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The first 2 against the Padres: Pitching Battles and baffles.

5-16/17-2014

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies

My 18th and 19th games of the season

 

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Due took lake of photos and time I am doing a combined post for these 2 games against the Padres.

The first was a pitching battle Between Rockies Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and the Padres and former Rockies Eric Stultz.

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Jorge De La Rosa throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. Who he struck out after Evereth Cabrera ground out he would also strike out Chase Headley.

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Eric Stulzs the did start to bad either he got Charlie Blackmon to ground out, Drew Stubbs struck out and Troy Tulowitzki flew out to right field.

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After 3 complete hitless inning for both the Rockies and the Padres Stubbs got a ball down the 3rd base line for a double to break up the No-No for Stultz. The Padres did have 2 base runners in the 2nd Carlos Quentin walked and he got out at second on a Cameron Maybin hit ball which was a fielder choice and Maybin got on first. He would make the third out after a bad jump on a stolen base attempt and end the inning.

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Stubbs making the turn at first with Eric Young giving him the O.K. to head to second.

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Jorge continued to pitch very well in the 4th still facing the minimum amount of batter to this point 12 up 12 down not with out a base runner but with no hits. The Rockies put together a few hits in the 5th and Jorge got on base because of a Jedd Gyorko error scoring Jordan Pacheco from third to contribute to his cause and get the Rockies on the board 1-0. He did hurt his leg a little running out the play but was O.K. and remained in the game.

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 Jorge continued is reign over the Padres through 6 innings. Bud Black removed Stultz in the 7th after Blackmon hit a single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. 2-0 Rockies.

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Nick Vincent came in for the Padres instead of throwing a pitch is first throw was to first base.

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Yonder Alfonso missed the ball and the ball bounced around in foul territory and Blackmon advanced to second.

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Denorfia broke up Jorge’s No-No in the 7th with a double. That was the only hit that Jorge would give up till a single by Todd Hundley in the 8th and he was then removed from the game by Walt Weiss.

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After arguing a strike 3 call in the 8th someone missed his first half inning of the year. Nolan Arenado was tossed from the game.

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LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th with a slight bit of drama Denorfia started the inning with his 2nd double of the game and only the third hit for the Padres of the game. He later scored Headley single but the Rockies still had a 3-1 lead the third run was in the 8th. tulo scored after a lead off single.

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Cameron Maybin strikes out to end the game and the Rockies won 3-1. What a great game to watch if you are into great pitching and a low amount of hits which does cut down on action and photos because well how many shots can you get of the pitcher pitching!

Now the second game of the series was not as great from the pitching side of things.

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Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and started with a 5-0 record for the year and has pretty much been the Rockies best starter this year. The Padres decide to prove other wise after a strike out to Denorfia he walked Cabrera and Seth Smith who started for the Padres today in right field. The second out was also a strike out this one to Headley but Alfonso hit a double scoreing both of the walk recipients and giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The first half inning was played with a pretty good rain coming down.

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It cleared up in the bottom of the 1st and Robbie Erlin started the game for the Padres Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a typical Charlie Blackmon lead off a single with a head first dive into first base. He would get doubled up at second on a Stubbs hit. Then Tulo hit a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board 2-1 Padres.

Now this game I was just extremely tired and did not photograph too much only taking 65 photos all game and considering most of them were the 5 or 6 of each pitcher who started it really was not that many. The Padres continued the 2 run trend in the 2nd and 3rd inning to give themselves a 6-1 lead. Lyles only pitched 3 1/3rd innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Walking 6 striking out 3. he just did not have his stuff tonight and could not find the strike zone. This is what really baffled me because he has been such a consistent and effective pitcher at home and on the road. Patrick Saunders from the post did tweet during the game that Lyles kept looking at his fingers so I wonder if it was a bad grip due to a blister or something to that extent.

The bullpen did do a pretty good job the remainder of the game Chris Martin who pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies did give up a 2 run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quinten. But Tommy Kahnle finished the 4th and pitched the complete 5th. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th.

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Bud Black removed starter Erlin in the 6th and once again went with Nick Vincent.

