Tagged: Clint Barmes

The Rockies sweep the Pirates!

8-1-2013

Pirates vs. Rockies

Game 3

Today was another early start for a 2:10 game I arrived at Coors about 9:30, I was not gonna go early since I did not have to because it was not a bobble head day, but since I started the Pirates photo I wanted to see if I could get a few more guys on it. So I waited by the players entrance and got A.J. Burnett and Jared Hughs so for the 3 days I got 9 autographs on it in all. Not bad for an away team. It was an Autograph Sunday and since there was a few guys up that I needed on my team 16×20 I brought it and I was kind of lucky since 2 of the 3 guys I needed that are up signed. I needed both Jeff  Manship and Charlie Culbertson. The 2 other signers were Jonny Herrera and Josh Outman. So I have a total of 49 autographs on my team 16×20 almost everybody who wore a Rockies uniform for at least a game. Still missing 4 Mitchell Boggs who is in the Springs and Colin McHugh also in the Springs, Roy Oswalt who is on the D.L. and Chad Bettis who is with the team.

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Chad Bettis made the start for the Rockies this game. He had a strong 1st inning facing 3 batters striking out 2 Alex Presley who lead off and Andrew McCutchen.

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Jeff Locke started for the Pirates he did allow a base runner when he walked Troy Tulowitzki with 2 outs. He did get the next batter out Wilin Rosario.

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Wilin Rosario hitting into a ground out in the 1st. inning.

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Chad pitching in the Second inning Pedro Alverez started the inning with a home run to put the Pirates up 1-0.

The Rockies would score a run in the 2nd inning when Charlie Blackman got hit by a pitch. He than stole second and was moved to third on a balk. After Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu hit to center for a sac fly and Blackmon scored to tie the game at 1. Tulo ended the inning with a fly ball to left. The Pirates once again to the lead in the 3rd. inning After Clint Barmes hit a lead-off double. He scored on a McCuthchen single (2-1) Pirates

Tulo showed his best Jazz hands during his 4th inning at bat! He walked this at bat.

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Charlie Blackmon gets back to first after his 5th inning single. Not much happened in the fifth. The Rockies did get a few base runners but failed to score, Blackmon did get to third.

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Jeff Locke was removed from the game in the 6th inning.  Yorvit Torrealba was on second and Charlie Blackmon on first with 2 outs. Tony Watson came into pitch, Corey Dickerson reached on an error and Torrealba scored. (2-2)

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Torrealba scoring the Rockies tying run.

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Wilin Rosario hitting a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs.

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Rosario scored on a Nolan Arenado double his 20th of the season. Not bad since being called up in late April! along with his 9 home runs, 3 triples and 40 RBI’s. The Rox took a 3-2 lead.

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Andrew McCutchen striking out in his 8th inning at bat.

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Matt Belisle pitching in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Bettis pitched a complete 6 inning allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits and Striking out 3 and walking 2. Corpas pitched the 7th and Belisle in the 8th.

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Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Unfortunately hit into an inning ending double play.

IMG_3262Yorvit was out at second on the Helton double play.

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Rex brothers came in for the save and made the game interesting again. He gave up a single to Neil Walker start the inning.

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After striking out Russell Martin who pinch hit in the inning for Garrett Jones, Tony Sanchez hit a double Martin went to 3rd. Starling Marte came into pinch run for Sanchez.

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(The Brooms started coming out after the first out a little early for my liking)

Jordy Mercer would line out for the second out and Gabby Sanchez was intentionally walked to load the base’s when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.

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Alex Presley would pop out to Arenado at third to end the game and the Rockies got the 3 game sweep o the Pirates it in the first time they swept a first place team since 2010.

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It was a great series with three really great games. Things really seemed to change in this home stand.

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The Rockies celebrate the sweep of the Pirates.

The Pirates are a strong team and defiantly be my team to root for if they make the play off a bunch of really good guys and they are the Rockies central, so it would be great to see the Clints Hurdle and Barmes do well again.

The Rockies are Currently playing a series with the Padres which I will be getting to all 3 this week.

Well That is it for this game and well see you at Coors.

Rockin the Pirates Ship!

8-9-2013

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1 of Series
My 51st game at Coors this year.

