Tagged: Chad Bettis

Nicasio has a big night at the plate and the Mound!

 

 

5-1-2014

N.Y. Mets vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1

My 13th game at Coors this year.

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Did not do to well at batting practice today the Rockies did not take BP and the Mets was O.K. but I was never in the right place at the right time always seemed I was a section off all day!.

During BP Geoff told me he may have an extra ticket behind the Mets dugout, which was very cool of him. Many of you may remember that I was originally from N.Y. and grew up a Mets fan so that was awesome.

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The morning before the game I had to make the decision do I want to wear my normal Rockies stuff or my Mets stuff it was a tough decision but I went with my usual Rockies stuff, usually I will wear a Mets hat with my Rockies Jersey. I wish I had grabbed my Mets stuff just because of the seats! He was wearing his and got Bartolo Colons warm up ball and a gamer from Ruben Tejada hit by Justin Morneau in the 3rd.

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Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies the first batter he faced was Juan Lagares the Mets center fielder started the game with a double and it looked like Nicasio was in trouble early, But after Daniel Murphy lined out to Nolan Arenado at third David Wright lined out to Troy Tulowitzki at short and Lagares was caught off the bag at second for a double play. Nicasio got out of the inning with 11 pitches.

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Bartolo Colon was the starting pitcher for the Mets. He got Charlie Blackmon to fly out to left and then struck out Arenado. He did not have great stuff to the first 2 batters but got them out  then Carlos Gonzalez came up and took a 90 MPH to right center for a solo home run and a Rockies 1-0 lead. Tulo would end the inning flying out to left.

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Hey look David Wright at third base.

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Lucas Duda started the inning with a out and Chris Young hit a single. Here is Curtis Granderson batting in the 2nd inning after Youngs single.

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Juan Nicasio pitching with Chris Young on base. Young did steal second but did not score and Nicasio got out of the inning.

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Corey Dickerson taking a swing right before his 2 out single.

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Charlie Culberson would also hit a single and Nicasio would hit a single.

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Dickerson and Culberson both scored on the single. It was a very good hit down the right field line that may have been a double for a position player instead of a very long single. above he is giving Eric Young five after the 2 RBI single to give the Rox a 3-0 lead.

Nicasio pitched another very good inning in the 3rd and the Rockies did not score in the 3rd either.

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After a Wilin Rosario walk in the 4th Corey Dickerson threw down a bunt. IMG_2656 Which first basemen Lucas Duda fielded.

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Which was thrown past second baseman Daniel Murphy into right field.

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Culberson was then hit by a pitch.to load the bases.

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Juan Nicasio would get his third RBI of the night on a sac-fly to center.

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Scoring Rosario from third! The Rockies extended their lead 4-0.

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Charlie Blackmon would hit a single to score Dickerson and Culberson for a 6-0 Rockies lead.

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Culberson stepping on the plate for the 3rd run of the inning. It looks like he may have been out but I am not saying anything!!!!

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Nicasio kept the Mets batters to a minimum in the 5th and the Rockies picked up another run Justin Morneau got on base with a single.

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He would score on a Dickerson triple. he is being waved around by Stu Coles at third for the 7th run for the Rockies.

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Bartolo Colon was taken out of the game after the triple and was replaced by Jeurys Familia. Colon gave up 10 hits 7 runs, he did strike out 3 and walked 1 in his 4.2 innings on the mound and can’t forget the hit batter Culberson in the 4th.

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Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 6th for the Mets this is the first time I have seen him play for the Mets. Last year when the Mets came for the make up game I was in N.Y. and missed the game at Coors.

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Juan Nicasio did walk hime and here he is turning around at second on a Lagares fly ball to right field which was caught by Brandon Barnes who came into the game in the 5th for Cargo. Blackmon moved to center from right and Dickerson moved from center to left.

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Juan Nicasio pitched a full 7 inning and Chad Bettis came in for the 8th inning. Nicasio besides going 1 for 2 at the plate with 3 RBI’s he pitched a pretty good game also! Not giving up any runs on 3 hits striking out 3 and kept his pitch count very good for him 95 pitches in 7 innings. Bettis after getting 2 quick outs in the 8th walked Bobby Abreu. Who scored on a Juan Lagarase double. 7-1 Rox

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Jose Valverde pitched the 8th inning for the Mets.

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You know you have a good lead in the 8th when the relief pitcher is batting in his spot with 2 outs! He did strike out and came back out to pitch the 9th.

