Yankees vs. Rockies
My 18th game of the season.
This was a day game and the last game of the series the Rockies have won 1 and the Yankees have won one.
I got to Coors about 9 A.M. to see if I could have any luck getting any autographs by the players entrance. A few Yankees did stop to sign I only had cards for Hiroki Kuroda so he signed 2 cards for me. It was than time for the gates to open and I headed back to my truck to drop off some stuff and get my umbrella because once again it was threatening to rain. After heading into the stadium I immediately headed to the Yankees side of the field as I was walking over Mariano Rivera came out and started signing, he had an usher get a kid and bring him to the field and he signed for him signing on the warning track. He than began signing and he did another marathon signing for 20 minutes to a half and hour.
This is the ball. It was great getting his auto and was one of the Yankees that were on this trip I really wanted. I also wanted Joe Girardi on my 1993 Rockies team photo but he was elusive this whole series. Kevin, Eric and I were waiting by the Yankees dugout before the game but it started pouring and we gave up on trying to get it.
After a few hours of trying for autographs it was time for the game Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Yankees did score a run in the 1st. Jayson Nix who was the second batter of the inning walked and later score the run on a Vernon Wells 2 out single.
C.C. Sabathia started for the Yankees. He walked Eric Young Jr. to start the game. Dexter Fowler hit to Yankees short stop Jayson Nix and EYJ was out at second and Dex got on base. He scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly to left field, Dex did advance to third on a Troy Tulowitzki hit.
Dex sliding into home.
Yankees catcher Chris Stewart missed the tag and Dex got his hand on the plate before being tagged on the back.
Nolan Arenado fields a ball an throws to second base to get Chris Nelson out at second. Nelly walked to led off the inning.
Nelly sliding into second.
Chris Stewart is safe at first on the hit.
Nolan Arenado taking a big swing sending the ball deep to left center in his 2nd inning at bat.
The ball was caught by center fielder Brett Gardner.
Nelly making a big turn at second after hitting the ball to start off the 4th inning. He did stop at second and did go on to score the second run of the game for the Yankees. (2-1) Yanks
After the Rockies at bats in the 4th the rain got real heavy.
The tarp came out and we headed into a 1 hour and 58 minute rain delay. Two very heavy rain cells came through and for the second time this series they evacuated the rockpile and upper deck.
When the game continued Adam Ottavino came out to pitch for the Rockies. Adam Warren pitched for the Yankees.
Robison Cano can only watch as Ottavino’s slider sails into the bullpen in right field for his 9th home run of the season and a 3-1 Yankees lead. Cano also hit a single in the 3rd inning which was his 1500th career hit.
That awkward moment when a pitcher gets to the mound before the manager gets to the mound to remove the previous pitcher,Boone Logan heading to the mound while Warren still had the ball. The delay was because Girardi was meeting with the Umpires because of a double switch that would put Ichiro in center field. this switch was in the 6th inning.
With the Yankees up 3-1 the Rockies would put Wilton Lopez on the mound amongst the cringe of the Coors Field crowd. This was actually a good outing for Lopez. He started the inning striking out Jayson Nix and got Cano and wells both to ground out to second to get out of the inning only facing the 3 batters. Lopez has been known to get himself in trouble and let up a few runs. He also pitched well in the 9th inning. Facing 4 batters. the only base runner was Lyle Overbay who hit a single. This was one of his best performances I have seen him pitch this year he has had single good inning but to pitch well for 2 is nice to see after a bunch of really bad outing for him.
Eric Young Jr. walked in the Rockies 8th and would get into David Robison’s head! Robinson threw to first a few times.
With the Rockies coming up in the 9th inning the Yankees released the Sandman from the bullpen for the second game in a row.
Mariano Rivera came into pitch to the Rockies he got the first 2 batters out. As much as it sucks to see him come in against your team it is truly amazing to watch this guy pitch. As much as it his great to see him pitch I would have been O.K. only seeing him pitch once this series.
Josh Rutledge would make the last out of the game grounding out to short and getting out at first. The Yankees won this one and did not need a bad call to do it this game. Overall the Rockies pitched well in this series and had a few good offensive moments. This was Rivera’s 621st save in his career. It was cool they way he treated the fanes this whole series and took a lot of time to sign for fans.
Well the Yankees would shake hands at the end of this one and take the series.
This was a rough home stand with the Rockies only winning 2 out of the s 6 games against the Rays and Yankees. After the weekend away series in St. Louis they are 2 and a half games behind the Giants with a 20 and 17 record. I did not see the Sunday game they won, but I heard that Jorge pitched a great game good to see him getting back to the way he use to pitch. Well the Rockies have one more series with the Cubs before returning home next weekend and playing the Giants and then the Diamondbacks.
That’s it for this one. May be heading down to my first game of the year in the Springs.
NY Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies
My 16th game of the Year.