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Since I came directly from work I arrived at Coors early for the 6:40 game. I got to the players entrance at about 2:35 and see if I could get any autographs. Earlier in the morning before I left for work I grabbed a 2012 All-Star ball that I had left from last year I have been meaning to bring it to see who I could get to sign it. After being there about 10 minutes a Car pulled up and it was The Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen who got out which was great because he happened to be the 2012 All-Star for the Pirates and I had him sign the ball. Another 5 minutes or so past when a Taxi pulled up and inside was Starling Marte who is in his first full year with the Pirates was in the Taxi. I have seen him play a few times over the last few years when going to Indianapolis and seeing the Indians play. He stopped and I had him sign what I am going to use as a Pirates team Item a photo of PNC Park in Pittsburgh that I had taken on a road trip in 2010.

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this is the photo I had printed as a 11X14.

After doing real good with autographs out there I headed around to the Rockpile Gate and waited about an hour for the gates to open.

Then it was time for the game and I headed over to my usual spot and watched the game.

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Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. At first things did not look like they would go well for Jorge today. Pirates lead-off batter Starling Marte got on base on the first pitch by hitting a single.

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He would attempt to steal second while Jordy Mercer was batting and got caught for the first out of the game.

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Mercer ended up hitting a single followed by a Andrew McCutchen single that (Roger Dorn) Troy Tulowitzki watched go by.

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McCutchen hitting his single in the first.

Russell Martin also hit a single and load the base’s. Jorge turned it up and struck out Pedro Alverez and then Gaby Sanchez grounded out and ended the inning Jorge managed to get himself out of a tough inning very nice work by him. Jorge threw 26 pitched in the inning.

For those who do not get the Roger Dorn reference go rent Major League!

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The Pirates starter was Francisco Liriano who came into the game with a 12-5 record for the year and a 2.83 ERA in 17 games. Dexter Fowler started the game of with a hard-line drive out to Mercer at short and it seemed like OK so this is how the game is going to go It will be a quick inning for the Rockies which has been somewhat the norm lately. But the next batter D.J. LeMahieu got and incredible inning started with a single, (RODO) Tulo managed to scrape together a walk. Michael Cuddyer hit a single which scored LeMahieu from second and (Rodo) Tulo advanced to third.

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Wilin Rosario hit a double to right scoring Tulo and Cuddy who was on first.

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Jose Tabata chases the ball into the right field corner.

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Cuddy crossing the plate after Rosarios double.  (3-0) Rox

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Rosario scored on a Todd Helton single to make it a 4-0 game.

Jorge De La Rosa was the ninth batter of the inning for the Rockies he hit a pretty good shot to left and flew out. For a pitcher it was pretty good contact.

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Neil Walker started the 2nd inning off the same way Marte did with a single he didn’t do it on one pitch, instead it was 3 but he got on base. As shown above he would eventually score the Pirates first run of the game. Jorge did walk 2 batters and give a single again to Marte. Walker scored on a sac-fly to center. (4-1) Rox

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The Rockies and Wilin Rosario did not hold back in the 2nd inning. Fowler singled to start the inning and  then LeMahieu flew out and Tulo would strike out looking for the 5 run game winning home run, oohhh wait we were already up by 3 nevermind! With 2 outs Cuddy hit a single scoring Dex who advanced to second on a throwing error on his single and tagged up to 3rd on LeMahieu fly out. (5-0) Rox Wilin Rosario did not let it end there he hit a 2 run home run to put the Rockies up 7-0. Yeah we got Tacos and it is only the second inning! It still did not stop Helton singled and scored on a Nolan Arenado single.

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Arenado came home on a Charlie Culbertson double (9-0) Rox unfortunately the 2 out rally ended with the third out of the inning a hit back to Liriano by de La Rosa for the out. Once again the Rockies sent 9 guys to the plate in an inning.

Liriano was taken out off the game in the 3rd inning with 1 out and Vin Mazzaro came in to pitch for the Pirates. So Lirianos ERA jumped 3.14 after his 2.1 inning and well not to give away the ending he also recorded his 3rd lose of the year. The Rockies did get a 10th run in the third Fowler lead off this inning with a walk and scored on a Michael Cuddyer hit a ball to Mercer who tossed to Walker at second to get the hustling Tulo at second. Who am I kidding even if he was hustling he would have been out but Cuddys hustle did beat out the double play.

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Alex Presley pinched hit in the pitchers spot in the for the Pirates in the 6th inning. He is another guy I have seen a few times in Indy. He was actually with them last month when I was there.

