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Tomko get’s KO’ed and Parker gets the call!

6-16-2014

Salt Lake City Bee’s vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

4th game of series, My 4th game in the Springs this season and second of this series.

As far as total amounts of goes this year I lost count about 3 weeks ago!

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When I got into the stadium Christian Fredrich who pitched Friday’s game I was at was doing his bull-pen session.

So as the players came out and warmed up I got a few autographs, I got Kyle Parker to sign a PCL ball and also got Delta Cleary Jr. on a ball. He was just called up to the Sky Sox on Saturday from Tulsa. I also got 3 others including Ben Paulson and Angelys Nina in my spring training program.

IMG_7501 Brett Tomko was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox today and pitched terrible. There is just no other way to explain it He walked the first Bee’s batter he face and than gave up a single to the second Ex-Rocky Tommy Field. After striking out the next 2 batters things looked like they where coming together. That did not happen and He walked Brennan Boesch and then Luis Jimenez single that scored the Bee’s first run.

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IMG_7566Luis Jimenez  hitting his single that scored the Bee’s first run.

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Paul Janish made an attempt at the ball and missed it to give Jimenez the single.

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After the run scored, Manager Glenallen hill came out and took Tomko out of the game. He pitched 37 pitches in 2/3rds of an inning, he is responsible for 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 2 and well he did strike out 2 batters.

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Greg Burke came in to pitch the rest of the inning for the Sky Sox and 2 of the 3 runs scored on a ball hit to Tim Smalling at first who made an error that scored the 2 runs. Jimenez was then thrown out at home trying for the 4th run to end the first inning.

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Now if you noticed earlier I put a photo of Kyle Parker up playing first and then Smalling made the error. It was because during the pitching change Glenallen Hill removed Kyle Parker from the game because he got called up to join the Rockies in L.A. It was interesting to see him come up to bat on T.V. in L.A. when I saw him start a game in the Springs at 12:30.P.M. That night he struck out during his first MLB at bat. The Above photo is Greg Burke trying to get Zach Borenstein out at first after the Smalling error.

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Justin Thomas started for the Bee’s he also started the inning with a walk to the first batter he faced Rafael Ynoa.

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Ynoa tossing the bat and heading to first.

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With 2 runners on Angelys Nina hit a scoring the Sky Sox first run of the game. (3-1 Bee’s)

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Jackson William then hit a to score Drew Garcia and Nina to tie the game at 3. Both teams would go down in order in the 2nd.

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The Sky Sox would score again in the 3rd. The first run of the inning was on a second Williams single and the 2nd on this bunt by Delta Cleary Jr. that was fielded by the Bee’s pitcher.

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Which he flipped with his glove high to the first baseman Grant Green for a bunt RBI single. Ben Paulsen score the Sky sox 5t run and gave them a 2 run lead.

Burke did give up a run to the Bee’s in the 4th inning a solo lead off home run to Brennan Boesch. (5-4 Sox)

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Wilton Lopez came into pitch for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning. Grant Green would hit a double and then score on a double by Efren Navarro. That run tied the game at 5.

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The bee’s score a second run in the 6th, a Borenstein single that scored on a Luis Martinez single to give the Bee’s a 7-5 lead. Borenstein was tagged out at home for the 3rd out of the inning. IMG_7787In the bottom of the 6th the bee’s brought in relief pitcher Jeremy Berg who was a side arm pitcher which is always crazy to watch I could not imagine trying to hit off the motion of these guys. Berg pitched the rest of the 6th inning and the whole 7th inning. He struck out 3 batters in his 1 1/3rd inning.

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Ynoa gets tagged  on a Nina hit to Tommy field at short for the second out at 3rd.

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Well that answers that Question Scooby-doo where are you?! He was at Security Service field for this game!  He also announced the batters during an inning.

The Bee’s scored a 7th run in the 8th inning to extend there lead to 7-5.

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Jackson Williams takes a swing in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and a runner on…

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That was caught by the Bee’s right fielder Efren Navarro for the final out of the game and the final was 7-5 Bee’s. That is it for this game from the Springs.

The Rockies return home this weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers and next week against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Se you at Coors!

I am also planning my 2014 road Trip which should be interesting!

Check back for where I will be going!