Today I finally got my first Batting Practice baseball’s of the year! Yes, that is plural baseball’s. I caught both during the Rockies batting practice and both were hit by Troy Tulowitzki. The Yankees batting Practice was also pretty good but I did not get any from them but did have a chance on a few. During the Yankees batting practice I noticed that Mariano Rivera was signing on the wall in left field I looked at the crowd and realized I would never make it over and get an autograph so I stayed in the pavilions.
Yes, That is five rows of people pushing, climbing and leaning all to get their stuff signed by the best closer in the history of Major League Baseball. He actually signed 2 different time during batting practice once for 5-10 minutes before he headed out to the field and then for 40 minutes after at the end of batting practice.
After batting practice while Mariano Rivera was still signing I headed to the Rockies side of the field figuring I would never get to the Yankees wall. On the Rockies side Todd did sign and I had him sign my #17 ball that I had David Neid sign when the 1993 guys were here opening weekend. I did this because they are the only 2 # 17’s to play for the Rockies and I am figuring that they will be the only 2 after Helton retires.
Jorge De La Rosa, Yorvit Torrealba and Jim Wright head in from the bullpen.
Here is Jorge taking the mound and writing in the dirt.
Here is his first pitch to the Yankees Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro lined out to Jonny Herrera at shortstop. Jorge pitched well and the only batter to get on base was Jason Nix who hit a single.
Hiroki Kuroda was the starting pitcher for the Yankees. He also pitched well Josh Rutledge did get a hit but was picked off on first base and Kuroda only faced 3 Rockies batters in the inning.
Chris Nelson who was recently traded to the Yankees made his Coors Field return only after a few game in NY. In the second inning he came to the plate with 2 outs he was hitless since going to the Yankees after this at bat he was still hit less in a twist of irony from the baseball gods he grounded out to his replacement on the Rockies Nolan Arenado.
Arenado throwing to Todd Helton on first base.
Nelson running to first.
Kuroda went a little high on a pitch to Arenado during his 2nd inning at bat. Arenado did end up grounding out to end the inning.
Ichiro at bat in the 3rd inning. He would hit a single with 2 outs.
He would steal 2nd base and then was left on second.
Yorvit Torrealba making contact in the 3rd inning. he did ground out for the first out of the 3rd inning. Jonny Herrera hit a double that looked like may get some get the Rockies a run. De La Rosa did ground out, Dexter Fowler would walk and Josh Rutledge would also ground out to end the inning.
Before the 4th inning an announcement was made to evacuate the upper deck and rockpile.
here is everyone leaving the upper deck
and the empty Rockpile.
They did continue the game without any rain delay. Not much had happened in the next few innings Jorge continued to pitch very well and so did Kuroda. Kuroda struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the 4th. The Yankees Chris Stewart did hit a single in the 5th, but that was the only offence for either team in the inning.
With 2 outs in the 6th inning Josh Rutledge would hit a single to get on base.
Carlos Gonzalez would drop the bomb on Kuroda with this 2 run home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton would both get on base in the inning after the Cargo home run and were left on base.
Cargo high fives Josh Rutledge after his 6th inning home run.
Matt Belise would come in t pitch for the Rockies in the 7th. Jorge went 6 innings not allowing a run, the Yankees only had 3 hits. Jorge struck out 2 and walked 1. Very good outing for him.
Nelson made contact in the 7th and looked like he may of had his first Yankees hit and well that did not happen he hit into a double play getting Brett Gardner out at second and himself at first. Gardner did come into the game in the 7th for the Yankees.
Josh Rutledge throwing to Herrera who was covering at second.
Who throw to Todd at First.
To complete the double play.
Brett Gardner taking a swing in the 9th to strike out against Rafael Betancourt to end the game for the Rockies win.
Torrealba dropped the ball
Torrealba celebrates the win in his very animated way jumping and flailing as he heads to the mound.
here he is shaking hands with Betancourt after the win. So The Rockies win TTTTHHHHEEEEE RRRRRROOOOOCCCCKKKKKKIIIIIEEEESSSS WWWIIIIIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!!
Had to do it. Well that is it for this one still have 2 more from this series. It did rain through most of this game. I am so over the bad weather for games this year at least it was not snow. The weather did not get any better the rest of the series either.
See You at Coors!
Braves vs. Rockies
3rd game of Series my 12th of the year at Coors.
This game was a lot warmer than the double-header the day before. It was about 50 degrees for most of the game and sunny. It was great to watch a game not wearing 5 layers of clothes for the cold.
Today being a day game that means there was no batting practice, but I did get my second ball of the year a toss-up from Chris Nelson. It was the first 20th Anniversary ball I had gotten.
Tyler Chatwood made his Rockies debut for the year after starting in the year in Colorado Springs. He was called up after Rob Scahill who came up because of Jhoulys Chacin going on the disabled list got optioned back to Colorado Springs.
Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.
Chatwood takes the mound for his 2013 Rockies debut. The first batter he faced was the Braves Ramiro Pena It was a shaking looking start after he walked. B.J. Upton hit into a Double play and Justin Upton hit a single, Chatwood got Freddie Freeman to fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field.
Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for the Braves. He face 3 Rockies batters in the 1st. After Eric Young Jr. popped out to Juan Francisco at third. Dexter Fowler would walk and then got into Hudson’s head during Carlos Gonzalez’s at bat Hudson threw over to first a few times during the at bat. Cargo would hit into a double play getting himself out at first and Dex at second.
The Rockies with one out would go back to back with Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge both hit homers to give the Rockies 2 runs.
Josh Rutledge running to first after his home run in the 2nd inning.
The Braves would score 3 runs and the lead in the 4th inning on a series of hits. (3-2)
The Rockies would tie the score at 3 in the 4th inning. Chris Nelson started the inning with a triple and scored 2 batters later on a Tyler Chatwood single.
The Braves once again took the lead in the 6th inning scoring 2 runs Evan Gattis lead the inning with a double and scored. Dan Uggla who scored also reached on a Jonny Herrera error. The Braves took the 5-3 lead.
Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino took the mound for the Rockies in the 7th. He had another very good inning facing 3 Braves batters and finishing the inning by striking out Justin Upton.
The score remained the same till the Rockies made it get interesting in the 9th inning. Jordan Pacheco started off the inning pinch-hitting in the 7 spot which was the pitchers spot after a double switch in the 8th inning. Pacheco flew out to left. Jonny Herrera would redeem himself for the error in the 6th inning. He would score on a Dexter Fowler double scoring Jonny and Troy Tulowitki who hit a single to get on base as a pinch hitter. That tied up the game at 5.
Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.
Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.
Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.
Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.
With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.
Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.
In the most interesting move was putting catcher Yorvit Torrealba at first base. Yorvit pinch hit for the pitches spot in the 10th inning. he did fly out in that at bat but was kept in the game for his offence. He seemed like he could handle playing there well. He did seem a little nerves but he was only involved in one out in the 11th inning which was a ground out.
Eric Young Jr. hit a triple with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th and it looked like the Rockies had the win.
Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.
Eric Young Jr. being called out at home after the throw to Gattis.
After the Rockies did not score in the 11th and the Braves did not score in the 12th. The score remained tied at 5.
Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.
It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.
Matt Belise pitched for himself because nobody was left on the bench. He did make a few bunt attempts before striking out for the first out of the inning. Now Yorvit Torrealba who remained in the game at first base for his offense, paid off…..
He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.
The ball was coming in as he started his slide.
Gattis did not tag him and he was safe at home and the Rockies would get the 6th and winning run. So the Gamble at first base paid off for the Rockies Torvit hit the game winning single in the bottom of the 12th for the Rockies. The cool thing was that his catching partner was the winning run. Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.
the dugouts than emptied and the team celebrated this dramatic come from behind win. It is so awesome to see the drive and motivation to win this team has and then it seems like you never know who will hit the winning run or come through when needed. Reminds me of the 2007 and 2009 playoff years, not saying that is where this is going but sure would like to see it be a possibility. It is stile early in the season but it is just great to see great baseball being played by the Rockies at Coors.
Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.
Yorvit and Walt Weiss both with awesomely huge smiles. Great move keeping Yorvit in the Game Walt. If he had gave up an error at first that lost the game it would of been a bad decision, but since he hit the walk of single score the winning run it was genius!!!!
The Rockies Played 4 in Arizona since this game was played I just have been busy and can’t get these done as quick these days. But they lost 3 of 4 against the D’backs and are currently tied for first in the National League west with them at 15 and 10. The are starting a 3 game series in L.A. against the Dodgers. The Rockies also designated Chris Nelson for assignment during this week on the road which is kinda sad he was really cool to the fans and was always joking around with us and was just a fun guy to have around. Wish the best for him hope he gets picked up by a good team if he doesn’t stay in the Rockies organization. In his place the Rockies have brought up Nolan Arenado to play third base. In his first game in AZ he went 0-3 with a walk, but I know he is a lot better with a lot of power I have seen him play in Tulsa and the 2 years he has been in big league camp at spring training. This year in Colorado Springs he batted .364 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s.
Well That is it for this one the Rockies return home against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and than take on the Yankees next week. I should be there for all 6.
So See You at Coors!
Diamondback vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series my 9th of the year at Coors.
After a cold snowy week this series the weather was pretty nice and this was the best weather day it was about 60 degrees and sun through most of the game it was a great day for baseball.
It was also another day to celebrate the 20 Years of Rockies history. It was Eric Young bobble head day. My day started early as I headed to the stadium at about 9:30. When I first heard that the Sunday games were going to start at 2:10 I was like wow I have an extra hour before I have to get to Coors, yeah that hasn’t happened the 2 Sunday games we have had this year. I have been getting there earlier than when the games were at 1:10. So I headed out to the players entrance to see if I could get any autographs and I got 3 I had an 11X14 print signed by Wilin Rosario, Matt Belise on my team project and a card signed by the Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell. After a while I got online to enter the stadium I went in the E gate and got my Eric Young Bobble head. I brought that to my car and headed back in for the Sunday autographs. The first line I got into because they were not yet labeled was Adam Ottavino’s line which I had nothing for him to sign so I got on another line which was Reid Brignac’s line and was able to get him to sign my team 16X20. The other 2 signers today were Jon Garland and Rex Brothers. Because of the larger crowd and the give away the lines were long, I did attempt to get on Garlands line because I had a card for him to sign. I figured because of the length of the line I would not get his autograph so I just waited to head down to the wall.
