in this area was for a 2009 playoff game against the Phillies. Here is a look at Chacin pitching to Paul Goldschmidt.
After the Rutledge walk in the 4th inning and Cargo strike out. Kennedy’s 6th of the game. Troy Mister not so clutch came to the plate so as usual we were figuring out how he would end the inning. Who had a pop up to third or such things. He ended up proving us wrong by hitting a 2 run home run to give the Rockies the lead this was his 5th of the year and so far the one that mattered the most. As much of a critic I am of his I like when he proves me wrong. I think he actually yelled who’s clutch now Rox Addict as he ran the base’s. But this is not confirmed! The Rockies took the lead 2-0.
Michael Cuddyer slides into second base for a double in the 4th. He left on base but he got to second on nothing but hustle, which tends to cause the other tea to commit errors. This happens because of rushed throws or because players are out of position for the unexpected attempt. Great to see him play this way.
Chris Nelson who is so earning his place at third base leads the 5th inning off with a triple. He has made a few mistakes but also a bunch of great plays at the hot corner and contribute well at the plate.
Chacin contributes to the effort with a sac fly to center scoring Nelson. (3-1)
Chacin was taken out of the game in the game in the 7th inning after a pitch. He said he had tightness on his side after a pitch. They did give him Ice treatment and eletrostimulation (or what ever it is called, that’s why I am not Dr. Rox Addict) that night and he was feeling better the next night when I saw him but was placed on the 15 day disabled list, Which sucks because he has been pitching real well and had a injury prone season last year.
Wilton Lopez came into the game to pitch for the Rockies after Chacins injury. Lopez pitched well this inning striking out Cody Ross and A.J. Pollack. This was probably his best performance with the Rockies.
Here is one of those mistakes from Chris Nelson it was a throwing error to Todd Helton at first. It did cost the Rockies a run making the score 3-1, But did not make much of a difference. Parra scored for the Diamond backs on the play from second which he got to on defensive indifference after hitting a lead off single.
This was the Rockies first win of this series 4th of this home stand and 12th win of the season. This is the best start by the Rockies in there history.
Well that is it for this one I am a few game behind in getting post done do to trying to get autographs and finish my team 16×20 which only needs about 9 players on it as I am writing this. Well that is it for this one I have 2 more from the Rockies series coming up and I will be at Coors for all 3 against the Braves weather permitting and I will probably be there if it doesn’t permit anyway! Love sitting in weather delays. I think that is why I really go to so many games!!!!
O.K. see you at Coors!!!
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Mets vs. Rockies Game 3
My 6th game at Coors this year.
When I entered the stadium the score board temp said 25 degrees. It was 11 degrees colder than the first game of the double-header, but felt a lot warmer because the sun was out.
I thought maybe since there has been no batting practice all week they may take it even know it was a day game. Not what happened there was no batting practice. So I waited for the rest of the stadium to open and headed over to the first base side of the field figured just hang by the wall and see if I could get any autographs. Vinnie Castilla stopped and signed few but I was not ready and did not get him to sign anything. Jordan Pacheco came over and I gave him a copy of a photo I had printed from last year and he did sign a different photo I had printed.
This is the photo I gave him.
The field was warming up in the sun and the temps were still in the upper 20’s here is steam coming off the infield dirt.
Jon Garland who came into the game with a 1-0 record was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with “Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario.
Garland throwing a pitch in the 1st inning. I missed the first pitch because Tom Goodwin was in my way but after someone I was sitting with asked if he could take a step to his left he did. He was actually very fun for the 3 games as the Mets first base coach interacting and talking to the fans. He was an ex Rockie, he played for them in 2000. He played for 13 years and was with 7 teams including The Rangers, Dodgers and Cubs. He also played for the Atlantic City Surf an Independent league team in the Atlantic League the same League that the Long Island Ducks play in.
So Garland was pitching to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out on a bunt attempt back to Garland. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on a David Wright single. The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead.
Josh and Tulo could just watch as it heads to the out field. The Mets would only score the 1 run in the inning.