 

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Friedrich stung by the Bee’s

6-13-2014

Salt Lake City Bees vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

The Bee’s are a triple A affiliate of the Angels.

This was the first game of the series.

My 3rd game at the springs this year.

 

 

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Christian Fredrich was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Christian has been  having a rough season on the mound tonight was no different. It did start out very well he struck out the first 2 batters he faced in the 1st and got the 3rd out on a ground ball.

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Jarret Grube started for the Bee’s He also sat the 1st 3 batters he faced down in order.

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John Hester in the 3rd inning hit into a double play to get Luis Jimenez out at second and himself out at first.

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Turning the double play!

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Evan Frey attempts a bunt base hit in the 3rd inning, but was thrown out at first.

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He wasn’t out by much the ball just beat him to the first baseman Efran Navarro.

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Rafael Ynoa Taking a swing during his 3rd inning at bat. seems like all the good photos in this post were outs! But since the 2 pitches did not allow many hits till the 4th inning most were early in the game.

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Kyle Parker gets a single during his 4th inning at bat to get the Sky Sox on the board. Drew Garcia who lead off the 4th with a single and stole second during Jason Pridies at bat. 1-0 Sky Sox

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The Sky Sox really got things going in the 5th inning. Ynoa hit a single that score the Sky sox second run of the game. Scoring Evan Frey from third. The Sky Sox scored 5 runs in the 5th 2 more from some small ball and 2 from a Ben Paulson home run.

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The bee’s stung Christian Friedrich in the 6th after loading the base with 1 out. Efran Navarro hit a grand slam home run to cut into the Sky Sox 6 run lead to 6-4.

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Navarro high fives the 3 batters that were on base for his home run.

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After facing 4 more batters and giving up 4 more hits including doubles by Brennan Boesch and Luis Jimenez each scoring runs Christian was removed from the game. He gave up 7 runs in this inning on 7 hits just in this inning. For the game he gave up 7 runs on 11 hits striking out Striking out 3 and walked 1 which was also in the 6th inning.

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He was replaced by Wilton Lopez. He got both batters he faced out in the 6th and pitched into the 7th. He pitched really well in the 7th got the first batter in the inning to pop out and then struck out the next 2 for a 1,2,3 inning.

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Tommy Fields (yes, former Rocky) started the 8th inning with a triple and he would score on a Boesch single to give the Bee’s a 8-6 lead.

That would be the final score as well and after a good start Friedrich would continue with is not so good year. That is it for this one from Security Service Field.

I have another one from the final game of this series to come.

After the game like the do every Friday night they had fireworks!

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Walkin off in the Springs!

5-19-2012

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!

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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.

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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.

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Jason Pridie grounded out to start the game for the Sky Sox.

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The second Redbirds hit was by Jermaine Curtis that got past Paul Janish at 2nd in the 2nd inning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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!

 

Sky Sox fall short to the Redhawks.

4-15-2014

Oklahoma City Redhawks Vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

The Redhawks are the triple A Affiliate of the Houston Astros.

This was my first game to the Springs this year.

This day started really early for me I left my house at 7:15 in the morning to go snowboarding at Keystone. After 19 lift rides and 30,000+ vertical feet and 5 hours of snowboarding I took the 135 Mile drive from Keystone, Colorado to Colorado Springs. I took about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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It being Jackie Robinson Day I got on chair 42. It took about 4 runs to sink up and be able to get on this chair 3.

After arriving and getting my ticket I did some early Easter Egg hunting out behind Security Service Field!

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found 10 Baseballs Most Minor League Practice balls and a few Pacific Coast League baseballs.

After waiting for Jared to arrive we headed in to the stadium.

 

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 Christian Friedrich was warming up in the bullpen. I was able to get Wilton Lopez on my Rockies team project since he was sent down a few days ago. It was then time for the game to start.

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Christian Friedrich throwing the first pitch to the  Redhawks Austin Wates.

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He struck out swinging.

Friedrich would give up 2 hits before getting the second out of the inning also a strike out to John Singleton. After a Error by Ryan Wheeler at third and 2 more singles the Redhawks scored 3 runs and Friedrich got out of the inning after facing 8 batters. 3-0 Redhawks

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The starting pitcher for the Redhawks was Michael Foltynewicz. He also started the game with a strike out his was looking to Jason Pridie.

