Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies
This game saw another MLB debut for a Rockies pitcher this game it was Christian Bergman’s turn. He pitched a very good first inning striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. The only base runner was Jason Heyward who reached based on a Troy Tulowitzki error at short. Bergman pitched 3 no hit innings and the Braves started getting hits in the 4th inning the first by B.J. Upton and the Second by Freddie Freeman both scored in the inning Upton on a Evan Gattis grounder and Freeman when Chris Johnson hit a single. That would give the Braves a 2-0 lead. He pitched well in the 5th inning which he got out of throwing only 10 pitches. The Braves swinging at the 1st or 2nd pitch helped keep the pitch count low and the 5 he threw to B.J. Upton was half the pitches for the inning. Bergman pitched a complete 6 innings striking out 4, He allowed only 5 hits and 2 runs and he walked 2.
Christian Bergman warming up in the bullpen before his start.
Throwing his first pitch, a ball to Jason Heyward.
He also got his first MLB hit in his 3rd inning at bat.
In the 7th inning Corey Dickerson hit a lead off solo home run to give the Rockies their first run of the game and cut the Braves lead by 1. The Score was 2-1. The Rockies threatened slightly in the inning with 2 outs after D.J. LeMahieu walked and Brandon Barnes hit a double. Barnes came into pinch hit for the pinch hitter Ryan Wheeler in the pitchers spot after the Braves changed pitchers after Wheeler was announced. Luis Avilan Came into replace Gavin Floyd who started for the Braves.
Rex Brother pitched the 7th for the Rockies, he pitched well in the inning striking out 3 of the 4 Braves batters he faced. The only base runner he allowed was a walk to Heyward.
The Braves scored a 3rd run in the 8th with a little small ball off of Adam Ottavino. Ottavino walked Justin Upton who scored on a Chris Johnson single.
Mike McKenry hits a ball to center in the 9th inning for the second out of the 9th inning for the Rockies.
Craig Kimbrel who came in to close the game for the Braves came in a little close to Charlie Culberson during his 9th inning at bat. Culberson would eventfully walk.
Wilin Rosario could not catch up to this Kimbrel fast ball to strike out and end the game.
The Rockies would lose this one 3-1.
They are now 29-34 and it seems that the season is quickly getting away from them. They also had more bad news on Monday when Michael Cuddyer is out with a broken shoulder and Carlos Gonzalez was going to have exploratory surgery on his finger.
So that is it for this 1 and now onto the next one!
See You at Coors!
Memphis Redbirds vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Security Service Field
Colorado Springs, Colorado
My 2nd Sky Sox game of the year. 24th game in total for the year!
This was my second trip to the Springs this year. Like always I headed out behind the stadium to see if I could find some baseballs and did not find any. We then headed into the stadium. I went with Mariano and Jared. After we entered the stadium we headed to the Redbirds side of the field. After finding out the one player I had cards for was sent back up to the Cardinals I headed to the Sky Sox side of the field. I got GlenAllen Hill to sign a copy of the program and also had Kyle Parker to sign a card. I also got Mike McKenry on Mariano’s Rockies team ball, a 8×10 signed by Christian Friedrick and 3 others in my spring training program so not a bad day for graphs. Every thing I brought to be signed was. It did help that I did not have much!
The players lined up during the National Anthem.
Today I did something I have never done at a game before and that was take every photo with nothing but a wide angle lens! I did not feel like caring my large zoom for this game, 1 because I felt lazy this day and 2 the lighting stinks at this stadium and I really did not feel like taking a camera to begin with.
Christian Bergman was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox.
Zach Petrick started for the Redbirds both pitchers had 1,2,3 inning in the first. Both aloud runners in the 2nd.
Jason Pridie grounded out to start the game for the Sky Sox.
The second Redbirds hit was by Jermaine Curtis that got past Paul Janish at 2nd in the 2nd inning.
Curtis running to first.
Now this game was a pitching duel and well there were not many hits and due to the wide angle lens there were not many photos!
There were no runs by either team and the Sky Sox Brought Chad Bettis into pitch the 9th inning.
With 1 out he did give up a double to Scott Moore and walked Curtis. Bettis got out of the inning on a ball hit by Luis Mateo to end the inning. Christian Bergman pitched 8 complete inning giving up 4 hits no runs and struck out and walked 2.
A look from behind home plate during Ben Paulsen’s 9th inning at bat. Sam Freeman who pitched the 8th started the 9th inning for the Redbirds. Zach Petrick pitched 7 complete inning giving up 3 hits, no runs and struck out 3 and walk 1.
Freeman struck out the first 2 Sky Sox batters of the inning Ryan Wheeler and Ben Paulsen. Freeman was taken out of the game after a single by Tim Wheeler and Jorge Rondon came into pitch for the Redbirds.
The game went to the 10th inning and the Redbirds failed to score or get runs in the inning off Bettis who continued to pitch in the 10th. rondon also continued to pitch for the redbirds in the 10. He walked pinch hitter Rafael Ynoa who would score the only run of the game after singles by Jason Pridie and Josh Ruthledge. With base’s loaded Kyle Parker hit a single that scored Ynoa and win the game for the Sky Sox 1-0.
This is only the second time in Sky Sox history that they went to extra inning scoreless.
The Sky Sox clear the dugout for the celebrating at 1st base.
( Should have stayed where I sat most of the game, would of had good photos of this celebration)
This was a very good pitching battle and this was the first time I have seen Bergman pitch. He has been having a good year he is 3-2 on the year with 9 starts he has pitched 58 1/3 innings, striking out 35 with a 3.25 ERA. He did not get the win tonight because he came out with a 0-0 score and his record does not reflect what he is actually doing because of his no decisions like in this game.
That is it from the Springs I will be at Coors for the Giants series.
I delayed this post because of the Nolan Arenado walk off at Coors in the first game against the Giants!