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After another inning of 2 quick outs Chad Bettis gave up a single to Chris Young and then another to Curtis Granderson. Travis d’Arnaud then hit a 3 run home run the Rockies still had a 7-4 lead.

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d’Arnaud passing Mets 3rd base coach Tim Teuful after his 9th inning 3 run home run.

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Ruben Tejada flew out to Barnes in right to end the game with the Rockies winning with the 7-4 score. This was a great game by Nicasio and was awesome to sit behind the Mets dugout. Thanks again Geoff.

After the game I headed to the players entrance and got to say hey to The Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez and got Tim Teuful to sign a card for me. He was a really nice guy and it was cool meeting another player that played on the 1986 World series team for the Mets.

I will be at Coors for the remainder of the series and home stand see you at Coors!

 

9 Homers in this extra inning slugfest.

4-23-2014

Giants vs. Rockies

Game 3.

My 12th of the year.

IMG_2223Today was 9 News science and weather day. It was before the game and School kids from all over Colorado came to Coors for this event and the game. Which caused a mess of buses in Lodo and an overall pain in the butt getting around.

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Basically they do experiment’s where they blow stuff up and send stuff in the air. Which I never know what they are talking about because you can not hear what the speakers are talking about because of the chatter of the kids.

IMG_22269 News weather  people are at the event including Kathy Sabine, Marty Coniglio and the rest of the weather staff. In this they are showing something about why a curve ball curves.

I then went over to the Giants side of the field.

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Javier Lopez a former Rocky signed and stopped and chatted for a few minutes after he did his morning warm ups.

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After Science and weather day was over I headed back to the first base side and Charlie Blackmon signed. I also got Michael Cuddyer on my team project and am really making progress on it. I also got a Boone Logan card signed and almost got EY.

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It was then time for baseball.

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Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He got the Giants out in order in the inning.

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As he does every game Eric Young gave the crowd a high five. Including me as I tried to get this shot!

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Matt Cain was the starting pitcher for the Giants.

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Charley Blackmon started the game how he has started many this year with a base hit.

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Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Another timely home run for Tulo! This was impressive because it was with a runner on and gave the Rockies the lead in the game.

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Michael Morse decided that the Rockies 2 run lead needed to be shortened to a 1 run lead when he hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning.

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Brandon Barnes makes a turn at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single in the second. He lead off the inning with a single. He stayed at second on this hit but it was a great shot of showing his hustle.

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Tyler Chatwood contributed with a single and D.J. came over from second to shake his hand during a coaches visit to the mound for the Giants.

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with bases loaded guess what Charley Blackmon did? He got hit that scored Barnes from third.

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And beat out a double play that got Chatwood out at second and advanced D.J. to third. 3-1 Rockies. D.J. scored on a error throw over to first and Charlie scored on a Tulo single and the Rockies had a 5-1 lead.

Unfortunately the Giants tied the game in the 3rd with 4 runs of their own. Brandon Hicks lead the inning off with a solo home run and Michael Morse hit his 2nd a 3 run home run. 5-5

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After Chatwood struck out Hicks in the 4th Bruce Bochi argued the strike and was tossed form the game.

In The 4th inning Charlie Blackmon hit his 5th home run of the season to give the Rockies a 1 run lead 6-5. The Rockies held the lead till the 7th inning when the Giants took a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Belt 2 run home run.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 7th for the Rockies. He walked Hunter Pence before giving up the Belt home run.

The Rockies tied up the game once again in the 7th after Charlie Blackmon walked to lead off the inning he scored on a Nolan Arenado double. (7-7)

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Brandon Barnes grounded out to end the 7th inning.

The Giants and the Rockies both scored a run in the 8th a solo home run by Hector Sanchez for the Giants and the Rockies when the LeMahieu scored on a Charlie Blackmon ground out. LeMahieu lead- off the inning with a single.

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The Game remained tied at 8 and went into extra innings. Here is Brandon Crawford heading back to first on a throw over from Boone Logan who pitched the 10th for the Rockies.

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IMG_2492 Chad Bettis pitched the 11th for the Rockies and really struggled in the inning. He gave up a lead off single to Hunter Pence and then walked Brandon Belt. After getting Juan Perez out (he replaced Morse in the 7th) he intentionally walked Juaquin Arias ( came in for Pablo Sandoval in 7th) Hector Sanchez hit his second home run of the game a 4 run grand slam to give the Giants a 12-8 lead.

