Kansas City Royals Vs. Anaheim Angels
Tempe Diablo Stadium
This was the first game of two for the day!
When we arrived at the stadium we watched a bit of batting practice which was across the parking lot from the stadium. Only one ball was hit out in about the 10 minutes or so we were out there.
“D” and Jim outside Tempe Diablo Stadium
After entering the stadium I headed down to the Royals side of the field down the 3rd base-line.
Royals out-fielder Lorenzo Cain signing autographs.
Royals Mitch Maier catches a throw during warm ups.
After a little while out there I headed over to the Angels side of the field.
View of Tempe Diablo from the 1st base line.
Former Rockie Chris Iannetta was stretching out there.
Jered Weaver long tossing with Chris Iannetta.
Newest Angel Albert Pujols takes the field.
Jered Weaver and Chris Iannetta heading to the Dugout.
Umpire Kerwin Danley Talks to Angels Coach.
Danley has 14 years MLB experience as an umpire.
Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to The Angels Erick Aybar
Tempe Diablo Stadium from behind Home-plate
I believe this is Aybar caught stealling caught stealing 3rd.
Weaver pitching in the 2nd inning.
Lorenzo Cain stepping on the plate after his 2nd inning.
A look from the berm in left center.
I-man taking a swing.
Pitching change for the Royals.
The Angels starters leaving around the 7th inning.
Later in the game behind HP a very cool usher at Tempe Diablo let us sit in seats back there. We sat there for about a inning before the game ended.
The Angels Won this game 7-4.
Iannetta went 1 for 2 with a double and 2RBI’s nice to see him settle in with the new team.
The Attn: 8589
Few more left from Spring Training including game 2 from this day The Giants vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick.
and the last game from Spring Training for me Cubs Vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick.
Phillies Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
Starting Pitchers for this game were Roy Halliday for the Phillies and Jason Hammel for the Rox.
This was Halliday’s second start at Coors Field. He is originaly from Arvada Colorado and went to Arvada West High School.
(local guy # 1)
Today during batting practice we got a view of one of the newest Rockies Alex White he was snagging baseballs in the outfield.
He is wearing # 32. He came from the Indians in the Ubaldo deal. He is on rehab assignment and will be with the double A Tulsa Drillers.
Here is Chris Nelson showing the love by tossing a ball to the fans.
After Dan caught a ball he gave it to Emily to give it away. Here she is contemplating who she will give the ball to. to quote Dan “I don’t know why she was having such a tough time giving that one away, she’s done it a hundreds of times.”
Regan Smith from Denver’s Furniture Row Racing threw out the first pitch.
(Honorary Local Guy)
He is the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Nextel Cup Series. The Furniture Row team is the only Nascar team based west of the Mississippi River. Most are based in North Carolina. He is currently rank 25th in points in his series and has recently finished 3rd at the Brickyard 500 in Indianapolis last week. He also has one win, which was at Darlington in May.
The Rockies getting ready to take the field.
Jason Hammel throws the first pitch to the Phillies Jimmy Rollins. Jason would walk Rollins and then the next 2 batters before striking out Ryan Howard. Jason threw 25 pitches in the inning 15 balls and 10 for strikes. The Phillies did score a run in the inning on a Hunter Pence sac-fly to center. (1-0) Phillies. 2 of the 3 outs Strike outs.
The Rockies would battle against Halliday in the first Eric Young Jr.would hit a lead of single, then steal second and scored on a ball that was bobbled by Ryan Howard hit by Dexter Fowler. After Howard picked it up he over threw it to Halliday who was covering first. (1-1)
EYJ scoring the Rockies first run of the game. Dexter would also score on a sac- fly to center by the Deuce (2-0) Rox.
Jason Hammel fields Roy Halliday sac bunt in the 2nd. The Phillies would score 4 in the inning. (5-1) Phillies.
Ruiz, Rollins, Victorino and Howard would all get hits. Rollins and Howards were for double accounting for 3 of the 5 runs.
Ian Stewart would lead off the second with a double and would later score on a Eliezer Alfonzo double. (5-3)
Hammel seemed to gain composure in the 3rd sitting the Phillies down in order and only throwing 11 pitches.
Fowler lead off the bottom of the third with a walk he then stole second. and would score once again on Helton single. (5-4)
Dex diving back to first after his 3rd inning lead off walk.
The Halliday would contribute offensively in the 4th with a lead off single, he would score on a wild pitch to Pence. (6-4) Phillies
The Rockies bats were not there in the 4th. Mark Ellis did lead off the inning with a single but was caught stealing at second. Alfonso and Hammel both struck out.
The Deuce turning a double play in the 5th inning. After Raul Ibanez lead of single, Wilson Valdez would hit a grounder to Ellis who flipped it to The Deuce and then to Helton. This team makes the double play look so easy and it has saved them many time during the season.