Tim Wheeler would hit a double but would not score, the Sky Sox did get a second base runner on base it was Matt McBride who walked. The Redhawks got the best of Friedrich in the second Ronald Torreyes started the inning with a single followed by a Wates single. Friedrich walked the bases loaded, walking Gregorio Petit. The fourth batter of the inning was George Springer who hit a grand slam to give the Redhawks a 7-0 lead. Springer was called up to the Astros the next day and made his MLB Debut he went 1 for 5 with a walk in the game against the Kansas City Royals. In this game he went 3 for 4 with a walk.

After the Springer homer Friedrich settled down and got the next 3 batters out to end the inning. he then pitched well the next 2 innings sitting down 9 Redbirds batters in a row. He would give up a lead off double to singleton in the 5th who would score and the Redhawks had a 8-0 lead.

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Mike McKenry got things started for the Sky Sox in the 5th with a double. He would score on a Tim Wheeler single.

8-1 Redhawks

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Wilton Lopez came into pitch for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning.

Christian Friedrich left the game after 5 innings giving up 8 hits, 8 runs, walking 1 and striking out 4. After settle in and falling behind the 5 runs he did then have 2 good innings. It still looks like he needs some work but looks like he will be back to the way he pitched 2 years ago soon.

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Matt McBride led off the 6th for the Sky sox and here he is diving back to first. He would get out at second on a ball hit by Ben Paulsen. The Sky Sox did go on and score 2 runs in the inning.

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1 on a Kyle Parker triple that scored Paulsen. Parker then scored on a McKenry single 8-3 Redhawks.

The Redhawks scored another run to give them a 9-3 lead in the 7th. The Sky Sox then had a very good inning in the 7th. The first 2 on a Tim Wheeler 2 run home run, ben Paulsen then hit a homer of his own with McBride on base. Kyle Parker hit one for him self to go back to back with Paulsen. 9-8 Redhawks.

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Rudy Owens came into pitch for the Redhawks in the 6th and was responsible for 5 of the Sky Sox runs the 2 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th. Chia-Jen Lo pitched the rest of the 7th inning for the Redhawks  and was responsible for the 2 other runs in the 7th.

The Redhawks scored 2 more in the 9th and the Sky Sox scored 1 more in the bottom of the 9th. They also had some base runners in the 8th but were unable to score them. That was it for this one the Sky Sox lost 11-9. This was a pretty good game and the Sky Sox did have a few opportunities to get the lead in this game and like the Rockies had trouble getting the timely runs. Tim Wheeler did come up a triple short of the cycle going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Mike McKenry also hit well also going 3 for 5 and he had 1 RBI.

After the game I took the hour and a half drive back home, in total I drove about 300 miles and spent 5 and a half hours just driving this day. But it was a great day doing 2 of my favorite things to do in Colorado Snowboarding and Baseball.

So that is it for this one I will be back at Coors on Friday when the Rockies return from there road trip to San Fran and San Diego.

 See You Their!

 

 

 

Volstad conquers the Rainiers!

6-18-2013

Tacoma Rainiers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Third Game in the Springs this year 43rd with Coors.

Before we entered the stadium we did take a lap around the stadium to see if we could find some baseballs but we did not look like there was no batting practice again.

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While the sun was out at Security Service Field clouds loomed in the distance. When I left Thornton there were tornado warnings near the airport and the tornado sirens were going off as I was going through Aurora. It did not rain in the Springs or did we not see any on our way down. It was slightly chilly and windy during the game. It was about 60 at the end of the game.

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This game I attended because I forgot my camera and autograph stuff for a few weeks ago when I saw the same 2 teams play in the Springs. This time I brought it and I did get to have Howard Johnson sign a Shea Stadium ball and a card. So I finally got my Hojo autographs. I did have more cards but he only signed 2 items. Above he is handing over the scorecards and going over the ground rules with Glennallen Hill and the Umpires.

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This is the Howard Johnson Autographed Shea Stadium Ball.

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Chris Volstad started for the Sky Sox he was up with the Rockies briefly last week but was brought back down.

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The Rainiers first batter Abraham Almonte grounded out to Ryan Wheeler to lead off the game.