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With the Giants closure on the mound Sergio Romo Tulo lead off with a single and Justin Morneau hit a 2 run home run the Giants still had a 12-10 led. Drew Stubbs ( replaced Corey Dickerson in the 7th) hit a single and remained on base and the Rockies lost this one 12-10 in a total Coors Field game there where a total of 9 home runs, 22 runs and 30 hits. The Rockies offence was great as it has been all year Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, he walked 4 struck out 5 and gave up 3 home runs. Cain went 6 giving up 7 runs on 10 hits striking out 4 and gave up 2 home runs. That is a total of 5 home runs from the starters.

So that is it for this game the Rockies had another good home stand going 4-2 once again. The should have had one sweep this series and just let the 3rd game in each series get away. The Rockies are now 12 and 11 this year and in 3rd place 1.5 games bach from the first place Dodgers who the face for the first time this year. They will be heading to L.A. and Arizona on this road trip before coming home on May 1 to play the Mets and the Rangers the next home stand I should be there for the whole series.

See you at Coors!!

 

 

Jorge gets it together and Charley stays Nazty!

4-21-2014

S.F. Giants vs. Rockies

My 10th of the year at Coors

Gonna make this one short. I was debating not doing a post for this game. But well I was there and I got some photos.

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This was the first time Wilin Rosario caught for Jorge De La Rosa since the Opening Day melt down in Miami.

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Jorge was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he threw a lot of pitches in the 1st inning but kept the Giants from scoring. He threw 27 pitches 10 to lead off batter Angel Pagan.

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Ryan Vogelsong was the pitcher for the 1st inning for the Giants! O.K. he was the starter but he was gone in the second. The Rockies scored 4 in the 1st. Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario both hit homers Arenado a solo shot and Rosario a 3 runs shot. Blackmon hit one in the second to start the inning. The Rockies had a 5-1 lead when Vogelsong left the game.

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David Huff pitched the rest of the 2nd and Yusmeiro Petit 3rd through 7th. Huff came out with a leg injury after the 2nd.

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The Rockies would get 2 more runs in the 3rd inning on a Corey Dickerson homer and this is D.J. LeMahieu walking into second with a double after the homer. He was left on base.

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Jorge pitched 5 full innings. He gave up 5 hits 1 run, he did walk 3 and struck out 5. His pitch count was at over 100 pitches in the 5 innings. The 1 run against Jorge was a on a Posey ground out scoring David Huff who lead off the inning with a single.

Tommy Kahnle did pitch the 6th and 7th for the Rockies he struck out 3 in the 6th and the first batter Crawford in the 7th for 4 strike outs in a row and it was 5 for the Rockies going back to Michael Morse striking out against Jorge in the 5th.

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He also struck out Pagan in the 7th and Pagan did not like the call he was ejected immediately and this and the next photo was after getting tossed.

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Hunter Pence pulls Pagan away from home-plate Umpire John Tumpane as Bruce Bochy heads out of the dugout and Umpire Crew chief Bob Davidson heads over from first.

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They say the 27th out ids the hardest and this game was no exception with Brandon Belt on third, Gregor Blanco hit back to Chad Bettis who tossed it to Justin Morneau at first.

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Morneau dropped it and Belt scored and Blanco reached the 27th out was made by the next batter Hector Sanchez and the game was over and the Rockies won 8-2.

Charlis Blackmon hit his second homer of the game in the 8th and Corey Dickerson who hit a homer and was 3 for and a triple away from the cycle with 2 RBI’s.

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That is it for this one.

I will be back for the next 2 against the Giants.

See You at Coors.

Chatwood dominates Phillies and a night of typical Tulo!

4-18-2014

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

My 7th Coors Game of the year.

 

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After Heading in I headed towards the pavilions for batting practice and did not get any baseballs. The Rockies had an OK BP and the Phillies was very uneventful. After I went to the wall on the first base side and was able to get Drew Stubs on my team project. Which leaves me with only 8 more guys I need on it including 2 coaches Eric Young and Blake Doyle.

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Tyler Chatwood was the staring pitcher for the Rockies he pitched very well in the first he had Ben Revere ground out to start the game and then walked Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley the only player to hit a fly ball off Chatwood to the outfield  the whole time he pitched. Ryan Howard also grounded out and the inning was over.

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Eric Young came out for the bottom of the 1st. and did he usual high five down the line.

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Jonathan Pettibone was the starter for the Phillies.

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It did not take long for the Rockies to get to him once again Charlie (Chuck Naszty) Blackmon kept it Nazty with a lead off single he started the game with a .411 batting average and raised he average to .426 by the end of the game.