The Rockies would score again in the 5th on a Helton single scoring for the third time in the game Dexter Fowler. (6-5) Phillies
With 2 outs in the 6th the Phillies woud score 2 more runs. Ryan Howards third HR of the series score himself and Chase Utley. (8-5) Phillies
The Next responce from the Rockies was in the 8th inning when Helton hit a solo HR(8-6)
That was the Final score.
Helton rounds third after hitting his HR. It was his 12th HR of the season. and Career 345th.
The ball was hit to left field and Dan had caught it that was his 81st HR ball at Coors. This series Dan has a better highlight reel then the Rox!!!!He was also interviewed by Root Sports on Monday.
The Phillies Brad Lidge would come in to close for the Phillies in the 9th inning. To get his first save of the year. Brad is also from the area and went to Cherry Creek H.S.
(Local Guy # 2)
Well thats all I got on this one.
Heading to the Springs which will be my next post. Also will be at Coors on Sunday.
Til then Keep #44 in your Prayers. See ya around.
Philadelphia Phillies Vs. Colorado Rockies
Got shut out during BP, No big deal. Then I headed over to the 1st base line. Got this shot of
Eric Young Jr. Throwing to Dexter Fowler.
Cole Hamels Pitched for the Phillies and Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rox.
Jhoulys Chacin throwing the first pitch to The Phillies Jimmy Rollins. Rollins and Shane Victorino Both grounded out. Chase Utley was walked and Ryan Howard Flew out to end the inning. The Rockies went down in order in the Second.
Cole Hamel pitching in the 1st inning.
Hunter Pence at bat in the 2nd inning. he lead off the inning with a fly ball to center.
Hunter Pence at bat in the 2nd inning. He lead off the inning with a fly ball to center.He was just traded from the Astros. Chacin also walked a batter in the 2nd Raul Ibanez. The Phillies would not score in the inning.
Chacin threw 29 pitches in the first 2 innings.
The Deuce Troy Tulowitzki would lead off the second with aground out. Ty Wiggington would hit a single and score on a Seth Smith HR. (2-0)
Seth Smith running to home after his 2nd inning HR.
Shane Victorio being called out after being tagged out by Chris Iannetta.
The Deuce swinging wildly to foul off the pitch in the 5th inning. He would later Strike out in the at bat for the third out of the inning. In the Inning Ellis struck out for the second out. Both Ellis and Tulowitzki came up with the bases loaded. This was a situation that all they needed was a base hit for 2 runs and were swinging for the fences. I know Tulo wants to be the hero but striking out is not going to produce. I am still not familiar with Ellis swing but I know when Tulo is swinging for the fence instead of getting a hit. He defiantly was not looking for the single which would score a run or 2 which can always be needed for this team the way they have been playing of late. These runs would be very significant in the later innings.
These 2 photos are of Hunter Pence scoring the Phillies first run in the 7th inning. (2-1) Rox
Bob Apodaca comes out to talk to Chacin in the 7th inning.
Chris Iannetta crosses the plate after his 7th inning lead off HR.
Chacin remained in the game and grounded out for the 1st out. Young pop out to the catcher. Fowler would walk than be caught stealing at second with Ellis at the plate for the 3rd out of the inning.
Ty Wiggington giving Chacin some props as he left the game in the 8th. Chacin once again pitched well striking out to letting up 5 hits and 1 run. walking 2. He threw 101 pitches.
Matt Reynolds would come in to pitch to Utley and Howard. Rafael Betancourt would finish the inning.
Rafael Betancourt striking out Pence to end the 8th.
Huston Street warming up before the 9th inning.
The Rockies went into the 9th with a 3-1 lead and looked like they had the game. Huston Street would strike out Ibanez and Placido Polanco would fly out to Dex in center. street would need one strike to also K Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz would hit a double and then John Mayberry would hit a 2 run HR to tie the game in the 9th. Rollins would strike out to end the inning, Remeber those significant runs back in the 5th. That would have been the game either 4-3 or 5-3 for a Rockies win to start of the series against the Phillies. But that was not the case. The game is tied in the 9th. Smith would lead off the 9th with a single. The next 2 batters would go down in order in the 9th.
John Mayberry hitting the tieing HR in the 9th inning.
So the game headed to extra innings. Rex Brothers pitched in the 10th. Shane Victorino would lead off with a solo shot to make the score 4-3 Phillies. That’s all that was need for the Phillies the Rox came up in the 10th and went down in order to end the game. The game looked promising but end on a series of bad pitches and luck for the Rockies. So how important were those runs that did not happen in the 5th, I would say very.
That’s it for this one.
I will be at the next 2 in the series. See Ya at Coors.