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Almonte running down the first base line, while Ben Paulsen catches the ball hit to Ryan Wheeler for the first out of the game. The I would have one runner in the inning Carlos Peguero who walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

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Erasmo Ramirez was the starting pitcher for the Rainiers. He has pitched 5 games for the Seattle Mariners this year. Not sure if this was a rehab assignment or he was sent down but he pitched really well. Ramirez also faced 4 batters in the 1st. He struck out Charlie Blackmon, Time Wheeler grounded out before Corey Dickerson was the first Sky Sox runner of the inning he reached on an error by Leury Bonilla. Dickerson would remain on base when Matt McBride grounded out to end the 1st for the Sky Sox.

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Dickerson running to first after Bonilla’s error.

The Rainiers scored a run in the 2nd. Stefan Romero hit a double to lead off the game. He scored batters later on a Rich Poythress single the inning ended when Brandon Bantz hit into a double play.

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Lars Davis putting down a bunt with Hernan Iribrren on second.

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here he is running to first as Brandon Bantz fields the ball. He did get out but as the guy behind me said a few time during the game “at least he advance the runner that is the important thing”. Iribarren did advance to third he was also left on third after Blackmon hit a very shallow hit to right and Time Wheeler grounded out.

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There was not too much action with Volstad and Ramirez pitching pretty well. This is Charlie Culbertson sliding into third in the 5th inning. He did score on a Iribbaren sac bunt which got him to second on a Ramirez throwing error. He also scored for a Sky Sox 2-1 lead.

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Between innings Tanya did one of the on field contests she played fish Or Not a Fish. She had the word Fandango and she guessed correct it was not a fish it is a dance. She won as they say it cold hard cash!!!

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The Sky Sox continued to score in the 6th inning Dickerson started it off with by walking and would advance on another error by Ramirez  pick off attempt. He would score on a McBride double. (3-1) Sox

The above photo is of McBride sliding into second for his run scoring double. Alex Liddi did bobble the throw from left. McBride would score on a Culbertson single. (4-1) Sox

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Glennallen Hill took Volstad out of the game with 1 out and 2 runners on after giving up base hits to Stefan Romero and Leury Bonilla.

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Volstad leaving the field.

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Nick Schmidt came into pitch for the Sky Sox. He face Carlos Poythress who hit into a double play to end the inning. Schmidt also pitched the 8th inning.

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 Charlie Blackmon got on base in the 7th and stole second base. The inning was over when Tim Wheeler struck out.

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Sox the Fox gets the crowd going as Bobby Cassevah pitches in the 9th inning.

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Culberson fields the grounder for the final out of the game.

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Iribarren makes the catch to get Alex Liddi out at second to end the game.

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Lars Davis and Bobby Cassevah high-five after the 4-2 win.

That is it for this game in the Springs pretty productive day for autograph and a good game for the Sky Sox with the win. Beside the Howard Johnson autographs I got Aaron Cook on 2 cards, Volstad on a photo and a Rainiers catcher Jason Jaramillo on a card. Did not have too much with me to sign so that was pretty good.

Well Leaving for my road trip got things to get done before I go see you around.

Confirmed tickets for Boston and should be starting the trip with a game in St. Louis against the Rangers. Really wanted to see the Cubs series can’t make it for that game.

See you around!

Always Wanted to do This!

5-28-2013

Tacoma Rainers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Security Service Field, Colorado Springs

2nd Sky Sox game of the year.

For the last few years I said I would like to go to a baseball game with just my ticket and nothing else. If anybody has seen me at game I carry a backpack that weighs about 25-30 Lbs. It is loaded with Camera Equipment, baseballs, a glove, baseball cards, photos, snacks, a water bottle and other accessories for all the above. IMG_20130528_174918

Normally when I go to the Springs and other minor league stadiums I reduce the amount of stuff I bring and put it into a smaller bag that I have. Since last year I have been using a laptop looking bag. So I packed the bag with a few baseballs, camera and cards. As I was walking out of my house without realizing I grabbed the wrong  laptop bag and brought the one I use for work in it which well doesn’t have anything I need in it except a blue pen. I did not know I grabbed the wrong bag till I got to Security Service Field which is about 7o miles from my house. so I was not driving home to go get it I would miss most of the game and it would cost way to much in gas to go get the correct bag. So I made the best of it. One thing that did suck about this was I was planning on having one of my favorite players as a kid autograph a few cards and a Ball. Which I now did not have. The player was Howard Johnson who played for the Mets when I was a kid and is now the hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainers.

