Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
I first went to the stadium in the morning to get a ticket for the game and took a quick walk around the stadium. This is a Bob feller statue that is outside the C gate which is in left center field. It is also the early gate for batting practice.
Down Rally Alley which is outside the stadium on the third base side they have banners of their hall of Famers. The early ticket window is located by gate A and I got my ticket. One thing that I did not like is they have flex pricing like many stadiums so the digital sign said one price and then at the ticket window the price was different and when I asked the attendant just said well they just did not change the prices for todays game yet. I don’t like flex pricing in the first place but not to have the correct prices up is kind of stupid and deceiving.
After getting my tickets I did a little urban hiking and took some photos.
One of the first places I saw was the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame I did not go on the tour but I did go in. I am planning on going after I finish this post today! By the Rn’R HOF I also saw the stadium where the Browns play.
After that I walked around the city and took some photos. Lebron was a big theme around the city, as seen in this photo.
While walking I took some street photos and photos of Monuments and Building in the city. I would post more but this post would be a lot bigger then it already is! But Cleveland has a lot of history and some really cool buildings. I also took a walk threw the cemetery directly across the street from Progressive field which had a lot of very old graves going back 120 years.
After walking around I headed back to the hotel before heading back out for the game.
Then I got to the gate a little after 4 for the 4:30 gate. here is a look during Batting Practice. I did well this BP and got 2 baseballs the first was a catch from the Indians the first that was hit out for the day. To pat myself on the back it was a pretty good catch that I ran down an aisle and caught it about a section over from where I was standing.
Indians player taking swings in the cage.
Around the upper deck they have murals for their Hall of Famers, The one show is for Rocky Colavito. They also have Bob Feller, Larry Doby and Early Wynn.
They also had these “banners” up with all the team accomplishments in their history. Including last years A.L. wild card.
during BP I also got a second ball from the Mariners it was just a pick up but a second ball. It I the first time I have gotten 2 ball in one MLB stadium on the road. I have gotten 2 at other stadiums but not in the same game.
They have plaques of Hall of Famers and other players that played for them through out their history.
Here are a sample of the plaques these are satchel Paige’s and Bob Fellers.
They also had plaques for more recent players from the 1980’s till 2000’s
I then took a walk around the stadium. I headed up to the upper deck and got this photos.
I then headed down to the Mariners side of the field for autographs. I was trying to get a Robinson Cano locker plate signed but was not successful on 1 player and 1 coach signed.
Zach Mcalister started for the Indians. He allowed 1 hit to the Mariners Chris Taylor but got out of the inning on a double play hit by Robinson Cano.
Indians first baseman Carlos Santana making the play for the first out of the inning a Dustin Ackley hit to second.
Chris Taylor hit a ball to the Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
The ball bounce off of Chisenhall and Taylor go on first.
Chris Young started for the Mariners.
Jason Kipnis hit a double.
He would advance to third on a Jose Ramirez sac bunt.
Kipnis than scored on a Michael Brantley single and the Indians took a 1-0 lead.
After the first inning I started heading to the left field bleachers the long way. Because the concourse on the main level is open longer on the 1st base side then the 3rd base side which could would have been shorter.
The Mariner Kendreys Morales lead the inning off with a double to left field.
I got to my seat in the left field bleachers in the middle of the second inning. Morales would score on a Logan Morrison sac fly and the Mariners tied the game at 1.
Cano turning a double play to end the bottom of the second inning.
Yan Gomes was out at first on the double play.
Dustin Ackley hit a 2 run home run to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning.
Corey Hart hit the wall pretty hard on a Michael Brantley hit that lead to Brantley getting on third.
Brantley sliding into third. Earlier in the inning the Indians did tie the game at 3 on a Jason Kipnis 2 run home run.
Brantley scored on a Carlos Santana sac fly to Hart in right field and the Indians would take a 4-3 lead.
