As I sit here on a warm Denver afternoon at the beginning of March, I can only think of one thing at this time next week I will be sitting in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick watching the Rockies. I did not do posts this off season, to take a little break I did do all my normal off season activities like snowboarding and was at the opening day for the season at Keystone and Breckenridge. I have 15 days on the slopes so far this year. I did attend the Dew Tour like I have in the past.
This is a look up the Half Pipe at Breck.
Here is a look at a competitor after his run on the slope style course.
I also attended the National Western Stock Show Parade.
Always trying to improve on my long horns heading down 17th street photo.
I think this year I may have gotten the best ones yet!
This Off season we said bye to Dex, Jonny and Drew.
Going to miss moments like this from Dex!
Guy had a tendency to get the hits when the game was on the line.
Yes, I also did get to fan fest this year got to meet some of the ne guys like Justin Morneau and Brett Anderson both were very cool to talk to and seemed ready to try and help the Rockies this season. Hopefully Morneau will return to his ways of his MVP year and can get things working here at Coors. I was asked what would he needs to do to help the team and to make up for the retiring of Helton and I said he needs to hit 25 plus homers with close to 100 RBI’s, bat in the high 300’s, hit timely and get those extra base hits like Helton had. Especially the doubles. I asked Brett if he was ready for the pitching challenges that Coors is known for and he said he is a ground ball pitcher and as long as they stay on the ground everything should be alright! Hope everything works out for him, he seems really cool and if everything pans out well with him I might finally give an answer to the Ubaldo trade! Since we got him for Drew Pomeranz who did not work out that well for the Rockies since he came to us with others for Ubaldo.
So I will be in Phoenix from March 10th to the 16th. I will be at the Game on the 10th against the Padres. I will also be checking out the new Cubs stadium and seeing the Rockies at Phoenix municipal when they play the A’s.
I am also starting to plan the 2014 baseball adventure I am thinking possibly Chicago and Detroit this year for Rockies games and plenty of minor league baseball in-between including the 2014 Triple A All-Star game in Durham this July.
So I am ready for baseball how about you!
See you in Phoenix and if not at Coors for the 2014 Season. I can’t wait it should be a interesting season. Hopefully it will be filled with awesome memories and great friends!!!
Cardinals vs. Rockies
My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.
This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.
So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.
Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.
Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!
A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.
Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.
Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.
Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.
Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.
Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.
Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.
Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.
Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.
Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.
Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.
Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
3 runs to tie the game in the inning.
Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies
Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies
Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with single.
Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.
Taking a lead at first.
Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.
Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.
After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..
…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.
Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.
Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.
Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.
Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.
Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.
After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.
D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.
The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.
The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!
D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.
As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.
The tag with ball rolling away.
He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.
He dove back…..
…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.
The Dugout emptied quickly!!!
Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.
The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.
Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.
He than high-five Tulo
and the crowd caught up with him!
It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.
The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.
So that is it for this one.
I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies
Today I got to the game a little later than usual since I came from work and got out a little late so BP was a bust and I than headed over to the wall.
Todd Helton announced his retirement after the season before the game and he signed autographs.
Colin McHugh was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his second start with the Rockies and only his 5th appearance of the year. Matt Carpenter started this game against McHugh with an infield single.
The single was on this deflected ball by troy Tulowitzki.
Lance Lynn was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the game by walking Corey Dickerson, who scored 2 batters later on a Tulo single. (1-0) Rox
Todd Helton came to the plate to a standing ovation from the Coors crowd. he would strike out to end the second inning for the Rockies.
The Cardinals scored a run in the 5th to tie the game at 1.
Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete innings giving up , run 4 hits, striking out 2.
The Rockies got out of the 6th inning with a double play, Matt Holliday hit a ball to….
…to Helton at first. Nolan Arenado was taken out of the game in the 3rd, D.J. LeMahieu moved to third and Josh Rutledge came into play second. Nolan was taken out because of an injury to his finger.
Rutledge getting on base with a single in the 7th inning. The Rockies would score their second run of the game this inning when Wilin Rosario scored on a Charlie Blackmon single (2-1) Rox
Lance Lynn was taken out of the game in the 7th. he pitched 6 1/3. Giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4.
After Drew Pomeranz pitched after McHugh and was then replaced by Matt Belilse Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th.
Matt Carpenter hit a double in the 8th to score Pete Kozma.
That would tie up the game at 2.