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I did get to meet him and took a photo but did not have anything for him to autograph. Amy did have him sign a Seattle Mariners team card and gave it to me which was cool but still was not the Shea Stadium ball I wanted him to sign or the baseball cards I had since I was younger. I was great being able to meet him but wish I had my items autographed. So I looked at the schedule for when the Rainers were back at the Springs and I have another chance to get my stuff signed on June 18th. It was the day I was planning to leave for my road trip but I am going to delay it a day or 2 so I can get my autographs!

It was interesting not having anything for players to autograph including a few photos I had printed earlier in the day for Sky Sox players and stuff I needed Aaron Cook to sign who I also got to say hi to after the game. I have a few cards to finish a few Rockies sets and a 2010 team ball for him to sign which was also in the bag.

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Drew Carpenter was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox. Here he is with Lars Davis heading in from the bullpen. All the photo in this post were taken with my phone. this is the first time I am entirely putting together a post with photo just from my phone.

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Here are the line ups for the to teams. Sky Sox on left and Rainers on the right.

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Drew Carpenter throwing the first pitch to the Rainers Dustin Ackley. carpenter would get the Rainers out in order in the 1st.

Since I did not have my camera  and I didn’t need to take photos I decided to go get a $2.00 beer. Which is basically a small cup of Coors or Coors Light from kegs that must have been left out in the sun since last week and than re cooled before the game. So I missed the Sky Sox 1st inning 1 the line was slightly wrong and 2 they had trouble with the keg pressure and they were not pouring. Thanks to Jared who also keeps scor I was able to catch up on my scoring!

The Rainers got a few hits in the 2nd  Carlos Peguero started the inning with a single followed up by a Jesus Montero double. IMG_20130528_190849

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The staring pitcher for the Rainers was Jeremy Bonderman.

Tyler Colvin hit a single in the 4th inning and scored the Sky Sox first run 2-1 Rainers.

Matt McBride lead off the 6th inning with a game tying the game at 2. Tyler Colvin hit a solo home run to break the tie and the SkySox took 3-2 lead. So I guess that was a TY Break Home run!

The Rainers would score 3 runs in the 7th 1 by a Mike Zunino home run, a walk to Brad Miller who also scored . The third run was scored by Corey Paterson. The Rainers took a 5-3 lead.

The Skysox did try to come back and did score 1 in the 7th but fell short. The Final score was 5-4 Tacoma.

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The Rainers celebrating their win over the first place Skysox. The Rainers and play 3 more games this week.

It was a interesting night in the springs. Not doing my normal thing, but a great night anyway. got to meet one of my favorite players as a kid and got to just enjoy a game with out all the other distractions!!! Pesky camera and autograph stuff!!!!

I did manage to help Amy and Jared with a few autographs I got a Rainers player for Amy and 2 cards for Jared a drew Pomeranz and a Glenallen Hill card signed.

So that is it from the Springs the Rockies are returning to Coors this week and I will be there starting Wednesday against the Houston Astros who they just split 2 games with them in Houston. This weekend is the first trip the L.A. Dodgers will be at Coors this year.

I will see you there!

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The 2 culprits in me grabbing the wrong bag! The one on the left is full with baseball stuff the one on the right with random work stuff!

Sky Sox go Stormchasing!

5-14-2013

Security Service Stadium

Colorado Springs

Omaha Stormchasers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

The Stormchasers are the triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

This is my first game of the year down in the Springs.

After turning around twice once because I came to the conclusion that shorts was not a great idea and that I needed a jacket and the second because I forgot the jacket. I was finally on my way to the Springs for the first game down there this year. Like always I got down there about 2 hours before the start of the game I leave Denver early one so I don’t hit traffic 2 is to go see if I can find baseballs or as we like to call them Easter eggs, basically it is just searching for baseballs outside the stadium. There was no batting practice today and the tarp was still on the field, so I thought I may not find any but you never know. So I walked around the fields outfield walls and did not find any I than decided to walk along the stream that runs behind the stadium and found the first Easter egg of the day and the year.