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La Dodgers Vs. Co. RockiesStarting Pitchers for this game were
Jason Hammel For the Rockies and Ted Lily for The Dodgers
Like always I got to the game early for BP for this game they gave out Rockies Cooler Bags Sponsored by Coors Light. So after I entered I headed out to the pavillions like always. I got 3 Bp balls, the 1st from the Rockies that landed 2 rows behind me, so I hopped the 2 rows and got it. The 2nd was hit high and 2 sections to my left so I scurried over and got the ball as it rolled down the section. The third landed jus short of me and i hooped the row again and got that one. It was hit By Juan Uribe. These balls were #17, 18 & 19 of the year at Coors. Not to forget the 10 I have also got in the Springs(Not Counted towards my MLB avg). Which is about .80 balls caught per game attended. .8260869565217391 per game!!!
This was my 3rd 3 ball game this season and 4th 3 ball game ever. I am feeling a 4 ball game soon(I Hope)!
So after BP Zack Hample signed my copy of “The Baseball….” Today he also got 3. 1 was his 400th of the year and he finished BP @ 5066 lifetime.
As Zach and I were talking Dodgers starter Ted Lilly was getting a little running in.
I then headed over to the first place line. Here are a few photo along the way. Jason Hammel getting a couple of long tosses in before heading to the bullpen.Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta Heading into the bullpen.The Deuce, Ty Wiggington and Chris Nelson throwing during warm ups.The Bullpen staff as always heading out with the Rookie carrying the pink backpack. I think his is a Disney Princess backpack. The Rookie is Rex Brothers. Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta Heading in from warming up in the bullpen. The Rockies taking the field fro the game.
In Photo: Charlie Blackmon, Eric Young Jr. and Carlos GonzalezEric Young Jr. Fielding a Andre Ethier single in the first. Beside this single the lead off batter Dee Gordon grounded out for the first out Jamie Carroll lined out to Chris Nelson and then this single by Ethier. Matt Kemp would then ground out. The Rockie half of the inning was almost the same. Cargo Grounded out, Young grounded out and Giambi hit a single before The Deuce poped out to third.
The Deuce looking at a pitch during his at bat in the 1st.
The Dodgers got another hit in the 2nd with no result. The Rockies came up in the 2nd with fire in the eyes of Ty Wiggington who hit a lead off HR. which would be the Rockies only run of the inning. 4 of Wiggy’s last 5 HR were solo shots. He has 6 with the Rockies this season. Besides a Chris Nelson single the HR was the only other hit in the inning. Eric Young Jr. Catches a long fly ball to right field hit by Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas “Hey Rod Barajas Remember that time you were a Met”!!!
The Next runs were nt score til the 5th inning when the Dodgers tied the score 1-1
Matt Kemp diving back to 1st in the 3rd inning after he hit a single. I believe Hammel threw to first 4 times during James Loney’s at bat.
Don Mattingly goes to the mound Lily got into trouble in the 6th inning. Charlie Blackmon hit off a single to lead of the inning. Iannetta would then walk Jonny Herrera would pinch hit for the pitcher spot. cargo then walked. The Dodgers brought in Blake Hawksworth who got them out of the inning. Herrera pinched hit for Matt Reynolds who was brought in after Jason Hammel left in the 6th with tightness in his lower back.
In the 6th inning the Dodgers would score 3 runs in the inning. making the score 4-1 Dodgers. They would also score 3 runs in the 7th on a bunch of hits and good fundemental baseball.
The rockies would make a game of it in the 8th Cargo lead off with a double young hit a single, Giambi would walk to load up the bases for the Deuce who also hit a single scoring Cargo and Eric Young Jr. 7-3 Dodgers. A Wiggington would then fly out to center and Seth Smith hit a 1 run pinch hit triple to score Giambi and The Deuce. 7-5 Dodgers. Blackman then hit a single scoring Smith and the Rockies would Come within 1 run of the Dodgers 7-6 at the end of the inning.
The Deuce Running to first after hitting his single in the 8th, that scored Cargo and EYJ.
The Dodgers responded in a big way in the bottom of the 9th scoring 4 more runs making the score 11-6. Once again proving that fundemental baseball works for scoring runs. This latly has been a important thing that the Rockies have been having trouble with this last few weeks. When they do play for the hit instead of the long ball the Rockies score runs when they fall behind and start over swinging they become very unproductive.
The Rockies Would Score a single run in the 9th with 2 outs. After Cargo lead off with a double he was called out after Eric Young Jr. hit a very hard ball back to the Dodgers pitcher and Cargo was doubled up after running off 1st. If it got past the pitcher he most likely would of scored. Giambi would then hit a single and would score on Wiggington 1b. Nelson would then walk and Blackman would hit a fly to Tony Gwynn Jr. that he made a fantastic catch for the final out.
The Rockies finished this four game series sunday afternoon See You There!!!!
Once again thanks to the undisclosed person who lets me sit down low to get some of these photo’s.
NY Mets Vs Colorado Rockies
This little guy was hanging out by the rockpile gate when I arrived. I arrived about 45 minutes before the gates opened and was the first person in.