The Mariners took started Chris Young out of the game in the 5th inning. He 4 runs on 7 hits struck out 2 and walked 1 batter. Dominic Leone came into pitch for them.
Chris Taylor makes a diving play in the 6th inning on a David Murphy hit.
The Indians extended the lead by t 2 scoring their 5th run of the game in the 7th inning.
Ramirez scored on a Santana single.
Ex-Rockie Joe Beimel came into pitch for the Mariners in the 7th. Beimel was the 5the pitcher of the game for the Mariners.
Mike Zunino hit a 2 run homer to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead in the 8th inning.
He high fives his teammates after his homer.
Lonnie Chisenhall diving to try and get the third out of the 9th inning. he came up a little short.
The inning would end a few pitches later when Cano flew out to center.
Michael Brantley makes the catch.
The Indians needed a rally in the bottom of the 9th to win this game.
Fernando Rodney the 7th pitcher of the game for the Mariners and the 14th used by both teams.
Rodney got the save and shot the arrow! The Mariners won this on 6-5.
The Mariners celebrate their win against the Indians.
This was a pretty good game beside the tremendous amount of pitching changes.
Overall this was not that bad of a stadium not quite the best but wouldn’t call it the worst. It did seem hard to get around at times but once I figured out it was not that bad and BP was not overly crowded till about half way into the Mariners batting practice. The early gate is at 4:30 for a 7 P.M. game and the rest of the gates open at various times.
So that is it for this game and stadium next up is Lake County for some advance a ball then onto Detroit where I get to see the Rockies again for the first time in 3 weeks! I think I have been seeing better baseball on the road so don’t feel like I have not missed too much with them.
N.Y. Mets vs. Colorado Rockies
My 13th game at Coors this year.
Did not do to well at batting practice today the Rockies did not take BP and the Mets was O.K. but I was never in the right place at the right time always seemed I was a section off all day!.
During BP Geoff told me he may have an extra ticket behind the Mets dugout, which was very cool of him. Many of you may remember that I was originally from N.Y. and grew up a Mets fan so that was awesome.
The morning before the game I had to make the decision do I want to wear my normal Rockies stuff or my Mets stuff it was a tough decision but I went with my usual Rockies stuff, usually I will wear a Mets hat with my Rockies Jersey. I wish I had grabbed my Mets stuff just because of the seats! He was wearing his and got Bartolo Colons warm up ball and a gamer from Ruben Tejada hit by Justin Morneau in the 3rd.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies the first batter he faced was Juan Lagares the Mets center fielder started the game with a double and it looked like Nicasio was in trouble early, But after Daniel Murphy lined out to Nolan Arenado at third David Wright lined out to Troy Tulowitzki at short and Lagares was caught off the bag at second for a double play. Nicasio got out of the inning with 11 pitches.
Bartolo Colon was the starting pitcher for the Mets. He got Charlie Blackmon to fly out to left and then struck out Arenado. He did not have great stuff to the first 2 batters but got them out then Carlos Gonzalez came up and took a 90 MPH to right center for a solo home run and a Rockies 1-0 lead. Tulo would end the inning flying out to left.
Hey look David Wright at third base.
Lucas Duda started the inning with a out and Chris Young hit a single. Here is Curtis Granderson batting in the 2nd inning after Youngs single.
Juan Nicasio pitching with Chris Young on base. Young did steal second but did not score and Nicasio got out of the inning.
Corey Dickerson taking a swing right before his 2 out single.
Charlie Culberson would also hit a single and Nicasio would hit a single.
Dickerson and Culberson both scored on the single. It was a very good hit down the right field line that may have been a double for a position player instead of a very long single. above he is giving Eric Young five after the 2 RBI single to give the Rox a 3-0 lead.
Nicasio pitched another very good inning in the 3rd and the Rockies did not score in the 3rd either.
Which was thrown past second baseman Daniel Murphy into right field.
Culberson was then hit by a pitch.to load the bases.
Juan Nicasio would get his third RBI of the night on a sac-fly to center.