During a pitching change or middle of an inning they did a Todd Helton plays on the score board.
Batting in the 8th he had one of his not so great plays running into an out at home. The Rockies scored a run on a Wilin Rosario single scoring Tulo that advanced Todd to third.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double to score Tyler Chatwood . Chatwood was pinch running for Rosario. (4-2) Rox
John Axford pitching for the Cardinals in the 8th inning with some snazzy retro high sox. just had to try to work the word snazzy into this post!
Charlie Blackmon scouring after a Ryan Wheeler single that also scored Rutledge. (6-2) Rox
Ryan Wheel giving Rene Lacheman a fist bump after his 2 RBI single.
That is it for this one from the first game of the Cardinals series. The Rockies won this one 6-2.
I was at all 4 of these games and will be getting up the rest of the games and all the remaining games at Coors for the season.
Thanks for checking out the blog and see you at Coors!
L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
So with this being the first game since the August 31st game you can guess that 1 of the 2 games I missed was the game on Sept. 1 where Todd Helton hit his 2500th hit. I had to work that day and could not be at Coors, I did make it home to see it on T.V. it was kind of depressing that I put so much time into being at Coors and I missed a very important game. Now the Rockies did win that game against the Reds 7-4. The second game I missed was the Rockies 10-8 lose in-game one of this series against the L.A. Dodgers. These were the first Rockies home games I had missed in well over a year and the first time I missed 2 home games in a row in a while. Now the only time I miss home games is when I am on my road trip, but don’t miss many when I am in town. So that is a total of 9 home games I missed this year. 7 when I was on my road trip.
Today I had the best day of Batting Practice I have ever had. It was the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in one BP. The first was a roller of the Rockies. As I got that ball I noticed an Easter egg sitting behind one of the brackets for the seats in the Pavilions. So in the first few minutes I had 2 baseballs. The next was a catch during the Dodgers BP. The 4th came also during the Dodgers BP and it was a second catch. To get that one I ducked under the rail between sections (since I learned jumping over it is not the best option a few weeks ago)! and caught the ball for the 4th of the day. As I mentioned earlier this is the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in a single MLB BP, but it is the 1st time I kept all 4 baseballs. Since the last time someone was bitching that I got the ball that should have been theirs. See post from June 14, 2013 game: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/06/16/milestone-day-in-bp-and-the-rockies-let-this-one-get-away/
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Carl Crawford started the game with a single off him. Nick Punto also got a single so 2 hits in a row that was twice as many as his last game in 7 innings in the first 2 batters! He did manage to get out of the inning not allowing any runs.
The second inning of the game was not as good for him he faced 8 batters. Andre Either started the inning with a double, mark Ellis than walked and Skip Schumaker hit a single all 3 did score in the inning and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
Andre Either sliding into home after a Tim Federowicz sac fly to center.
Ricky Nolasco was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He only allowed 2 Rockies runners in the first 4 innings of the game. One was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 1st and a walk to Dexter Fowler in the 3rd.
Charlie Blackmon making contact in the 3rd inning but he flew out to right for the first out of that inning.
Carl Crawford 4th run of the game in the 5th inning on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly to center also. (4-0) Dodgers
Charlie Blackmon tried to get a 2 out rally going in the 5th with this double.
He scored on a Jhoulys Chacin single to give the Rockies their first run of the game. (4-1)
D.J. LeMahieu slides into third for a triple to lead off the 6th inning for the Rockies. He scored when Troy Tulowitzki grounded out to short. (4-2) Dodgers. This brought the Rockies back into the game only 2 runs down.
In a double switch in the 8th inning Carlos Gonzalez replaced Charlie Blackmon in left as Josh Outman came into pitch. Jhoulys Chacin pitched a full 7 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, striking out 3 and walking 2. He also threw a 106 pitches. Not his best outing but besides the 3 run 2nd he pitched well and the Rockies stayed in the game coming with in 1 run.
Paco Rodriguez pitching for the Dodgers in the 8th inning. He has a really interesting delivery, his left hand almost stays in the spot it is in for this photo for more than a second while the rest of his body continues in the pitching motion. It was interesting to see this very unique wind up for a pitcher. He was the Dodgers 3rd pitcher of the game Nolasco pitched 6 and Jay Howell pitched the 7th. Nolasco struck out 5 Rockies batters and held them to 5 hits and the 2 runs.