After heading in I ran straight for the pavillions for batting practice. It started a little slow and I did not get anything from the Rockies. With in the first few minutes of Mets BP I picked up my first ball that rolled landed in a section with out many people. Then I got my second on a catch. I also caught the last ball of BP off the Mets, it was the first BP that I had gotten 3 bp balls from a single team and the third time I have gotten 3 balls in a single BP. That is 4 for the series all four from the Mets but I have always done well when the Mets have been in town.
So once again I headed to the Mets side of the field for autos. I headed down with a couple of friends I knew from NY who had never been down to the wall before. I ended up getting a Jose Reyes card signed. The above photo is of the Rockies during the National Anthem.
Ike Davis and David Wright throwing before the game.
Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie during warm ups
The Rockies Take the field to start the game. The Starters for this game was Jason Hammel for the Rox and Mike Pelfrey for Da Mets!!!
Jason Hammel Pitching to the lead off batter Jose Reyes who hit a double.
It took a while for Hammel to settle in after letting up a hit to Reyes, Daniel Murphy hit a single David Wright got out and Carlos Beltran was walked. Ike Davis would hit a single and score both Reyes and Murphy.
Jason Hammel pitching to Jason Bay, with Ike Davis on 1st and Carlos Beltran on 3rd. He would then strike out Bay and the catcher Ronny Paulino to end the inning. The Rockies would go down in order in the 1st.
Mike Pelfry pitching to Dexter Fowler.
Carlos Gonzalez taking a strike. It is time to play where is the ball in the photo!
The 2nd inning Hammel seemed to settle down very well striking out the first batter Jason Pirdie. Pelfry would ground out and Reyes hit one to Seth Smith to end the inning.
The Rox would come up in the second and The Deuce would lead off the inning with a solo shot to right. Helto would grund out and the Seth Smith would hit a solo shot of his own to tie the game 2-2.
The Deuce heading to third after his 2nd inning lead off Homerun.
2 Batters later Seth Smith doing the same.
The 3rd inning both teams went down in order Hammel struck out Wright and Pelfry struck out Dex. In the 4th inning jaso Hammel was hit in the leg by a Ronny Paulino grounder which got him on base and would later score on a Mike Pelfry double. Yes, you did read that correct the pitcher got a double. 4-2 Mets. Hammel did complete the inning but did not pitch as well after being hit.
This is the coaches and trainers checking out Hammels leg.
Taking a practice throw while Manager Jim Tracy and Bob Apodaca look on to evaluate if he was ok to stay in the game.
In the 6th inning Cargo hit a solo HR of his own. Which was his first at Coors this year. Hopefully this is the end of his hitting slump. 4-3 Mets.
THEN THE RAINS CAME
In The 7th With 2 out Dexter Fowler was at the plate when it started to pour he had 2 balls 2 strike when the rain delay was called all in all it was a 50 something minute at bat.
Dexter right before he waits for the last pitch.
Mike Pelfry throws the last pitch to Dexter Fowler.
The Coors Field growns crew pulling the tarp.
After a while they removed the tarp and it was time to play ball once again. During the rain delay I hung out under the Rockpile knowing it was going to be less crowded then the concource. Then we headed back to our seats or should I say where we were sitting. While I was down at the wall before the game one of my friends ran into someone he worked with who had 2 tix in section 142 so I stayed their figuring I would leave when the section filled in since my seats where just a few sections away. Well the section did not fill in, so I watched the full game from there.
After the delay Dexter Fowler returned to the plate and fouled a ball of his knee and then Ryan Spilbourghs pinch hit for him. Coming up with the count Dex left before the rain delay. He then walked but was left on base when Jonny Herrera struck out.
Matt Lindstrom pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies
After Ingringhaus pitch for the Mets after the rain delay, Tim Byrdak came in to pitch in the 8th.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez pitches to Jason Giambi in the 9th
second basmen Justin Turner throws to Daniel Murphy for the final out of the game the Mets won 4-3. Turner came in when Ike Davis Colided with David Wright turning his ankle. Daniel Murphy went to 1st and Turner played 2nd.
It was along night at Coors Between a rough loss and a rain delay. The 3rd game of the series has been also delayed 1 day as of now and is scheduled for the 12th at 1:10. Hopefully I will make it but I am scheduled to work. Maybe it will be delayed long enough so I can get their after 2 to see the game. If not then I will be at sundays game against the San Diego Padres.
NY Mets Vs. Colorado Rockies
This game I got to the stadium even earlier than normal. Gary X and I showed up about 1 O’Clock to see if we would be able to get some autographs out by the players parking lot no Rockies stopped. The only autograph I was able to get was former rockies relief pitch Taylor Bucholtz. NY Met Jose Reyes took a taxi to the field and was dropped off at the gate but did not head over
After about an hour and a half there we headed up to get our tickets neither of us had tix for this game previously. Then we headed to gate E to head into the stadium. When the gates opened we headed for the outfield to try to snag some BP balls. It was kind of a slow batting practice not to much was hit out I had a shot at one of the Rockies that I think went threw my glove or tipped of the top. Then I got a bouncer off the track during the Mets BP. Within about a minute of getting that ball I noticed Mookie Wilson signing autographs by centerfield so I headed over and had him sign the ball it was realy cool meeting him since I grew up a Mets Fan during the mid 1980’s. You may remember Mookie Wilson was the player who hit the slow roller to Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. After BP I changed up alittle bit and headed to the Mets side of the field to see if I can get some autos since the Rockies haven’t signed much before games this season. Only a Mets coached signed but I did not get his autograph. Geoff also headed over to the Mets side to try to get a ball signed that he caught last season. The ball was hit by David Wright and it was his 143rd career HR. Neither of us got any autographs.