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Drew Stubbs then hit a single, Carlos Gonzalez hit a very hard line drive to Utley at second for the first out of the inning.

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After Tulo took a 14 pitch at bat and walked Justin Morneau hit a GRDB to left to score Blackmon and Stubbs for a 2-0 lead.

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Tyler Chatwood Struck out both Marlon Byrd and Dominic Brown in the second followed by a ground out to Arenado at third for a very quick inning throwing only 11 pitches.

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The Rockies offense stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd with a 4-0 lead and once again Blackmon hit a single and Cargo would score and then Troy Tulowitzki did what he does best hits a homer with a already big lead! It is great that we got tacos in only the second inning but we were up by 4. I would like to see him hit the 3 run homer when we are down by 2 in the 8th or 9th to give the team the lead after being behind. He always performs best when we already have the lead and rarely in the clutch when hits and runs are needed. So TYPICAL TULO!

In another quick inning Chatwood got all three Phillies batters too ground out throwing only 9 pitches. The Rox did not score in the 3rd, but Tulo hit a double to score the Rockies 8th run of the game. Once again TYPICAL  TULO. Now it has always been this way with him adds runs to already big leads. He does always have the numbers but it when he gets the numbers that drives me crazy. he also hit a single in the 6th that scored the Rockies 9th run of the game so he did go 3 for 3 with a walk and 5 RBI’s but all 5 were with a lead of 4 or more.

The Phillies did get to Chatwood slightly in the 6th, after we started to notice he had a No- No going. With 2 outs in the 5th and it looking like he would have another great inning Carlos Ruiz hit a ball to Arenado at third that he either kicked or just missed with his glove and hit him for a error and only the 2nd runner for the Phillies of the game. Ruiz then scored on a Jason Nix single and the Rockies had a 9-1 lead.

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Former Rocky and current Phillies Jeff Manship came into start the 7th inning for the Phillies. He was the 4th pitcher for the Phillies at this point after getting the first 2 batters Rosario and Arenado out D.J. LeMahieu hit a single and Manship was taken out of the game. D.J. would later score the 10th run of the game for the Rockies, he scored on a Blackmon single.

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Blackmon went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored twice, he now has a .426 batting average 3 weeks into the season is very good with 61 at bats.

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After Chatwood was taken out of the game after 7 Chad Bettis pitched the 8th and Matt Belisle came out to pitch the 9th.

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 Belisle would strike out Ryan Howard for the third out in the 9th to end the game. The Rockies went on to win this game 12-1

Tulo was named player of the game which I found as B.S. because of when the runs and hit came but what are you going to do. I thought Morneau or Blackmon could of been it just as well because with out them getting hits and on base in the first we would not of had the 4-0 led when Tulo came up in the 2nd. How about 5 innings of no hit baseball for Chatwood does that not count for anything in this game he held the Phillies to 2 hits and 1 run in 7 innings of pitching. Which is incredible for a Rockies pitcher at Coors since it is such a hitters ballpark( sense the sarcasm)! He pitched a great game way to go Chatty great to see you back with great stuff!!!

That is it for this one I will be at Coors all week, remember to tip your waiters and waitresses!!!!!!

See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lyles gets some knocks against the Sox!

4-7-2014

Chicago White Sox Vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1 of Series my 4th game of the year.

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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!

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Today in BP I got my first baseball of the year it was a catch and  hit by someone on the White Sox.

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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.

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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!

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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.

IMG_1106Just to show his Dominance he hit a double in the 2nd. scored D.J. LeMahieu for the 2nd Rockies run of the game. (2-0) Rockies

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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.

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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.

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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.

(6-1) Rockies

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.

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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.

8-1 Rockies

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!

 

Opening Day 2014, Charlie gets his kick’s going 6 for 6!

4-4-2014

Opening Day

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies

Coors Field, Game 1 of 2014

 

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This was my 5th Coors Field Opening Day. I like almost all of them and many other days during the season I arrived at 20th and Blake real early. This year I did not go to breakfast like many other years I just walked around Lodo, as always I did meet up with friends as the day progressed. I first met up with Carlos and Mrs. Los, then John, Rockpile Ranter and Hunter, Douglas, Gary X, EB, Smitty and Cass.

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Here is X and Mrs. Los doing a running man while Carlos looks all tough and hey John nice sox!

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So I noticed some new additions to the stadium and that was Banners with milestones on them around the stadium these show Don Baylor and Jim Tracy’s Manager of the years. The photo 2 photo’s above is of National League batting titles these 2 banners are of Larry Walkers in 1998 and Carlos Gonzalez’s in 2010.