Scoring Rosario from third! The Rockies extended their lead 4-0.
Charlie Blackmon would hit a single to score Dickerson and Culberson for a 6-0 Rockies lead.
Culberson stepping on the plate for the 3rd run of the inning. It looks like he may have been out but I am not saying anything!!!!
Nicasio kept the Mets batters to a minimum in the 5th and the Rockies picked up another run Justin Morneau got on base with a single.
He would score on a Dickerson triple. he is being waved around by Stu Coles at third for the 7th run for the Rockies.
Bartolo Colon was taken out of the game after the triple and was replaced by Jeurys Familia. Colon gave up 10 hits 7 runs, he did strike out 3 and walked 1 in his 4.2 innings on the mound and can’t forget the hit batter Culberson in the 4th.
Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 6th for the Mets this is the first time I have seen him play for the Mets. Last year when the Mets came for the make up game I was in N.Y. and missed the game at Coors.
Juan Nicasio did walk hime and here he is turning around at second on a Lagares fly ball to right field which was caught by Brandon Barnes who came into the game in the 5th for Cargo. Blackmon moved to center from right and Dickerson moved from center to left.
Juan Nicasio pitched a full 7 inning and Chad Bettis came in for the 8th inning. Nicasio besides going 1 for 2 at the plate with 3 RBI’s he pitched a pretty good game also! Not giving up any runs on 3 hits striking out 3 and kept his pitch count very good for him 95 pitches in 7 innings. Bettis after getting 2 quick outs in the 8th walked Bobby Abreu. Who scored on a Juan Lagarase double. 7-1 Rox
Jose Valverde pitched the 8th inning for the Mets.
You know you have a good lead in the 8th when the relief pitcher is batting in his spot with 2 outs! He did strike out and came back out to pitch the 9th.
After another inning of 2 quick outs Chad Bettis gave up a single to Chris Young and then another to Curtis Granderson. Travis d’Arnaud then hit a 3 run home run the Rockies still had a 7-4 lead.
d’Arnaud passing Mets 3rd base coach Tim Teuful after his 9th inning 3 run home run.
Ruben Tejada flew out to Barnes in right to end the game with the Rockies winning with the 7-4 score. This was a great game by Nicasio and was awesome to sit behind the Mets dugout. Thanks again Geoff.
After the game I headed to the players entrance and got to say hey to The Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez and got Tim Teuful to sign a card for me. He was a really nice guy and it was cool meeting another player that played on the 1986 World series team for the Mets.
I will be at Coors for the remainder of the series and home stand see you at Coors!
Jason Hammel pitched for the Rockies and Josh Collmenter started for the D’backs.
Today was also the day that most of the September call ups are at Coors. Since the Sky Sox and Tulsa seasons are both over. So 2 of them started today one being Jordan Pacheco who is the starting catcher for the Sky Sox. He started at the revolving door we call third base.
Jordan Pacheco and Dexter Fowler during warm ups.
Also called up and starting today was Willin Rosario. Willin is a top prospect for the Rockies and spent the last 2 seasons as a Tulsa Drillers.
Jason Hammel and Willin Rosario Heading in for the start of the game.
The question as always when Jason Hammel pitches is which Jason Hammel will pitch the dominant throw for strike and make batters cringe or the whoops was that a 4 run inning Jason Hammel.
Hammel got out of the 1st inning letting up a run. (1-0) D’backs
The 1st. inning did not yield any runs for the Rockies neither did the 2,3,4…..
In the second inning the D’backs went down in order including Jason Hammel striking out Chris Young and a great play or maybe a bad running error. When John McDonald hit a ball to the gap in left center and tried to stretch a sure double into a not so quite a triple Seth Smith picked it up and threw it in to The Deuce who than threw it to Pacheco at 3rd. for the out.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 2nd. Giambi grounded out and Seth Smith struck out. The third batter of the game was Willin Rosario for his first Major League at bat. He hit to the warning track in center, but it was caught by the D’backs center fielder Chris Young.