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It was  about 2 feet up on the bank of the stream. I actually walked past it the first time past, which happens often while searching out there. The tarp was on the field when I got there. There was no batting practice so no chance of getting any others hit out. So I went and sat in my truck before getting my tickets and head into the stadium. I immediately headed down to the first baseline for autographs. I needed a few Sky Sox on my Rockies photo I have been working on since they were with the Rockies at the beginning of the season. I got Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Wheeler were 2 of the 4 I needed. I also got a few cards signed by Tim Wheeler, Drew Pomeranz and Tyler Colvin. I also brought my 2010 Rockies team ball with hopes of getting Aaron Cook, but he was on the disabled list and was not there. I did get Manny Corpas who I also needed on the ball . Another person I needed on my photo was Chris Volstad who was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox.

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Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Stormchasers Irving Fulu. Fulu started the game with a single and would score 2 batters later when Johnny Giavotella  hit a double. The Stormchasers would score 2 runs in the inning.

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The first pitch by Volstad was a strike to Fulu.

The last out and 8th batter of the first inning for the Stormchasers was Ex-Rockie and Sky Sock Willy Taveras.

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He would ground out to Short Stop Tommy Manzella.

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Manzella throwing to Ben Paulson at first for the out.

Nate Adcock was the starting pitcher for the Stormchasers.

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He walked Cory Dickerson and Dickerson got into his HEAD! HEEE”SS IN YOOOO HHHEEEAAADDD!!!!

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D.J. Lemahieu hit a ball to the Stormchasers short stop who had a little trouble with a bounce.

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Advancing Dickerson to second.

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Dickerson and Lemahieu would both score to tie the game.

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Tyler Colvin ended the inning grounding out to the short stop who got Ben Paulson out at second. No relevance just tried to get Tyco into the post!

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Here is a random shot of a bunch of players in the dugout.

Somewhere around the second inning Amy, Jared and Rachel showed up. I did not take to many photos for a few innings. The Stormchasers got 2 runs in the 3rd both were home runs the first hit by Giavotella and the second by Chad Tracy. Tracy was also a former Sky Sox player. The Sky Sox responded with 3 runs of their own the first a home run by Matt Mcbride. Ben Paulson who hit a double would score and so would Tyler Colvin who walked to get on base. Another home run was hit by the Stormchasers Max Ramirez in the 5th inning. In the 6th Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot of his own.

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Manny Corpas came into the game for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning. Replacing Volstad who went 5 innings giving up 5 runs, 9 hits including 3 home runs. he did strike out and walked 2. Corpas pitched 3 inning striking out 3 and not giving up any runs or hits. The only 2 base runner were an error at short hit by Fulu in the 6th and  a walk to Chad Tracy 8th.

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Gregg Golson steals 2nd in the 7th inning after he was walked by the Stormcahasers Evan Teaford. Teaford only lasted 2/3 of an inning. He replaced Adcock who pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 runs, 10 hits, striking out 3 and giving up 2 home runs to the Sky Sox.

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Golson was safe at second. The score was 6-5 Sky Sox at this point. The Sky Sox scored 3 more runs in the 8th on Matt Mcbrides 2nd home run of the night, he had a great night going 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and a single. They went on to win 9-5. after the game we hung around for a little while to see if we could get some more autographs and I ended up getting the other 2 Sky Sox players I needed on my Rockies photo Rob Scahill and Chris Volstad. I also got a few cards signed by Volstad.

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A few other guys including D.J. Lemahieu stopped, but I did not have anything for most of them. Amy did get a photo I took of D.J. last year signed from a double play last year. It was a ball hit by Matt Kemp and that is Mark Ellis sliding into second. He said that was actually his favorite play he made last year.

The Sky Sox are now 23-14 and in first place by a half game in the Pacific Coast North Division.

That is it from the Springs the Rockies and I will be returning to Coors for a 4 game series against the first place S.F. Giants and 3 against the Diamondback. This is a very important home stand for the Rockies. The Giants are currently leading the National League west by a game and a half over the Diamondbacks and 2 over the Rockies.

See you at Coors!