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Things are Hopping with the Hoppers in Greensboro.

Newbridge Bank Park
Greensboro, N.C.

Hickory Crawdads vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers

The Grasshoppers are a Single a affiliate of the Miami Marlins

The Crawdads are a single A affiliate of the Texas Rangers

The League they are in, is the South Atlantic League

Hoppers entered the game 63-36

Crawdads entered the game 57-41

Both teams are in the southern division and the Grasshoppers are in first place and the Crawdads are in third 6.5 games behind the Grasshoppers. The Hagerstown Suns are the second place team 1 game behind the Grasshoppers. The Ashville Tourist are also in the south Atlantic League, but they are in the Northern Division and are in first place in their division.

Due to a slow start and a long line at the ticket window I missed the top of the 1st. inning.

I will start this post in the bottom of the first because well the Crawdads went down in order in the top of the 1st.


Here is a look at the starting line ups for both teams.


Slightly after I started watching the game the Grasshoppers scored 3 runs on a Home run by Felix Munoz.


The starting pitcher for the Crawdads was Akeem Bostick.


Nomar Mazar started the 2nd inning with a hit to second that got past the Grasshoppers second baseman Brian Anderson.


The starter for the Grasshoppers was Jose Adams. The only run he would give up was later in the 2nd inning when Evan Van Hoosier hit a single that scored Mazara. The Grasshoppers  had a 3-1 lead in the top of the second.


Rehiner Cordova making contact during his 2nd inning at bat he flew out to left field for the second out of the inning.


A look at Newbridge Ball Park from behind home plate between innings.


Mazara getting held up between second and third in the 6th inning, it was the second out of the inning.

The Grasshoppers did get another run in the 5th inning, a solo home run by J.T. Riddle.  4-1 Grasshoppers.


The Crawdads took Akeem Bostick out after 5 innings and Jose Monegro came in and pitched the 6th. In Bosticks 5 innings he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits walked 1 and struck out 2. Monegro gave up a hit in the 6th and faced 4 Grasshoppers batters.


The Grasshoppers also had a pitching change in the 6th. After giving up 3 hits in the inning the took out their starter Jose Adam and replaced him with Esmerling De La Rosa, who struck out the firs batter he faced Ronald Guzman to end the inning he continued pitching through the 8th inning.


Travis Demeritte got on base after being hit by a pitch and was throw out trying to steal second for the second out of the inning. In the bottom of the 7th the Grasshoppers scored 2 more runs to extend their lead to 6-1.  The 2 runs came on a Austin Dean single scoring Rehiner  Cordova and Yefri Perez.


The Grasshoppers ended up winning the game 6-1. Here are the outfielders celebrating the  win.  The Grasshoppers are now 64-36 on the year.

Once again there were fireworks after the game so I am 4 for on events that had fireworks after the game.


This was also the 4th time I have been to Greensboro and the 4th time I have seen fireworks there.

So that is it for this one got a day or 2 without a game before I head back to Raleigh to finally catch the Carolina Mudcats and Possible a another game at the Durham Bulls. after that there will be a few days off till I head to Charlotte to check out the Knights new Stadium in downtown Charlotte.

See you around.




WhoooHooo Fireworks!!!!


Dodgers vs. Rockies


This game I missed the first few batters of the game because I was on field holding the big flag that was on the field for the National Anthem. Unfortunately I could not find photos of it. So because of that I missed the first few batters. The first batter I saw was the second Dodgers batter of the game Yasiel Puig who hit a home run with Dee Gordon on first base.


Then Hanley Ramirez hit a double.


 Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies. He was recently picked up from the Reds organization he was once with the Braves and has not pitched in the bigs this year.


With Ramirez on second Andre Either hit a triple to score the Dodgers 3rd run of the game (inning). After the 3 runs in the first he settled down a little and had a 1,2,3 second inning.


Clayton Kershaw started for the dodgers and well treated the Rockies like his bitch! The Rockies did not get a hit till the 3rd inning and that was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 3rd. The Rockies did do better against him then the last game the faced him, they got 2 hits instead of being no hit. He hasn’t just been abusing the Rockies in his last 4 starts, he has been knocking everyone around. He has not given up a run in 30+ innings I think it was 35 innings.


Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch from Jurrens in the 5th inning which was a horrible inning for Jurrens and the Rockies. The Dodgers scored 5 runs on 6 hits, Jurrens walked 1 in the inning and was pretty much hung out to dry. Most of the runs did come with 2 outs. Jurrens was taken out after Kershaw single to give the Dodgers a 8-0 lead.


Jair Jurrens being removed from the game in the 5th inning.


Chad Bettis came into finish the inning and after giving up a hit got the third out to end the inning. The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. Ramirez was removed after the inning.


I could have just posted this photo from the 6th inning and tell most of the story of the game just look at the line score on the big screen while Kershaw pitches!


After 8 inning pitched by Kershaw, Don Mattingly replaced him with Jamie Wright. After Walking Blackmon he struck out Josh Rutledge and then Arenado hit into a double play to stop the misery! I mean end the game. Now if it was not a fireworks night I think this is a game I may have left early. It is just painful to watch this team play.

IMG_9114The Dodgers celebrate their 9-0 win!!

Then it was time to watch what everyone was really there to see and that was the fireworks!

IMG_9118Crowd gathered on the field for the fireworks. They put the fans that sit in the Rockpile and Pavilions on the field for the fireworks.

IMG_9126IMG_9134IMG_9169IMG_9247So that was it for this game.

Now the Rockies won the Saturday July 5th game that I did not attend because I had to go to work. It actually worked out well because I did noy have a ticket for the game which is extremely rare for me. But since I was not sure when my road trip was I did not buy tix for some July games.

So about my road trip I will be leaving Denver on July 12th and once again heading east this year the first game I am attending is the Triple A all-Star game in Durham, N.C. before hitting up some of my North Carolina favorites Greensboro Grasshoppers and may even get the last stadium I have not been too in N.C. that is the Carolina Mudcats stadium. I will also be checking out the New Charlotte Nights Stadium That I have been following the process of being built. I was there 2 years ago when they broke ground and put in home plate and saw the stadium being built last year. After North Carolina I will be heading to Cleveland where I will be checking out Progressive Field and then Heading to a Lake City Captains game before heading to Detroit to see the Rockies for 2 games there. I will then head to Indy to catch my yearly game in Indianapolis and am also thinking of checking out Ft. Wayne Tincaps game and possibly the Dayton Dragons as well. So it should be a adventure once again and getting to see a bunch of new stadiums for me and also visit many of my favorites. I will hve a better schedule of when and where I will be later in this home stand.

Well till then see you at Coors I should be there all week till I leave for my trip.

Morales pitches well and this season is going to Hell!


L.A. Dodgers vs. Rockies

After taking last home stand off from blogging figured it was time to jump back in this series! I was at all 6 games of that train wreck that was the Brewers and Cardinals series, but did not take too many photos and just did not feel like posting for the games. The first game was against the Brewers and it was one of the most boring high scoring games I have ever seen the Rockies lost 13-10 the rest of the series wasn’t much better. The Rockies got swept by the by the Brewers losing the 2nd game 9-4 and got a little better in the 3rd only losing by 1 run 6-5. The Cardinals shut out the Rockies in the first game of that series 8-0, the Rockies took the second game 10-5 and lost the 3rd 9-6. In the 3rd game we saw the debut of Yohan Flande who did not pitch to bad but the bullpen as in many of these game let the game really get away.

Now that I feel caught up onto this game against the Dodgers….


Franklin Morales was back in the starting rotation after a few weeks working from the bullpen.


he started the game well by getting Dee Gordon to ground out and struck out Yaisel Puig. He did walk Hanley Ramirez and then struck out Adrian Gonzalez.


Zack Greinke started for the Dodgers and Struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the game and Drew Stubbs got a single. With Stubbs on base Justin Morneau struck out and troy Tulowitzki grounded out to end the inning.

The Dodgers got on the board first with a run in the 3rd inning a Adrian Gonzalez single scored Dee Gordon and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. They scored their second run in the 4th after Juan Uribe hit a 1 out single and advanced to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a A.J. Ellis sac fly to center.

The Rockies got a run back in the 5th with a mini 2 out rally. D.J. LeMahieu started with a double, which was followed by Josh Rutledge pinch hit double to score LeMahieu. With the score still 2 -1 in the 8th the Rockies tied the game, Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a single and scored with 1 out on a Justin Morneau triple. That run tied the game at 2.


