Phillies vs. Rockies Game 2.
My 8th of the year at Coors.
Jordan Lyle was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He faced 4 Phillies in the first and Chase Utley was the only base runner he hit a single with 2 outs and the inning ended with Ryan Howard striking out.
Kyle Kendrick was the starting pitcher for the Phillies.
There was no scoring for either team till the Rockies scored 1 in the 3rd. Nolan Arenado scored after he hit a lead-off single and scored on a D.J. LeMahieu single. D.J. moved to second on the throw home. Arenado was originally called out. After a review the call was overturned, not because of a missed tag but because Carlos Ruiz the Phillies catcher was blocking the plate. Kind of an interesting call including the 2 new rules initiated this year.
For a few innings there was a squirrel running around the field first in the infield then the outfield. He was then chased into the fountain area by the batters eye in center field. I think he originally fell out of Charlie Blackmon’s beard but this can not be confirmed!
The Rockies did score 2 more runs in the 4th inning on a Justin (I am flying under the radar) Morneau home run. He has been very quietly hitting very well batting .333 with 3 home runs. He seems to be a very good addition to this team. I was worried at first but he seems to be replacing Todd very well at first and a great addition at the plate. (3-0) Rox
Lyles pitched into the 8th inning. He gave up 5 hits 1 run, striking out 2 and walking 1.
Lyles was replaced by Boone Logan. He did give up a hit scoring the 1 run that was charge to Lyles because he gave up a single to Cody Asche. Logan struck out Chase Utley to end the inning. (3-1) Rox.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 9th for the save. His 4th of the year. Jordan Lyles got the win and player of the game. It was Lyles 3 win of the year. This game brought the Rockies to a 10-9 record and brought them over .500. This was also the first time I have seen a Rockies pitcher start the 8th inning in a while.
Dominic Brown flew out to center to end the game.
This game I did not take many photos as you could probably tell by the lack of photos. The Squirrel was probably the only photo I got of anything running up the line toward first base till that point in the game.
That is it for this one. I will be at Coors the whole road stand so see you there!
Also this is my 300th post on MLBlogs thanks to everyone who follows me and checks in on the blog.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs vs. Columbus Clippers
Huntington Park, Columbus, Ohio
First game ever in Ohio. Second of road trip.
The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are a Triple A affiliate of the Phillies and the Clippers are the affiliate of the Indians.
I arrived at the stadium about 3o minutes before the gates opened when I arrived there was a sign on the window that only standing room only tickets were available. That’s fine because most of the time I walk around new stadiums any way. I got my ticket and walked around the outside of the stadium.
Before I did get my ticket I noticed these openings in the outfield wall. It was a really cool feature that I have not seen before in a park, the only one I knew about was the one at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
This is a photo of a Statue outside the centerfield fence. It is of Harold M. Cooper who was originally a Clubhouse manager and then a GM. He was also President of the Independent League.
This was behind the statue it was it was a sculpture with a bunch of different things on it having to do with the history of the team in Columbus.
While I was waiting to get into the stadium there was a batting practice going on. So I went to the Seats to see if I could snag a baseball. Batting Practice ended after a few minutes and I did not get a ball. I have gotten BP baseballs and game balls from the International League.
I found it interesting that they had nets up in right field. I thought it was going to be one of those stadiums with the netting up around the field. I did notice that it was not anywhere else around the field. They did take it down after BP.
I thought this was cool on the section signs they had photos of the players on them that played in Columbus through the years. Not sure who these players are. Later I did find a photo of Jorge Posada later during the game.
This is a sculpture they have on the concourse by left field.
This was a very cool feature to the stadium it was a already existing building that the made into suites to watch the game from.
Around the stadium they have many photos and displays about the Speed of the Game. Here are 2 of them in the next 2 photos.
Here is a look behind home plate area and more suites. This stadium has a lot of suites and special areas. It made it kind of hard to just walk around and take in the stadium.
There was a solid rail down the whole length of the stands from top to bottom so you could not access the area behind home plate the only way to get to them was through a entrance on the concourse or jump over the rail, which probably would not go over to well with the stadium staff.
This stadium seemed to have a lot of areas you could not access which is very rare for a minor league stadium usually you can get almost anywhere before the game.
I like this feature that that you were able to see the field from the confession stand and it had access from all sides. As usual I did not eat at the stadium which I tend not to do much. The prices were comparable to other stadiums in the minor leagues.
Here is the Iron Pigs starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd warming up in their bullpen along the 3rd base side of the field.
Daisuke Matsuzaka warming up in the Clippers bullpen along the 1st base line.
Daisuke throwing the first pitch to the Iron Pigs Jermaine Mitchell who grounded out to first for the first out of the game. Cesar Hernandez struck out for the second out. Cody Asche would hit a double to get the game’s first hit.
Here he is sliding into second after hitting a double to right field.
Darin Ruf would strike out for the 3rd out of the inning.
Tyler Cloyd throwing his first pitch to the Clippers Ezquiel Carrera who started the inning off with a single. The next batter Matt Carson struck out.
Carrera stole 2nd base.
Jeremy Hermida hit a 2 run home run to put the Clippers on the board. It did not slow down there.
Cord Phelps hit a double to get on base.
Tim Fedroff hitting a single scoring Phelps from second.
Fedoroff would advance to second on a balk call
Iron Pigs manager Dave Brundage came out to talk to the umpire about the call.
Juan Diaz would hit the second home run of the inning to give the Clippers a 5-0 lead.
Diaz high fives a teamate after crossing home plate.
Nate Spears got the last out of the inning a fly ball to left field.
Josh Fields hit a 1 out single to get things started for the Iron Pigs in the second inning. Steve Susdorf followed up with a single of his own.
Here is Daisuke pitching with runners on first and third. The Iron Pigs would get a run in the inning. (5-1) Clippers
Ezequiel Carrera Puts down a bunt fielded by Iron Pigs catcher Cameron Rupp.
He was out at first.
Roberto Perez slides into third after a Matt Carson fly out to center.
Cesar Hernandez hits a double to the right field corner.
Hernadez at second after his double. He remained on base in the inning.
Around the 4th inning I noticed the sky seemed like it would have a really good sunset brewing, so in the 5th I headed to center field to get some photos of the sunset. I was right and it was a great sunset over the home plate area of Huntington Ball Park.
These were 2 of my favorites I took while out there.
After I got back to the 3rd base side former Rockies Greg Smith was warming up in the bullpen.
He came into pitch in the 5th. Here he is throwing over to first Tim Fedroff who was walked by Cloyd before he was taken out of the game. Cloyd left the game giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, striking out 7 and walking 3.
They had a hot dog race it was not creepy like the Coors race. It was fun that one of the hot dogs ran up the tarp and jumped on another.
The 3 Hot Dogs were Relish, Mustard and Ketchup, Ketchup won
The Super Moon over The building in left field.
In the 8th Jeremy Hermida Slides into home.
He was safe!!!
for the Clippers 6 run of the game.
The Clippers won this game 6-2, the Iron Pigs second run came in the 7th inning.
That is it for this one. hmm Just realized I have never seen the Clippers lose last year I saw them in Indianapolis and they beat the Indians.
O.K. Game to is done. After this game I drove over night to N.Y. Before heading to Boston!
See ya from Fenway Pawk!
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