Rays vs. Rox
My 15th game at Coors this year.
Today was another cluster of a day at Coors. With it being autograph Sunday and a bobble head give away day, once again we had to get to the stadium way earlier than we would need on a regular Sunday. What really stinks is this year the game time is at 2:10 which seemed like a good idea, till we relized with the promo’s we still have to get to the gate at the same time as in past years when the games started at 1:10.
Today was Vinny Castilla day.
So the autograph signers today were Jordan Pacheco, Juan Nicasio, Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman. So I already had everyone on my team project except Josh Outman so I got in his line. I was the first one in his line. Now another thing that happens now is that the gates open 2 hours before game time but the autograph session still starts an hour and a half before game time so you than have to wait in line for almost a half hour. By the time that they start signing you really can’t get on a second line for another autograph because of the extra amount of people and the 30 minutes of people getting on-line that makes the lines way to long to get a second auto which is not that bad but in the past most of the time you would be able to get 3 or all 4 players signing. So you really have to pick who you get wisely! Luckily I only need 1 player.
After waiting around for the end of autograph session I than headed down to get a place along the wall to see who else I could get. Todd Helton signed and skipped over the ball i had for him to sign. he seemed to only be signing with a black sharpie and was not taking pens and other color markers that fans had. The ball I had for him to sign was actually a ball I also had David Neid sign because I wanted the 2 #17 that played for the Rockies on the same ball. Since most likely their will only be those two once Todd retires. Some days autograph collecting is like fishing some days you leave with a bucket full and others the big one gets away. Not too worried sure I should have more opportunities to get the ball signed.
So Dinger got all dressed up for Cinco De Mayo and Vinny’s Bobble head day in his Matador outfit.
For the first pitch they had Vinny and his three son’s come out to the field. His 2 son’s Christian and Daulton stood on the mound with him and his older son Marco who you can see snagging baseballs in the outfield during the Rockies Batting Practice caught the ball behind home plate
Jhoulys Chacin made his rehab start today wait this wasn’t a rehab start. Ooops!!
Well it looked like a rehab start. The first inning was really rough inning for him and even more rough to watch. It looked like he was having a tough time with the placement and location of pitches. He gave up a single to Desmond Jennings then walked the next batter Matt Joyce. He did get Evan Longoria to fly out to Michael Cuddyer in right field, but Jennings did move up to third. Jennings did go on a score on a Jame Loney single for a 1-0 Rays lead. Then with Joyce on scored on a passed ball/wild pitch not sure oddly enough I really don’t pay that much attention and the flash the official scorers decision on the board so fast I rarely see it. As Wilin Rosario ran and got the ball Chacin covered home and got the ball and tagged Joyce but the ball came out of his glove. Loney would also score and the Rays would have a 3-0 lead.
Alex Cobb was the starting pitcher for the Rays he started the inning by striking out Dexter Fowler. Nolan Arenado grounded out and Carlos Gonzalez got the Rockies first hit a single, he would than steal second and would be left on base when Troy Tulowitzki struck out to end the inning there is another one of those Tulo outs with a runner in scoring position.
Chacin did settle down a little and only face 3 batters in the inning. The second batter Sean Rodriguez did walk but got out on a double play ball hit by Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb.
Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the second off with a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
The Rays continued to hit Chacin in the 3rd but the fielding got them out of the inning. Jennings who leads off the inning hit a single but was out on a fielder’s choice at second hit by Matt Joyce. Longoria hit into a double play to end the inning.
Tulo would hit the second Rockies solo home run to start off the 4th inning. For the Rockies 2nd run. (3-2) Rays
Did not pick up the camera for that one!
He would also bat in the 5th inning and came up with two runners on base and one out and swung at the first pitch he saw and hit into a double play to end the inning. Once again nice solo shot how about hitting in the clutch a single would have scored two runs but he swung at bad pitches and hitting into double plays is so efficient. Well if you are the other team it is maybe they should start paying half his salary. So there are 2 more RBI’s he did not get! Once again he is a good player not a timely hitter the thing that makes me mad is he can be a great player if he was more reliable with runners on and in clutch situations, it is understandable that he can’t always be the RBI guy and he does get an ok amount of big at bats but could make some real bad at bats great at bats. I think as the “Team Leader” he should be able to accomplish this.
The Rockies got another solo home run in the 7th, here is the ball going out as Desmond Jenning climbs the wall to get it.
Here is Nolan Arenado after taking his third home run stroll around the base’s in his week-long MLB career. This is 7th game and he has hit 3 home runs already. I would say that is a pretty good start.
Things got rough once again for the Rockies in the 6th inning Chacin had a good 5th and fell apart again in the 6th. Walking the leadoff batter Longoria then after striking out Loney the next 3 batters would get on base and 3 runs would score. (6-2) Rays
Chacin would complete the inning.
Josh Outman came into pitch and the Rays added to their total with 2 more runs in the 8th inning.
That would be the final score and the rays would win the game 8-3 and the series taking 2 of the 3 games.
Jamie Wright pitched the 9th inning for the Rays. He struck out all 3 Rockies batters in the inning. He has played for 10 different teams in his 17 year career including the Rockies and The Royals twice. He was drafted by the Rockies out of High School in the 1st round in 1993. He has always been a good guy and last year I did a post about him Called doing the Wright thing when he jumped into the crowd when a kid got hit with a baseball and helped him than gave him his glove. Here is a link to that post. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/06/02/doing-the-wright-thing/
Here he is with catcher Jose Lobaton after the last out of the game.
That is it for this game and this series. Next Up 3 against the Yankees.
See You at Coors.
Rays vs. Rockies
My 14th game of the season.
This game started with another very lack luster batting practice. The Rockies hit a few when we first got in and that was about it. The Rays have not had the best batting practices especially for the pavilions in left field area. They hit a few over to the right field side but that is about it. I still have not got my first batting practice ball of the season.
