Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia
My 36th MLB game of the year. 42nd including Minors.
After leaving New Orleans at about 9 A.M., We were on our way to Atlanta for a 7P.M. game it is about an 8 hour drive and we lost an hour with the time zone change. We arrived at the stadium about 5P.M. Eastern time.
Lets just start this out with Wow, really like this place from the get go the staff was really nice. The screen was in center field was huge. The stadium also showed a lot about the history of the team which is the longest continues franchise in baseball.
Here was my first look at The inside of Turner Field.
A look at the outfield.
They had these signs with the different years that they won title either Division, League and their 1995 World Series win.
I found these signs interesting I am not sure what the significance or purpose of them are but they have them all over the center field area with different distances.
So we headed to left field for BP the Diamondbacks were hitting an it was not to productive. We did not get anything.
A look from behind home plate while the grounds crew prepared the field.
Before the game they have a competition, Three people had to see who could hit a golf ball closer to the pin they set up in center.
Here is the guy running with the measuring wheel.
Craig Kimbrel hit one and was closer than the contestants.
Exchanging of the line ups and going over the ground rules with the umps.
Here is a look at Turner Field from our seats in section 207. 1st Row. These were cool seats with a great line of sight to the field.
Tim Hudson throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist, who grounded out. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both hit singles before Justin Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt struck out.
Justin Upton watching the ball as it lands for a single.
Chipper Jones at third.It was great to see him play at home in his final season. It is amazing how people are coming from all over to see him play one last time. Most with signs saying where they came from and how long they have watched him play. Teenagers that don’t know what a Braves roster looks like with out the name Chipper Jones on it.
Daniel Hudson throwing to the Braves Michael Bourn, Bourn wasted no time putting a run on the board as he hit a lead off home run. (1-0) Braves. Jason Heyward than hit a single but was left on base as the next 3 batters went down in order. Including 2 strike outs. Nelson Prado and Dan Uggla.
Bourn taking the home run swing.
Chipper Jones throws over to fist for the first out of the 2nd inning. Miguel Montaro lead off the 2nd with a single. Roberts hit to Jones for this out. The Braves would get the D’backs out of the first with no runs. Daniel Hudson get into double trouble in the third 3 consecutive Braves hit double in 2nd inning. They sent 9 to the plate and scored 4 runs(5-1) Braves.
Simmons called safe at second.
In the 5th inning it was time to take to the stadium and check out the stadium and view the game from different locations around the stadium.
Hudson pitches to Josh Collmenter who came in for Daniel Hudson.
The Diamond backs turn a double play in the 5th inning.
A look from left field.
The Braves fan doing the Tomahawk Chop. Ok so when 4 drunk idiots are doing it at Coors it is annoying but when you get a stadium of Braves fans doing it is kinda cool or at least interesting!
Here is a giant piece of art depicting the history of the Braves.
Aaron Hill dive into first for a single in the 9th inning.
Atlanta had Anthony Vavaro pitch in the 9th inning it was his 4th appearance with them.
That is it for the first one from Atlanta there is 1 more in Atlanta before I head north to North Carolina for a few minor league games.
This is a really cool stadium with a lot of history, tradition and passionate fans.
Braves Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of Series
My 16th game of the Year at Coors.
Figured I would switch up the graphic and use one with the starting line up for the Braves.
It was a Sunday game which means arrive to the stadium early for a good spot in-line for Autographs. For the second Sunday in a row I forgot my ticket at home. This week I realized I forgot it on my way so I headed back to the house and got it. After I arrived I was still third in-line. So more important things who signed today? Jonny Herrera, Tyler Colvin, Edgmer Escalona and Carlos Torres. The first line I got on was for Tyler Colvin who I had sign a card. I than got on Carlos Torres’ line he was a few minutes late signing. I had him sign my Coors Field sunset photo I have been getting as many people on the team to sign. It is Coming along pretty well. Once the 4 were done I headed down towards the wall. Not long after being there, Jamie Moyer headed out of the Dugout he started over by the dugout and signed for about a half hour til he was pretty well up the right field line. He signed a card and the photo. Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario also signed at the wall.
Jamie Moyer signing for fans.
Before the game they also had one of the Little League parades. Here are a few of the little league Rockies, walking around the warning track.
Juan Nicasio tosses a ball into the crowd as he makes his way to the dugout with catcher Ramone Hernandez.
Juan Nicasio pitching to Braves lead off batter Michael Bourn. Bourn had 13 total at bats in the previous 2 games. He got 5 hits, walked twice and scored four times, with 1 RBI. This game Nicasio would strike him out to start the game. Two of the out in the inning were strike outs and looked like things were going well for the Rockies. Nicasio did hit Freddie Freeman and he was the only base runner.
Michael Cuddyer catches Martin Prado’s fly ball to right which was the 2nd out of the 1st.
Brandon Beachy was the starting pitcher for the Braves.
… but it was caught at the wall by Martin Prado.
After walking Carlos Gonzalez stole second in the first.
The Rox did give a fight starting with Giambi walking to lead of the inning. Hey got out at 2nd on a Cuddyer hit to third. Ramone Hernandez hit a single. Dexter Fowler and Juan Nicasio then bot struck out leaving Cuddyer and Hernandez on base.
The Braves scored 3 runs in the 3rd to take the lead. It was an HR by Freddie Freeman it was his second HR of the series and the first was also a 3rd. inning HR on friday night.
Adam Ottivino came in to relieve Nicasio. In the 6th inning. Nicasio did not have a great game letting up 9 hits, 5 runs, 6 runs, walked 3 and hit a batter in the first. He did also strike out 5. As he left the game it was (6-0) Braves
Yup, Still Creepy!
The Braves scored a 7th run in the 7th. The Rockies showed a little promise in the 7th scoring 2 runs sending 7 to the plate.
They did end up loosing their 3rd straight against Atlanta. Finishing the home stand 3-6. Not a good homestand.
Ramone Hernandez runs down the first base line as he make the last out of the game.
After this game they were 12-15 for the year. After a lose to the Padre on Monday. They are 6.5 back in the west and only lead the Padres by 3 games.
Well That is it for this one.