The Rockies did get a run in the 4th and 5th off Erlin. Stubbs lead off the 4th with a single and scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly and Justin Morneau after a lead off double scored a Pacheco single in the 5th. After 5 it was 6-3 Padres.

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The Rockies scored 2 more in the 6th on a Gonzalez double scoring Stubbs and Tulo to bring the game within 1 run. The Padres still had a 6-5 lead.

Remember the 2 run home run given up by Martin in the 8th well that gave the Padres a 8-5 lead and that was also the final score.

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The Padres won this one and the series is split 1-1 with 1 more to go on Sunday!

That is it for these 2 I will be at Coors Sunday as well see you there Go Rockies!

5 for 5 for #5 and Arenado keeps the streak alive.

5-6-2014

Rangers vs. Rockies

Game 2of series

My 17th at Coors this year

 

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Another bad batting practice today. Did have a few by me and one knocked out of my glove by a bare hand idiot. This is just something that drives me crazy because you rarely see them actually catch the ball and usually it deflects off there hand and hits someone else. This guy did end up with the ball because after he smacked at it   bounce a row behind me and 2 behind him, I duck once it got deflected and he dove over the seats. It was not a bad day for autographs a bunch of guys signed and I got a Brandon Barnes card signed.

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Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. he got the first 2 rangers batters out and then gave up a 1 run home run to Andre Beltre to give the Rangers a 1 run lead.

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The first out of the game was a ground out by Chin Soo Choo to Charlie Culberson who made the start at second.

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Prince Fielder struck out to end the inning.

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Robbie Ross Jr. Started for the Rangers.

Charlie Blackmon hit a lead off home run for the Rockies to tie the game in the first.

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Tulowitzki would get hit by this pitch to get on base. Carlos Gonzalez would hit a single top get Tulo to third.

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Nolan Arenado was looking to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. This streak dates back to the White Sox series during the first home stand of the year.

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This at bat he flew out to right field and Tulo scored from 3rd. to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.

Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game and pitched well. He did pitch till the 5th inning and had thrown 88 pitches in 5 complete innings. Which is over 17 pitches per inning.  He control was the issue he only gave up 2 hits. He did walk 5 batters and only struck out 1 batter. The Rangers did only get 1 run on the Beltre homer in the 1st.

The Rockies did get a single run in both the 3rd and 5th inning. Drew Stubs lead off the 3rd with a single and scored on  a Cargo single. It was his second hit of the game. The 5th inning run was also started with a Stubbs hit this time a double and scored single by Cargo to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead. This was Cargo’s 3rd hit of the game.

The Rockies bats really came alive in the 6th not that they were not hitting the first 5 innings, but in the 6th 7 of the 9 Rockies in the line up had a hit and most also had an RBI or scored.

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Brandon Barnes was the first base runner of the inning. He hit a single and advanced to second on a error at first base.

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Charlie Blackmon hit a double scoring him for the Rockies first run of the inning. Drew Stubbs got the second out of the inning a ground out to third then the hits really started coming Tulo hit a double followed by a single by Cargo. Nolan Arenado was walked, Justin Morneau, Charlie Culberson, Jordan Pacheco hit a single his second at bat and the runs kept coming with the men on base. Barnes hit a single his second trip to the plate. In total they had 8 hits and scored 6 runs. The Rockies had a 10-1 lead.

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Drew Stubbs decided that 9 run lead wasn’t enough in the 7th and hit a lead off home run. Cargo hit his 5th hit of the game a ground rule double of the fence in left center.

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Followed by a Arenado double to score the 1212 Rockies run of the game and extend his hitting streak to 26 games.

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Arenado rounding first heading to second as Choo gets the ball in the left field corner.

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Matt Belisle came in and pitched the Rockies, he gave up 2 hits and walked Elvis Andrus to load the bases. Both hits and walk came with 2 outs, He got out of the inning when Josh Wilson grounded out.

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In an interesting twist the Rangers used Mitch Moreland to pitch he is and infielder and has been the DH this year for them. he was probly the best pitcher for the rangers all game he had the first 1,2,3 inning of the game in the 8th inning. IMG_3442This is a look of the second pitch he threw to Jordan Pacheco.