Mets Catcher Josh Thole heading to the Bullpen.
The hosers from the opposite side of the field.
Rockies Jhoulys Chacin long tossing in the outfield before the game.
Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie, 1st baseman Ike Davis and Shortstop Jose Reyes during warm ups.
Jose Reyes taking some swings during warm ups.
A look at the Rockies during the National Anthem
Another look across the field
Looks like the Mets have pinkies also. Having the Rookie member carry a pink backpack to the bullpen. The Rockies have them also do this usually with a Dora the Explora backpack.
Tonight my seats where at the top row of the pavillions but I stopped and chatted with Judy and Anna who had seats in section in the 2nd row of 152. This is a photo of the Rockies heading to the field.
Chacin throwing to Jose Reyes in the first inning, Reyes tried to bunt on this pitch but unsuccesfully. He ended up grounding out to Chacin. in the 1st the Mets went down 1,2,3. The Rockies 1st looked promising, Dex leadoff with a walk. Followed by a Herrera single then Cargo’s batting woah’s countinued when he struck out. The Deuce did hit a single then Helto hit into a double play. The Mets sent 5 batters up in the 2nd resulting in no runs and Chacin iwho did not have his best performance walk 2 in the inning. Both teams went down in order in the 3rd.
Jose Reyes grounds out to Jonny Herrera in the 3rd inning.
Cargo makes a catch in the 4th inning of a David Wright hit to left center.
The game was very uneventful for most of the game the first run wasn’t scored until the 5th inning. Chris Iannetta lead off the 5th with a double. Ian Stewart stuck out Chacin growneded out to short. With 2 outs Dex hit a single scoring the Iman from 2nd. Herrera the ended the inning with a hit to the Mets 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy that got Dex out at 2nd.
The Mets would responed with a run of their own 6th. When Carlos Beltran lead off with a walk and later scored after a very sloppy inning by the Rox Chacin walked 2 in the inning andIan Stewart had a throwing error to first which pulled Helton off the bag. Chacin managed to get out of the inning that could of been alot worse. That run tied the game at 1 of piece.
Then after a Seth Smith ground out to 2nd Chris Ianneta stepped to the plate with the swing he has when he is trying to accomplish something. The Mets have seen this swing before when he hit a walk off against them last year at Coors. Well this year it wouldn’t be a walk off HR but a game winning HR in the 7th. Making the game 2-1 Rox and that was all that was uneeded for the night. The Mets went down in order in the 8th and 9th.
Chacin ended up pitching 6 and the bullpen back him up well for the last 3. Reynolds and Belise got threw the 7th well and Bettancourt was on his game in the 8th.
Jason Pridie catches a Ian Stewart fly to center in the 7th.
Taylor Buchholz heading to the mound for his first appearance since leaving the Rockies late last season.
Taylor Buchholz pitching to Dexter Fowler in the 8th inning.
Heading to the mound in the 9th inning
The Deuce making the final out of the game hit by Daniel Murphy. Diving after the graound ball then got up to throw it to Helton for the final out of the game and the Rockies won 2-1.
The Rockies running to the field to celabrate their win. Love the Iman fist pump.
Once again the Rockies Fans celabrate at the Root sports post game desk. Gary X and I got to toss out the T-Shirts for Helmer again i was late so Gary threw out most of them but left one for me to toss out.
This guy definatly has the best hair of the game. Tottally forgot his name but see himm at a lot of games.
Tom Helmer firing up the crowd.
Banner Jack was out celabrating the win this night also. It was cool to learn he is also from NY when I watched the replay of the game later that night.
After the game Gary X and I headed out to the players exit and Ian Stewart stopped to sign a few for the fans out there. It was cool of him to stop glad to see him back and would love to start hitting like the 2009 Ian Stewart. As i write this he is hitting .064 for the season and has already been down to Triple AAA, where he was totally Rocking in his games with them.
Well thats it for this one. Check back for Mets game 2 and possible the rain postponed game 3 if I can get out of work!!! Also maybe the lost may 1st post will magicly appear. sometime soon some great photos in that one with a special guest photographer who will that be? bTill then See you at Coors.
Cubs Vs. Rockies
Starting Pitchers: Jason Hammel for the Rockies, Casey Coleman for Da Cubs.
The crowd asking or screaming for baseball from Cubs players. Hunter just got one!