Jorge was taken out of the game after 5 innings. with a high pitch count and a 9 run lead. he pitched 106 pitches striking out 3 and walking 3, he gave up that 1 run on 8 hits he managed to work him out of 2 rough innings and pitched well the last 3 he pitched. I am sure run support helped his performance.

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Clint Hurdle removes his third pitcher of the game Jared Hughs from the game with 2 outs and replaced him with infielder Josh Harrison.

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Harrison faced Corey Dickerson who came into pinch hit in the for the pitchers spot and flew out to left.

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Rex Brothers closed the game in the 9th for the Rockies not without a little drama but did get the 3 outs and ended the game.

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Jonny Hererra tried to turn a double play after getting Marte out at second. Mercer got on first.

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The third out was a hit to Jonny again to get Tony Sanchez out at first to end the game. Yorvit Torrealba was playing first in the 9th for the Rockies. He did bat in Heltons spot in the 8th inning.

The Rockies won this one 10-1.

Great way to start a home stand lets keep it going guys.

After the game we headed out to the players entrance again and got Pirates player Neil Walker on my 11×14 and Walt Weiss stopped and he signed 2 cards for me.

Part 2 of MY 2010 Road Trip What a Rocky Road it was.

 

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               This is the 2nd part of my 2010 Road trip it starts at the second game I attended at Citi Field in NY on August 11, 2010 to a Game I attended in Indianapolis on August 16, 2010.

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While I was getting ready to head to the train station to the stadium my phone rang  and it was Zack Hample. My friend Robert from Coors Field told him I was going to be in town and we should meet up. Zack said he would meet up with me before the game. Zack only stuck around for BP. This was a few days before his most recent books deadline. Zack has his own blog The Baseball Collector. Heres a link http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/. It was realy cool meeting him and the rest of the Citi Field Ball Snagging crew. Here a photo of the group of us outside Citi Field. An below that a photo of Zack in Left Field Seats.

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Photo and text courtesy of Zack. In the photo above, you’re looking at:

1) Greg Barasch, who recently joined the 1,000-ball club.

2) Gary, who has some pretty impressive stats of his own.

3) Brian (aka “puck collector”) who’s not too far behind Gary.

4) Zack!

5) Mateo, my Watch With Zack client from 7/27/10 at Citi Field.

6) Mike from Denver. I had just met him through a mutual friend: Robert Harmon of 762 fame.

7) Brian’s father Wayne (aka “father puck”) who’s holding up his copy of the new Sports Illustrated article about Zack.


 
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Mets pitches warming up along the 3rd base line during BP. A few minutes after this photo was taken. I caught a ball that was fouled off and bounce on the warning track and into the stands. IMG_5706.JPG
A look at the 2 LED scoreboards they have at Citi Field.

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The starting line ups for The Aug. 11th game between The Rockies and Mets.IMG_5724.JPG
Both Pitches heading to the dugout after pre game warm ups in the bullpen. Starting Pitchers were Jeff Francis for the Rox and Jonathan Niese for the Mets.IMG_5734.JPG
                        Jonathan Niese throws 1st pitch to Dexter Fowler.IMG_5739.JPG
                           Jeff Francis throws his first pitch to Mets Short Stop Jose Reyes.IMG_5762.JPG
                Mr. Met visits the upper deck and trows out a few tee shirts to the fans.IMG_5769.JPG
                                       A photo of Citi Field during the 4th inning.

 
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                                      Jeff Francis Pitching in the 4th inning.
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The Mets 2 runs were scored in the first inning by an Angel Pagan 2 Run HR. The Rockies 1st Run was score by a Chris Iannetta Sac Fly to center scoring Tulo in the 7th at that point it was 2-1 Mets.

 

Melvin Mora rounds 3rd after hitting a 8th inning Grand Slam Home Run, Scoring Helton, Tulo and Cargo.

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Tulo Crosses the plate for the 3rd run from Mora’s HR.

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                                 Cargo high fives Melvin Mora after his trot around the bases.

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The scoreboard at the end of the game. The Rockies Win 6-2.After the Mora Home Run Clint Barmes single scored Brad Hawpe. Bringing the score to the 6-2 final.

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Rockies celabrate their 6-2 win over the Mets.
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The Rockies winning did make the train ride back to the Island a lot easier. Everybody on the trains were very cool and realy intrested about Colorado and the Rockies. A few even said how “The Rockies have a very good team and the Mets need some work”. Not my Words that was from a Mets fan on the train. Had a lot of fun and good conversations on baseball.

