Kansas City Royals vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 2 of series.
This was the second game of the series, I was at the first game of the series somehow I did not take my camera to the game and had no photos so did not do a post. The Royals did win the first game 7-4 Tyler Matzek started game 1 for the Rockies and had a pretty good outing till the 7th inning when the Rockies gave up 3 runs and K.C. too a 4-2 lead. Rex Brothers came in in the 8th and once again melted down, this time after getting 2 outs to the first 2 batters and then faced 6 more batters and let up 3 runs the Royals had a 7-2 lead. The Rockies got 2 back on a Drew Stubbs home run. James Shields started for the Royals and only gave up 2 runs and one was in the first to give the Rockies a lead in the first and the second was a Nolan Arenado homerun in the 5th.
This series I got 3 baseballs during batting practice 2 on Tuesday and 1 on Wednesday. The Tuesday game both came off of Brandon Barnes one was a bouncer that I picked up and caught the second. The third was hit by D.J. LeMahieu hit about 4 rows behind me a bounced back to me.
The second game Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies after a lead off walk to Christian Colon he struck out Omar Infante and walked the 3rd batter Billy Butler, Josh Willingham hit into a double play to end the inning.
Danny Duffy started for the Royals Josh Rutledge started the bottom of the 1st with a single and stole second he was stranded at second as the next 3 batters got out.
The Royals scored the first run of the game in the 2nd a lead off home run by Alex Gordon this gave the royal a 1-0 lead. They took a 2 -0 lead 4t after Willingham started off the inning with double and scored 2batters later on a Erik Kratz sac fly to right.
Nolan Arenado got things started the bottom of the 4th off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario sac fly to center. 2-1 Royals.
Matt McBride started his first game since being called up from Colorado Spring. He came up in the 6th inning with base’s loaded and 2 outs and was put to the big league test and I think he passed! He hit a grand slam home run and the Rockies took a 5-2 lead.
This was his 3rd career home run and 1st Grand Slam.
Here he is celebrating with the 3 runners that were on base.
With the 5-2 lead La Troy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th after a very good game by Jorge De La Rosa who pitched 8 innings Giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, he did walk 3 but also struck out three. He throw 103 pitches. It was great to see a starting pitcher come to bat for himself in the 7th inning! Not something we get to see much as Rockies fans. Hawkins got all 3 Royals out in the 9th and the Rockies won this game with the 5-2 to split this 2 game series with the Royals.
The Rockies celebrate this win.
Matt McBride gets the water bucket from teammate Charlie Blackmon.
That is it for this one. After a off day on Thursday the Rockies will have a 3 game series vs. the Miami Marlins.
See you at Coors.
Reds vs. Rockies
Today there was a double header The first game was the regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon game and the second was a make up from Saturday which was Postponed till a Sunday night. The reason was a water main break on Blake Street that provided the stadium with water on Saturday afternoon.
This being a Sunday it was an autograph Sunday today the signers were Tommy Kahnle , Brooks Brown, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Matzek. I was able to get Brooks on my 2014 Team project and Tyler Matzek on a 2012 California/Carolina League All Start game mini bat. That he and Christian Bergman both played in that game. I did get Christian on it earlier in the year. When the autographs were over it was time for the festivities to start for Todd Helton’s retirement ceremony. First the guest that were speaking were introduced Brad Hawpe and Matt Belilse. Drew Goodman from Root Sports MC’d the ceremony. Then Todd and his family were introduced on the field were his wife Kristy, their 2 daughters and I believe Kristy’s Parents and brother.
The first speaker was Brad Hawpe.
He spoke about playing with Todd and about his first big league spring training! Hawpe had always played 1st. base, but with Todd as the starting first baseman for years he had to change positions and how Todd in his dry humor way basically told him that! Over the years they became good friends which is why he was one of the speakers.
Todd and his youngest daughter Gentry Grace look on as the second speaker Matt Belilse speaks.
He spoke about how Todd helped him as a pitcher.
After Brad and Matt spoke it was tome for his older daughter Tierney Faith to speak she stole the show when she mentioned about dad being home a lot lately and if we would like him back!
I am keeping this brief because I know many have seen the speeches on T.V. or online.
The Montfort’s then presented Todd with a plaque of the 17, a replica of the one that is now hanging in the stadium.
They than unveiled the covered #17 that will be along with the Kelly McGreggor KSM and Jackie Robinson 42 . They are all above the visitors bullpen on the second level.
Todd than threw out the first pitch to former teammate Brad Hawpe.
Here they are after the pitch.
Todd gives a wave to the crowd.
Here he is before the National Anthem with the first pitch ball with the special #17 logo on it and with his daughter by his side.
After about the 1/2 hour ceremony it was time for the first game. I thought every involved did a great job with stories and there speaking about Todd. I thought him being presented a replica #17 from the Monforts was very cool. I did notice something that I thought was a little suspicious and that was our GM was not involved or on the field for this event. I just find it interesting that a teams GM would be MIA on such an important day in a teams history. Either he is already not involved or he doesn’t have a set of balls. I also find it odd that either Dick or Charlie Monfort did not speak either. I have never seen one of these and not sure if the owner would normally speak, so I will just leave it at that. Also somebody also mentioned that the Commissioner of baseball also was not at Coors and he usually does attend such events. Over all it was really great to be at Coors this day and have to thank the people who helped me with the location I was able to photograph from.