Josh Rutledge pinch hit in the 8th for the Rockies and lead off with a solo homerun. (4-3) Dodgers
Rex Brothers came into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th and things did not go so well for him, The Dodgers picked up an additional 3 runs in the inning.
Andre Either walked after the runners on first and second moved up on a wild pitch to load the base’s.
With the base’s loaded Mark Ellis hit a ball to deep left-center.
which was fielded by Charlie Culberson and went over his head. He came in the inning to play left since Gonzalez still can’t bat due to his finger injury.
Now people thought it may have been better for Dexter Fowler to field it from center than Charlie from left but I really can’t say because I was looking through the camera, but if you look at the first photo Dex was not even in the frame close to the play. he may have slowed up because he was called off. I can not say which way it should have been played but I do know it cost the Rockies 3 runs. (7-3) Dodgers
Mark Ellis at second after his 3 RBI hit to left-center.
Rex Brothers was taken out of the game after the Ellis hit and Rob Scahill came into pitch and got the last out of the inning getting Schumaker to ground out to first.
The Rockies would try to get a rally going in the 9th with 1 out Wilin Rosario hit a single and advanced on offense indifference and advanced to third on a wild pitch to Todd Helton by Ronnie Belasario. Rosario did score when Helton grounded out for the 2nd out of the inning. (7-4) Dodgers
Nolan Arenado hit a single and advanced to second by stealing. Corey Dickerson pinched hit in the 9th and struck out to end the game. 7-4 was the final for this game with the Dodgers winning.
So that is it for this one from Coors. I have one more from this series that I hope I can get to before the Rockies get off the road. Have been very busy on the Rockies away weeks. Thanks for checking out the post for those who don’t know I was 29th in the MLB Blogs standings for the month of August and I owe that to everyone who checks out the blog regularly. Thanks again!
San Fransisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Today was the first gae of what seemed to be the never-ending road trip. It was 3 series on the east coast which means I missed a lot or most of the games played with the earlier start time. It was 12 days that they were away but it seemed like an eternity, So I was more than glad to be back at Coors. As I headed into batting practice a ball immediately flew out to the pavilions landed a few rows behind me and took a big bounce to the concourse. I ran up the stairs and grabbed it as someone was running down the concourse to also get it. I grabbed it and the dude was like really you are going to take it? As many of you guys know I hate when people think that the ball is theirs because they were within 10 feet of getting the ball and did not. So I tossed him the ball, I am kinda over arguing with these people about a ball so I figured I would give it up. Just don’t expect this to become a habit! So that was my first one, within a few minutes another headed my way and landed a few rows from me and I was able to snag it for my second ball of the game. This day was turning out to be a great batting practice. I was in the stadium not even 10 minutes and had already snagged 2. The Rockies were than done and I thought I may get a ball or 2 from the Giants their first group was right heavy and it included Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. They did hit a few out and I did not snag any more this batting practice. In the process of running around trying to get a ball from the Giants I ended up losing the ball I kept. Later on someone told me how they found a ball in the first row and gave it to a kid. So well I got a few to add to my numbers but not to my collection!
After Bp like any other day I headed over to the wall to see if I could get any autographs and i ended up getting a Todd Helton photo I recently printed up signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies, his first pitch to the Giants Gregor Blanco was a ball. Juan did strike him out for the first out of the inning. The next batter Marco Scutaro hit a double.
Nicasio then struck out Brandon Belt for the second out and really seemed to have his stuff. He then did walk Buster Posey but came back to strike out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning. He worked out of the 2 runners on and struck out 3 great first inning performance by Juan.
Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants. Dexter Fowler started with a lead off single and was then out at second after trying to steal. It was close but he was called out.
He was removed from the game in the second because of something wrong with his knee which happened during the steal attempt.
Michael Cuddyer than hit a hard-line drive to right field which Hunter Pence had a run on till the wall got in his way, no it was not a homer it stayed in and Hunter hit the wall pretty hard and did not make the catch.
This is a photo from immediately after hitting the wall.
The Giants trainer and manager came running out to see if he was OK, he was down a while. He did stay in the game. I think it was the magic trainers towel that cured him of what ever injury he had. We always joke about how the trainers run out with the towel but what is it really for if there is not a cut or something.
With Cuddy on third Wilin Rosario came to bat and he grounded to Sandoval at third for the third out of the inning.
