Minnesota Twins vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 & 2
Despite all the baseball games I have seen this is the first time I am seeing the Twins play. Their are only a few teams I have not seen the others are the Detroit Tigers (which I will see later this month in Detroit) and the Baltimore Orioles (they have just not been to Coors since I have been attending games) I was suppose to see them once in Shea Stadium playing the Mets, but for some reason we were not able to go.
Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies this game. He faced 3 batters in the inning Brian Dozier made a quick out grounding out on the second pitch to him. Kurt Suzuki hit a single and Kendrys Morales hit into a double play to end the inning.
Jorge looks to first base during the Morales at bat with Suzuki on first.
Carlos Gonzalez was back in the Rockies line up after being on the D.L. for almost 2 months. He started in right field.
Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs helped to get the Rockies on the board in the first against Twins starter Kris Johnson 0 lead in the first. The Twins did get 1 back in the second, Trevor Plouffe started with a double and scored when Eduardo Nunez grounded out. Plouffe reached third on a wild pitch during Oswaldo Arcia at bat. The Rockies extended their lead in the bottom of the 2nd, Nolan Arenado started it off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario single. (3-1) Rox In the 3rd inning they extended their lead with 2 more runs on a Troy Tulowitzki home run with Cargo on base. (5-1) Rox
Samuel Deduno came into the game in the 5th inning for the Twins. Deduno was with the Rockies organization from 2004 – 2010 and played in 4 games for the Rockies in 2010. Johnson went 4 innings, the Rockies scored 5 runs on 8 hits against him. He struck out 2 and did not walk anyone. This was his second MLB appearance.
Jorge went 6 innings and only allowed the 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. The Rockies won this game 6-2. The 6th run was a solo shot by Brandon Barnes in the 7th inning.
Was also the Rockies photo day which is always a fun time. Here are some photos…
Me with Rene Lachman.
Cargo was the first player to come over to our section.
E.B. and Smitty with Dinger!
The crew with Charlie “Chuck Cobra” Culberson
This was the first year I brought my Mom to Photo day and here she is with Charlie Culberson.
Smitty with Morneau
Los with Morneau
X takin a selfie with Mike McKenry
I also took photos with other players and coaches I just put more of the recent additions to the team on here. Photo day is one of my favorite days at Coors. It is a lot of fun to just hang out with friends and interact with the players and coaches. This year I actually delayed my road trip till the day after when I should have left Denver Thursday or Friday.
Tyler Matzek started for the Rockies. The Twin immediately started getting hits off him the first batter Brian Dozier hit a ball back at Matzek that hit him on the mound and deflected into foul territory down the 3rd base side. Dozier ended up getting to second on the play. The 3rd batter of the inning Kendry Morales hit a double to score Dozier and Eduardo Escobar to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Dozier slide into second for his lead off double.
Being called safe.
Escobar trying to put down a bunt in the first inning. He did get on base by a fielders choice play.
Morales running to first while Dozier runs home for the first run for the twins and Morales ended up on second.
Escobar also scored on the double by Morales.
Kevin Correia started for the Twins. Charlie Blackmon started the game off with and single and was left on base as Correia got the next 3 Rockies batters out.
Cargo loses the bat during his first inning at bat. He did fly out to right for the first out of the inning.
Tulo flew out to center for his 1st inning at bat.
Cargo making contact during his 4th inning at bat. He would line out this at bat.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th inning on a Charlie Blackmon single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. The Twins had a 4-2 lead. They scored 1 in the 4th and 5th. The 4th inning was a lead off solo home run by Escobar and the 5th was a Double by Correia double scoring Josh Willingham.
Brandon Barnes pitch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th inning.
Blackmon trying to get things going with this 9th inning single with Josh Rutledge on first. Ruthledge would score on a Cargo double and Blackmon would score on a Tulowitzki ground out. The twins won this game 9-3. they scored 2 in the 8th and 9th inning.