Now onto this interesting and action packed game!
Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He sat the Reds down in order and threw 11 pitches in the inning. All 3 outs were ground outs and he kept the ball low in the strike zone.
Mat Latos was the starter for the Reds. He struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. Drew Stubbs got things going with a double after that.
Stubbs’ double was followed with a Corey Dickerson double that scored Stubbs and gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Dickerson’s double bounced around in the left field corner. Michael Cuddyer would come up next and grounded out for the second out of the inning.
Since the beginning of the game there was a slight rain but it just started to downpour during Cuddy’s at bat and there was thunder in the distance. They pulled the tarp with 2 outs and Dickerson on second. The delay lasted 21 minutes.
After the delay Arenado came to bat and scored a second run for the Rockies on a single that scored Dickerson and give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Lyles pitched well in the second and only had 1 base runner and that was a walk to Brayan Pena, he did record his first strike out of the game in the inning.
Blackmon came up in the 2nd inning with 2 outs and hit a solo home run and the Rockies had a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the 5th inning I was able to move to a better vantage point for photos and Lyles did allow his first hit of the game in the 4th that was a 2 run home run by Jay Bruce the second run was lead off batter Cozart who was hit with a pitch. The Rockies kept the lead 3-2.
Chris Heisey lead off the 5th inning by walking and Billy Hamilton came up with 1 out and hit a double advancing Heisey to third.
Heisey and Hamilton both scored on a Zach Cozart single. This gave the Reds a 4-3 lead.
Franklin Morales came in and pitched the 6th inning. The Reds immediately got to him and started off the inning with a Kris Negron solo home run, followed by a Skip Schumaker single and a Heisey double scored Negron and extended the Reds lead 6-3. Lyles pitched 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits walking 2 striking out 4.
Franklin Morales put down a bunt with Charlie Culberson on first. Culberson was forced out at second but Morales was safe at 1st.
The bottom of the 7th Dickerson lead off the inning with a home run into the fountain in center field. To cut the Reds lead down to 6-4.
Sam LeCure came into pitch for the Reds in the 6th and pitched into the 7th inning. After the Dickerson homer a single by Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado, Jumbo Diaz came in to pitch for Reds.
With bases loaded Josh Rutledge came up an hit a sac fly to center that scored Cuddy from 3rd.
The run brought the Rockies within 1 run of the Reds still lead 6-5.
Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game by holding the Reds off base in the 8th. He faced 3 batters and got out of the inning he did pitch deep in counts with 2 of the 3 batters throwing 7 pitches to Schumaker and 8 to pinch hitter jack Hannahan 18 in total in the inning. The only batter he didn’t throw many pitches to was heisey who grounded out on the 3rd pitch of a 1-1 count.
Jonathan Broxton pitched the 8th for the Reds giving up 1 single to Drew Stubbs and walked Dickerson. He did get out of the inning with a double play.
Rex Brothers pitched the 9th for the Rockies and The Reds immediately got on him, Hamilton started the inning with a double. Cozart did get out but the next 3 batters got on base either by hitting a single or being walked. One of those was a single by Bruce who scored Hamilton and extended the Reds lead to 7-5.
Hamilton sliding into second after his 9th inning hit. The Reds did score a 8th run and Brothers did get out of the inning after facing 8 batters and throwing 29 pitches in the inning.
Reds 100+ MPH closer Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the 9th. A closer like this is usually lights out, Not this game he walked 4 consecutive batters which gave the Rockies a run and the Reds now lead 9-6.
J. Hoover came in and pitched with base’s loaded and no outs he got the next 2 Rockies batters out and a run did score on a sac fly by Wilin Rosario. drew Stubbs came up with 2 out, 2 men on base and a Reds 2 run lead.
Stubbs hit a home run to left center field scoring the 3 runs the Rockies needed to win the game and the celebration started at home plate!
… and got the bucket!!!!
The Rockies won this game 10-9.
We then had to immediately leave the stadium so they could clean the stadium and do some field maintenance before the second game.
They basically had a half hour between games an had to clear the stadium and then get ready for the second game. The first game ended at about 6:30 and the gates for game 2 opened at 6:50 with a scheduled first pitch at 7:10.
by the time we grabbed some food and re-entered the stadium at 7:00 they were already doing the National Anthem for the second game. I headed down to where I normally sit for the first pitch and we were ready for the next 9 innings.
Yohan Flande started for the Rockies. He did not start as well as Lyles in the first game. He Gave up a double to Hamilton to start the game. Hamilton would scored when Jay Bruce hit into a fielders choice getting Ramon Santiago out at second. The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first.
In the Bottom of the First Cuddy tried to get a 2 out rally going hitting a triple. He would remain on base when Nolan Arenado struck out.