Eric Young was at Coors for his bobble head day and he and his son Dallas came out for the first pitch.
Dallas actually threw out the first pitch.
He threw to big brother and Rockies outfielder Eric Young Jr.
He threw a pretty good pitch.
After first pitch Jordan Pacheco came over and signed a few things for us in the crowd. I did not have him sign anything then I only had a 8X10 of a photo I already had a copy signed. After the game he stopped out back and I had him sign it anyway.
EB makes a special guest appearance in this photo!
Wilin Rosario and Juan Nicasio head in from the Bullpen for the start.
Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Geraldo Parra. He would fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field. Nicasio would face 4 batters walking Paul Goldschmidt and the others 3 got out. The Diamondbacks starter for this game was Brandon McCarthy. He Sat the first 3 Rockies batters down in the first inning and faced 4 in the 2nd. Troy Tulowitzki lead off the 2nd inning with a single but was left on base.
It is time to play find the Ranter in the Pavilions!
Stu Coles waves Juan Nicasio. around third on Jordan Pacheco’s double.
Nicasio getting to home plate.
He gets passed Miguel Montero’s diving tag to score.(1-0) Rox
The Rockies would score 2 more on a Calos Gonzalez hit Eric Young Jr. and Pacheco both scored (3-0) Rox.
With Cargo on second Tulo doe the all too familiar pop up to an infielder. Only needed a single swings for the fences in my book that is another lost RBI for him that bring the total to 9 additional RBI’s that he could have had. That would have him leading the National League with 26 instead of having 17 being 5th. Just saying this is one of those situations that it would benefit the team if he wasn’t swinging for bad pitches and just was a little patient at the plate like when he hits home runs when the Rockies are up by 6!
The D’backs score 2 in the 5th bringing the Rockies lead to only 1 run. Now how important is clutch and timely hitting.
Being called out.
Walt Weiss heads out to get Juan Nicasio after a lead off home run by Didi Gregorious his second of his career. A.J. Pollack is on third and Gerardo Parra second. Pollack made the second out on a soft hit from Martin Prado that Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino tagged Pollack between third and home. Parra would score on a Paul Goldschmidt single. (3-2) Rockies
The Rockies Would get a 4th run in the 6th on a Tulo Home run. Yes it was a RBI and a homerun but it could of had been 2 RBI’s for the day and a 5-2 Lead.
Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino pitching in the 5th inning.
Nicasio pitched very well this game. Only giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. He Struck out 3 and walked 3. His pitch count was very high for his 4.1 innings throwing 95 pitches. Including a 13 pitch at bat to Parra in the 3rd.
Adam Ottavino got to bat in the 5th. He did strike out. Many may not realize but he is a switch hitter and batted lefty for this at bat.
Cargo hits a long fly ball to center that was caught by A.J. Pollack in the 5th inning.
After a double switch in the Taking Chris Nelson out of game, moving Jonny Herrera to third and Rutledge to second. Josh Outman who had been called up from The Springs pitched 7th inning. He would get the 2 batters out that he faced striking out Parra for the last out of the inning.
Former Rockies pitcher Matt Reynolds pitched the 7th inning for the Diamondback. we have seen him a few times this weekend but this was his first appearance in a game for the D’backs in this series. He got all 3 batters he faced out in the inning.
Here is Reynolds making a play and throwing to first on a EYJ ground ball back to him.
Wilton Lopez came in for the save in the 9th inning and lets just put it at he did not get it and the Rockies had their first home loss of the season. When he came in the Rockies only had a one run lead and they lost (5-4) Now how important would Cargo scoring on a Tulo single in the 3rd would of helped!
Here is A.J. Pollack scoring the losing run for the Rockies. Didi Gregourious scored the tying run on a Pollack double.
Dexter Fowler who walk as pinch hitter for the pitchers spot runs to third on a Josh Rutledge single. The Rockies did put up a fight, but were not able to come back on this one. there was 2 out when Dex reached third. EYJ came up with Dex on third and Rutledge on first. EYJ would ground out to Paul Goldschmidt at first to end the game. It was only 1 lose at home but it would have been great for the home streak to continue.
Well that is it for this one, I need to get ready for snow series2.0 against the Atlanta Braves! I will be there for all games that they can get in the next 2 days!
See you at Coors!
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
My 7th game of the season.
The Starting pitchers were Jhoulys Chacin vs. Ian Kennedy
Here is a photo during the National Anthem. It seems rare that all 7 starters are out there at the same time, so had to take this. Most of the guys are already done warming up before the Anthem starts and are usually already by the dugout.
Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies tonight in what started off a pitchers duel. Ian Kennedy was hitless Chacin Let up a single to Gerrado Parra but got out of the inning with a double play ball hit by Paul Goldschmidt. The first base runner for Kennedy was a walk to Josh Ruthledge in the 4th.
Kennedy struck out 5 Rockies in the first 4 innings including Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez in the 1st. Michael Cuddyer and Helton in the 2nd and Chris Nelson in the 3rd.
Ian Kennedy Pitching in the first inning.
Before the Game Amy Blake Street Babe / Take from Blake was chosen for one of the promotions it was the Topps match game. She won and got a prize bag with 2 T-Shirts, a hat and 2 packs of Topps baseball cards.
Rene Lacheman giving what we have named the spiel this in it self is worth the price of admission. If you have a child and sit down the first baseline he may come over and give them a ball. I have seen him do this at the Springs and now it is awesome to see it on a daily bases at Coors this year. He is a very interesting baseball guy loaded with stories of his 50 years in the game of baseball. When we see him we always ask if he has time for one, they are that good. I had mentioned 1 or 2 here before during the Rockies Hot Stove meetings in January.
During the inning we did some visiting out in right field. I like sitting out here. The last time I did sit in this area was for a 2009 playoff game against the Phillies. Here is a look at Chacin pitching to Paul Goldschmidt.
After the Rutledge walk in the 4th inning and Cargo strike out. Kennedy’s 6th of the game. Troy Mister not so clutch came to the plate so as usual we were figuring out how he would end the inning. Who had a pop up to third or such things. He ended up proving us wrong by hitting a 2 run home run to give the Rockies the lead this was his 5th of the year and so far the one that mattered the most. As much of a critic I am of his I like when he proves me wrong. I think he actually yelled who’s clutch now Rox Addict as he ran the base’s. But this is not confirmed! The Rockies took the lead 2-0.
Michael Cuddyer slides into second base for a double in the 4th. He left on base but he got to second on nothing but hustle, which tends to cause the other tea to commit errors. This happens because of rushed throws or because players are out of position for the unexpected attempt. Great to see him play this way.
Chris Nelson who is so earning his place at third base leads the 5th inning off with a triple. He has made a few mistakes but also a bunch of great plays at the hot corner and contribute well at the plate.
Chacin contributes to the effort with a sac fly to center scoring Nelson. (3-1)
Chacin was taken out of the game in the game in the 7th inning after a pitch. He said he had tightness on his side after a pitch. They did give him Ice treatment and eletrostimulation (or what ever it is called, that’s why I am not Dr. Rox Addict) that night and he was feeling better the next night when I saw him but was placed on the 15 day disabled list, Which sucks because he has been pitching real well and had a injury prone season last year.
Wilton Lopez came into the game to pitch for the Rockies after Chacins injury. Lopez pitched well this inning striking out Cody Ross and A.J. Pollack. This was probably his best performance with the Rockies.
Here is one of those mistakes from Chris Nelson it was a throwing error to Todd Helton at first. It did cost the Rockies a run making the score 3-1, But did not make much of a difference. Parra scored for the Diamond backs on the play from second which he got to on defensive indifference after hitting a lead off single.
This was the Rockies first win of this series 4th of this home stand and 12th win of the season. This is the best start by the Rockies in there history.
Well that is it for this one I am a few game behind in getting post done do to trying to get autographs and finish my team 16×20 which only needs about 9 players on it as I am writing this. Well that is it for this one I have 2 more from the Rockies series coming up and I will be at Coors for all 3 against the Braves weather permitting and I will probably be there if it doesn’t permit anyway! Love sitting in weather delays. I think that is why I really go to so many games!!!!
O.K. see you at Coors!!!
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Mets vs. Rockies Game 3
My 6th game at Coors this year.
When I entered the stadium the score board temp said 25 degrees. It was 11 degrees colder than the first game of the double-header, but felt a lot warmer because the sun was out.
I thought maybe since there has been no batting practice all week they may take it even know it was a day game. Not what happened there was no batting practice. So I waited for the rest of the stadium to open and headed over to the first base side of the field figured just hang by the wall and see if I could get any autographs. Vinnie Castilla stopped and signed few but I was not ready and did not get him to sign anything. Jordan Pacheco came over and I gave him a copy of a photo I had printed from last year and he did sign a different photo I had printed.
This is the photo I gave him.
The field was warming up in the sun and the temps were still in the upper 20’s here is steam coming off the infield dirt.
Jon Garland who came into the game with a 1-0 record was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with “Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario.
Garland throwing a pitch in the 1st inning. I missed the first pitch because Tom Goodwin was in my way but after someone I was sitting with asked if he could take a step to his left he did. He was actually very fun for the 3 games as the Mets first base coach interacting and talking to the fans. He was an ex Rockie, he played for them in 2000. He played for 13 years and was with 7 teams including The Rangers, Dodgers and Cubs. He also played for the Atlantic City Surf an Independent league team in the Atlantic League the same League that the Long Island Ducks play in.