That is it for this game the Rockies last. They faced the Twins on Sunday which I was not at the game because I was heading east for my road trip. I did get to hear the first 2 innings on the radio before loosing the signal in the middle of Kansas. The Twins scored 5 runs in the first off of Brett Anderson who made his first start after being on the D.l. since April with a broken hand. He had pitched well in both his rehab starts. The Rockies lost 13-5.
I am Currently in Raleigh for the Triple a All-Star game in Durham. My next post will be about the Triple A home run derby which was last night.
See you Around!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
My 18th and 19th games of the season
Due took lake of photos and time I am doing a combined post for these 2 games against the Padres.
The first was a pitching battle Between Rockies Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and the Padres and former Rockies Eric Stultz.
Jorge De La Rosa throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. Who he struck out after Evereth Cabrera ground out he would also strike out Chase Headley.
Eric Stulzs the did start to bad either he got Charlie Blackmon to ground out, Drew Stubbs struck out and Troy Tulowitzki flew out to right field.
After 3 complete hitless inning for both the Rockies and the Padres Stubbs got a ball down the 3rd base line for a double to break up the No-No for Stultz. The Padres did have 2 base runners in the 2nd Carlos Quentin walked and he got out at second on a Cameron Maybin hit ball which was a fielder choice and Maybin got on first. He would make the third out after a bad jump on a stolen base attempt and end the inning.
Stubbs making the turn at first with Eric Young giving him the O.K. to head to second.
Jorge continued to pitch very well in the 4th still facing the minimum amount of batter to this point 12 up 12 down not with out a base runner but with no hits. The Rockies put together a few hits in the 5th and Jorge got on base because of a Jedd Gyorko error scoring Jordan Pacheco from third to contribute to his cause and get the Rockies on the board 1-0. He did hurt his leg a little running out the play but was O.K. and remained in the game.
Jorge continued is reign over the Padres through 6 innings. Bud Black removed Stultz in the 7th after Blackmon hit a single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. 2-0 Rockies.
Nick Vincent came in for the Padres instead of throwing a pitch is first throw was to first base.
Yonder Alfonso missed the ball and the ball bounced around in foul territory and Blackmon advanced to second.
Denorfia broke up Jorge’s No-No in the 7th with a double. That was the only hit that Jorge would give up till a single by Todd Hundley in the 8th and he was then removed from the game by Walt Weiss.
After arguing a strike 3 call in the 8th someone missed his first half inning of the year. Nolan Arenado was tossed from the game.
LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th with a slight bit of drama Denorfia started the inning with his 2nd double of the game and only the third hit for the Padres of the game. He later scored Headley single but the Rockies still had a 3-1 lead the third run was in the 8th. tulo scored after a lead off single.
Cameron Maybin strikes out to end the game and the Rockies won 3-1. What a great game to watch if you are into great pitching and a low amount of hits which does cut down on action and photos because well how many shots can you get of the pitcher pitching!
Now the second game of the series was not as great from the pitching side of things.
Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and started with a 5-0 record for the year and has pretty much been the Rockies best starter this year. The Padres decide to prove other wise after a strike out to Denorfia he walked Cabrera and Seth Smith who started for the Padres today in right field. The second out was also a strike out this one to Headley but Alfonso hit a double scoreing both of the walk recipients and giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The first half inning was played with a pretty good rain coming down.
It cleared up in the bottom of the 1st and Robbie Erlin started the game for the Padres Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a typical Charlie Blackmon lead off a single with a head first dive into first base. He would get doubled up at second on a Stubbs hit. Then Tulo hit a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board 2-1 Padres.
Now this game I was just extremely tired and did not photograph too much only taking 65 photos all game and considering most of them were the 5 or 6 of each pitcher who started it really was not that many. The Padres continued the 2 run trend in the 2nd and 3rd inning to give themselves a 6-1 lead. Lyles only pitched 3 1/3rd innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Walking 6 striking out 3. he just did not have his stuff tonight and could not find the strike zone. This is what really baffled me because he has been such a consistent and effective pitcher at home and on the road. Patrick Saunders from the post did tweet during the game that Lyles kept looking at his fingers so I wonder if it was a bad grip due to a blister or something to that extent.