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Andre Beltre sends one deep to center with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

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Here are just some batting #’s :

Cargo went 5 for 5, 3 RBI’s

Tulo 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch, 1 RBI

Stubbs 3 for 4 a triple away from the cycle, 1 RBI

Pacheco 2 for 4 with a walk, 1 RBI

Barnes 2 for 2 in the 6th inning as a pinch hitter

What a great home stand for them these bats are just on fire and pitching is keeping them in the game. I think Blake Doyle may be a big factor in the batting, because he is a teacher and was not a player who hit well. After 4 batting coaches over the last few years I think he has really helped in getting the team as a whole batting so well. It is exciting to watch this team play again and you never know who will be the guy who gets the hit in the clutch or get things going not just relying on the middle of the order. From Charlie Blackmon leading off with big hits to the bottom 3rd of the order getting things done as well.

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Marc Stout interviewing Cargo after the game.

That is it for this one the Rockies are playing the next 2 in Texas before heading to Cincinnati for 3 this weekend and then to Kansas City for 2 that I will be at.

So see you at Kaufman!!!!!

Mini road trip!

 

The Rockies take Wheeler for a spin!

5-2-2014

Mets vs. Rockies

Game 2

My 14th Coors game of the year.

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Today was another bust for me at batting practice just not doing well this year what stinks is I usually do well during Mets batting practices. Before the game I bought a Corey Dickerson bat that was broken in L.A. on April 25th by a pitch thrown by the Dodgers Jamie Wright.

IMG_20140502_190812I got that bat signed after I got another cool autograph and that was from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

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He was he because this is his last year as commissioner and he is doing a farewell tour of the parks. After he did a on field appearance  and photo ops. He with Dick Monfort headed down the tunnel behind the dugout so a few of us headed over there and he stopped and signed.

IMG_20140502_182323 I got a ball signed by him with help from Dick Monfort who told me to toss him the ball and he had it signed for me. That was very cool of him to help me out.

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Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies He gave up a lead off double to Juan Lagares who scored 2 batters later on a David Wright single. The Mets had a 1-0 lead.

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Lagares’s lead off double.

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Daniel Murphy’s first inning running error running to third before Jorge was in his wind up and got out at third for the first out of the inning !

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Corey Dickerson making his best Cargo impersonation with this great catch to get Chris Young out in the first inning.

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Zach Wheeler was the starting pitcher for the Mets. I have actually been waiting to see him pitch in person for about 2 years and this outing was not worth the wait. Charlie Blackmon lead off with a single followed by a walk by Nolan Arenado and a Tulo single.

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Here is Charlis Blackmon running home on the Tulo single to tie the game at 1.

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Tulo high five eric Young at first base after his RBI single. It is nice to see Tulo hitting and playing the way we have been expecting him to for the last few years.

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Zack Wheeler came inside on Corey Dickerson during his 1st inning at bat. The Rockies would score 4 in the inning.

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The Rockies went on and scored 2 more runs in the second and 1 in the fourth. wheeler was removed from the game after the 4th he gave up 7 hits and 7 runs. Only striking out 1 and that was Arenado to end the 4th.   Jeurys Familia  pitched the 5th and Ex Rockie Carlos Torres came into pitch the 6th and 7th for the Mets.

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Chris Martin made his Coors debut in the 7th. the Mets did score 2 runs in the 6th. Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run home run. Rox still had a 8-3 lead.

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The Rockies scored 3 in the 7th the first a lead off solo home run by Charlie Blackmon the next 2 on a series of single by Arenado, Tulo and Morneau. With his hit in the 7th Arenado has a 22 game hitting streak.

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Daniel Murphy takes a swing that was hit to the pitcher tommy Kahnle.

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He took it to the bag himself and that ended the game and the Rockies won 10-3 for the second win of the series.

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The Rockies celebrate the win and Charlie Blackmon once again was player of the game with his 3 for 5 night with 2 RBI’s and scored 3 times.

That is it for this game and the Rockies are now 10-4 at home this year. and are 1 game behind the Giants and a half behind the Dodgers in 3rd place.

So after the game I went to the players entrance and had Keith Hernandez sign a copy of his book and also a Shea Stadium baseball so it was a very good day at the ballpark for autographs.

That is it see you at Coors.