So Garland was pitching to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out on a bunt attempt back to Garland. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on a David Wright single. The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead.
Josh and Tulo could just watch as it heads to the out field. The Mets would only score the 1 run in the inning.
Jon Niese was the starting pitcher for the Mets. The Rockies would score a run also in the 1st. inning. Dexter Fowler would score the first Rockies run, after hitting a single he advanced to second on a bad pitch and would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single. Tulo came up to bat and it was time to place your bets on how he would get out with a runner on and this one was a pop out to the Mets first baseman Murphy in foul territory. So that was 3 plays in this series he did not advance or score a runner. Which could have resulted in his 20th RBI of the year, That is if all runner scored that were on base during his at bats against the Mets.
The Rockies would take a lead in the 4th inning on a Rutledge solo home run. (2-1) Rox
The Mets would tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning with this interesting play. David Wright would hit the ball back to Jon Garland who tipped the ball and Josh Rutledge got the ball threw home to try to get Murphy at the plate and threw high.
Rosario than threw it to Tulo who was at second because Wright started for second than threw to Todd Helton at first after
Wright turned around and then tossed back to Tulo. So it was a 1,4,2,6,3,6 play.
Here is Wright arguing with second base umpire Mike Dimuro.
The Rockies and Mets kept the game tie at 3 both scoring a run in the 6th inning.
The Rockies than opened the game up in the 7th. inning. it started with Jordan Pacheco leading off pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. He grounded out. Eric Young Jr. hit a single but was out on a Dexter Fowler hit to Reuben Tejada for the out at second.
With 2 outs Cargo hit a single Troy Tulowitzki walked and Rosario would hit a hit to center field scoring Dex and Cargo. Tulo would go to third. (5-3)Rox. Rosario stole second and Todd Helton would hit his 573 career double scoring Tulo and Rosario (7-3). Todd moved into 20th on the all time double’s list. Passing Ivan Rodríguez and 1 behind Charlie Gehringer the next 4 people on the list are all Hall Of Fame members including Gehringer, Wade Boggs, Cap Anson and Robin Yount. Back to the game. He and Rutledge would also score for a total of 6 Rockies runs in the inning and a 9-3 Lead.
The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. A really odd thing happened in the inning. Jordan Pacheco lead off the inning pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. When the spot in the line up came back up Reid Brignac pinch hit for Pacheco the pinch hitter. Now most of us were wondering why they pinch hit the pinch hitter. One was that since they had such a lead to just get some at bats for Brignac who has been hitting well. Two for a right on left situation since the Mets changed a few pitchers in the inning and now had a righty on the mound. so we all where not to sure what the situation is so after the game we asked a player what was the reason for the pinch hit and it was because Pacheco was sent to the bull pen after his out and no one thought about the line up turning over and he could not get back to the dugout quick enough. So they pinch hit for the pinch hitter we are working to find out if this has been done before and when it may have been done before. Any help would be appreciated
Chris Volstad would enter the game for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Jon Garland went 7 with 4 strike outs allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He now has a 3.32 ERA for the season. The Rockies only used Garland and Volstad to pitch in this game I can’t remember the last time they only used 2 pitchers in a game. This year they used 3 pitchers in two other games I think.
Chris Nelson made a great play diving to his left to get a ball hit by Collin Cowhill.
Than tossed it over to Helton on first.
It was a great play by him for the out and he is doing a really well at 3rd.
The Rockies added 2 additional runs in the 8th inning. Dexter Fowler led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season. Which puts him in 2nd in all of MLB behind Justin Upton who has 9 with the Braves. He is on the path to hit over 70 at this point all the best to him. He is really doing well and a great person.
Wilin and Volstad shake hands after the Rockies 6th home win of the season and there 11th of the season. They are 11-4 on the season and now leads the National League west by 2.5 games. I know it is early in the season but is a great feeling to have them in this spot.
Troy Tulowitzki high fives Dante.
After the game we headed over to Dex and friends at Jacksons. Which is on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Today it was more like Dex since he was by him self with the broadcasters. Usually there is a second player with him that changes from show to show.
On a side note at first pitch the temperature was 28 degrees which tie the record for coldest game ever played at Coors Field.
Well That is it for this one.
This weekend the Diamondbacks come to town and the return of Matt Reynolds and Will Nieves both for Rockies. See You at Coors!!!
April 16, 2013
New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 4 and 5 of the Year at Coors.
Today they had a double-header because of the snow that cancelled the game on Monday April 15th.
As most baseball fans know April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day. So all players in baseball wear the #42 which is retired in MLB. Except for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera who still gets to wear it because it was his number before MLB retired it and he will be the last once he leaves the game.
