Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series and of the year!
This being a Sunday there was no bating practice so I still have not gotten a baseball this year! It was the first autograph Sunday of the year and the signers where Chad Bettis, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood and Charlie Culberson. I got Jordan Lyle on both of my team projects the 16 x 20 and the Spring training magazine. Later at the wall I got Chad Bettis in the magazine as well. So making some progress with the 2 projects.
Today Brett Anderson started for the Rockies this was his second start of the season and first at Coors.
He started out well getting the first 2 batters out in the inning he threw 3 pitches between them. Then Paul Goldschmidt hit a single followed by a Martn Prado double, Mark Trumbo was walked to load the bases and Anderson struck out Miguel Montero to end the inning and work himself out of the situation.
The above photo was the first out of the inning A.J. Pollack grounded out to Arenado who tossed to Cuddy at first.
Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks.
Charley (Chuck Nasty) Blackmon started the game off like he has all weekend and that was with a single that he was originally called out and Walt went for the challenge in the first at bat of the game.
Blackmon standing on 1st as the play is reviewed by umpires. The call was overturned and was ruled a single. That was the first review of a play in Coors Field.
He would then be out at second when Michael Cuddyer hit to the D’backs short stop Chris Owings.
The D’backs started getting some runs in the third inning. A.J Pollach started the rally with a lead off single and that was followed by a Aaron Hill single and both scored on a Paul Goldschmidt hit to third that was and error on Arenado and the ball headed to left field. Goldschmidt ended up on second. (2-0) D’backs
The D’backs scored 1 more in the 4th when Wade Miley contributed with a single scoring Owings and 2 in the 5th on a Mark Trumbo home run. This was his 4th consecutive game hitting a homer and his 5th of the year.
The Rockies scored again in the 7th, scored by Troy Tulowitzki on a Nolan Arenado sac-fly to center. They got a third in the 9th (5-3) D’backs
Cargo scored the run. Above he stole second and the ball headed into center field and he would head to third and scored when Rosario would hit into a double play getting Tulo out at second and himself at first. After Arenado flew out the game ended and the 3 runs was not enough to sweep the Diamondbacks this Opening Weekend.
The Rockies will have their first interleague series of the year against the White Sox Monday-Wednesday.
See You at Coors!
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies
Coors Field, Game 1 of 2014
This was my 5th Coors Field Opening Day. I like almost all of them and many other days during the season I arrived at 20th and Blake real early. This year I did not go to breakfast like many other years I just walked around Lodo, as always I did meet up with friends as the day progressed. I first met up with Carlos and Mrs. Los, then John, Rockpile Ranter and Hunter, Douglas, Gary X, EB, Smitty and Cass.
Here is X and Mrs. Los doing a running man while Carlos looks all tough and hey John nice sox!
So I noticed some new additions to the stadium and that was Banners with milestones on them around the stadium these show Don Baylor and Jim Tracy’s Manager of the years. The photo 2 photo’s above is of National League batting titles these 2 banners are of Larry Walkers in 1998 and Carlos Gonzalez’s in 2010.
After having fun out and about Lodo it was time to head into Coors Field. They had some new additions inside as well.
They had some more things hangin over the concourse with other first and milestones from the last 21 years of Rockies history. the above and next 2 photos show a few of these set ups.
After I went to batting Practice for a round or 2 of the Diamondbacks, it was time for the beginning of the Opening Day festivities on the field. (Did not get any baseballs during BP)
The player introductions. above is one of the newest Rockies Justin Morneau high-fiving down the line of starters in this photo with former Twin’s teammate Michael Cuddyer.
The players right before the National Anthem.
They had the giant flag out on the field here is a photo of before it being spread out.
Then it was time to hand out the hardware, Carlos Gonzales and Nolan Arenado’s gold gloves. Just realized they did not do anything for Cuddy’s batting title. Maybe sometime during the weekend.
Dinger added a few moves to his regiment he also busted out a cart wheel later on!
Members of the Denver Philharmonic played the National Anthem and the new Rockies themes song.
The Rockies take the field for the first time at Coors in 2014. Lead by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio.
Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the D’backs Gerardo Parra. Parra grounded out followed by a Aaron Hill strike out, the third batter of the inning Paul Goldschmidt walked and Martin Prado flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field to end the inning Nicasio threw 16 pitches in the inning.
Randall Delgado was the starter for the D’backs.
Charley (Chuck Nazty) Blackmon started his assault on the D’backs quickly with a double on the third pitch of the game from Delgado. He scored on a Cuddyer single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Cuddy would be throw out at second a ground ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez who was doubled up on at first base. Cargo seemed to get out of the batters box a little slow (think he may of been safe if it wasn’t for that) Just saying. Troy Tulowitzki ended the inning by grounded out.
Charlie Blackmon scouring the Rockie first Coors Field run of 2014.
After Nicasio got the job done in the second sitting the D’backs down in order throwing 15 pitches to the D’backs, Justin Morneua came up for his first at bat. Here he is taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat that he would eventually walk. The Rockies did not score in the second inning.
