White Sox Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series
My 6th Game at Coors.
Today being a day game there was no batting practice, but it does mean an opportunity to get some autographs when the pitchers do there work out. I was able to get Brett Anderson and Adam Ottavino on my team project and an additional 8×10 of Anderson I took at spring training. Before the game I also had Charlie Blackmon sign a 8×10 of his head first dive into first on Sunday.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies today this is his second start of the season coming of his home opener win on Friday. He started this game well with a ground ball out to second by Adam Eaton. Marcus Semien flew out to left for the second out and Jose Abreu hit a double but was left on base when Dayan Viciedo struck out to end the inning.
It was the Rockies turn to bat and 1st. base coach and former Rockies player Eric Young gave high fives to the fans in the first row as he has been doing before the bottom of the first all week. 21 Years ago today he hit a lead off homerun in the Rockies home game in Mile High Stadium in front of a record crowd for a baseball game 80227 fans. The Rockies won that game against the Expos 11-4. Bryn Smith was the winning pitcher and it was the 1st. win in franchise history.
Erik Johnson was the starting pitcher for the White Sox.
Charlie Blackmon started the game off like only he can with a triple to center field.
This was his first triple of the year to go along with his 16 hits 3 double and home run he has hit in the last week, can’t forget his 8 RBI’s and .471 batting average.
Blackmon would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Nicasio would have a rough inning in the second after getting Conor Gillespie to ground out. he then walked Jose Garcia and Alexi Ramirez hit a double.
Charlie Culberson dive after Alexi Ramirez’s double.
Trying to tag him out at second.
A Tyler Flowers single scored Garcia to tie the game at 1. The White Sox would take the lead 2-1 a few batter’s later when Ramirez scored on a Adam Eaton single.
In the second D.J. LeMahieu hit a single with 1 out and scored on a Charlie Blackmon single to tie the game at 2.
Blackmon and Eric Young at first after the game tying single.
Wilin Rosario take a big swing in the third for a fly out to right.
Carlos Gonzalez dives back to first after the Rosario out.
Cargo scored on a Nolan Arenado single to get the lead back 3-2.
The White Sox would once again take the lead in the 5th inning when Gillaspie hit a single scoring Eaton and Semien. The Rockies went down in order in the fifth. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th for the Rockies and worked very quick and efficiently. During one at bat he was throwing a pitch about every 10 seconds. He got a quick 3 outs all ground ball outs on 12 pitches.
Justin Morneau started the 6th with triple.
He scored on a D.J. LeMahieu double to right field.
On the play Avisail Garcia was hurt diving for the ball it looked like he caught it. But he must of lost control of the ball after hitting the ground it looked like he may have dislocated his shoulder and he was taken out of the game.
Adam Ottavino pitched the 7th for the Rockies and also had a very good inning siting down the White Sox in order on only 6 pitches including 3 to strike out Marcus Semien on 3 pitches.
The Rockies broke the tie in a big way here is Nolan Arenado scoring the second Rockies run in the 8th inning.
Stubbs (Came into game to pinch run for Morneau) and Arenado both scored on this D.J. LeMahieu double. Morneau lead the inning off with a single.
Josh Rutledge made his MLB debut for the year in the inning hitting a single to score D.J. He was called up today and Wilton Lopez was sent to Colorado Springs.
Michael Cuddyer slides into home after a Carlos Gonzalez double which he and Blackmon singled. Rutledge scored on a Cuddyer single. The Rockies took a 10-4 lead.
LaTroy Hawkins came in and pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.
Boone Logan made his Coors Debut pitching to the White Sox Paul Konerko.
Konerko grounded out to second to end the game.
The Rockies won this game 10-4 D.J. LeMahieu was the player of the game going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI.
Rex Brothers who pitched the last 2 outs in the 8th inning got the win.
That is it for the first home series of the year the Rockies went 4-2 on this home stand and have a 5-5 record heading to San Francisco and San Diego on this road trip and will be back next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
That is it for this one it has been great to be back at Coors.
Thanks, Jared for the title Idea!
White Sox Vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 5th of the Years at Coors.
Making this one short just look at the photos really did not feel like writing about this blood bath!
Franklin Morales was the batting practice pitcher for the Rockies! I mean starting pitcher for the Rockies. He pitched terrible. He gave up 6 runs on 8 hits walked 4 and struck out 3 gave up 2 home runs to Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers. He pitched 6.1 innings.
Charle Culberson turning a double play in the 1st inning getting Adam Eaton out at second and José Abreu at first.
Eric Young high fiving the crowd when heading to first base.
Tulo taking a swing during his at bat in the first.
Dayan Viciedo takes a big swing during his 2nd inning at bat.
Avisail Garcia swing for his 2nd inning home run. That gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Tyler Flowers 2 run shot 2 batters later gave them a 3-0 lead. The White sox got a 4th run in the 3rd inning.