Nicasio then had another good inning in the second. He struck out Brandon Crawford, followed by a pop out by Francisco Peguro and struck out Zito for the third out. 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings.
Helton would get the Rockies on the board in the second with a 2 run home run for his 2497 hit of his career. Arenado lead the inning off with a single. Todd is now 3 hits away from #2500.
Nicasio faced 4 Giants batters in the 3rd walking Scutaro and giving up a hit to Brandon Belt. Posey hit into a double play to end the inning.
Charles Blackmon who replaced Dexter Fowler in the second inning started the third inning off with his 4th home run of the year. To give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
Another one of those great Coors sunsets.
Nicasio had another 1,2,3 inning in the 4th and struck out 2 more Giants batters.
In the 4th inning with Arenado on third, Helton on second (reached base on a walk) and Charlie Culbertson on first Jonny Hererra hit a line drive over Brandon Crawfords head that caught Helton off guard looked like it was going to left for a single. Crawford grabbed it and threw back to second where Scutaro was covering the bag.
Helton made it back safe on the high throw.
Juan Nicasio added to his cause in the inning with one out and base’s loaded he hit a single to score Arenado from third to give he and the Rockies a 4-0 lead.
Arenado crossing home for the Rockies 4th run.
Zito pitching with Todd on third and Nicasio on first. Culbertson was also on second, but not in photo. Helton went on and scored in the inning. To give a 5-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario hit a double with 1 out in the 5th. He was picked of at second for the second out and Arenado flew out to left to end the inning.
Wilton Lopez came in and pitched in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
Nicasio pitched 6 complete striking out 9, walking 2, hitting 2 batters on 5 hits giving up no runs!
Lopez struck out Scutaro to end the 7th facing only 3 batters and recording 2 strike outs in the inning.
Jeff Francis cam into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th to make things interesting!
Sandoval lead off the inning with a fly out to right.
Looks like Cuddy misplayed it slightly but came up with the catch! After getting the 1st 2 batters out he had a tough time with out #27 of the game.
Peguero got a single and advanced to second on an offense indifference (stole the base without anyone caring)!
Joaquin Arias hit a pinch hit double to score the run.
Peguero scoring the Giants first run in the 9th inning 6-1 Rox
Then the 27th out came Finally came when Blanco flew out to Blackmon in center to end the game.
The Rockies 6th run came in the 7th, just incase you were wondering how the score was 6-1!!!
So that is it for this first game back at Coors for this home stand.
Well See you at Coors.
Padres vs. Rockies game 3 of series.
Series tied 1-1
Today being a day game there was no batting practice. so it was a lot of time and try and get autographs at the wall. It was a pretty good day for that because I had a few new photos printed up. So I got Rex Brothers to sign a photo. Then Carlos Gonzalez signed after he was done working out on the field. I had him sign the photo of him being interviewed at Fenway Park by Cowboy and Jenny. I then headed over to the pre game set and got Cowboy and Jenny to sign it. I also had him sign a card.
Here he is signing along the wall. While he was signing Robert asked him if he had a glove for him that he promised him a few years ago. so after he was done signing he ran down to the clubhouse and a few minutes later came out with this…
..and signed it!
Before the game Kurt Bucsh throw out the first pitch.
He is currently the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series They are the Denver area based team and the only Nascar team base west of the Mississippi. I have met him once in the garage in Charlotte when he was driving the Miller car. So it was kinda interesting to see him in Denver throwing a baseball. Other furniture row drivers have also thrown out the first pitch in the past.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He put the Padres down in order in the first and second inning.
Corey Dickerson with 2 outs did it once again he hit a double. This was his 7th since being called up and 3rd this series.
The Padres tied it in the 3rd with a run on a Chris Denorfia single score Ronnie Cedano from second.
dexter Fowler lead-off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Corey Dickerson triple. His second since being called up. Dickerson scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single. (3-1)Rox
The Padres would get one back in the 4th inning to make the score 3-2 Rockies. After Jedd Gyorko hit a one out doubled and scored on a Jesus Guzman single.
After the 3rd the Rockies sat down in order for 4 straight innings. De La Rosa pitched 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking only one batter. Chris Denorfia in the 5th.
In the 6th inning Yorvit Torrealba made one of the most interesting double plays I have seen in along time if not ever. With Jedd Gyorko at third and Jesus Guzman at first, Logan Forsythe hit a ball to Nolan Arenado at third who threw home to Yorvit he chase Gyorko back towards third and tagged him while that was happening Guzman started running to third after Yorvit tagged Gyorko he dove in front of Guzman for the out at third. He made an unassisted double play at third base.
