Mets vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series
My 15th Coors Game of the year.
Before the game Justin Mornea was awarded his watch for being the National League player of the week.
It was presented to him by the Rockies Hitting Coach Blake Doyle.
He was the second Rockies to get it this month, Charlie Blackmon won the earlier in the month of April.
Franklin Morales was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He started the game with Juan Lagares flying out to left field. Then things started to get real ugly for him and the Rockies. Daniel Murphy hit a triple followed by a David Wright double, he walked Chris Young. By the time he got out of the first inning he faced 7 Mets batters and they scored 3 runs.
Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets he struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. He then walked Drew Stubbs and Carlos Gonzalez flew out, Stubbs made a interesting third out and that was he ran to and past 2nd base on the Cargo fly out and after the catch by Chris Young in left field he ran back to first but was said that he never stepped back on second before returning to first and was doubled up at first base.
Neither the Mets or Rockies scored in the 2nd and both did not have a base runner. The Mets kept scoring in the 3rd. David Wright got his second hit of the game a single and then stole second base. Curtis Granderson hit a single followed by a Anthony Recker double his second hit of the game. The Mets got an additional 3 runs and had a 6 run lead.
They kept that 6 run lead till the 5th inning when the Rockies fought back with a huge inning lead by a Ryan Wheeler solo home run to start the inning.
After a series of single and walks Nolan Arenado came to the plate with bases loaded and proceeded to hit his 2nd Grand Slam of his career to give the Rockies a 8-6 lead. After Arenado’s homer the Mets replaced Meija with Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Arenado celebrates at home-plate with his teammates that were on base when he hit his home run.
In the 6th inning the Mets would score 2 runs with Chris Martin on the mound. Martin was replace with Rex Brothers after the first run scored on a Chris Young double. Rex gave up a single to Curtis Granderson to Score Young. The score was now 8-8.
The Rockies took the lead in the 7th inning on a Jordan Pacheco sac fly to center field and Tulo scored from third. Tulo got on base in the 7th with a single and it was his 1,000 hit of his career. So congrats to him. Even know I am not the biggest Tulo fan I do have to give credit when credit is due! This year he seems to finally be hitting timely and is performing the way the regular fans had expected him too for the last few years. This is probably the best start to the season he has in the past 3 or 4 years now lets hope he stays healthy and keeps it up before he gets traded to the Yankees!! Had to get a dig in somehow! The Rockies had a 9-8 lead at the end of the 7th.
on the same play Tulo scored on Corey Dickerson advanced to second in a close play after tagging up at first.
The Mets would tie the game in the 8th at 9 and take a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the 9th.
Then with Tulo on second after getting on base after his 1,001 hit of his career, Charley Culberson and his .111 batting avg. came in to pinch hit for the pitcher La Troy Hawkins. On the 1-2 count he took a 96 mph fast ball thrown by the Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth for a 2 run walk off home run it was awesome to see Charley come through with this huge homer for his first of the year. He was brought back up to the Rockies from the Springs because of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list. He was originally sent back to the Springs because he was not hitting for the first month of the season.
Charlie (Chuck Cobra) runs the base as the Coors crowd goes absolutely crazy after his home run.
I filled my card while he ran the bases and missed him stepping on home but got him as he came back to the 1st base side. Celebrating with Michael Cuddyer. La Troy Hawkins picks him up and carried him towards the dugout after getting him the win!
What a incredible game that looked like it was going to be a rough lose early and in true Coors fashion and the fight that this team has this year they won it 11-10.
What a great night of baseball
Tomorrow the Rockies will be facing the Mets for the 4th time and Jhoulys Chacin will make his 2014 debut as he come off the disabled list and the Rockies go for the series sweep. Unfortunately I will not be at this game because of scheduling issues at work and this will be the first Sunday game I have missed while in town in over 3 years. I do miss a Sunday game while on my road trip in the summer.
So that is it for this game.
I will be back at Coors for the 2 games Monday and Tuesday when the Texas Rangers are in town.
See you at Coors!!!
Columbus Clippers vs. Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
Game 5 of road trip
This day started with a lot of rain in Raleigh I was suppose to go to a Carolina Mudcats game. Five County Stadium is the only stadium that is used for professional baseball I have not been too in N.C. Since I Have been to Durham 2 previous times I was not planning on going back to Durham this trip. After I saw that the Mudcats was rained out I immediately check to see who else was around and playing the Bulls were home and I decided to get back to DBAP just to get a game in since I have not seen a game in about 7 days since I was in Boston. This being the 3rd time I have been to the DBAP and it was raining I did not really have to get there to early. I have already seen the ballpark and done posts about the stadium.