Both Flande and Axelrod continued to pitch well giving up minimal hits and know runs till the bottom of the 5th. (When our at the bottom of your 5th)!
Brandon Barnes hit a lead off solo homer to get the Rockies on the board and tie the game at 1.
Walt Weiss removed Fande in the 6th inning after giving up a 2 run home run to the Reds Ryan Ludwick. Kris Negron hit a single and than scored on a Pena double. The Reds got a total of 3 runs in the inning and took a 4-1 lead.
When Flande was removed from the game Brookes Brown came in and pitched to the next 2 batters getting both batters out.
Brown remained in the game in the 7th and Hamilton got his 3rd hit of the game with 1 out. He than stole second base and the ball was thrown short to Rutledge who missed the ball on the bounce and it ended up in center field, Hamilton would reach third on the error. He would score and the Reds had a 5-2 lead.
The Rockies got thing going in the 7th Blackmon started the inning with a walk when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Rutledge hit a single and Dickerson followed up with a single scouring Blackmon for the Rockies first run of the inning.
After the run the Reds still had a 5-3 lead.
Cuddyer hit a single in the 8th he now has a triple, home run and a single in this game.
The Rockies picked up 2 more runs on a Arenado hit that got Dickerson out at third but scored Rutledge, after a bad throw by the Reds 3rd baseman Santiago that scored Cuddy and Arenado ended up on third and the Rockies tied the game at 5.
Dickerson watches the ball after being out at third and coaches Cuddy who was coming down the line.
Cuddy sliding into home to tie the game!
Adam Ottavino came in in the 8th inning and shut down the Reds batters in the inning striking out 2 and Getting Pena to ground out for the third out. He pitched better in this inning then I have seen him pitch in a while. He got out of the inning with 9 pitches, pitching the most 4 pitches to Negron who struck out.
for the second game they invited back the rally guy from game 1 and he moved down to the lower level for the 8th inning. He was dancing in the upper deck during the first game 9th inning when the Rockies scored the 5 runs to come back and win that game. So by popular demand he was invited back by the Rockies for game 2!
With 2 outs and Brandon Barnes, Charlie Culberson and Josh Rutledge on base Dickerson hit a double. scoring Barnes and Culberson to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead.
Michael Cuddyer came to the plate and I noticed something on my score card and then confirmed it on the board. Cuddy only needed a double to complete the cycle. with a 1-1 count he hit a Manny Parra slider to left field.
He made the turn at 1st as the ball was still in the outfield.
he got the double and completed the cycle, this was his second of his career and he is only the 4th in MLB history to do it in both the American and National league.
Cuddy would slid into home once again for the Rockies 10th run of the game on a Drew Stubbs single. The Rockies had a 10-5 lead.
LaTroy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th and sat the Reds down in order to end the game and give the Rockies the sweep of the double header and 3 or the 4 games this weekend series.
The Rockies and Cuddy celebrate their second win of the day. This is more wins in one day they have gotten in some weeks lately. cuddy went 4 for 5 this game scoring 3 RBI’s and scoring 3 times. This was a great comeback day for him since this was the first day he played at Coors in almost 2 months. He went 5 for 10 on the day. He was also the 5th Rockies player to hit for the cycle.
it was time for the post season interview and the second bucket dump of the day!
He was warned to duck by the guys in the booth and Brandon Barnes got him pretty good!
These were 2 great games by the Rockies, it shows they do have potential to make things happen and it reminded me of the games they played early this season. The Bull Pen kept them in both games, they got pretty good starts from the starters and the bats where there when needed. A lot of guys stepped up this game. I wish they were able to do this for the last few months. These games would matter a lot more then a double header sweep or a series win.
It was an amazing day of baseball at Coors I am glad I was there for this day and to witness history twice this day, once with the retirement of the # 17 and then Cuddy hitting for the cycle. can not forget the 2 very dramatic games and wins in both.
So that is it for this one very long day at the ballpark.
Reds vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
I have know clue how many games this is for me!
So once again because of the perfectly timed storm there was no batting practice once again!
No this is not the 4th inning of another bad start for the Rockies starters Matt Belisle got the start for the Rockies for this game because Franklin Morales was suppose to start but could not because of his wife expecting a baby. Belisle started a little shaky but settled down after the first 2 batters he faced hit single he did get out of the inning and the Reds remained scoreless till the 3rd inning.
Johnny Cueto started for the Reds.
Charlie Blackmon got on base after the ball that got passed first baseman Jack Hannahan
The Rockies did not score in the first inning but did get a run in the 2nd a solo home run by Nolan Arenado. The Reds got their first run in the 3rd Johnny Cuerto lead off the inning with a single and then scored on a Jay Bruce sac ground out to tie the game 1-1
The second inning saw the Reds get there second run and the Rockies would than again tie the game in the 6th. In the 6th Justin Morneau started the inning with a walk and scored on a Corey Dickerson double.
If you did not notice I did not take many photos this game! There was not much going on and because of a elbow that has been giving me trouble since before my road trip is making hard to hold a camera for an extended amount of time. I am not really sure how I got through a couple of games during my trip it was that bad. I think I may be day today after this weekend!!!