The bullpen did do a pretty good job the remainder of the game Chris Martin who pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies did give up a 2 run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quinten. But Tommy Kahnle finished the 4th and pitched the complete 5th. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th.
Bud Black removed starter Erlin in the 6th and once again went with Nick Vincent.
The Rockies did get a run in the 4th and 5th off Erlin. Stubbs lead off the 4th with a single and scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly and Justin Morneau after a lead off double scored a Pacheco single in the 5th. After 5 it was 6-3 Padres.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 6th on a Gonzalez double scoring Stubbs and Tulo to bring the game within 1 run. The Padres still had a 6-5 lead.
Remember the 2 run home run given up by Martin in the 8th well that gave the Padres a 8-5 lead and that was also the final score.
The Padres won this one and the series is split 1-1 with 1 more to go on Sunday!
That is it for these 2 I will be at Coors Sunday as well see you there Go Rockies!
Rockies At Royals
Game 2 of series
The morning before this game we headed to the stadium a little early because I did not want to be there to early because it was going to be a long day to begin with since we were heading back to Denver after the game. So as we are walking up to the stadium we notice the team bus coming down the road and we ran over to the place where it drops off the players. As the players got off the bus and Troy Tulowitzki stopped and signed and with that I finished my 2014 16×20 team project! Except for Lach but I am not worried about that!
We headed into the stadium early and walked around while they were doing the Science and Weather day at the K. After it finished it ended and they then cleared the stadium and we had to exit and then re-enter.
after we headed into the stadium a bunch of pitches were warming up so we waited for them to get done and a few signed. above is Chris Martin throwing.
LaTroy Hawkins throwing to Matt Belisle.
So I was able to get a 8×10 signed by Jordan Lyles, LaTroy Hawkins and Juan Nicasio.
So that was a total of 6 8×10’s signed during the trip and 4 guys on my team project.
Since I didn’t have much to be signed we decided to head to the Royals Hall of Fame. I took a few photos while in there.
Alex Gordon’s gold glove from 2012 he has 2 Gold Gloves.
In a display with give always from games, they had a t-shirt replicating the pine tar marks on George Brett’s jersey.
The Statue of Liberty from the all start game in NY in 2008.
They also had a MLB Hall of Fame area this is a Roger Hornsby Cleat. They also had Christy Mathews and Casey Stengel hat. Ty Cobb Jersey, a George Brett jersey and other bats, jerseys and cleats from many different H.O.F inductees.
The had an area all about the baseball and they had many different types of examples of baseball used through the history o the game and had this giant diagram of the inside of a current MLB baseball.
This is a display of Just Gold Gloves won by former Royals second baseman Frank White.
This was a big display in the #5 in baseballs and had George Brett’s bat and the ball from his 3000th hit.
The Royals 1985 World Series Trophy
After the Hall of Fame we walked the concourse checked out the statues the have. This was a Frank white statue.
They also had one of the Ewing Kauffman and his wife who was the owner of the Royals. He is the person responsible for the return of baseball in K.C. and was also inducted into the National Baseball H.O.F. in 2008
It was then close to game time and we headed to our seats for this game we were 8 rows behind the Rockies dugout so as Jhoulys Chacin, Mike McKenry and Jim Wright headed in to the dugout I said Good Luck to Jhoulys and he tossed me his warm up ball.
What was really cool is that it was a 20th anniversary ball that the Rockies used for games last year.
Jason Vargas was the starting pitcher for the Royals this game. Charlie Blackmon was the lead off batter for the Rockies and he popped out to the Royal catcher Salvador Perez for the first out, Vargas then struck out Brandon Barnes, walked Troy Tulowitzki and had Carlos Gonzalez ground out to first.
The Rockies went down in order in the 2nd.
Salvador Perez hit a lead off single in the top of the second.
With bases loaded Mike Moustakas came to bat and hit double clearing the bases scoring Perez, Johny Giovotella and Lorenzo Cain.
Giovotella rounding third after Moustakas hit the ball, Perez already scored and Cain is rounding second. That gave the Royals a 3-0 lead.