This is him after the play. I did not have the camera ready and could not get it fast enough to get the play. Really wish I had the whole sequence.
Tulo giving him the fist bump after the play. People at the beginning of the year asked why we got him back it is plays like this.
Jorge still pitching in the 7th inning.
Matt Belilse Pitched the 8th for the Rockies. Getting all 3 batters he faced out in the inning.
Corey Dickerson trying to stretch a sure double his 8th, into a not so much triple being tagged out at third after a soft hit over Cedano’s head at short. Dexter Fowler did score the Rockies 4th run of the game on the hit by Dickerson.
After a strike out looking to end the 8th inning look who is arguing with the ump?!!
Rex Brothers pitched in the 9th inning for the save his 11th of the year. Rafael Betancourt did return during the road stand and will be the closer again.
The Rockies went on to win this game 4-2.
Corey Dickerson was player of the game going 3 for 4 with 2 double and a triple and 2 RBI’s and was batting .321 after this his game in 33 games with 78 at bats. 12 for extra bases including his 2 home runs.
I think this will not be his only player of the game he seems to have quite a future with this team hope he keeps it up.
So that is it for this home satnd the Rockies were a very good 5-1 in the series with the big sweep against the Pirates and taking 2 from the Padres. They are currently 1-2 on the road trip losing the 3 game series to the Orioles.
Well with the season quickly dwindling see you at Coors when the Rockies are home against the san Francisco Giants next Monday the 26th.
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Padres vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Today I attended the game with someone who I very rarely mention and is actually a very important person to make this all happen. It was my boss because of her awesome ability to juggle schedules and make it possible for me to attend as many of the Rockies home games as possible. So far I have not missed a home game; I have been in town for all year. So if you remember back in May I attended a game with most of the people including my boss to the game this game I brought just my boss, as she says “It is to kiss butt because I let him go on a month vacation”! So it was because she gave me the time to be able to hop in my truck and drive around the country watching baseball games. So this was my thank you to her for being so awesome!!!!! Thanks you for making this happen more than you ever could imagine! You Rock!
So enough Butt kissing there was some baseball to write about.
Jeff Manship was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his second start for him this season. his first start was in NY against he Mets. This photo was a photo during the first inning which means I messed up first pitch which looked like this.
So he started the game with a single to Will Venable.
Venable diving back to first after his single lead-off single. The Rockies would get the next 2 batters out and then Yonder Alsonso hit a single and scored Venable. (1-0) Padres
Eric Stultz was the starting pitcher for the Padres. Eric Stultz was with the Rockies back in 2011 spent most of the year in the Springs and played 6 games with the Rockies. He did not have the best of starts.
Dexter fowler got things going with a leadoff single, D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single and Troy Tulowitzki walked.
Wilin Rosario would get the first RBI for the Rockies, when he hit a single that scored Fowler and LeMahieu. The Rockies took a 2-1 lead. Nolan Arenado flew out to center field and Todd Helton hit a single, that single scored Tulo.
A Charlie Culbertson single would score Rosario Charlie Blackmon popped out to short and Manship the grounded out. The Rockies finished the inning with a 4 runs. (4-1) Rox
The Padres would once again take the lead in the second with 4 runs. Nick Hundley would hit a 2 run home run scoring himself and Jaff Decker who walked before Hundleys at bat. The next 2 were with some small ball Stultz got on base with a single and he scored on a Venable single scored Stultz and a Alexi Amarista single scored Venable for 4 runs in the inning. (5-4) Padres
If that was not enough the Padres Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead.
In the 3rd or 4th inning we headed to the upper deck to see one of her friends who were sitting up there and The boss wanted to test out here new super cool wide angle lens. 10 MM lens gets like the whole stadium in the photo from the upper deck. I got a few shots of the game from up there.
Manship pitching in the 4th inning.
Nolan Arenado started the 5th inning for the Rockies with a triple. He scored 2 batters later on a Charlie Culbertson sac-fly to left. (6-5) Padres
Michael Cuddyer came in to pinch hit for Manship in the 5th inning. He hit back to the Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer for an out at first. Stauffer replaced Stultz in the 5th inning.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch in the 6th inning. The Padres did score a 7th run in the sixth. (7-5) Padres. Jeff Manship left the game giving up 6 runs on 8 hits including the 2 home runs, walk 2 struck out none.