Back to baseball the Reds scored a third run in the 9th inning and got the 3-2 win. O.K. the bull pen did not do that bad this game but the Rockies still lost. Ottavino took the lose and Cueto who pitched 8 innings got the win. He threw 106 pitches in the eight innings he pitched. Belise went 3 innings throwing 49 pitches, giving up 4 hits and 1 run, striking out and walking 1. The Rockies did use 6 pitchers in this game Nick Masset pitched the 4th and 5th. Nicasio the 6th, Brothers the 7th Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino the 8th and Ottavino continued till the 9th.
So that is it for this brief game.
There was a really great sunset during this game and I did manage to take a few photos of it!
That is it for this one!
Minnesota Twins vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 & 2
Despite all the baseball games I have seen this is the first time I am seeing the Twins play. Their are only a few teams I have not seen the others are the Detroit Tigers (which I will see later this month in Detroit) and the Baltimore Orioles (they have just not been to Coors since I have been attending games) I was suppose to see them once in Shea Stadium playing the Mets, but for some reason we were not able to go.
Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies this game. He faced 3 batters in the inning Brian Dozier made a quick out grounding out on the second pitch to him. Kurt Suzuki hit a single and Kendrys Morales hit into a double play to end the inning.
Jorge looks to first base during the Morales at bat with Suzuki on first.
Carlos Gonzalez was back in the Rockies line up after being on the D.L. for almost 2 months. He started in right field.
Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs helped to get the Rockies on the board in the first against Twins starter Kris Johnson 0 lead in the first. The Twins did get 1 back in the second, Trevor Plouffe started with a double and scored when Eduardo Nunez grounded out. Plouffe reached third on a wild pitch during Oswaldo Arcia at bat. The Rockies extended their lead in the bottom of the 2nd, Nolan Arenado started it off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario single. (3-1) Rox In the 3rd inning they extended their lead with 2 more runs on a Troy Tulowitzki home run with Cargo on base. (5-1) Rox
Samuel Deduno came into the game in the 5th inning for the Twins. Deduno was with the Rockies organization from 2004 – 2010 and played in 4 games for the Rockies in 2010. Johnson went 4 innings, the Rockies scored 5 runs on 8 hits against him. He struck out 2 and did not walk anyone. This was his second MLB appearance.
Jorge went 6 innings and only allowed the 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. The Rockies won this game 6-2. The 6th run was a solo shot by Brandon Barnes in the 7th inning.
Was also the Rockies photo day which is always a fun time. Here are some photos…
Me with Rene Lachman.
Cargo was the first player to come over to our section.
E.B. and Smitty with Dinger!
The crew with Charlie “Chuck Cobra” Culberson
This was the first year I brought my Mom to Photo day and here she is with Charlie Culberson.
Smitty with Morneau
Los with Morneau
X takin a selfie with Mike McKenry
I also took photos with other players and coaches I just put more of the recent additions to the team on here. Photo day is one of my favorite days at Coors. It is a lot of fun to just hang out with friends and interact with the players and coaches. This year I actually delayed my road trip till the day after when I should have left Denver Thursday or Friday.
Tyler Matzek started for the Rockies. The Twin immediately started getting hits off him the first batter Brian Dozier hit a ball back at Matzek that hit him on the mound and deflected into foul territory down the 3rd base side. Dozier ended up getting to second on the play. The 3rd batter of the inning Kendry Morales hit a double to score Dozier and Eduardo Escobar to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Dozier slide into second for his lead off double.
Being called safe.
Escobar trying to put down a bunt in the first inning. He did get on base by a fielders choice play.
Morales running to first while Dozier runs home for the first run for the twins and Morales ended up on second.
Escobar also scored on the double by Morales.
Kevin Correia started for the Twins. Charlie Blackmon started the game off with and single and was left on base as Correia got the next 3 Rockies batters out.
Cargo loses the bat during his first inning at bat. He did fly out to right for the first out of the inning.
Tulo flew out to center for his 1st inning at bat.
Cargo making contact during his 4th inning at bat. He would line out this at bat.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th inning on a Charlie Blackmon single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. The Twins had a 4-2 lead. They scored 1 in the 4th and 5th. The 4th inning was a lead off solo home run by Escobar and the 5th was a Double by Correia double scoring Josh Willingham.
Brandon Barnes pitch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th inning.
Blackmon trying to get things going with this 9th inning single with Josh Rutledge on first. Ruthledge would score on a Cargo double and Blackmon would score on a Tulowitzki ground out. The twins won this game 9-3. they scored 2 in the 8th and 9th inning.
That is it for this game the Rockies last. They faced the Twins on Sunday which I was not at the game because I was heading east for my road trip. I did get to hear the first 2 innings on the radio before loosing the signal in the middle of Kansas. The Twins scored 5 runs in the first off of Brett Anderson who made his first start after being on the D.l. since April with a broken hand. He had pitched well in both his rehab starts. The Rockies lost 13-5.