After having fun out and about Lodo it was time to head into Coors Field. They had some new additions inside as well.

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They had some more things hangin over the concourse with other first and milestones from the last 21 years of Rockies history. the above and next 2 photos show a few of these set ups.

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After I went to batting Practice for a round or 2 of the Diamondbacks, it was time for the beginning of the Opening Day festivities on the field. (Did not get any baseballs during BP)

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The player introductions. above is one of the newest Rockies Justin Morneau high-fiving down the line of starters in this photo with former Twin’s teammate Michael Cuddyer.

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The players right before the National Anthem.

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They had the giant flag out on the field here is a photo of before it being spread out.

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Then it was time to hand out the hardware, Carlos Gonzales and Nolan Arenado’s gold gloves. Just realized they did not do anything for Cuddy’s batting title. Maybe sometime during the weekend.

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Dinger added a few moves to his regiment he also busted out a cart wheel later on!

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Members of the Denver Philharmonic played the National Anthem and the new Rockies themes song.

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The Rockies take the field for the first time at Coors in 2014. Lead by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio.

PLAY BALL!

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Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the D’backs Gerardo Parra. Parra grounded out followed by a Aaron Hill strike out, the third batter of the inning Paul Goldschmidt walked and Martin Prado flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field to end the inning Nicasio threw 16 pitches in the inning.

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Randall Delgado was the starter for the D’backs.

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Charley (Chuck Nazty) Blackmon started his assault on the D’backs quickly with a double on the third pitch of the game from Delgado. He scored on a Cuddyer single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Cuddy would be throw out at second a ground ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez who was doubled up on at first base. Cargo seemed to get out of the batters box a little slow (think he may of been safe if it wasn’t for that) Just saying. Troy Tulowitzki ended the inning by grounded out.

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Charlie Blackmon scouring the Rockie first Coors Field run of 2014.

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After Nicasio got the job done in the second sitting the D’backs down in order throwing 15 pitches to the D’backs, Justin Morneua came up for his first at bat. Here he is taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat that he would eventually walk. The Rockies did not score in the second inning.

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In the third inning look who scored once again, Charlis Blackmon touches home while Cuddy turns at third after a Cargo triple.

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Cuddy crosses the plate as Cargo slides into third.

Juan Nicasio pitch another terrific inning in the 3rd. striking out 2 D’backs and getting out of the inning on 11 pitches. He worked this game real efficiently and kept his pitch count low which seemed to be a problem for him last year. This is why I was mentioning his pitch count after innings. He really seems to be really confident on the mound.  The first D’backs run was on a Prado single in the 4th he got out of this inning throwing only 13 pitches for a total of 54 pitches in the game. Last year he probably would have been at about 75 plus pitches and close to being removed from the game.

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If Blackmon wasn’t doing enough damage to the D’backs he hit a 2 run home run in the 4th to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead. That is 3 for 3 with a Double, Single and a home run. The D’backs would get a run in the 5th inning on a Mark Trumbo lead off home run. (6-1) Rox

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Delgado was removed after walking Tulo and giving up a single to Morneau in the 5th. inning. He gave up 10 hits 6 runs, walked 2 and struck out 3.

Blackmon hit his second double of the game to lead off the 6th inning. He did get caught stealing third base in the inning. Cargo would then only be able to score 2 runs when he hit his home run of the rail in the third deck almost hitting the new Coors Rooftop. (8-1) Rox

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Brandon Barnes would make his first appearance at Coors after coming over from the Astros in the Dexter Fowler trade. he made a pretty good first impression with his 2 out triple in the 7th inning. Pinch hitting for Nicasio. Nicasio came out of the game with one of his best starts I have seen from him in a few years. giving up 1 run and only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings pitched. The Rockies would go on scored 2 more runs in the inning to give them a 10-1 lead. Barnes scored on a Charlie Blackmon single for his 2nd RBI of the game. He also scored and it ws his 4th time around the bases on the day.

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Brandon Barnes making the turn at second heading to third for his 7th inning triple.

Chad Bettis pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and let up a run the Rockies had a 10-2 lead after the inning. He throw 24 pitches to the 6 D’backs batters he faced.

Charlie Blackmon did not let us down with his 8th inning at bat. He hit his third double of the game scoring 2 more runs for his 4th and 5th RBI of the day. So he hit 3 doubles, 2 single and a home run for a total of 6 hits, 5 RBI’s and he scored 4 times. He was involved in 9 of the Rockies 12 runs in the game. This was also only the second time a Rockie has gone 6 for 6 and the 66th time in MLB history. The first Rockie to do it was Andres Gallarager.