There was a new piece of art work outside the stadium and it was this art Cow celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the movie “Bull Durham” It is decorated in a Bulls uniform and catchers gear depicting the character Crash Davis in the movie.
After entering the stadium I took this BNW of the Bull in left field from the tunnel to the field.
There was another new addition to the stadium area and it is this new building in left field.
The Bulls Played the Columbus Clippers and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched. I saw him pitch in Columbus at the beginning of this trip. In this photo he is warming up in the bull-pen along the left field line.
Bulls Manager Charley Montoyo and Clippers manager Chris Tremie exchange line up cards with the umpires.
The Bulls starting pitcher Merrill Kelly pitching to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera. Carrera walked and ended up advancing to third after he stole second and a wild pitch got him to third. The next 3 batters got out and he did not score.
Carrera diving back after his 1st inning walk.
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching to the Bulls Evan Frey who lead off with a single. The Bulls scored 2 runs in the inning. Frey scored on a Cole Figueroa double. Figueroa scored on a Vince Belnome single for a 2-0 lead.
Daisuke pitching in the 3rd inning. I decided to walk to the third base side just to get some photos without the net in the way. The seats I had was great for watching a game but a nightmare for taking photos. for most of the game I did stay in m seat just and just watched the game.
Shelley Duncan takes a swing for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would strike out to end the inning for the Bulls.
The Clippers Cord Phelps takes a swing for a strike in the 4th inning. The Clippers went down in order in the 4th everyone flying out to the outfield. Phelps flew out to right.
Here is a look at the stadium from my seat behind home plate while the Clippers were batting in the 5th.
The Bulls did score a run in the 4th Leslie Anderson hit a lead off home run. It was the first time I got to see the bull breath smoke, the Bulls did not hit any home runs the last 2 times I was there. (3-0) Bulls.
Matt Carson slides into 3rd in the Columbus 5th. The Clippers did get 2 runs in the inning. Carson and Luis Hernandez would both score on a Ezequiel Carrera single. (3-2) Bulls
Shelley Duncan hit the second Bulls home run of the game scoring 2 runs. (5-2) Bulls
The Bull breathed smoke once again! I did take a photo after the 4th inning Anderson home run but you could not see it as well with the netting and rain.
After pitching to 3 batters in the 6th inning. Daisuke was taken out of the game and he was replaced with Bryan Price. Daisuke did not pitch as well in this game as he did in the Columbus game I saw. He gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 home runs and walked and struck out 3.
Chris Gimenez hitting a single in the 6th inning.
A Clippers player score in the 7th inning. They score 3 runs in the inning not to sure which run this was. That tied up the game at 5.
A runner heads back to first after a sac fly by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Which I think is the above run also.
The Bulls making a pitching change in the 7th inning. Jeff Beliveau replaces Steve Getz who came in for Kelly in the 7th. Kelly pitched 6 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs, walked 3 struck out 4.
Another of the 3 Clippers runs that was scored in the 7th. inning.
A high and inside pitch to the Clippers Tim Fedroff in the 7th he would hit a single but did not score any runs all the runs were scored before this at bat.
Charlie Montoyo comes out to remove Beliveau.
Kirby Yates came into the game.
After the Clippers and Bulls both did not score it was time for well the photo says it best!
Shelley Duncan hits a double off the Blue monster in the bottom of the 10th. To advance Vince Belnome who walked to lead off the inning to third.
The ball being fielded after bouncing off the wall by the Clippers left fielder Tim Fedroff.
Belnome arrive to third well infront of the throw from left.
Leslie Anderson on deck ready to step to the plate.
He would hit a walk off single scoring Belnome and winning the game for the Bulls.
Belnome after crossing home and heading to celebrate down the first base line.
The Bulls won this game 6-5. It was a great night to see some baseball in the rain. Once again The Mudcats stadium is still eluding me!
More celebrating after win.
I really like the stadium in Durham and am glad I got back there. On another day I will finally get to my last stadium in N.C..
My next game I will be head to a Danville Braves game which is in the Appalachian League.
So that is it from Durham.
See You around!
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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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