I am Currently in Raleigh for the Triple a All-Star game in Durham. My next post will be about the Triple A home run derby which was last night.
See you Around!
July 7,8,9, 2014
Padres vs. Rockies series
The fist game was Monday Night and before the game I hit up batting practice and got 2 baseballs one I got on a bounce and the second I caught both were from the Padres. These were my 17th and 18th baseball of the year. This keeps me on the pace of about 35 to 40 baseballs for the year, that is what I normally will get in a average year at MLB Stadiums.
Tyler Matzek made his 6th MLB start since being brought up in early June from the Sky Sox. He faced only 3 batters in the first. Matzek pitched into the 7th inning giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. he kept it together pretty well for most of his outing only facing 10 Paadres batters in the first 3 innings and striking out 4 in the game. He was taken out in the 7th inning where the Padres got 3 runs to were against Matzek. Matt Belisle came into pitch the 7th the first batter he faced was Chase Headley who hit a triple to score the 2 runs against Maatzek and then he would score to give the Padres a 6-1 lead.
The Rockies run came in the 4th inning on a Drew Stubbs solo home run to tie the game at 1. The Padres first run came earlier in the inning When Headley scored on a Brooks Conrad sac fly to right field.
As the game was being played we pretty much watched a storm roll in and here is a shot I got of lightning before the game went into a 56 minute rain delay.
After the rain delay Chad Bettis came out to pitch for the Rockies. He would pitch the 8th and 9th inning allowing only 2 hits and striking out 2. The Rockies dropped game 1 6-1 and found themselves in soul position of last place in the west and worst record in all of Major League Baseball. Congrats on trying for the first pick in the 2015 draft! Got to spin this positive somehow! They are 37-53 this season.
The jsecond game on Tuesday night saw Franklin Morales start the game. This was his 2nd start after being sent to the bullpen in late May.
After giving up a lead off double to Chris Denorfia he struck out 3 batters in a row. The above is Chase Headley taking a swing for a strike.
Cody Ross started for the Padres and Charlie Blackmon started the inning for the Rockies with a lead off double and then he would get the next 3 batters out also including striking out Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki.
Charlie Blackmon sliding into second for his 1st inning lead off double.
His next at bat was in the 3rd inning and it was a 2 run home run to give the Rockies a lead.
Franklin Morales was taken out of the game in the 6th inning with 2 outs after a Rene Rivera solo home run to cut the rockies lead to 1 run. (2-1) Rockies.
Brooks Brown came into pitch for his second appearance with the Rockies since his call up from The Sky sox last week. He got the Rockies out of the inning.
Drew Stubbs stealing 2nd base after his 1 out single in the 8th inning.
Alex Torres started the 8th inning for the Padres he is the first pitcher to use the new protective hat made for the pitchers. The over sized padded hat looks is a lot larger then a normal game hat and no other pitcher has chose to wear it. It has been compared to the hat that the super Mario Brothers wore in the video games. He it is a good idea but is a little obtrusive looking but it is good that the pitchers do have the option to wear it if they want. I think it needs a little work before it catches on and needs to be slightly streamlined for more guys to wear it regularly.
Seth smith came into pinch hit in the 9th inning for the Padres and did what he was always did late in games and that is get a hit tonight it was a 2 out double for Mr. Late Night, but did not result into a run for the Padres. Denorfia would make the last out of the game and for the first time in a few days we did not have to watch a bottom of the 9th inning as the Rockies won this game 2-1. Who would of thought that a game that Franklin Morales and Tyson Ross would start would be such a low scoring game. Especial with Morales entering the game with a 5.50 ERA.
The Rockies got to celebrate this win and Charlie Blackmon with his 2 run home run was the player of the game. he went 2 for 4 with the 1st inning double and 3rd inning home run. for those living under a Rockies he was selected as a reserve for the 2014 National League All-Star team.
Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies for Wednesdays day game it was his second start since coming to the Rockies from the Reds organization.
He allowed the Padres first batter to get on a base a single by Seth Smith. He would than get the next 3 batters out including striking out Chase Headley and Yasmani Grandal.
The Rockies, mainly Charlie Blackmon would get on the board fast against Padres starter Eric Stultz.
He hit a lead off solo home run.
Two batters later Troy Tulowitzki would also hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
In his 7th MLB at bat Kyle Parker who started at first this game, got his first MLB hit!
Jurrens was taken out of the game with 2 outs in the 5th inning and Tommy Kahnle would finish the 5th and pitch the 6th inning. He struck out Will Venerable to to end the inning. Jurrens went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking 2.
rex Brothers pitched the 7th and Boone Logan pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would add 3 run to their total in the 8th with a 2 run home run by drew Stubs scoring himself and Charlie Blackmon. To give the Rockies 5-3 lead. Then Tulo would follow it up with his second home run of the game to extend the lead to 6-3.
Yasmani Grandal hit a hi pop fly to left to end the game and get the series win for the Rockies.
Brandon Barnes makes the catch to end the game and give the Rockies their first series win in what seems like forever! The Final for this one was 6-3.