                                                    August 12, 2010

That day a very unusual thing occured. Do to a late start from LI and NY traffic we got to the game in the 2nd inning the Rockies were already down 2 runs when we got there. IMG_5846.JPG
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Above is Jason Hammel Pitching in the 3rd inning.

 

This is a view from My seat on the left field side of the stadium. Thanks to Mike M for the great tickets that also included acces to many of the clubs in Citi Field which is where we spent most of the game. It was realy cool to see things I normaly do not see at stadiums. especially with such uneventful game for the Rockies. 

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A view of the Jackie Robinson Pavillion from the inside of Citi Field.

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The scoreboard at the end of the game the Mets Won 4-0. That evened the 6 games the 2 teams played this year to 3-3. It made the Rockies 3-4 on this road trip and 1-3 with me in attendance. Some would say it was a rocky road trip.

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                                   August 16, 2010 Victory Field Indianapolis, Indiana

                         Home of the Indanapolis Indians. They Played the Rochester Chiefs

                               The Indians are the triple a affiliate of the Pittsburgh pirates.

 

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A view of the Stadium from the birm in right field.

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 The scoreboard at the end of the game was not a good one for the Indians losing to the Chiefs 11-4. This game was definatly not a pitching battle.

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Here is a view of Victory Field after the game outside the center field gates.

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After all the games I was going to attend were done I had one more piece of baseball history to check out. It is an old abandon stadium on the outskirts of Indianapolis. This stadium was the old home of the Indianapolis Indians. Bush Stadium was built in 1931 by the Indians owner Norm Perry and was called Perry Stadium During WWII it was renamed Victory Field. After the stadium was sold to the City of Indianapolis it was renamed after a MLB baseball player Donnie Bush. It remaned Bush Stadium till the Indians moved to there new stadium in Downtown Indianapolis Victory Field.

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Some of the masonary work on the front of Bush Stadium.

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Outside wall of the stadiums 1st baseline.Covered in Ivy. Bush stadium. In 1987 the field was also used in the movie eight men out. Where it was used to depict Cominsky Park and Crosley Field.

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The back of the center field wall and old scoreboard.

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My first look of the field after a peek through a gate that was in left field. To my suprise there were hundreds of cars parked on what once was a baseball field.

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                          The old will call ticket window a reminder of what once was.

 
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First look over the wall to see the field and stands. In 1984 the field was used for the Pan American games which where held in Indianapolis.IMG_6045.JPG
After almost 60 years of being home of the Indianapolis Indians it was turned into a dirt race track for midget race cars. An was renamed the 16th street speedway.

 
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Bush stadium is now being rented by Pick a Part from the City of Indianapolis. Thats why there are cars all over what was the field. Bush Stadium is on the list of Historical places.An is why it is still in existence today.

 

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This is a view of the stands and homeplate area photographed while standing on the roof of my truck over looking the left field wall. Before someone from pick a part approached me to see what I was doing. then I left.

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All facts and dates about Bush Stadium courtesy of wikipedia.

After checking out Bush Stadium I headed to Downtown Indy for a little urban hiking. Her are a few places I past by on my hike.

 Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts. I think they use this as a airplane hanger in the off season realy intresting looking building.

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This is the NCAA National Headquaters located just outside of downtown Indianapolis.

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This was the sunset while I was driving back to Denver somewhere in central Kansas.

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Normaly I am not a fan of driving through Kansas But This sunset on my way home was a incredible end to my trip.

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  This was a great trip. I drove over 4000 miles in the 2 weeks I was gone. I visited 2 MLB Ball Parks. 3 Minor League Parks and caught 3 BP Baseball. Got to meet many players in both the Majors and Minor Leagues. I would like to Thank My Family and friends across the country that let me stay at there homes and/or got me tickets to games.

 

Thanks to Viviene for letting me stay at your house both going to NY and heading back to Denver. Chris for getting me tix to the Indians game, Mike M in NY for tix to the 8/12 game, Rich Woodworth for getting me tix for the 8/10 game. The whole Gioia family for letting me stay at there house and for dealing with my crazy schedule while I was in NY. Everybody that headed to Millers Ale House to meet up with me even know I did not make it there. Catcha next time.

 

My Next Cross Country adventure is in the planning stage and will take place at the end of June when the Rockies Head to The New Yankee Stadium. Thats unless the plans get postponed due to a new endeavors in life that may be taking place in the next few months. More info to follow.

                           To All the Rockies Fans Keep Believing. I know I will.