The Rockies went down in order in the 6th inning. Walt Weiss came out after Tulo struck out looking. Now that Tulo is getting a rep for arguing and did get thrown out on the road last week Weiss came out to protect him.
Neither team did anything in the 7th and the Rockies with 2 outs looked like they may get something going.
After the 2 Charlies grounded out Corey Dickerson would hit a triple off of the Padres Luke Gregerson.
After the hit the Padres would bring in ex- Rockies Huston Street. The inning would end and Dickerson did not score.
Dickerson on third with Street pitching after his 8th inning triple off Gregerson.
Wilton Lopez sat the Padres down in order in the 9th and the Rockies also went down in order against the Padres and they would win the game 7-5. It put an end to their 4 game winning streak but they are 4-1 on this home stand.
This was a pretty good game despite the loss. I would like to see the win since they have been playing well since that really bad road trip to the East coast and the not so good home stand against the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers.
Well that is it for this one. Have another to go from this series.
See You a Coors!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of series.
Today I missed batting practice got to a late start and got to the stadium a bit late. There was still about 5 or 10 minutes left but not very productive since the Padres were not hitting.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for this game Will Venerable lead off for the Padres.
Hit a lead off double. here he is after sliding into second.
The next batter Chris Denorfia walked then Chase Headley hit the ball to Todd Helton who threw to Troy Tulowitzki who was covering second, they did not get the double play just Denorfia at second.
They did get the Double play when Yonder Alonso hit the ball to D.J. LeMahieu at second. Venable would not score in the inning.
Edison Volquez was the starting pitcher for the Padres the Rockies immediately got things going against them. Dexter Fowler lead the inning with a single.
Corey Dickerson who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rockies hit a double sending Dex to third. This was Corey’s 5th double since his call up in June.
heading to second base.
Troy Tulowitzki hitting the ball to fly out to center.
Wilin Rosario hit a single that scored Dex from third and Corey Dickerson from second this gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado single and Error by Will Venable.
After another very good inning by Chacin in the second the Rockies kept the hits and runs coming. D.J. LeMahieu got the inning started with this swing for his second home run of the year to give the Rockies a 4 to 0 lead. The Rockies would get 2 more in this inning, Dex walked and Corey Dickerson would hit his second double in as many at bats/innings. This kid is just on fire and it is great to see him doing so well in the Majors. I am glad I have seen him play at almost every level of the Rockies organization and he was just as productive. A walk off in Ashville, an RBI triple in Kannapolis and a 2 run home run to break a tie in Tulsa. So just a few highlight of the few games I have seen him play in the Minors. I did also see him play in the Springs and I am sure he did just as well!
So back to the game Dickerson would than score on a hit by Tulo with a throwing error by Chase Headley at third. 6-0 Rox.
In the 5th inning after 5 Rockies batters got on base in a row Volquez was removed from the game by Bud Black.
Todd Helton started the inning off with a single followed by an Arenado single, Charlie Blackmon reached base, but Helton was out at third on the force. Arenado scored on a Sac Fly by Jhoulys Chacin.
Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu scored on a Dexter Fowler single 8-0 Rockies.
The Padres did get a run in the 7th inning on a Jaff Decker home run his first of his career. 8-1 Rockies
The Umpires meet with the grounds crew in the middle of the 8th.
The field was starting to get very saturated and puddles started forming on the infield and home plate area and the tarp was brought out. Once again we were heading into a rain delay.
The Rain delay was an hour and 3 minutes in length after about 40 minutes into it the grounds crew headed out and took off the tarp and started repairing the field with diamond dry. So I got some photos of the process out of boredom.
After the field was fixed it was time to start the game again the came out like it was a new game.
Colt Hynes was the pitcher for the 8th inning for the Padres.
Corey Dickerson started the inning with a walk, followed by a Jonny Herrera single. Herrera came in at short for Tulo after the rain delay.
The runs started coming on this Wilin Rosario hit scoring Dickerson 9-1 Rockies.
Corey Dickerson crossing the plate for the first run of the inning.
Charlie Culbertson hit a single scoring Jonny Herrera from second.