The Rockies celebrate their second win in a row. Troy Tulowitzki was player of the game which I don’t fully agree with he did hit 2 home runs. I do think Drew Stubbs that gave the Rockies the 5-3 lead and broke the tie should have gotten it because he gave the team the lead but I guess 2 RBI’s on 2 solo shots means more then the guy who gave the team the lead in the first place. Well that is it for this one.
I will be at 2 of the 3 games against the Twins before heading out on my 2014 Baseball Adventure. Which I will be at the Triple A All-Star game and then Greensboro, Winston-Salem, I will finally get to the Carolina Mudcats and see the New Charlotte Stadium in Downtown Charlotte before moving on to the Mid-West for a bunch of games more info to follow.
See you at Coors and Around!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
If picture are worth a thousand words here are 14 photos to do as you wish. These are from the Rockies game from Sunday!
Yohan Flande pitched!
So did Josh Beckett !
D.J. LeMahieu threw a ball!!
Juan Uribe was safe!
Flande was taken out of the game after the Dodgers scored runs!
Brooks Brown came into pitch. Brooks who? yeah another call up from the Springs.
Arenado made a off balance throw.
Adrian Gonzales was tagged by Wilin Rosario.
was called out. The play was reviewed the Dodgers scored another run.
I found Sasquatch! It may just be Dodgers relief pitcher Chris Perez.
Take what you will from this photo!
Their was some good news!
The Rockies got their ass’s handed to them and lost this game 8-2.
Can’t wait to see good baseball next week when I start the 2014 Road trip starting in Durham at the Triple A All-star game!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
This game I missed the first few batters of the game because I was on field holding the big flag that was on the field for the National Anthem. Unfortunately I could not find photos of it. So because of that I missed the first few batters. The first batter I saw was the second Dodgers batter of the game Yasiel Puig who hit a home run with Dee Gordon on first base.
Then Hanley Ramirez hit a double.
Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies. He was recently picked up from the Reds organization he was once with the Braves and has not pitched in the bigs this year.
With Ramirez on second Andre Either hit a triple to score the Dodgers 3rd run of the game (inning). After the 3 runs in the first he settled down a little and had a 1,2,3 second inning.
Clayton Kershaw started for the dodgers and well treated the Rockies like his bitch! The Rockies did not get a hit till the 3rd inning and that was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 3rd. The Rockies did do better against him then the last game the faced him, they got 2 hits instead of being no hit. He hasn’t just been abusing the Rockies in his last 4 starts, he has been knocking everyone around. He has not given up a run in 30+ innings I think it was 35 innings.
Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch from Jurrens in the 5th inning which was a horrible inning for Jurrens and the Rockies. The Dodgers scored 5 runs on 6 hits, Jurrens walked 1 in the inning and was pretty much hung out to dry. Most of the runs did come with 2 outs. Jurrens was taken out after Kershaw single to give the Dodgers a 8-0 lead.
Jair Jurrens being removed from the game in the 5th inning.
Chad Bettis came into finish the inning and after giving up a hit got the third out to end the inning. The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. Ramirez was removed after the inning.
I could have just posted this photo from the 6th inning and tell most of the story of the game just look at the line score on the big screen while Kershaw pitches!
After 8 inning pitched by Kershaw, Don Mattingly replaced him with Jamie Wright. After Walking Blackmon he struck out Josh Rutledge and then Arenado hit into a double play to stop the misery! I mean end the game. Now if it was not a fireworks night I think this is a game I may have left early. It is just painful to watch this team play.
Then it was time to watch what everyone was really there to see and that was the fireworks!
Now the Rockies won the Saturday July 5th game that I did not attend because I had to go to work. It actually worked out well because I did noy have a ticket for the game which is extremely rare for me. But since I was not sure when my road trip was I did not buy tix for some July games.
So about my road trip I will be leaving Denver on July 12th and once again heading east this year the first game I am attending is the Triple A all-Star game in Durham, N.C. before hitting up some of my North Carolina favorites Greensboro Grasshoppers and may even get the last stadium I have not been too in N.C. that is the Carolina Mudcats stadium. I will also be checking out the New Charlotte Nights Stadium That I have been following the process of being built. I was there 2 years ago when they broke ground and put in home plate and saw the stadium being built last year. After North Carolina I will be heading to Cleveland where I will be checking out Progressive Field and then Heading to a Lake City Captains game before heading to Detroit to see the Rockies for 2 games there. I will then head to Indy to catch my yearly game in Indianapolis and am also thinking of checking out Ft. Wayne Tincaps game and possibly the Dayton Dragons as well. So it should be a adventure once again and getting to see a bunch of new stadiums for me and also visit many of my favorites. I will hve a better schedule of when and where I will be later in this home stand.