Eric Hosmer made the 3rd out of the inning and it was hit to Arenado at third who threw to Morneau and Morneau tossed it to Jared before heading into the dugout. It was his first gamer.
Vargas continued to sit down Rockies batters in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings.
Tulo complaining about a called strike 3 in the 4th inning.
After heading back into the dugout he kept going and was screaming horrible, horrible call and was then tossed from the game and walt Weiss headed out of the dugout and actually uncrossed his arms and took his hands out of his pockets for this one. He did not get kicked out. Charlie Culberson who started at second moved to short and D.J. LeMahieu came into the game at second. The Rockies did get their first hit and base runner of the game the next batter when Cargo hit a single. By the end of the 4th inning Vargas had struck out 6 Rockies batters. 5 of the 6 were swinging.
Chacin pitched 6 innings for the Rockies giving up 3 runs on 7 hits striking out only 1 and walking 2. Vargas went into the 7th with 8 strike out, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs.
Drew Stubbs got the Rockies on the board in the 7th inning with a home run scoring himself and Nolan Arenado who hit a double to get on base.After the Stubbs home run Vargas was removed and Louis Coleman came into pitch for the Royals.
McKenry takes a big swing breaking his bat during a 7th inning at bat.
Rex Brothers pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies. He pitched well in the inning facing only 3 batters and threw only 10 pitches to get the batters out.
Nori Aoki bunted during his 7th inning at bat. He was out on batters interference when the ball hit him in the foot at first. I wish I had the sequence of this play which I was getting and the card filled 2 shots after this one.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did allow a hit to Perez in the inning but that was the only Royals batter to get on base since the 5th and first hit since the 4th.
Cargo hit a single to get on base in the 9th and then Nolan Arenado walked and runners were in place for the Rockies to tie and win.
Justin Morneau take a swing he would get on base but Arenado was forced out at second. With Cargo on third Stubbs came up and a hit would tie the game and that did not happen and the Rockies failed to score the runs and they lost this one also 3-2.
This was not the best of road trips for them this year. they split with the Rangers, lost 2 of 3 against the Reds and both against the Royals. They were 2 and 5 on the trip.
Besides the scores it was a good 2 days at the K, I got a bunch of autographs done and had a great time hanging out with Jared who took the trip with me and John who we met there. I pretty much finished my team project and cleared a lot of photos out of my book. That always helps a trip worth while I also am 2 for 2 getting baseballs at Kauffman Stadium, I got a ball each day.
After the game Jared and I drove the 8.5 hours back to Denver.
So that is it for this one the Rockies are home again against the Padres this weekend, I will be there as much as I can. See You at Coors!
The Royal will also be at Coors in August on the 19th and 20th.
Colorado Rockies @ Kansas City Royals
Kauffman Stadium, K.C., Missouri
My 18th game of the year
1st away game!
This was my first time to Kauffman driven by it many time on other road trips. I decided to go to this stadium because it is actually the closest stadium to Denver. The Rockies have not been there for a few years and will not be there for at least another 3 years. So we arrived at the stadium very early to get players and coaches arriving. It is a very good stadium to get away teams autographs. The players have to walk from the parking lot to a entrance about 100 or so feet away and also have to walk from the bus to entrance to the stadium. This day I was able to get Walt Weiss on a baseball card, Eric Young, Carlos Gonzalez and Franklin Morales on a 8×10.
After entering the stadium with the early bird tour I was able to get Nick Masset and Corey Dickerson on my team project so I figured I would then head out to the outfield to see if I could shag a baseball and I did I got a ball that bounce off the track threw the gate for the bullpen and up into my glove. The ball was hit by Cargo or Justin Morneau. While I was out in right field Nolan Arenado signed and Jared grabbed my team project and got him on it. Now I only need Troy Tulowitzki on it and Rene Lachman. I did not realize I needed Lach till earlier that day after he walked past me when he arrived. I did try getting him at the wall before going out to BP but did not get him.