Wilin Rosario fouls a pitch back behind the netting.
Jason Hammel struck out Justin Upton in the 4th. to lead of the inning. Than sat the next 2 down also. In the Rockies 4th Jordan Pacheco would have his first Major League at bat. The result was a little different then Rosario’s. With a 1/1 count he swung and hit to center field for a single. He would advance to third after Hammel would sac bunt and Fowler grounded out, but remain there and not score.
Jordan Pachecos first MLB hit.
Hammel would have another good inning in the 5th Striking out 2 but also walking 1.
The Rockies would have had a productive inning in the 5th. With another first, after Seth Smith lead of with a triple Rosario stepped to the plate and no it wasn’t his first MLB hit he lined out, but Pacheco would ground out Smith scored for Pachecos first MLB RBI!!!! To tie the game at 1.
Seth Smith slid into home plate after Pacheco hits the ball for Pachecos first RBI
The D’backs would than take the lead again in the 7th scoring 1 run, After a Goldschmidt lead off double, Gerrado Parra hit a single to score him 2 batters later.
Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 7th and hit a single.
D’backs Manager Kirk Gibson takes starter Collmenter out of the game in the 7th after Seth Smiths single.
Eric Young Jr. Sliding into home plate and was called out. I think he was safe but my call don’t matter. After seeing the play on TV after I got home it still looked like EYJ was safe.
The D’backs scored one, which on most nights would pretty much all they need to win the game., but not this night. Then there was the Rockies 8th. After Pacheco got out and Kouzmanoff came in to PH for Hammel, Fowler would hit a single. Kouzmanoff would be thrown out at second. Mark Ellis hit a single followed by Cargo single which score Dex to tie the game. Cargo and Ellis would advance a base on a wild pitch with The Deuce at bat. Once again he proved me wrong and hit another prove the Addict wrong 3 run HR.[Love when that happens]. (5-3) Rockies. That was the second time in 2 days he has done that. That was not it Ty Wiggington PH in the fifth spot also hit a single Seth Smith than hit another triple to score Wiggy. (6-3) Rosario walked to get on base for the first time in his MLB career with a walk. Pacheco also hit a single for another RBI his second. (7-3)Rockies. Kouzmanoff came up for the second time in the inning and was hit by a pitch. The next batter Fowler walked and scored Rosario from 3rd.(8-3) Rockies. Ellis ended the inning flying out to center. After 2 out the Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate after their were 2 outs and a total of 13 batters in the inning. Scoring 7 runs this was one of the best innings of baseball I have seen from this team all year, it was great that they were able to put a good rally together.
Dex Scoring the first run in the 8th.
The Deuces HR swing in the 8th
The ball was hit to the near empty pavilions
The Deuce steps on home after the 3 run HR, This time their was no hug for Cargo but a lot of High-Five!!
Wiggington scoring after Seth Smiths 2nd triple of the game.
Pacheco reaching base for his 2nd MLB hit and RBI.
This was probably the best game of the season for Jason Hammel he has pitched consistent occasionally but he was right on keeping his pitch count low for him, not having the blow up inning and striking out (????). Pitching 7 complete innings. In an interview awhile ago after totally falling apart one game he said that is just part of the enigma that is Jason Hammel well this game was a different part. It was the lights out, I am going to get the job done part of the enigma of Jason Hammel. Great game. unfortunately he did not get the win. Matt Belise did, for his 10th win of the season. One more he will be tied for all time wins for the Rockies from the bullpen with 11. Which was done by Gabe White in 2000.
The Rockies won. It really did not make a difference in the standings, But it was agreat game. Hope they can keep this up. If we are not going to win the division or get in the playoffs make it exciting for the rest of the season. Oh and once again we got tacos!!!!!! I Won’t be at the next 2 against the Reds, But will be at Coors on Sunday.
Dinger celebrating the win!!!
The Rockies celebrate the win!