Well till then see you at Coors I should be there all week till I leave for my trip.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Rockies
After taking last home stand off from blogging figured it was time to jump back in this series! I was at all 6 games of that train wreck that was the Brewers and Cardinals series, but did not take too many photos and just did not feel like posting for the games. The first game was against the Brewers and it was one of the most boring high scoring games I have ever seen the Rockies lost 13-10 the rest of the series wasn’t much better. The Rockies got swept by the by the Brewers losing the 2nd game 9-4 and got a little better in the 3rd only losing by 1 run 6-5. The Cardinals shut out the Rockies in the first game of that series 8-0, the Rockies took the second game 10-5 and lost the 3rd 9-6. In the 3rd game we saw the debut of Yohan Flande who did not pitch to bad but the bullpen as in many of these game let the game really get away.
Now that I feel caught up onto this game against the Dodgers….
Franklin Morales was back in the starting rotation after a few weeks working from the bullpen.
he started the game well by getting Dee Gordon to ground out and struck out Yaisel Puig. He did walk Hanley Ramirez and then struck out Adrian Gonzalez.
Zack Greinke started for the Dodgers and Struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the game and Drew Stubbs got a single. With Stubbs on base Justin Morneau struck out and troy Tulowitzki grounded out to end the inning.
The Dodgers got on the board first with a run in the 3rd inning a Adrian Gonzalez single scored Dee Gordon and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. They scored their second run in the 4th after Juan Uribe hit a 1 out single and advanced to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a A.J. Ellis sac fly to center.
The Rockies got a run back in the 5th with a mini 2 out rally. D.J. LeMahieu started with a double, which was followed by Josh Rutledge pinch hit double to score LeMahieu. With the score still 2 -1 in the 8th the Rockies tied the game, Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a single and scored with 1 out on a Justin Morneau triple. That run tied the game at 2.
With one out and Morneau on third the Rockies struggled to get the 3rd run in first Tulo popped out to short left that was to shallow to give Morneau and opportunity to score. Tulo watching his pop up high in the air! He is just so clutch!
Greinke then intentionally walked Corey Dickerson. That Brought up Nolan Arenado (This was his first game back from D.L.) who struck out to end the inning and a very good opportunity for the Rockies.
Franklin Morales pitched 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 runs he struck out 4 and walked 2 batters. He pitched well and kept the Rockies in the game. Tommy Kahnle pitched the next 2 and only gave up 1 hit.
The game still tied at 2 in the 9th LaTroy Hawkins pitched for the Rockies he made 1 mistake and that was walking Matt Kemp to lead off the inning and that would result in the 3rd Dodgers run 2 batters later on a Uribe single. That was the final score as well and the Rockies lost this one. I was impressed that Franklin kept the Rockies in the game unfortunately it seems like if we get a pretty good start from a starter the team has trouble with run support. There was a big opportunity in the 8th and they failed to get a runner in with the middle of the line up that is just not a great formula to win games when you can’t get production out of some of the best hitters in the game.
After the game there were fireworks, I decided to head to the front of the stadium and take a few photos since I have taken photos in varies places inside the stadium and out I decided to go to the corner of 20th and Blake.
So that was it for this one. The Dodgers got the best of the Rockies in this 3-2 win. The Dodgers are in first place in the National league west and the Rockies are 12 games back and only 1/2 a game out of last place behind the Diamondbacks. Yes the Padres are now in front of them in the standings.
I think it is time to clean house 2007 was a freak and 7 seasons ago Dan O’Dowd is no longer a genius and is not the smartest man in baseball. Time to make changes!
That is it for this one see you at Coors I will be there most of the weekend and I will also be leaving for my 2014 road Trip at the end of this 10 game home stand. More info to follow on the Road Trip it will be a good one.
Braves vs. Rockies
Game 4 of series
Jhoulys Chacin started this day game for the Rockies. Chacin was in his old form for this game he was getting ahead in counts early against the Braves batters and his stuff was really working he retired the Braves in order including a strike out to B.J. Upton.
Here is D.J. LeMahieu getting the first out of the inning Jason Heyward.
Ervin Santana started for the Braves and Charlie Blackmon did what he does best and that is lead off with an extra base hit.
Charlie just being Nazty as he makes the big turn around first and heading to second!
The Rockies bats were not able to get him home for a run as Santana had a good inning after giving up the double. He got the next 3 batters out in order including striking out both Josh Rutledge and Wilin Rosario.
Corey Dickerson tried to stretch a double into a triple and did not miss it by much to lead off the 2nd inning, he was out at third and the Rockies would go down in order again and it looked like the offensive slump would return. The Bats came alive in the 3rd as D.J. LeMahieu started the inning with a walk not exactly a bat coming alive but a base runner. He was caught stealing and Jhoulys Chacin got on base with a single and Blackmon came up with a Chacin on and even better then hitting doubles and that is hitting home runs and that put the Rockies on the board with a 2-0 lead. Blackmon has 10 double this season and 12 homers.
Drew Stubbs takes a swing in the 4th inning that resulted in the third out of the inning.
The Rockies did get a 3rd run in the 6th inning a solo home run by Justin Morneau. The Rockies had a 3-0 lead.
Corey Dickerson slides into home for the Rockies first of 5 runs in the 7th inning.
Jordan Walden came in with 1 out in the 7th to replace Ervin Santana. Santana went 6 1/3rd. giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. striking out 8 but giving up 2 homers and walking 2.