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Wilton Lopez pitched the 9th for the Rockies Mark Trumbo lead off the inning with a single, A.J. Pollack would also single but both would remain and base as Parra ground back to Lopez and he would toss to Morneau at first for the final out of the game. The Rockies for the 13th time in their history would win there home opener 12-2.

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The Rockies got to shake hands for only the second time of the season. Since they lost 3 out of the 4 against Miami earlier in the week. Things do seem to be looking up for this team especially with Charlie Blackmon leading off and playing center field. Juan Nicasio helped with his incredible pitching performance, which I am sure the run support helped.

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That is it for this one 80 more to go here at Coors and 156 left in the season.

the Rockies have 2 more against the D’backs at Coors and 3 against the Chicago White Sox on this home stand.

Also hopefully I will be able see the new Roof Top sometime this weekend. Did not make it up there this game.

See you there!

Remember you can follow me on twitter @roxaddict. That is when the cell phone is working at Coors. Even with improvements of the cell antennas in the stadium it was still not performing well during the game with the crowd hopefully it will work better when the crowd is a little thinner.

15 in the sun, a day game marathon!

9-19-2013

Cardinals vs. Rockies

My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.

This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.

So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.

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Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.

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Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!

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A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.

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Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.

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Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.

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Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.

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Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.

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Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.

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Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.

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Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.

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Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.

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Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.

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Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.

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Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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3 runs to tie the game in the inning.

Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies

Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies

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Tony Cruz hit a double to Score David Freese. (4-3) Rockies

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Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with  single.

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Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.

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Taking a lead at first.

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Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.

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Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.

After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..

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…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.

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Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.

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Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.

Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.

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Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.

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Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.

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After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.

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D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.

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The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.

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The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!

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D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.

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As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.

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The tag with ball rolling away.

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He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.

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He dove back…..

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…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.

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The Dugout emptied quickly!!!

Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.

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The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.

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Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.

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He than high-five Tulo

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and the crowd caught up with him!

It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying  for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.

The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.

So that is it for this one.

I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.

Rox hold off the Cards, for a series opening win.

7-16-2013

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies

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Today I got to the game a little later than usual since I came from work and got out a little late so BP was a bust and I than headed over to the wall.

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Todd Helton announced his retirement after the season before the game and he signed autographs.

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Colin McHugh was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his second start with the Rockies and only his 5th appearance of the year. Matt Carpenter started  this game against McHugh with an infield single.

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The single was on this deflected ball by troy Tulowitzki.

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Lance Lynn was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the game by walking Corey Dickerson, who scored 2 batters later on a Tulo single. (1-0) Rox

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Todd Helton came to the plate to a standing ovation from the Coors crowd. he would strike out to end the second inning for the Rockies.

The Cardinals scored a run in the 5th to tie the game at 1.

Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete innings giving up , run 4 hits, striking out 2.

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The Rockies got out of the 6th inning with a double play, Matt Holliday hit a ball to….

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…to Helton at first. Nolan Arenado was taken out of the game in the 3rd, D.J. LeMahieu moved to third and Josh Rutledge came into play second. Nolan was taken out because of an injury to his finger.

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Rutledge getting on base with a single in the 7th inning. The Rockies would score their second run of the game this inning when Wilin Rosario scored on a Charlie Blackmon single (2-1) Rox

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Lance Lynn was taken out of the game in the 7th. he pitched 6 1/3. Giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4.

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After Drew Pomeranz pitched after McHugh and was then replaced by Matt Belilse Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th.

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Matt Carpenter hit a double in the 8th to score Pete Kozma.

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That would tie up the game at 2.

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During a pitching change or middle of an inning they did a Todd Helton plays on the score board.

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Batting in the 8th he had one of his not so great plays running into an out at home. The Rockies scored a run on a Wilin Rosario single scoring Tulo that advanced Todd to third.

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Charlie Blackmon hit a double to score Tyler Chatwood . Chatwood was pinch running for Rosario. (4-2) Rox

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John Axford pitching for the Cardinals in the 8th inning with some snazzy retro high sox. just had to try to work the word snazzy into this post!

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Charlie Blackmon scouring after a Ryan Wheeler single that also scored Rutledge. (6-2) Rox

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Ryan Wheel giving Rene Lacheman a fist bump after his 2 RBI single.

That is it for this one from the first game of the Cardinals series. The Rockies won this one 6-2.