Jon Niese was the starting pitcher for the Mets. The Rockies would score a run also in the 1st. inning. Dexter Fowler would score the first Rockies run, after hitting a single he advanced to second on a bad pitch and would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single. Tulo came up to bat and it was time to place your bets on how he would get out with a runner on and this one was a pop out to the Mets first baseman Murphy in foul territory. So that was 3 plays in this series he did not advance or score a runner. Which could have resulted in his 20th RBI of the year, That is if all runner scored that were on base during his at bats against the Mets.
The Rockies would take a lead in the 4th inning on a Rutledge solo home run. (2-1) Rox
The Mets would tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning with this interesting play. David Wright would hit the ball back to Jon Garland who tipped the ball and Josh Rutledge got the ball threw home to try to get Murphy at the plate and threw high.
Rosario than threw it to Tulo who was at second because Wright started for second than threw to Todd Helton at first after
Wright turned around and then tossed back to Tulo. So it was a 1,4,2,6,3,6 play.
Here is Wright arguing with second base umpire Mike Dimuro.
The Rockies and Mets kept the game tie at 3 both scoring a run in the 6th inning.
The Rockies than opened the game up in the 7th. inning. it started with Jordan Pacheco leading off pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. He grounded out. Eric Young Jr. hit a single but was out on a Dexter Fowler hit to Reuben Tejada for the out at second.
With 2 outs Cargo hit a single Troy Tulowitzki walked and Rosario would hit a hit to center field scoring Dex and Cargo. Tulo would go to third. (5-3)Rox. Rosario stole second and Todd Helton would hit his 573 career double scoring Tulo and Rosario (7-3). Todd moved into 20th on the all time double’s list. Passing Ivan Rodríguez and 1 behind Charlie Gehringer the next 4 people on the list are all Hall Of Fame members including Gehringer, Wade Boggs, Cap Anson and Robin Yount. Back to the game. He and Rutledge would also score for a total of 6 Rockies runs in the inning and a 9-3 Lead.
The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. A really odd thing happened in the inning. Jordan Pacheco lead off the inning pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. When the spot in the line up came back up Reid Brignac pinch hit for Pacheco the pinch hitter. Now most of us were wondering why they pinch hit the pinch hitter. One was that since they had such a lead to just get some at bats for Brignac who has been hitting well. Two for a right on left situation since the Mets changed a few pitchers in the inning and now had a righty on the mound. so we all where not to sure what the situation is so after the game we asked a player what was the reason for the pinch hit and it was because Pacheco was sent to the bull pen after his out and no one thought about the line up turning over and he could not get back to the dugout quick enough. So they pinch hit for the pinch hitter we are working to find out if this has been done before and when it may have been done before. Any help would be appreciated
Chris Volstad would enter the game for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Jon Garland went 7 with 4 strike outs allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He now has a 3.32 ERA for the season. The Rockies only used Garland and Volstad to pitch in this game I can’t remember the last time they only used 2 pitchers in a game. This year they used 3 pitchers in two other games I think.
Chris Nelson made a great play diving to his left to get a ball hit by Collin Cowhill.
Than tossed it over to Helton on first.
It was a great play by him for the out and he is doing a really well at 3rd.
The Rockies added 2 additional runs in the 8th inning. Dexter Fowler led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season. Which puts him in 2nd in all of MLB behind Justin Upton who has 9 with the Braves. He is on the path to hit over 70 at this point all the best to him. He is really doing well and a great person.
Wilin and Volstad shake hands after the Rockies 6th home win of the season and there 11th of the season. They are 11-4 on the season and now leads the National League west by 2.5 games. I know it is early in the season but is a great feeling to have them in this spot.
Troy Tulowitzki high fives Dante.
After the game we headed over to Dex and friends at Jacksons. Which is on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Today it was more like Dex since he was by him self with the broadcasters. Usually there is a second player with him that changes from show to show.
On a side note at first pitch the temperature was 28 degrees which tie the record for coldest game ever played at Coors Field.
Well That is it for this one.
This weekend the Diamondbacks come to town and the return of Matt Reynolds and Will Nieves both for Rockies. 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.