The Rockies scored their 2nd run in the 6th Brandon Barnes scored on a Tulo double.
Tulo’s biggest fan applauds at second base after the double!
The first Rockies run was on a Michael Cuddyer solo HR in the 4th.
So when you think the pitching could not get any worse here come the relievers!!! Chad Bettis came into pitch in the 7th and did not pitch much better then Morales. Jose Abreau hit a homer off him to give the White Sox a 7-2 lead. The White Sox just destroyed Wilton Lopez in the 8th inning. He faced 10 batters in the inning and gave up 6 runs. Tommy Kanhle pitched to 1 batter Alexi Ramirez to finish the inning.
Marcus Siemen slides back to first on a Jose Abreau fly-out to right field he almost got to second where Adam Eaton was standing and did not run on the hit to right field.
They were down 15- 3 and that was the final score. The Rockies pitching gave up a total of 6 home runs. That is more home runs in the game then the White Sox hit all of batting practice.
Charlie Blackmon pinched hit in the 9th with Morneau on first and popped out to Ramirez at short to end the game.
Ramirez making the last out of the game to stop the bleeding.
On a better note looks like Tyler Chatwood should be back with the Rockies over the weekend he pitched a rehab game with the Sky Sox against the Round Rock express he went 6.1 giving up 1 run and 5 hits striking out 8. Think he could have just came back and pitched better than 3 of his counterparts that pitched this game.
That is it for this one I will recover from this blood bath and be at the Final game against the White Sox.
See You at Coors!
Chicago White Sox Vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of Series my 4th game of the year.
Before the game and after Batting Practice I took my first trip up to the new Roof Top in the right field upper deck. It was cool it was a giant bar where seats use to be at a mile above sea level. That’s about all I got on that.
To more important things there is baseball in the stadium also!
Today in BP I got my first baseball of the year it was a catch and hit by someone on the White Sox.
Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he was called up when Tyler Chatwood went on the Disabled list with a slight hamstring pull. Chatwood will be doing a rehab start with the Sky Sox within a day or 2. He had a pretty quick inning facing 3 batters and throwing a efficient 11 pitch inning 7 were to the first batter of the game Adam Eaton who grounded out followed by a Marcas Siemien fly-out to centerfield. Jose Abreau grounded out to end the inning.
Ex-Rockie Felipe Paulino started for the White Sox. He pitched about as well for the White Sox as he did for the Rockies and well that was not to great!
After getting the National League player of the week Charlie Blackmon and 2013 NL batting Champ out Cargo hit a solo shot to put the Rockies on the board. He then walked Troy Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau ended the inning by grounding out.
Jordan Lyles pitched another very good inning in the 2nd. facing the minimum amount of batters and getting a strike out.
Lyles continued to pitch well in the third and allowed his first hit in the 4th inning a single by Marcus Semien. The Rockies score a third run in the third.
Paulino was taken out of the game by White Sox manager Robin Ventura after scored another run and the loaded the base’s. The Rockies would score 3 runs in the inning to give them 6-0.
Walt Weiss would take Lyles out of the game after 7th after the White Sox scored a run and he walking Tyler Flowers. The funny thing is one batter before Walt came out and just talked to Lyles and adam Ottavino started heading in from the bullpen. Walt then walked off the mound and Ottavino went back to the bullpen! He left the game throwing 102 pitches, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Striking out 4 and walking 2. He also went 3-3 at the plate with that double in the second and a single in the 4th and 5th. He also had 2 RBI’s so he hit 1 less hit than he gave up and scored twice as much as the White Sox. I would say that was a good outing for him.
The Rockies would score an additional run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run his first of the year. To get the fans tacos and his home run count up. Now still trying to figure out where his homers are when we have runners on and we are down but hey I will take it!
After Michael Cuddyer lead off the 8th with a double he would score on a error hit by Justin Morneau to Semien at second base.
The Rockies would win this one with great Pitching by Jordan Lyles and by taking advantage of runners on base and a bad start by Paulino.
Lyles is now 2-0 on the season not bad as coming up for an injury. Interesting to see what the move will be when Chatwood is reactivated.
On the Charlie Blackmon watch he went 0-5 this game and is now batting .464.
Got 2 more at Home against the White Sox and I will be there.
See You at Coors!
West Virginia Power vs. Kannapolis Intimidators
The Power are the low single A affiliate of the Pirates and the Kannapolis Intimidators are the low A affiliate of the White Sox.
This is my 8th game on the road trip.
Since I was heading to charlotte to see my Cousins that live there I figured I would go to a game in Kannapolis I have been there before, but since I have never got a South Atlantic League Ball I knew they had a spot where you could watch batting practice and see if I could snag one so I headed out behind the field and almost immediately found a ball.
Here it is before I picked it up. So I was like great I finally got the elusive S.A.L. ball. I pick it up and it is not a S.A.L. ball but and MLB ball I than noticed that it had a logo and I just laughed…..