In the third inning look who scored once again, Charlis Blackmon touches home while Cuddy turns at third after a Cargo triple.
Cuddy crosses the plate as Cargo slides into third.
Juan Nicasio pitch another terrific inning in the 3rd. striking out 2 D’backs and getting out of the inning on 11 pitches. He worked this game real efficiently and kept his pitch count low which seemed to be a problem for him last year. This is why I was mentioning his pitch count after innings. He really seems to be really confident on the mound. The first D’backs run was on a Prado single in the 4th he got out of this inning throwing only 13 pitches for a total of 54 pitches in the game. Last year he probably would have been at about 75 plus pitches and close to being removed from the game.
If Blackmon wasn’t doing enough damage to the D’backs he hit a 2 run home run in the 4th to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead. That is 3 for 3 with a Double, Single and a home run. The D’backs would get a run in the 5th inning on a Mark Trumbo lead off home run. (6-1) Rox
Delgado was removed after walking Tulo and giving up a single to Morneau in the 5th. inning. He gave up 10 hits 6 runs, walked 2 and struck out 3.
Blackmon hit his second double of the game to lead off the 6th inning. He did get caught stealing third base in the inning. Cargo would then only be able to score 2 runs when he hit his home run of the rail in the third deck almost hitting the new Coors Rooftop. (8-1) Rox
Brandon Barnes would make his first appearance at Coors after coming over from the Astros in the Dexter Fowler trade. he made a pretty good first impression with his 2 out triple in the 7th inning. Pinch hitting for Nicasio. Nicasio came out of the game with one of his best starts I have seen from him in a few years. giving up 1 run and only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings pitched. The Rockies would go on scored 2 more runs in the inning to give them a 10-1 lead. Barnes scored on a Charlie Blackmon single for his 2nd RBI of the game. He also scored and it ws his 4th time around the bases on the day.
Brandon Barnes making the turn at second heading to third for his 7th inning triple.
Chad Bettis pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and let up a run the Rockies had a 10-2 lead after the inning. He throw 24 pitches to the 6 D’backs batters he faced.
Charlie Blackmon did not let us down with his 8th inning at bat. He hit his third double of the game scoring 2 more runs for his 4th and 5th RBI of the day. So he hit 3 doubles, 2 single and a home run for a total of 6 hits, 5 RBI’s and he scored 4 times. He was involved in 9 of the Rockies 12 runs in the game. This was also only the second time a Rockie has gone 6 for 6 and the 66th time in MLB history. The first Rockie to do it was Andres Gallarager.
Wilton Lopez pitched the 9th for the Rockies Mark Trumbo lead off the inning with a single, A.J. Pollack would also single but both would remain and base as Parra ground back to Lopez and he would toss to Morneau at first for the final out of the game. The Rockies for the 13th time in their history would win there home opener 12-2.
The Rockies got to shake hands for only the second time of the season. Since they lost 3 out of the 4 against Miami earlier in the week. Things do seem to be looking up for this team especially with Charlie Blackmon leading off and playing center field. Juan Nicasio helped with his incredible pitching performance, which I am sure the run support helped.
That is it for this one 80 more to go here at Coors and 156 left in the season.
the Rockies have 2 more against the D’backs at Coors and 3 against the Chicago White Sox on this home stand.
Also hopefully I will be able see the new Roof Top sometime this weekend. Did not make it up there this game.
See you there!
Remember you can follow me on twitter @roxaddict. That is when the cell phone is working at Coors. Even with improvements of the cell antennas in the stadium it was still not performing well during the game with the crowd hopefully it will work better when the crowd is a little thinner.
Angels Vs. Rockies
Salt River Fields at Talking stick
Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.
Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.
So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!
Smitty went with the foreground baseball!
EB went with the pondering pitcher!
O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.
It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.
Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.
Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.
The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.
The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies
In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.
The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.
Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.
Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.
Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.
Christian Adames rounds third.
And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.
Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.
with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels. The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.
The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.
One last look at the Fields before I left.
Here is most of the group that was at the game.
After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.
Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.
When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.
I was able to get a ball autographed
And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.
The Next day we headed home.
Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona
Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”
Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.
See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!
Cincinnati Reds Vs Colorado Rockies
Cincinnati Reds first Place in the National League Central by 3 games the Rockies second worst team in the Major Leagues!
O.K. before I start about the day Just want to give a S/O to the Rock Nation Crew who on Aug. 4th will be holding an Equipment drive.
Here is the info.
O.K. as always on a Sunday I headed to Coors early. I met up with X, Rachel, Julie and the rest of the Sunday morning crew. The gates were a little earlier today because instead of autograph Sunday it was photo day. This is a fun day that you get to hang on the field and have some fun interacting with the players and coaches. So when the gates opened we headed to the field and decided to head out to left field. While we were waiting for the players we had some fun and took some photos.
Shortly after the players started heading out and we noticed Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario heading to the section to our right. So we went over to them.
Here is me with Wilin Rosario.
Carlos Gonzalez and I.
After Betancourt The Deuce was not far behind. Here is Gary X with Him.
Then I got to take a photo with him.