Jon Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Desmond Jennings broke up the chance of a no hitter early with a lead off single. Garland would get the next 2 batters out and Evan Longoria would also hit a single. Jame Loney would make the third out of the inning.
Desmond Jennings dives back to first base after his single.
David Price started for the Rays and eric young Jr. quickly started things of for the Rockies. His hit was followed up by a Josh Ruthledge single. he would score on a Troy Tulowitzki single for the quick 1-0 lead.
Garland only allowed 3 base runners in the first 2 innings. The only runner was Ryan Roberts who came in to the game after garland hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch that took him out of the game. The Rays took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd. inning. The Rockies tied the game with 2 of their own in the inning once again Eric Young Jr. lead off with a single and Carlos Gonzalez was walked. troy Tulowitzki hit a very timely double to score EYJ and Cargo. It is cool to see Tulo hitting in timely situations but I would not exactly start calling him Mr. Clutch just yet.
The next run was scored in the 5th inning when Carlos Gonzalez hit a lead off solo home run for a Rockies 4-3 lead. I did not have anyphotos of that I was actually on the concourse with out my camera when he hit it. I did not take many photos till later in the game since there was not that much action from the third to the 7th inning. I did take photos but not to many great shots or anything relivant to the game till I got the following photo in the 7th inning.
Ohh Yeah there it is with base’s loaded and Nolan Arenado at the plate, his 2nd home run of his career and first Coors home run the 7th inning Grand Slam home run.
All he could do is watch as the ball heads quickly to the pavilions.
Desmond Jennings could only do the same watching the ball go over the wall. the Rockies would take a 9-3 lead.
O.K. you may be wondering how he hit a 5 run home run but he didn’t Cargo scored on a Michael Cuddyer single for the Rockies 5th run of the game.
Here he is celebrating at home plate after running the base’s.
more celebrating at home. I did not take many photos this game but I think I got one that really counted. Most player wait years or may even never hit a Grand Slam home run in there career and Nolan has done it on only his 6th game and 26th major league at bat.
I credit these hits and runs to the rally bird that landed on the infield to the third base side of the pitchers mound and remained through most of the inning including Arenado’s home run.
Nolan Arenado makes final out of the game tossing a Ben Zobrist grounder to Pacheco at first.
That was the game the Rockies won 9-3.
Rockies celebrate their win and Arenado’s monster night. I feel we will be seeing a lot of this from him.
Mark Stout interviewing Nolan Arenado after the game. Arenado was the player of the game.
That is it for this one there is one more from this series and then Mid weeks the Yankees will be here at Coors and I will be there for all 3.
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See You At Coors!
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Colorado Rockies
My 13th Game at Coors this year.
This was the first inter-league game for the Rockies this season. It was also the first game that Nolan Arenado was in the line up at Coors Field after making his MLB debut in Arizona last week and playing in the series against the Dodgers in L.A.
Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he pitched the first 2 innings really well. The only base runner he allowed was a when he hit Kelly Johnson in the second inning.
Nolan Arenado made his Coors debut which I mentioned earlier. His first Coors at bat was not his best of the night. He grounded out to third for the last out of the 2nd inning.
Out at first in his first at bat.
Here he is throwing a Evan Longoria hit to first.
It was a little high of a throw but Jordan Pacheco took flight to grab the ball.
Landing on the bag.
For the out. Nice save by Pacheco at first.
The Rockies did take the early lead in the first inning on a Michael Cuddyer Home run and scored a third run in the 2nd on a Josh Rutledge solo shot. (3-0) Rox
Josh Rutledge after hitting his 2nd inning home run.
Arenado hit a double for his 2nd at bat in the 3rd inning and also in the 5th inning. He finished the night hitting 3 for 5 not a bad Coors debut!
Francis pitched 5 innings. He let up 5 runs including a 2 run home run to Desmond Jennings in the 5th. Which gave the Rays a 4-3 lead. The Rockies did score a run to tie the game at 4 in the 5th. and that was on Arenado’s second double in the 5th.
Francis pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. Not to bad of an outing but not quite his best start. Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 6th and 7th. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th and Rex Brothers the 9th.
Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and started the inning walking Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez hit a single. Wilin Rosario stops Longoria from scoring on a Kelly Johnson hit back to Lopez.
Longoria out at home.
Arenado strikes out in the 8th inning for the first out of the inning.
Troy Tulowitzki pinch hit in the batters spot in the 8th and was walked with Herrera and Rutledge on base. Tyler Chatwood would come in to pinch run for Tulo. The Rockies did leave the base’s loaded to end the inning.
The Game went to extra innings and the Rays scored 3 in the 10th off of Matt Belise. Who has been pitching very well from the bull-pen this year and this ended a 30 something inning scoreless streak by the Rockies bull-pen. The rays 10th inning runs were scored on a Longoria single which score Ben Zobrist who lead the inning off with a double and then Kelly Johnson hit a 2 run home run scoring Longoria and himself. That gave the Rays a 7-4 lead.
Fernando Rodney pitched for the Rays in the 10th inning.
Eric Young Jr. struck out to end the game on a questionable strike call to end the game.
This is a game that defiantly got away from them and there were plenty of opportunities to get runs in this game the Rockies stranded many runners on base and 12 on base in the game and were 0 for 9 in at bats with runners in scoring position.
With the Giants and Diamondbacks both winning this night the Rockies are now tied with the Giants for first place with the Giants and the Diamondbacks are just one game back. This game was a game the Rockies really needed they would have remained 1 game over the Giants and 2 over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are now 17 and 12 this season and 10 and 4 at home this season.
That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the Rays series and all 3 against the Yankees next week.
See You at Coors.