I was at all 4 of these games and will be getting up the rest of the games and all the remaining games at Coors for the season.

Thanks for checking out the blog and see you at Coors!

Giants get the best of Bettis.

8-27-2013

Giants vs. Rockies

Game 2 of Series

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After a beer at Jackson with the incognito Rockpile Ranter it was time to head in and see how batting practice would pan out.  It was another day of almost immediately baseballs heading out into the pavilion. one landed a section in front of me as I was heading in and someone else just edged me out of picking it up. After putting down my bag I did get one pretty soon afterwards. It was a bouncer that I was able to pick up in the first row. With the Rockies still batting I got a second bouncer. After I got that one I said to someone:” that I have been getting baseball but have not caught one in a while”. Within about 2 minutes I got my 3rd ball of the day a catch! It was my first catch in over a month. The Rockies then ended their batting practice and the Giants started, with a small crowd and knowing how the first Giants group did the day before I thought I was going to have a record day. I have gotten 4 baseball once before and was looking to tie that or break it. Unfortunately this day it was not going to happen beside a few close calls I did not get any more baseballs.

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Chad Bettis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his 6th start at the major league level. He came into this game with  0-2 record. Before coming up he was 3-4 in Tulsa this year. This game he started with 2 quick outs getting both Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro to ground out. Brandon Belt was then got on base with a single and then the runs started coming in first Hunter Pence hit one of the longest home runs I have seen hit at Coors for 2 runs. Pablo Sandoval continued scoring with a solo home run to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.

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Yusmeiro Petit was the starter for the Giants This was his second start for them. As others have said it was a strong start he allowed 1 base runner in the first 2 innings. D.J. LeMahieu in the first but Troy Tulowitzki hit into a double ply to end the inning. He did also get Corey Dickerson to strike out in the first and Wilin Rosario to end the second inning.

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Todd Helton hitting a ball in the 2nd inning trying to get 1 hit closer to the 2500 career hits. This one was actually a fly out to Hunter Pence in right field. I have been trying to photo graph all of Todd’s at bats this week so I can get his 2500 hit I just hope if I do get it looks like the above photo with the ball still in frame! He is just 3 hits away.

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The Rockies did get some hits and a run off of Petit in the 3rd inning. Nolan Arenado started it off with a single and scored on a Charlie Blackmon double. (3-1) Giants

Tulowitzki started the 4th inning off by hitting a single and after scoring it brought the Rockies with in 1 of the Giants (3-2)

the Giants added a run in the 6th Brandon Belt scored on a Hector Sanchez single (4-2) Giants

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Helton trying to once again get a little closer to 2500! This one was a fly out to right field in the 6th inning. He also had a chance in the 4th but was walked.

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With 1 out in the 6th Wilin Rosario tried to get things going with a single, here he is clapping at first. He did not score after Arenado grounded out and Charlie Blackmon popped out to end the inning. Wilin was 3 for 4 with a double this game and 1 RBI.

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Ex- Rockies Javier Lopez came into pitch for the Giants in the 8th inning. He struck out Helton and was than taken out of the game and replaced by Santiago Casilla. Yusmeiro Petit pitch 6 complete innings. Giving up 6 hits 2 runs walking 3 and striking out 6. A very good outing for only a second start in the Majors. The Rockies did seem to waste a bunch of opportunities to score only scoring 1 in the 4th leaving 3, a Rosario double in the 8th that was with 1 out and he did not score and a few other innings that could have amounted to a run or 2 more throughout the game. They did score a 3rd run in the 7th and so did the Giants. (5-3) Giants

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Sergio Romo pitched the 9th for the Giants and put the Rockies down in order to end the game with the 5-3 final.

That was it for this game got 1 more left in this series and will be at Coors all week-end for the Reds Series.

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After the game I took a photo of the banner that Alise had signed before the game by Todd Helton. It is a large banner he gave a great autograph on it.

So once again see you at Coors and thanks for reading.

Dex and Dickerson on fire and D.J. turns it up against the Padres!

8-12-2013

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1 of series.

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Today I missed batting practice got to a late start and got to the stadium a bit late. There was still about 5 or 10 minutes left but not very productive since the Padres were not hitting.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for this game Will Venerable lead off for the Padres.

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Hit a lead off double. here he is after sliding into second.

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The next batter Chris Denorfia walked then Chase Headley  hit the ball to Todd Helton who threw to Troy Tulowitzki who was covering second, they did not get the double play just Denorfia at second.