Which was kinda interesting because I have been one of his biggest critics over the last few years and have not always had the best experiences when meeting him.. He was actual not a Deuce today. He was pretty cool, took his time and sociable with the fans. Most asked how he was and when will he be returning to the line up. He is doing well and should be back in early September.
To the left is a photo of Bo McLaughlin The Rockies new Pitching Coach.
Carney Lansford and Rich Dauer. Hmm in this photo can you figure out who does not have a World Series ring!!
A and X with Big Jim Wright!
Josh Roenicke and Rex Brothers.
Brooklyn in Da house. Adam “No Sleep To Brooklyn” Ottavino, Adam grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn.
Matt Reynolds with the card that X made for him with a photo I took.
X and A with Jorge De La Rosa. I asked Jorge when I should be back from having Tommy John Surgery and he said soon it has been about 14 months or so since he had it he said he is feeling good and rehab is going well.
To the right Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill.
Manager Jim Tracy.
I did get a bunch more but this post is long enough others were Jerry Weinstein, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Josh Fields.
It was a fun day with the players. I think it is really cool that the Rockies do this and it is a lot of fun. I also want to thank Matt Belise and Drew Pomeranz for doing a running man!
Drew is the first player to actually do it twice he also did it at fan fest in January.
After photo day was over it was time to get down to the normal business of the day. The pitches came out and did their normal warm ups.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa throwing to trainer Keith Duggar.
Also got a few autos one was Jim Tracy on my photo I have been having everyone sign. Wilin Rosario on a card. Drew Pomeranz on a Tulsa pocket schedule I got on my road trip.
It was then time to play ball. The starter for the Rockies was Jonathan Sanchez. This was his Coors debut. He was recently acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie.
This is his first Coors field pitch to the Reds lead off batter Zack Cozart. Cozart would pop out to second for the first out of the game.
Sanchez would walk the second batter Drew Stubbs. Who would than steal second.
Brandon Phillips would single which scored Stubbs from second, also tried to steal second but was not as succesful as Stubbs. Sanchez would strike out Todd Frazier for the final out of the inning. (1-0) Reds
Dexter Fowler on his quest for his record all-time leader in triples for the Rockies lead off the inning by not accomplishing that record, but reached base by walking. Josh Rutledge batted second.
He would hit his second MLB home run and first one at Coors. He has been a great addition to this team in the past few weeks with and including this game he is batting .379 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 58 at bats. He also has 22 combined hits and 8 RBI’s. (2-1) Rockies
Michael Cuddyer would also reach base with some hard running and a rushed throw from Zack Cozart at short that…
… pulled Miguel Cairo off first.
The Reds started the 2nd off aggressively Chris Heisey hit a lead off triple he would score on a sac fly by Cairo to center and tied the game at 2.
I am going to try to make this one brief the Reds would than score a run in the 3rd. The Rockies would not produce in the third Cuddyer and Rutledge would both get hits but would not score. The starting pitcher for the Reds Matt Latos would sit the Rockies down in order in the 4th.
Jonathan Sanchez would get really roughed up in the 5th. Cozart lead off with a single Stubbs hit a 2 Run home run. (5-2) Reds 2 batters later Jay Bruce would hit a solo shot. ( 6-2) Reds. After that Sanchez was removed from the game by manager Jim Tracy.
Here he is leaving the mound.
Carlos Torres would come into pitch for the Rockies and would strike out the first 2 Reds he faced in the 5th to get out of the inning. he would pitch the complete 6th and 7th ining. Facing 9 Batters in his 2/3rd innings. Striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit. The hit was a double by Ryan Hannigan.
Dex sent one for a ride in the 5th which looked like it may have gone out but fell short and was caught by Jay Bruce on the right field track.
Mike Ekstrom pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did not have a great outing but he did let up an additional run on 2 hits and a Rutledge error at short. (7-2) Reds
Matt Reynolds pitched the 9th for the Rockies Striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He did let up one hit to Stubbs.
The Rockies would attempt a 2 out rally in the bottom of the 9th, After Andrew Brown would get a single when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot. Josh fields who was brought in a double switch in the 6th would hit a single. Dex then grounded out to end the game. The Reds won 7-2 and swept the Rockies this weekend. It looks like my days of seeing home team walk off wins have ended now that I am back home. It is just something we are getting use to at Coors. Well that is it for this one besides the Rockies loss it was a great day hanging at Coors today. Once again thanks to the players and coaches for having a photo day for the fans.
Here is a few others from our time on the field.
Mary O and Me.
Me waiting for my marker back that Jim Tracy was signing with.
Then these to girls had this sign that said show me how to Tulo. So read their definition!
O.K. so now my Tulo dig for the post yes I have to go there. I thought Tulo-ing would be when there is 1 out with 2 runners on and he pops out to the first base or third base line. Now I only say this because I have seen several time this year. Maybe after this injury things will turn around for him with him.
Well that’s it for this one I should be at Coors most of the week as they face the Cardinals and Giants in the next week.
I may also have a surprise post mid-week. Covering something I normally would not cover!
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