So I arrived at Coors around 11:30 the time that it was announced that all gates would open. After I arrived at the gate they said they were waiting for word if or if not would the games be played. There was about 8 to 10 inches on the field that needed to be removed and nobody really knew how long this task would take. As I did get to enter the stadium I took this photo from the right field line most of the snow was removed from the field, but remained in piles along the out field and first baseline from just about home plate to the right field foul pole. Worker’s were working on the pile in center field when we entered. Now it was not just grounds crew members removing the snow it was promotions people, office workers,The Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Dan O’Dowd, Bill Gievett, T.V Broadcasters and coaches. I do believe that the Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.
Bill Geivett with shovel in hand and he also had a throwback theme going rocking a Montreal Expos long parker. The second game of this double-header is a throwback game the Mets and Rockies will be wearing uniforms from 1993.
This is some of the progress about an hour and a half after the gates were opened. Here are the workers bringing snow from the large piles to the bullpen where they were tossing it over the wall into a walk way between the bull pens.
Here is a look into the bullpen.
Here is Marc Stout helping in the effort. He is part of the Rockies Broadcast crew. Also in the background is one of the Rockies promo people Harper in the purple jacket and snazzy boots!
First base coach Rene Lacheman helps out.
Catching coach Jerry Weinstein also flung some snow. As well as tossing the snow into the bull pen they were filling the grounds crew trucks and bring that out behind the stadium.
After almost 2 and a half hours being in the stadium and 8 hours of removing snow, they finished removing the it and it was time for some baseball. Here is Juan Nicasio, Jim Wright, Wilin Rosario and Jerry Weinstein heading in from the bull pen.
Here is Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out to Josh Rutledge at second. At first pitch the temperature at Coors field was 39 degrees. The 39 degrees tied for the 10th coldest game at Coors Field. Nicasio than walked Daniel Murphy and David Wright does what David Wright seems to do a lot when he is at Coors and that is hit a Home Run! His power is not just limited to Coors but seems like he always hits one here. I have also seen him hit a Grand Slam Home Run in Chase Fields during the USA’s win over Italy.
John Buck at bat in the 1st. he hit a single in the inning.
The Mets scored 2 runs in the 1st and the Rockies first 2 batters got out Carlos Gonzalez hit a triple. With Carlos on third troy Tulowitzki came to the plate and does what he does best and that was pop up to the Mets third baseman David Wright. I know he hits Home Runs and gets RBI’s but just seems like not in the clutch.
In the second inning Nicasio saw 4 Mets batters and struck out 2. This is Michael Cuddyer sliding into home in the second inning after getting on base with a double.
The throw was on time but Cuddyer snuck by the tag.
He was safe and scored the Rockies first run of the game. (2-1) Mets
Chris Nelson would also hit a single in the inning.
Nicasio only face 3 batters in the 3rd inning. Sending Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Ike Davis down in order. Pretty good inning by Nicasio!
Cargo would send one for a ride in the 3rd for the Rockies tying run with a home run to the second deck. (2-2)
The Mets would once again take the lead getting a run in 4th. (3-2)Mets
David Wright once again haunts us with his long ball and hit his second home run of the game in the 5th inning. This a solo shot to center. His first was hit to the Rockies bullpen. (4-2) Mets
After Eric Young Jr. Got on base and Cargo walked Tulo was hit in the left elbow with a pitch. It look like it hurt. Here is Walt Weiss and Kieth Dugger checking it out after he took his base. He, Cargo and EYJ would all score in the inning. (5-4) Rockies
Cuddy came to the plate took this pitch for a strike. He as Cargo did would be walked.
Carlos Gonzalez crosses home for the 2nd run of the inning.
Tulo also scored.
The Rockies scored an additional run in the 6th inning. Chris Nelson lead off the inning with a double and scored on a EYJ single. (6-4) Rockies
EYJ would hit a triple in the 8th inning scoring Jordan Pacheco from 1st. (7-4) Rox
here is EYJ’s triple going over Valdespin in right field.
At that point they were still removing snow in the upper decks and in the Rockpile.
Crew shoveling the Rockpile late in-game 1.
Jonny Herrera throws to first for the last out of the first game the Rockies would win this one 8-4 Cargo also scored in the 8th inning.
Rockies celebrate their win in the first game.
So it was announced that this would not be a split doubleheader during the first game so we did not have to leave the stadium. They were going to start the second game a half hour. So we headed to the game used booth to pick up a Name Plate Amy wanted from Opening Day.
We than headed back to our seats and it was time for game 2.
It being a throwback game to 1993 the Mets wore the Uniforms they wore at home in 1993 and the Rockies wore their Grey Away uniforms that each team had worn on April 5, 1993. The first Rockies game ever. They also used the old graphics on the LED boards around the stadium.
Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies in-game two. Collin Cowhill started the game with a single, he would be thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice play hit by Daniel Murphy. David Wright hit into a double play to end the inning.
Eric Young Jr. lead the 1st inning with a single.
He would advance to third on a Josh Rutledge single.