While waiting by the dugout I saw this sitting on the rail of the dugout. It is Nolan Arenados with the Gold Rawlings patches on it, Because he was the Gold Glove 3rd baseman last year. The early bird ticket was O.K. but I thought there would be a little more to it then just being able to get in 1 hour earlier than the regular gate time. I thought it would be a stadium tour then go down to dugouts or BP before the gates open but basically it just brought you down to the dugout you chose and was able to stay behind that dugout.
The Rockies stretching before batting practice. It was cool to be in the stadium early because we very rarely see much of the Rockies warm up and batting practice at Coors. So before the game was a pretty productive because I got a bunch of autographs and a batting practice ball.
James Shields was the starting pitcher for the Royals. He started with a quick 1,2,3 inning against the top of the Rockies line up.
Franklin Morales started for the Rockies and Nori Aoki hit a lead off single. He then walked the third batter of the inning Billy Butler. The Rockies got out of the inning with a double play hit by Salvador Perez.
The Game was relatively un eventful and there was not much action the Royals scored a run in the first on a Alcides Escobar single that scored Johnny Giavotella. The Rockies did get a second double play in for the first 2 outs of the inning Alex Gordan at second He walked to lead off the inning) and Danny Valencia at first. Aoki ended the inning by flying out to center. The Royals took a 1-0 lead.
In the 4th the Rockies got a run by playing a little small ball Tulo scored on a Morneau single to get the Rockies run and tie the game. The Royals scored 2 more on a Lorenzo Cain home run to give the Royal a 3-1 lead.
In the 4th I decided to take a walk around the stadium. To get a few photos from a different vantage point and see the stadium. This is a photo of the Royals second home run of the game off Morales a solo shot to right by Salvador Perez in the 5th inning extending the Royals lead to 4-1
Alex Gordon stealing 2nd in the 5th inning. He walked after the Perez homer but did not score.
Between inning they put the fountains on and I was trying to capture this unique feature of this park.
I just could not get a photo really showing them the way I wanted but it is probably the most unique feature of the stadium a other wise it is a very basic design of 70’s architecture. It does have a mostly open concourse like Coors. In left field they do have the Royals Hall of Fame and around the stadium the do have a few things to do with the Royals history. Also the have 3 statues on the concourse one is of the Kauffman’s, the second Frank White and the third Geaorge Brett.
Shields pitching to Cory Dickerson in the 6th inning. Cory would strike out. Tulo would also strike out for the second out of the inning and Shields’ 1500 strike out of his career. He would also get 1501 in the inning striking out Cargo to end the inning.
Tommy Kahnle warming up in the bullpen in the 6th inning.
Kahnle came into pitch for Marales in the bottom of the 6th. Morales Pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 homeruns and walked 4 and lets just say Shields had more strike out in 1 at bat then Morales did all 5 innings! Kahnle would pitch a full 2 innings only allowing 1 runner a walk to Billy Butler in the 7th.
After 7 complete innings Shield was taken out of the game. He gave up 1 run on 5 hits striking out 8 Rockies batters. Wade Davis replaced him in the 8th. The Royals scored a 5th run in the 8th inning and taking a 5-1 lead. The run came on a Escobar fielder choice scoring Pedro Ciriaco.
Nolan Arenado argues the called strike out to end the game. The Umpire did have the most consistent strike zone this game and it looked very frustrating to the batters. The Royals pitching was very good but I think there should of been a few less called strike 3’s for them but when you are pitching well it shows you will get the call. But when Guys who are batting well over .300 and pretty much seeing beach balls being pitched it is hard to believe the are not seeing the ball well or not swinging at good pitches.
Well that is it for this one beside the score it was a good day at the ballpark.
Got another one from the K and then back to Coors on Friday night.
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!
Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies
1st game of series.
My 16th game at Coors this year.