Chacin went a full 7 and gave up only 2 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 2. Great to see him pitch so well, it has been a while.
Justin Morneau stands on first after a 2 run single. Those runs gave the Rockies a 6 run lead.
Wilin Rosario watches a pitch go by during his 7th inning at bat he was the 9th batter for the Rockies in the inning. In total they scored 5 runs and took a 8-0 lead.
Adam Ottavino pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies And gave up 3 runs to the Braves 2 on a home run to B.J. Upton.
Tulo tosses gum out to the crowd between innings.
After taking a foul tip off the mask during Corey Dickerson at bat Braves catcher Gerald Laird got hit by Dickerson’s swing.
The next pitch Braves relief pitcher David Carpenter hit Dickerson with a pitch and this is where the game became crazy. After Dickerson had words with Carpenter…
Walt came out and pretty much had words with everyone! Yelling at Carpenter and the Umpire.
He was then tossed from the game. Carpenter was immediately thrown out after Dickerson was hit.
Arguments continued all over the place and the Rockies bench got warned to stay in the dugout.
Walt Continued to argue.
Walt Leaving the field. This was the most fired up I have ever seen Walt it was nice to see.
That Renee Lachman gave the ump an ear full. That must have been an interesting conversation!
Anthony Varvaro replaced Carpenter and the Rockies picked up another 2 runs in the inning.
This was only half of the ejections for the inning. After the Braves came up to the plate and Nick Masset came into pitch…
He hit Evan Gattis who was the 3rd Braves batter in the inning with 2 outs.
Nick Masset and Bench Coach Tommy Runnels were then ejected for a total of 3 Rockies being thrown out and a total of 4 players and coaches.
Masset standing on the mound after hitting Gattis.
Matt Belisle came into pitch the last out for the Rockies.
Lach pulled Terry Pendelton over to the side after the game. Just could imagine what was said.
The Rockies won this game 10-3.
This seems to be a result of a lot of frustration over the past few weeks. Dickerson being hit was also the second Rockies batter to be hit in as many days. Josh Rutledge was hit in the head on Wednesday. The Braves thought Dickerson hit Laird on purpose, now Dickerson is a very good player and is very talented with the bat, but for him to be able to foul tip a ball and intentionally hit catcher would take an incredible amount of talent and skill. This was one of the craziest game I have seen in a long time. It was nice to see a little fire in Walt and hopefully this win is the boost this team needs to get things together. As I am writing this the Rockies have won 2 game in the 9th inning against the Giants in San Francisco. This is the first series win there in over 4 years and are going for the sweep later this afternoon. The Rockies are now 2 games under .500 with a 33-35 record and are 9.5 games behind the giants and are 3rd place in the National League West.
So that is it for this one I have another post coming from Fridays night game in the Springs.
Braves vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
This game saw the debut of the third Rockies starting pitcher in the last 5 games. Tonight it was Tyler Matzek’s turn to take the mound for the first time.
Here he is walking in from the bull-pen.
He started out getting the Braves Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton to ground out on 3 pitches a piece. He fought back after pitching 3 balls to Freddie Freeman who would then strike out after a 10 pitch at bat to end the inning.
Julio Teheran started for the Braves.
After striking out Charlie Blackmon, Josh Rutledge hit a single and here he is diving back to first on one of many throws over to first by Teheran.
Rutledge went from 1st to 3rd on a Justin Morneau single. He would score on a Drew Stubbs double to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Morneau scored on a Drew Stubbs double to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Stubbs would score on a Corey Dickerson triple to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
The Rockies would score the 4th run of the game on a sac fly by Stubbs to Heyward in right field to score Tulo from third.
In the 5th inning Troy Tulowitzki would a single and make a big turn to get caught in a run down while he was being chased by the Braves infield..
Josh Rutledge would score, after running from 1st to third on the hit and then scored.
The Rockies took a 5-0 lead.
Tyler Matzek pitched very well till the 8th inning. After the Braves scored their first run Walt Weiss took Matzek out of the game and he brought in Franklin Morales. Matzek gave up only 2 runs on 5 hits walking no batters and struck out 7 of the Braves batters. The Braves did not get a hit off him till the 5th inning, when Justin Upton hit a single. He pitched very well. I must say I was concerned when they said he was starting, because the innings I have seen him pitch in spring training were not so good and he has not been doing that well in the Springs. Tonight he took away any concerns I had about his pitching and I hope he continues to do well with the Rockies. In the 8th the Braves did score 2 runs and the Rockies still had a 8-2 lead.
Franklin Morales pitching in the 8th inning.
LaTroy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th for the Rockies. After giving up a hit to Freddie Freeman he got the next 3 batters out and that was the game. The Rockies got this win in a very good start by Matzek and the Rockies have seemed to find there bats for this one scoring 8 runs on 13 hits.
LaTroy Hawkins get Tyler with the Water Bucket!
The Braves are still up 2-1 in the series and there is a 4th game remaining in this series.
That’s it for this one see you at Coors!