The ball passes the infield as Rosario runs to second and Herrera makes the turn at third on the Culbertson single. (10-1) Rockies
Nolan Arenado hits his 8th inning single scoring Rosario
Wilin crossing the plate for the Rockies 11th run of the game and a 10 run lead. (11-1) Rockies
Chad Bettis came into pinch hit for Chacin’s spot in inning.
He reached on a missed catch by yonder Alfonso at first loading the bases. The next 2 runs would score on a Dexter Fowler double he would be out at third on the play and Dickerson popped out to end the inning in all the Rockies hit 6 single, 1 double and 1 walk in the inning for 6 runs.
Jeff Francis came in from the bullpen for the Rockies in the 9th. Faced 4 batters.
Getting Chase Headley to fly out to right and Alonso to ground out to LeMahieu who switched to first base. Things got shaky for Francis with the next batter Jedd Gyorko who hit a solo shot to right for the Padres 2nd run of the game 14-2 Rockies.
The last out was a grounder to Herrera at short hit by Logan Forsythe to end the game.
The Rockies won this first one against the Padres and the 4th win of this home stand which has been great for the fans. It may be a little late but it is nice to see them not give up and keep playing well. it has not always been too easy to watch this team but games like this make it worth it. The best part is the rookies and younger guys being so productive in these games D.J. LeMahieu has been playing incredibly in the field and with the bat, he was 3 for 4 this game with a home run and a double. He also walked in the 5th. Corey Dickerson has been a great addition since his call up from the Springs which I talked about earlier this game he reached base 4 out of his 6 at bats with 2 doubles. Can’t forget about Dexter Fowler this game with 4 RBI’s 3 hits and 2 walks getting on base every at bat and scoring 2 times.
That is it for this one.
Catching up on games for this series.
See you at Coors.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was another early start for a 2:10 game I arrived at Coors about 9:30, I was not gonna go early since I did not have to because it was not a bobble head day, but since I started the Pirates photo I wanted to see if I could get a few more guys on it. So I waited by the players entrance and got A.J. Burnett and Jared Hughs so for the 3 days I got 9 autographs on it in all. Not bad for an away team. It was an Autograph Sunday and since there was a few guys up that I needed on my team 16×20 I brought it and I was kind of lucky since 2 of the 3 guys I needed that are up signed. I needed both Jeff Manship and Charlie Culbertson. The 2 other signers were Jonny Herrera and Josh Outman. So I have a total of 49 autographs on my team 16×20 almost everybody who wore a Rockies uniform for at least a game. Still missing 4 Mitchell Boggs who is in the Springs and Colin McHugh also in the Springs, Roy Oswalt who is on the D.L. and Chad Bettis who is with the team.
Chad Bettis made the start for the Rockies this game. He had a strong 1st inning facing 3 batters striking out 2 Alex Presley who lead off and Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Locke started for the Pirates he did allow a base runner when he walked Troy Tulowitzki with 2 outs. He did get the next batter out Wilin Rosario.
Wilin Rosario hitting into a ground out in the 1st. inning.
Chad pitching in the Second inning Pedro Alverez started the inning with a home run to put the Pirates up 1-0.
The Rockies would score a run in the 2nd inning when Charlie Blackman got hit by a pitch. He than stole second and was moved to third on a balk. After Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu hit to center for a sac fly and Blackmon scored to tie the game at 1. Tulo ended the inning with a fly ball to left. The Pirates once again to the lead in the 3rd. inning After Clint Barmes hit a lead-off double. He scored on a McCuthchen single (2-1) Pirates
Tulo showed his best Jazz hands during his 4th inning at bat! He walked this at bat.
Charlie Blackmon gets back to first after his 5th inning single. Not much happened in the fifth. The Rockies did get a few base runners but failed to score, Blackmon did get to third.
Jeff Locke was removed from the game in the 6th inning. Yorvit Torrealba was on second and Charlie Blackmon on first with 2 outs. Tony Watson came into pitch, Corey Dickerson reached on an error and Torrealba scored. (2-2)
Torrealba scoring the Rockies tying run.
Wilin Rosario hitting a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs.
Rosario scored on a Nolan Arenado double his 20th of the season. Not bad since being called up in late April! along with his 9 home runs, 3 triples and 40 RBI’s. The Rox took a 3-2 lead.
Andrew McCutchen striking out in his 8th inning at bat.
Matt Belisle pitching in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Bettis pitched a complete 6 inning allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits and Striking out 3 and walking 2. Corpas pitched the 7th and Belisle in the 8th.
Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Unfortunately hit into an inning ending double play.
Rex brothers came in for the save and made the game interesting again. He gave up a single to Neil Walker start the inning.
After striking out Russell Martin who pinch hit in the inning for Garrett Jones, Tony Sanchez hit a double Martin went to 3rd. Starling Marte came into pinch run for Sanchez.
(The Brooms started coming out after the first out a little early for my liking)
Jordy Mercer would line out for the second out and Gabby Sanchez was intentionally walked to load the base’s when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Alex Presley would pop out to Arenado at third to end the game and the Rockies got the 3 game sweep o the Pirates it in the first time they swept a first place team since 2010.
It was a great series with three really great games. Things really seemed to change in this home stand.
The Rockies celebrate the sweep of the Pirates.
The Pirates are a strong team and defiantly be my team to root for if they make the play off a bunch of really good guys and they are the Rockies central, so it would be great to see the Clints Hurdle and Barmes do well again.
The Rockies are Currently playing a series with the Padres which I will be getting to all 3 this week.
Well That is it for this game and well see you at Coors.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was interesting in batting practice with in about 30 seconds of getting to the pavilions I had a shot at 2 baseballs one fell short into the first row and the second was to my right and I ran down the Isle and over ran the ball and it skimmed of the top of my head not really not hitting me it just took off my hat! I did get that ball. During the Pirates batting Practice I came close to a few but did not catch any then there was a ball hit about 4 or five rows up on the other side of aisle so I headed towards it, I went to hope the rail between the sections like I have many times and missed the bleacher seat on the other side and landed in the seat hitting my head on the top of the seat, I ended up bruising my shoulder, skinning my left knee, getting a cut under my right eye and getting another cut on my left ankle and the next day had a sore rib, also did not get the ball. I think my pride was hurt more than the injuries!
Andrew McCutchen grounded out to third for the last out of the inning.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 1st inning against the Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. They did get a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead
The Pirates got there first run and tie the game 1-1 in the 4th inning on a Russell Martin double.
Roger (Troy Tulowitzki) Dorn argues a strike out looking call once agin. Getting kicked out for it was just not enough. Sooner or later they are just gonna start tossing him more.
Garrett Jones slid into third in the 6th inning for a triple scoring Russell Martin from first and the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. Jones would also score on a Jose Tabata single 3-1 Pirates.
The Rockies fort back immediately in the 6th when Michael Cuddyer got things started with a single and advanced to second on a fly ball hit to center and Cuddy tagged up and reached second great hustle play by him in my opinion this is what really got the motivation for this team up.
Nolan Arenado than hit a double scoring Cuddy (3-2) Pirates. The next batter Jonny Herrera walk to have runners on first and second.
Charlie Blackmon came into pinch hit for Nicasio and hit a double to score Arenado to tie the game at 3.
Herrera and Blackmon both scored on a Dexter Fowler single for a 5-3 lead.
Dexter Fowler at second with the fist bump to Rene Lacheman.
Clint Hurdle would remove Burnett from the game after the Fowler at bat and Tony Watson would come into pitch for the Rockies.
Corey Dickerson hit a single to left field scoring Fowler and advancing to third on a throw from Starling Marte that Pedro Alvarez missed.
Corey Dickerson rounding first.
Fowler sliding into third as Alvarez gets the ball.
but does not hold onto the ball to score Fowler.
Corey Dickerson reaching third.
Josh Outman pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he started the inning by giving up a single to Josh Harrison on the first pitch of the inning. He hit the next batter Starling Marte. Alex Presley came in to pinch run for him. Neil Walker hit into a double play that Clint Hurdle did not agree with!!
He came out and was arguing with 2nd base umpire Adrian Johnson.
He must of said some key words because well Adrian Johnson tossed him from the game. it was awesome to see a manager get fired up!
Rex Brothers came in the 9th inning. He walked Gabby Sanchez to start the inning. Things got rough after he allowed the Next 2 batters Alex Presley and Neil Walker hit singles Sanchez scored on the Walker single which cut into the Rockies 3 run lead.
Walt Weiss heads out to the mound to talk to Rex.
It must have worked!
Brothers than struck out McCutchen and..
Alvarez to end the game and the Rockies won the second against the Pirate 6-4.
That is it for the second game from the Pirates series got another from this series.
So see you at Coors!
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