Before the game I headed in and went to the Pavilions for batting practice within a few minutes. Tommy Kahnle picked up a ball from the warning track and said high and he tossed it up to me. This was only my 4th ball of the year. It was pretty cool because I usually do not get to many toss ups. Then I head over to the first base wall to see if I could get some autographs and Brandon Barnes was one of the first to sign and I had just got a photo of him printed of his triple on opening day. Charlie Blackmon and Mike McHenry signed. So while I was standing there Marc Stout from root sports came up to me and asked about the 2 photos of photos I took of Charlie Culberson on Saturday night. He said that Charlie really like him and I said I had extra copies of them on me and he said he would send him over. Charlie then came over and I gave him a the photo of his swing and the black and white of him running to second from first. He also signed a copy of each for me.
both photos appear in my post about Saturdays game:
I thought that was cool that he saw the photo’s on twitter and I was able to get copies of them to him.
Jordan Lyle started the game for the Rockies he had an incredible outing He got the first 6 batters out, that he faced and the Rangers did not get a hit off him till the 3rd inning, it was a double by Elvis Andrus.
Martin Perez started for the Ranger he has been pitching very well this year and then he came to Coors!! After a pretty efficient 1st inning, where he struck out Brandon Barnes and got drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki to ground out. The second inning things changes as Carlos Gonzalez started the inning with a a double and Nolan Arenado he a 2 run home run to left field to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Before this game Perez went 46 inning without having a homer hit against him and went 26 inning without giving up a run.
with 2 outs D.J. LeMahieu hit a ball to Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. who threw to Prince Fielder at first and it thrown high and Princed got the ball and tagged D.J. the ball fell out of his glove and the umpire called him out. Walt Weiss came out and used his challenge and the call was overturned. here’s the link to the play :
With the challenge that brought up Jordan Lyle who has been hitting well, but did strike out in the at bat. Someone said it was weird to do that to get to the pitchers spot. I thought it was a good idea, because Lyles can hit and if he got out which he did it flips the line up so Brandon Barnes would hit lead off in the 3rd. inning. Barnes did lead off the 3rd and it benefitted the Rockies when he hit a lead off double and would score the Rockies 3rd run of the game, on a Cargo sac out.
The Rockies scored 2 additional runs in the 5th and 7th inning both the same way Drew Stubbs got the first hit of each inning a double and both were followed by a Troy Tulowitzki home run. Tulo has been hitting like crazy lately batting almost .600 at home and over .400 for the year. Once again it is great to see him hitting and playing the way we knew and expected him to hit over the past few years. He must be seeing beach balls being thrown by the pitcher. He also just won the April MLB player of the month and is making a case to get it in May as well.
The Rangers did score a run in the 6th inning. Shin-Soo Choo started the inning with a double and advanced on a Drew Stubbs error in center. Choo then scored on a Josh Wilson ground out to Tulo at short stop. The Rockies had a 7-1 lead.
This is what a Rockies pitcher looks like pitching in the 9th inning, he almost went the distance. He also batted, hit a single and scored the Rockies 8th run in the 8th inning. Like I said earlier he had an incredible game and kept the Rockies in this game.
He was removed in the 9th after Beltre hit a lead off single in the 9th. He gave up 7 hits and 2 runs the second was Beltre in the 9th. He struck out 5 and only walked 1 in his full 8 innings he pitched He pitched 104 pitches 71 for strikes.
Nick Masset pitched the remainder of the game. Masset was just called up from Colorado Springs, the first batter he faced was Prince Fielder who he walked then Alex Rios hit into a double play. He then gave up 2 single and the second Rangers run scored. The run really did not matter when you are up by 6. I would have left Lyles in till he was in a little more trouble then just giving up a single. But the Rockies got out of the inning and took he game 8-2.
It was another great start for Lyles who has been pitching great since his call up in early April for an injured Tyler Chatwood and kept himself in the starting spot and is now 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA. The Rockies are now 20-14 and 2 games back of the first place Giants.
So that is it for this one and the Rockies have another game at home before heading to Texas for 2 and then continue on a road trip to Cincinnati and Kansas City. I will be in Kansas City for that 2 game series first mini road trip of the year!!!
See you at Coors and Kaufman!
I also have to Thank E to the MNF’n B Yo for getting 5 guys on my 2014 team project since I was not able to make Sundays game he brought my 16×20 to the game and got me Ryan Wheeler, Chris Martin, Eric Young and Mike McHenry. Then this game got Blake Doyle while I was waiting for Charlie Culberson thanks E to the MNF’n B Yo!!!!