Today I had access to the front row did not catch anything once again not haveing a good year for snagin’. Hunter the D’s son has 4 more than me in 3 less game way to go. The catch is I can’t ask players for them I need to catch them on my owns as well as the rest of us adults that are having a rough year!
Ty Wiggington before the game heading out to the field.
Ian Stewart stretching or trying to audition for a medic alert commercial not sure. “My batting average has fall and I can’t get on base” after this game he was batting .080 2 for 25 in 11 games this season.
The Deuce catching a throw from Stewart.
Today was Dingers 17th birthday, So they celabrated it by spraying him silliy string in the pavilions and his father Dug was there to share in the celabration.
The Norad & US Northcom Leaving the field after the National Anthem.
An Here it is The BNW….
…to show off my mad photo skillzs!!!!
Took this as i was heading to my seat. For this game I sat up in the Rockpile with “D” and The lil’ Ranter Hunter.
Jason Hammel throwing the first pitch to the Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro for a strike Castro would end up hitting a single, but Hammel would end up striking out 2 and getting a Darwin Barney to fly out. He pitch 22 pitches in the 1st. The Rox went down in order in the 1st with Dex striking out, Herrera flewout to center and Giambi grounded out to second.
Here is a look at Coors from the Rockpile.
The Cubs would score 1 run in the top of the 1st from a Alfonso Soriano double which scored Castro. The Rox would respond with 1 of their own. The deuce lead off with a triple, he then scored on a Seth Smith sac fly to center.
Cubs outfielder crashes into wall on the Deuces triple to the wall to lead of the second.
The Deuce heading to third with his stand up triple.
Jason Hammel pitching to Carlos Pena. After the 3rd it was time to wander a little so we headed to the concource to get some closer photos.
Seth Smith rounding first on his way to second for his lead off double in the 4th inning.
Ty Wiggington after the ball plunked him in the left elbow.
The Deuce throwing to Jason Giambi for a 6,2 ground out of Cubs Marlon Byrd.
The Cubs would score a run in the 5th and 6th inning. keeping the game well in reach for a Rockies comeback. In the 6th Hammel hit Ramirez to start off the inning, maybe a little pay back for Coleman hitting Wiggington in the 4th and Giambi in the 5th Hmmm. Or was it just an elaborate plan to get Pena to hit into a double play as he did. Then it was followed up by a Alfonso Soriano Solo HR . The Cubs now up 3-1.
Speaking of Byrd’s Dex come in for a landing at second for his lead off double in the bottom of the 5th inning. he would be strande there as the Rox scored no runs in the 5th.
In the seventh the Rox brought in Felipe Paulino who got (for the lack of a better explanation) shelled by the Cubs. He let up 4 hits including 3 run HR to Castro making the score 6-1 Cubs. He also walked Pinch hitter Blake Dewitt one batter before the homer.Not quite a stellar performance. Just to shake things up a little more they went to the bullpen once again and brought in Franklin Moraleswho let up 2 hits scoring 2 runner which was left on base by Paulino now 8-2 Cubs.
seth Smith can only watch the ball head to the Rox bullpen onSoriano’s solo HRin the 5th.
Chris Iannetta grounding out in the 6th.
Cubs third base coach Ivan De Jesus stops Koyie Hill at 3rd in the top of the 7th. Hill would be one of the 5 runs to score in the inning.
Kosuke Fukdome one of the coolest names in baseball hits a single in the 7th. he was the 9th batter that inning and the Rox faced 10.
The Rockies did score 2 in the 8th.on a Iannetta HR. That was all the runs the could get this game and they lost for only the 3rd time this season. Their record is now 11-3.
I first questioned the use of Paulino and Morales but then relized that the were saving the bullpen knowing that Alan Johnson would be making his MLB debut and starting the sunday game against the Cubs which they would need some of their stronger arms if he gets in trouble early in the game. Hammel went 6 innings letting up 3 runs 6 hits striking out 3.
Still one more game to go in this Cub Series and then the World Champ Giants come to Coors for a 3 days series.
Til Next time see you at Coors!!!!
Cubs Vs. Rockies
Starting Pitchers: Chacin for the Rox, Garza for the Cubs
Kinda a slow day in Batting Practice, But 1 of the few hit out by the Cubs my friend Mike Murphy caught it was his first ball ever and it was a great catch.
Like always we headed over to the first baseline. Jhoulys Chacin long throwing in the outfield.
The Rockies starters warming up.
Jonny Herrera throwing to Jose Lopez and Todd Helton
If you noticed the 42’s on all the uniforms, It was because it was Jackie Robinson Day.Every year MLB has every player wear #42 on this day. It is the only number retire in the entire league for all teams. Except for the Yankees Mariano Rivera because he had the number before the league retired it. This day the Rockies and all of the Major League baseball teams commerate Robinson for being the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in 1947.
The starting line up during the National Anthem.