Cargo would hit a sac fly to center and Eric Young Jr. would scored the first run of the Throwback game which was an interesting case of history repeating it self, since his Dad Eric Young Sr. scored the first Rockies run at home in 1993.
EYJ scoring the first run of the game. Not quite an Opening Day home Run but still the first run in the Throwback uniform. I think it would have been cool if he wore the #21 for the game his dads number in 1993. That would be the Rockies only run of the inning. The Mets would respond with a run in the 2nd inning.
Jeff Francis throwing to the Mets Rueben Tejada. Tejada would hit to Cuddyer in right field which scored Lucas Duda to tie the game at 1.
Tejada would try to stretch the hit into a double and was tagged out at second.
Tejada at second with Tulo covering.
The Mets would take a lead in the 3rd scoring 2 runs. David Wright would walk in the inning here he is on first while Jeff Francis pitches in the inning.
Jordan Pacheco at bat in the 3rd inning with the throwback graphics on the board along the third base line.
Michael Cuddyer who got on base with a single was caught stealing for the second out of the inning.
Mets starting pitcher Aaron Laffey in the 4th inning.
Yorvit Torealba hits a foul during his at bat in the 4th inning. He would walk in the inning.
Jordan Pacheco with his bare hand in his pocket before the pitch. He was looking really cold. It was cold this game also first pitch was 36 degrees which is in the top 5 of coldest games played at Coors. Thanks Stout for the Stoutistics! about these cold games. It was even colder at this point in the game.
Tejada gets brushed back with a high fastball.
The 5th inning was a rough inning for the Rockies the Mets scored 5 runs in the inning.
Daniel Murphy crossing the plate for the first Mets run of the inning. It was a long inning with the Rockies out in the field for over a half hour.
Walt Weiss would take Jeff Francis in the inning after facing 7 batters in the inning with only 1 out. the Mets hit 4 base hits, he walked 1 and hit Lucas Duda.
Francis walking off the field.
Tejada on first after his single in the 5th inning. Francis pitched 4.1 innings letting up 9 hits, 8 runs, walking 4 and striking out 4. He has a 8.25 ERA. He did not pitch terrible but his bad innings were really bad most of the hits and walks were from the 5th inning.
Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino came in to pitch. He pitched the remainder of the 5th inning and all of the 6th.
Cargo hitting his double in the Rockies half of the 5th. Cuddy and Pacheco both walked, Rutledge who was on third scored on Pacheco’s walk. Chris Nelson sac fly to Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd, scoring Cargo from 3rd. The Rockies would score 4 runs in the inning. (8-6) Mets
Josh Edgin pitching in the 5th inning. The Mets used 7 pitchers in the game and Edgin and Latroy Hawkins in the inning.
Yorvit Torrealba hit a double in the 5th which scored Cuddy and Pacheco.
Pacheco crossing the plate. And 2 BNW photos with a pan to show off the mad photo skillz or did a setting change and I was lucky I panned the runners!
Matt Belise Pitching in the 7th inning he pitched both 7th and 8th inning. He faced 6 batters and struck out 2 and let up only one hit to Ike Davis who pinch hit in the 8th but was doubled up on a Daniel Murphy hit to Jonny Herrera, Davis was out at second.
With bases loaded and 2 outs they brought out Troy Tulowitzki to pinch hit for Reid Brignac. Not a decision I may have made, As many home runs and RBI’s he gets it seems like many are not in late inning clutch situations when the Rockies are down a few runs. This is the second time today he could not come through in this type of situation. I know most people are saying he is 2nd on the team in RBI’s, but my question is imagine how many he could have if he hit in the clutch? It would have been 4 to 6 more just in these two games. He started the games today with 11 and finished with the same amount.
Miguel Tejada throwing to first or well attempting to throw to first.
David Wright hitting to Rutledge at second for the first out of the 9th inning for the Mets.
Rex Brothers pitched for the rockies in the 9th faced 4 batters the only base runner was Mike Baxter who came in the game in the 5th inning for the Mets replacing Lucas Duda in left.
Rafael Betancourt pitched for the Rockies in the 10th inning ohh yes like it wasn’t cold enough the human rain delay came into pitch. He struck out 2 walked 2 and 2 batters flew out in the inning.
Pacheco came up in the bottom of the tenth with Cargo on third and Cuddy on 1st and 2 outs. Cuddy advanced to 2nd on a none contested steal. Pacheco hit a ground ball single to right field scoring Cargo for a walk of hit.
The Rockies win 9-8 in this game.
They are now 10-4 on the season and are undefeated at Coors. As I am writing this they are 1.5 games ahead of the Giants and leading the National League West. The 3rd game of this series has been postponed and they are scheduled to play what would have been the 4th game tomorrow afternoon. No date has been posted for the make up of the Wednesday game. There are a few off days that both teams have but most are with the Mets on the east coast and Rockies away.
That is it for this very interesting day at Coors. I was at the stadium for 12 hours from the time I arrived at the gates till I left after the second game.
That’s it for this one see you at Coors when the snow melts!