Mets vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series
My 15th Coors Game of the year.
Before the game Justin Mornea was awarded his watch for being the National League player of the week.
It was presented to him by the Rockies Hitting Coach Blake Doyle.
He was the second Rockies to get it this month, Charlie Blackmon won the earlier in the month of April.
Franklin Morales was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He started the game with Juan Lagares flying out to left field. Then things started to get real ugly for him and the Rockies. Daniel Murphy hit a triple followed by a David Wright double, he walked Chris Young. By the time he got out of the first inning he faced 7 Mets batters and they scored 3 runs.
Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets he struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. He then walked Drew Stubbs and Carlos Gonzalez flew out, Stubbs made a interesting third out and that was he ran to and past 2nd base on the Cargo fly out and after the catch by Chris Young in left field he ran back to first but was said that he never stepped back on second before returning to first and was doubled up at first base.
Neither the Mets or Rockies scored in the 2nd and both did not have a base runner. The Mets kept scoring in the 3rd. David Wright got his second hit of the game a single and then stole second base. Curtis Granderson hit a single followed by a Anthony Recker double his second hit of the game. The Mets got an additional 3 runs and had a 6 run lead.
They kept that 6 run lead till the 5th inning when the Rockies fought back with a huge inning lead by a Ryan Wheeler solo home run to start the inning.
After a series of single and walks Nolan Arenado came to the plate with bases loaded and proceeded to hit his 2nd Grand Slam of his career to give the Rockies a 8-6 lead. After Arenado’s homer the Mets replaced Meija with Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Arenado celebrates at home-plate with his teammates that were on base when he hit his home run.
In the 6th inning the Mets would score 2 runs with Chris Martin on the mound. Martin was replace with Rex Brothers after the first run scored on a Chris Young double. Rex gave up a single to Curtis Granderson to Score Young. The score was now 8-8.
The Rockies took the lead in the 7th inning on a Jordan Pacheco sac fly to center field and Tulo scored from third. Tulo got on base in the 7th with a single and it was his 1,000 hit of his career. So congrats to him. Even know I am not the biggest Tulo fan I do have to give credit when credit is due! This year he seems to finally be hitting timely and is performing the way the regular fans had expected him too for the last few years. This is probably the best start to the season he has in the past 3 or 4 years now lets hope he stays healthy and keeps it up before he gets traded to the Yankees!! Had to get a dig in somehow! The Rockies had a 9-8 lead at the end of the 7th.
on the same play Tulo scored on Corey Dickerson advanced to second in a close play after tagging up at first.
The Mets would tie the game in the 8th at 9 and take a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the 9th.
Then with Tulo on second after getting on base after his 1,001 hit of his career, Charley Culberson and his .111 batting avg. came in to pinch hit for the pitcher La Troy Hawkins. On the 1-2 count he took a 96 mph fast ball thrown by the Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth for a 2 run walk off home run it was awesome to see Charley come through with this huge homer for his first of the year. He was brought back up to the Rockies from the Springs because of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list. He was originally sent back to the Springs because he was not hitting for the first month of the season.
Charlie (Chuck Cobra) runs the base as the Coors crowd goes absolutely crazy after his home run.
I filled my card while he ran the bases and missed him stepping on home but got him as he came back to the 1st base side. Celebrating with Michael Cuddyer. La Troy Hawkins picks him up and carried him towards the dugout after getting him the win!
What a incredible game that looked like it was going to be a rough lose early and in true Coors fashion and the fight that this team has this year they won it 11-10.
What a great night of baseball
Tomorrow the Rockies will be facing the Mets for the 4th time and Jhoulys Chacin will make his 2014 debut as he come off the disabled list and the Rockies go for the series sweep. Unfortunately I will not be at this game because of scheduling issues at work and this will be the first Sunday game I have missed while in town in over 3 years. I do miss a Sunday game while on my road trip in the summer.
So that is it for this game.
I will be back at Coors for the 2 games Monday and Tuesday when the Texas Rangers are in town.
See you at Coors!!!