Jhoulys Chacin Throwing first pitch to the Cubs Starling Castro for a Strike. Chacin pitched a quick 1,2,3 inning. Catro Grounded out, Barney K’d and the 3rd out was hit to Helton for a unassited out. The Rox went down with Garza striking out Fowler and Gonzalez and Herrera grounded out. The Cubs started the 2nd with a lead of single by Ramirez the chacin got his 2nd strike out of the game then allowed a second single to Soriano who was double up on a 4,6,3 double play hit by Colvin.
In the top half of the 2nd Umpire Jerry Layne was hit by a Carlos Pena line drive in the right shine. It look a lot worse then it was and he did come out of the game.
He did walk off the field on his own. The remaining 3 ump’s completed the game Minor League style.
The Rockies second was the most eventful of the game and pretty much all that was needed Tulo and Helto both hi singles. Garza then walked Seth Smith to load the bases and Iannetta hit a triple to deep to centerfield it was thrown into the cubs dugout and Iannetta also scored 4-0 Rox. Lopez did strike out between the Smith walk and the Iannetta triple. The Rockies sent 9 batters to the plate in that inning.Lopez, Chacin and Cargo where the outs.
The Deuce Tulo scores first run of the game off the Iannetta triple.
Helton score with Seth Smith close behind 3-0 Rox
Iannetta scoring the 4th run after the bad throw to 3rd.
Chacin grounding out in the bottom half of the 2nd inning for the 2nd out.
A look towards homeplate slightly after sunset Coorsfield has some of the best view during sunset. Definatly makes sitting sitting in the upperdeck worth it. Between the sunsets you see from rightfield to the reflected light on the clouds after the sunset it make for a great experience.
Looking to the mountains to the west. With a cool lens flare.
Not much happened between the bottom of the 2nd til the bottom of the 5th when Jonny Herrera scored on a Todd Helton double which was Helton’s 528th career double, which has him by himself 33rd on the all time list for double. 1 more will tie him with Al Oliver, 5 more will tie him with H.O.F Yankee Lou Gehrig for 32nd on the all time list.
Helton stepping on 2nd for double 528
Jhoulys Chacin pitch a shutout for his first career complete game. He struck out 7, walking 1, letting up only 6 hits. Also pitched 4 innings facing only 3 batters. Chacin is money for the Rockies and I hope he continues pitching like this and has a break out year. Chacin has great controll and nasty movement on his pitches. He is 3 and 0 for the season with 14 strikeouts, pitched 114 pitches and a 1.64 ERA.
It was the Rockies 7th win in a row and they now have a 11-2.
More posts to follow from the Cubs series
Dodgers Vs. Rockies
Starters: Hammel for the Rox
Billingsley for Dodgers
Before the game the Colorado Rapids soccer team celabrated their MLS Championship with the Rockies fans, Yes Colorado has a Soccer team and yes they won it all last year.
The Rapids brought along some hardware The MLS Cup.
Dinger was having fun with the whole soccer theme before the first pitch.
The Colorado Rapids Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni
Championship MVP Connor Casey, Connor Scored the game tieing goal in the final game.
Right Pablo Mastroeni Left Connor Casey throwing the first pitch.
For more on the Colorado Rapids and Schedule http://www.coloradorapids.com/
Thanks to Mary and the Ushers that allowed me to be fieldside for this.
Now I Belive their was a Baseball Game!!!!!
Like always the hosers were there!!!!!
Behind the Rockies Dugout during the National Anthem
Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta heading to the field
Rockies taking the field for the last game of this homestand
Jason Hammel throwing first pitch to the Dodgers Rafael Furcal. Furcal would get out, then Casey Blake hit a single and Andre Either would hit into a 3,6,3 double play a unconventional DP but executed perfectly by Helton and the Deuce.
The Rockies had a very aggresive first inning dispite Fowlers groundout to Dodgers first baseman James Loney.
Seth Smith was batting second this game
in this photo he takes a pitch for a ball, But a few pitches later he rips one to the outfield for a double.
Smith rounding first and heading for second. Cargo hit a Double of his own scoreing Smith for the first run of the game. After The Deuce popped out to short, Helton walked and Lopez hit in Cargo from second this brought the Rox up 2-0. Lopez has been a great addition to the team so far batting .364 at this point with a homerun. We will miss Barmes but I think this may pan out for the best.
Cargo taking a pitch for a strike
Seth Smith scoring the Rox first run after the Cargo Double.
Jose Lopez during his at bat in the 1st inning.
The Dodgers Matt Kemp lead off the second inning with that very Familiar 6,3 groundout. Followed by a James Loney solo Homerun that was hit one section to the left from where I was standing. After Uribe and Paul both GO I headed up to my seat in 307.
The Rox second started with a Chris Iannetta walk followed by a Jason Hammel Sac Bunt.
The inning ended by a Smith and Fowler each striking out.