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They did get the Double play when Yonder Alonso hit the ball to D.J. LeMahieu at second. Venable would not score in the inning.

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Edison Volquez was the starting pitcher for the Padres the Rockies immediately got things going against them. Dexter Fowler lead the inning with a single.

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Corey Dickerson who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rockies hit a double sending Dex to third. This was Corey’s 5th double since his call up in June.

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heading to second base.

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Troy Tulowitzki hitting the ball to fly out to center.

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Wilin Rosario hit a single that scored Dex from third and Corey Dickerson from second this gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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Wilin Rosario advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado single and Error by Will Venable.

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After another very good inning by Chacin in the second the Rockies kept the hits and runs coming. D.J. LeMahieu got the inning started with this swing for his second home run of the year to give the Rockies a 4 to 0 lead. The Rockies would get 2 more in this inning, Dex walked and Corey Dickerson would hit his second double in as many at bats/innings. This kid is just on fire and it is great to see him doing so well in the Majors. I am glad I have seen him play at almost every level of the Rockies organization and he was just as productive. A walk off in Ashville, an RBI triple in Kannapolis and a 2 run home run to break a tie in Tulsa. So just a few highlight of the few games I have seen him play in the Minors. I did also see him play in the Springs and I am sure he did just as well!

So back to the game Dickerson would than score on a hit by Tulo with a throwing error by Chase Headley at third. 6-0 Rox.

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In the 5th inning after 5 Rockies batters got on base in a row Volquez was removed from the game by Bud Black.

Todd Helton started the inning off with a single followed by an Arenado single, Charlie Blackmon reached base, but Helton was out at third on the force. Arenado scored on a Sac Fly by Jhoulys Chacin.

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Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu scored on a Dexter Fowler single 8-0 Rockies.

The Padres did get a run in the 7th inning on a Jaff Decker home run his first of his career. 8-1 Rockies

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The Umpires meet with the grounds crew in the middle of the 8th.

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The field was starting to get very saturated and puddles started forming on the infield and home plate area and the tarp was brought out. Once again we were heading into a rain delay.

The Rain delay was an hour and 3 minutes in length after about 40 minutes into it the grounds crew headed out and took off the tarp and started repairing the field with diamond dry. So I got some photos of the process out of boredom.

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After the field was fixed it was time to start the game again the came out like it was a new game.

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Colt Hynes was the pitcher for the 8th inning for the Padres.

Corey Dickerson started the inning with a walk, followed by a Jonny Herrera single. Herrera came in at short for Tulo after the rain delay.

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The runs started coming on this Wilin Rosario hit scoring Dickerson 9-1 Rockies.

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Corey Dickerson crossing the plate for the first run of the inning.

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Charlie Culbertson hit a single scoring Jonny Herrera from second.

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The ball passes the infield as Rosario runs to second and Herrera makes the turn at third on the Culbertson single. (10-1) Rockies

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Nolan Arenado hits his 8th inning single scoring Rosario

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Wilin crossing the plate for the Rockies 11th run of the game and a 10 run lead. (11-1) Rockies

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Chad Bettis came into pinch hit for Chacin’s spot in inning.

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 He reached on a missed catch by yonder Alfonso at first loading the bases. The next 2 runs would score on a Dexter Fowler double he would be out at third on the play and Dickerson popped out to end the inning in all the Rockies hit 6 single, 1 double and 1 walk in the inning for 6 runs.

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Jeff Francis came in from the bullpen for the Rockies in the 9th. Faced 4 batters.

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Getting Chase Headley to fly out to right and Alonso to ground out to LeMahieu who switched to first base. Things got shaky for Francis with the next batter Jedd Gyorko who hit a solo shot to right for the Padres 2nd run of the game 14-2 Rockies.

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The last out was a grounder to Herrera at short hit by Logan Forsythe to end the game.

The Rockies won this first one against the Padres and the 4th win of this home stand which has been great for the fans. It may be a little late but it is nice to see them not give up and keep playing well. it has not always been too easy to watch this team but games like this make it worth it. The best part is the rookies and younger guys being so productive in these games D.J. LeMahieu has been playing incredibly in the field and with the bat, he was 3 for 4 this game with a home run and a double. He also walked in the 5th. Corey Dickerson has been a great addition since his call up from the Springs which I talked about earlier this game he reached base 4 out of his 6 at bats with 2 doubles. Can’t forget about Dexter Fowler this game with 4 RBI’s 3 hits and 2 walks getting on base every at bat and scoring 2 times.

That is it for this one.

Catching up on games for this series.

See you at Coors.