….because here I am 1600 miles from Denver and the first ball I find was a 20th Anniversary Rockies logo ball. Now they have been hard to come by in Denver unless you get a game ball or a toss up during practice.
So I kept searching for the S.A.L. ball and the next one I found was a Minor League practice ball. By then One of my cousins headed out and found another Minor League Practice ball still not finding a S.A.L. ball. Now the reason I have called the S.A.L. ball elusive is because of the amount of game I have seen in this league and have never got one. Many of the stadiums don’t have great availability for batting practice and I have never got a game ball from any of them and that was with seeing 3 games in Greensboro, 2 in Ashville, 1 in Lexington and the previous game in Kannapolis. So 7 games in the last 3 years and did not get one.
So I than found one and the quest for the Elusive S.A.L ball was over not even 2 minutes or so later I found a second!!!!
It was time to head in, one of the biggest differences was they had changed the stadiums name since the last time I was there. It use to be Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. It is now CMC-Northeast Stadium.
An interesting thing they do in this stadium is post the Nextel Cup standings.
Here is a view of the main building at the stadium. It is where the main entrance is, souvenir store and the stadiums suites are located! even the last time I mentioned that this stadium felt like it was in someone’s back yard which is something I like about this stadium.
Here is a link from my last game in Kannapolis.
The players cam out to warm up and after the normal stretching and throwing they broke up into groups of 4 and played pepper which is a exercise/game that was more common years ago. this is the first time I have seen it.
Braulio Ortiz throwing the first pitch to Barrett Barnes, he would hit a lead-off single.
Barnes dives back on a throw over to first base.
The second batter for the Power Dilson Herrera popped out to the Intimidators catcher Brent Tanner.
Tyler Glasnow was the starting pitcher for the Powers he is currently the #19 prospect in the Pirates organization. Besides hitting the second batter in the inning he pitched very well striking out 2 in the 1st. The Intimidators first batter Jacob May broke his bat on Glasnows first or second pitch.
May hit him self with the handle part of the bat. The trainer actually use the towel they always come out of the dugout with.
After he got back in the box he hit a soft hit that the Powers third base man fielded for the out at first.
The batter that did get on base in the inning was Tim Anderson, after getting on base he stole second!
The Powers lead off batter in the 2nd was Eric Wood.
He hit the ball to the track in center, but it was caught by Kannapolis’ center fielder Jacob May. The Power would have 2 runners in the inning. Max Moroff the second batter of the inning walked and the third Walker Gourley reached on a fielding error by the short stop Tim Anderson.
Designated Hitter Michael Johnson hitting a 2nd inning single to Eric Woods at third.
Johnson would reach base on a throw that got past the Powers first base man Walker Gourley. It was not ruled an error it was a base hit foe Johnson. He may have been able to get to second but remained at first.
Ortiz pitching with a runner on in the 3rd inning. The runner for the Power was Josh Bell who hit a single to get on base. Both teams failed to score in the 3rd. The Intimidators did have a scoring opportunity Kale Kisner reached on a single but was throw out at second trying to steal second base two batters later Tim Anderson hit a double which most likely could have scored Kisner from first or second if he did steal the base successfully. That would have given the Intimidators a 1 run lead.
Things got very rough for the Intimidators starter Ortiz in the 4th. After Max Moroff singled with one out. Walker Gourley followed that up with a single also then two batters in a row walked first, Francisco Diaz and then Raul Fortunado. The second walk brought in the Powers first run scoring Moroff from third. (1-0) Power Their second run came on a sac fly by Barrett Barnes to center and that scored Gourley. (2-0) Power. Besides the 4th inning runs Ortiz pitched well he did work himself out of a situation with 2 runners on in the 2nd and he stayed in the game through the 6th inning. After the 4th inning he came out very strong in the 5th. the first batter of the inning Josh Bell grounded out and he then struck out Jordan steranka and eric would to end the inning. He did walk the lead-off batter in the 6th but then had the second batter hit into a double play by keeping the ball low and on the ground for hits and finished the inning with his 4th strike out of the game.
Alex Power pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Intimidators. He pitched well in 7th and let up a run in the 8th. Eric Wood Scored on a Walker Gourley single. (3-0) Power
Max Moroff sliding into 3rd on the Gourley single.
Jason Coats hit into a double play with runners on 2nd and third. The Powers Dolson Herrera stepping on second and turning the throw to first.
Coats out a first.
Keon Barnum hitting a RBI scoring single.
Jacob May scoring the Intimidators first and only run in the 9th inning. Brent Tanner would ground out to end the game. The Power would win with the 3-1 score.
The Power celebrate their victory in Kannapolis. After this game they are 46-41 on the season and The Intimidators are not being to intimidating in The S.A.L with a 34- and 53 record.
That is it for this one in Kannapolis may have another game coming up this weekend before heading back to Denver for the All-Star week and Roxivus next weekend.
Till then see you around.