The Dodgers would score 3 runs in starting off with a Rod Barajas HR which was caught by Dan. Nice Catch! Hey Rod Barajas remember that time you were a Met!!! Then got 2 more on a few walks and hits. Hammel had his notorious bad inning but got out of it a lot better then in the past the Dodgers were up 4-2 and then the Rox came up for the bottom half of the 3rd.
With Cargo leading off with a walk and a Tulo’s first hit that was not a HR Todd Helton stepped to the plate he hit a 3 run HR. that bounce off the top of the auxilary scoreboard in rightfield. Scoring 3 runs and the Rox taking the lead back from the Dodgers 5-4 Rockies.
Fans reacting to the Helton Homer as it bounces past them. You can see the ball over the first row third seat in.
After Hammel faced 4 batters in the forth the Rox came up and scored 2 more in the bottom of the 4th. On the Deuces third homer of the season and third consecutive game with a HR. 7-4 Rox.
The rest of the game was somewhat uneventful with only the Dodgers scoring 1 in the 8th. Hammel pitched 5 letting up 6hits, 4 runs, 2 homers, walking 3 and striking out 2.
Morales came in for the 6th and 7th. Facing 7 batters striking out 2 in the 2 innings. Lindstrom pitched the 8th letting up a DB to Kemp who later came around to score. 7-5 Rox which would end up being the final score.
Street closed the game in the ninth, letting up 2 basehits to Barajas and Carrol. He then retired Furcal with a flyout to left and ended the game with 2 incredible strike outs. First to Dodgers pinch hitter Gimenez and then Either for the final out of the game.
Huston Street strikes outs Andre Either for the final out of the game.
Rockies win 7-5 and are now 4-1 on the season. After this game they headed to Pittsburgh. The first game they won, The Deuce hit another HR in that game. Making it 5-1 on the season then friday night the played a 14 inning marathon which they lost. 5-2 on the season and one of the best starts for the Rox in their history. As I am writing this the Rox are 6-2 on the season after yesterdays win against the Pirates.
On Wenesday during Batting Practice I finally got my first ball of the year at Coors a bouncer of the track hit by the Rockies. Then went on to catch to clean on the fly off the Dodgers. making it three balls for the year. This was only the second time I got 3 and also only the second time I got balls from both the Rockies and the visiting team.
My take on the day the top 2 were from the Dogers the bottom was the first of the year from the Rox.
Thanks for taking a look. Go Rockies. I am the Rox Addict and I will see you at Coors on Friday when the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs.
Now for the creative shot of the game to show off my made photo skillzs!!!!
and for the first time not in BNW “Roberts Glove”
Rox: Jhoulys Chacin
Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
After a shutout BP where I still have not caught a ball making me 0-3 games this season which is a slight slumb when snagin’. We then headed over to the 1st base line to see if we could get a auto or 2. I only got a Ryan Spilbourghs on a Ticket stub from a game last year that he Cargo and Seth Smith hit Back to Back to Back Homers against the Diamondbacks on May 27th.
The L.A. Dodgers and Rockies this is the new LCD board under the Mountain Ranch Club.
Jhoulys Chacin heading to the Bullpen for his start.
The Deuce stretching before the game
The Rockies during the National Anthem
Spilli signing autographs before the game.
Today I sat in section 153 with Gary and Lil’ X
Here’s the Rockies taking the field against the Dodgers.
Jhoulys throwing the first pitch to the Dodgers Rafael Furcal. furcal would go 0-4 this game grounding out at each at bat. Chacin pitched a really good game letting up 5 hits, striking out 3 holding the Dodgers to no runs in 7 innings. 2 of the strike outs were in the4th against Uribe and Barajas.
Now normaly I would not post so many photos of one play but this is a double play in the second inning. The ball was hit by Uribe to Wiggington at third Lopez gets Loney out at second throws to Helton to get Uribe incredible play.
Hey Rod Barajas, Remember that time you were a Met!!
Rod Barajas as a catcher for the Mets Last April
In the 4th someone finally got a hit ! After going 0-9 He hit a big one for a Homerun.
The Deuce Troy Tulowitzki rounding the bases after his 4th inning homerun. Which raised his batting avg. to .100 Whoooo Hoooo.
The 4th inning Homerun by the Deuce was the first run of the game. The Rox also scored a run in the 5th when Chris Iannetta also hit a solo Homerun. Then they went on to score in the 6th. With Dex hitting a lead off 2b, he later scored on a Lopez single. making the score 3-0 Rockies. the Rockies after this game are now 2-1 for the 2011 season Jhoulys got the win and Street jith the save.
Huston Street pitching to the last batter of the game in the 9th inning. Much better pitching performance from Street this game 3up 3 down and he did it in under 15 pitches. Way to go Huston !
Like usually we headed over to the Root Sports post game desk to celabrate the victory.
Tom Helmer, The Cowboy Tracy Ringolsby and George Frazier at the post game desk.
Once again great night hangin with the Rantics @ Coors.
See you at Coors.
Thanks to everyone who checked out the 5 additions of this post that were posted incomplete with out my knowing.