With one out and Morneau on third the Rockies struggled to get the 3rd run in first Tulo popped out to short left that was to shallow to give Morneau and opportunity to score. IMG_8864Tulo watching his pop up high in the air! He is just so clutch!


Greinke then intentionally walked Corey Dickerson. That Brought up Nolan Arenado (This was his first game back from D.L.) who struck out to end the inning and a very good opportunity for the Rockies.

Franklin Morales pitched 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 runs he struck out 4 and walked 2 batters. He pitched well and kept the Rockies in the game. Tommy Kahnle pitched the next 2 and only gave up 1 hit.


The game still tied at 2 in the 9th LaTroy Hawkins pitched for the Rockies he made 1 mistake and that was walking Matt Kemp to lead off the inning and that would result in the 3rd Dodgers run 2 batters later on a Uribe single. That was the final score as well and the Rockies lost this one. I was impressed that Franklin kept the Rockies in the game unfortunately it seems like if we get a pretty good start from a starter the team has trouble with run support. There was a big opportunity in the 8th and they failed to get a runner in with the middle of the line up that is just not a great formula to win games when you can’t get production out of some of the best hitters in the game.

After the game there were fireworks, I decided to head to the front of the stadium and take a few photos since I have taken photos in varies places inside the stadium and out I decided to go to the corner of 20th and Blake.




So that was it for this one. The Dodgers got the best of the Rockies in this 3-2 win. The Dodgers are in first place in the National league west and the Rockies are 12 games back and only 1/2 a game out of last place behind the Diamondbacks. Yes the Padres are now in front of them in the standings.

I think it is time to clean house 2007 was a freak and 7 seasons ago Dan O’Dowd is no longer a genius and is not the smartest man in baseball. Time to make changes!

That is it for this one see you at Coors I will be there most of the weekend and I will also be leaving for my 2014 road Trip at the end of this 10 game home stand. More info to follow on the Road Trip it will be a good one.

Chacin lights the fuse for the Rockies fireworks!


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

My 67th game at Coors this year.

Today I headed to Coors straight from work and did not realize that this was a 6:10 game and I walked into Coors at 5:55. I had to work till 5 and thought it was a 6:40 game. So did not get to BP and did not get autographs.


Jhoulys Chacin as the starting pitcher for the Rockies he did not have a great start. Adam Eaton started the game with a triple and A.J. Pollack followed that with a home run.

IMG_6335The Diamondbacks took a quick 2-0 lead with the Pollack home run.


Randall Delgado was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks. He faced 6 Rockies batters in the first 2 innings. The only base runner was Troy Tulowitzki in the 2nd. The D’backs ended the inning when Jordan Pacheco hit into a double play.


Jhoulys took offensive matters into his own hands and hit a 2 run home run to tie the game at 2. this was his first MLB and pro home run. He is batting just under .200 this season has 7 RBI’s and a double.

The Rockies did not score again till another home run in the 6th it was a Charlie Blackmon solo shot to lead off the 6th inning.


Blackmons home run was followed up by a Corey Dickerson home run 2 batters later. Dickersons was a 3 run home run and the Rockies had a 5-2 lead.


Todd Helton hit his 589th double in the 6th as well. He would score on a Charlie Culberson single for the 4th run of the inning and a 6-2 lead.

The D’backs got a third run in the top of the 7th. (6-3) Rox


Troy Tulowitzki did not want to left out and hit a home run of his own in the 7th. Scoring Blackmon and himself to give the Rockies a 8-3 lead.


Tulo runs the base’s as the fans cheer after his 7th inning home run. For those keeping track this is Tulo’s 24th home run of the season.

In the 9th inning we started heading out to the Pavilion’s so we could head down to the field for the post game fire works. Here is a photo of Manny Corpas pitching in the inning.  he was the Rockies 4th pitcher of the game Chacin pitched 6 full innings. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits he did not strike out a batter and walked 5. beside the number he worked well and got out of inning, plus he hit a home run so that erased the runs allowed to give the Rockies a chance for the win. Mitchell Boggs, Matt Belilse and Manny all pitched 1 inning a piece.

The Rockies did get a 9th and final run in the 8th inning and won this game 9-4. The D’backs scored the 4th run in the 9th.

So after the game thanks to Geoff I was able to head down and watch the fireworks from the field.

I went down to the field and watched the fireworks with E2themnfnB, Tara and Rachel or as I called them me on field fireworks runnin’ crew!!!

Here are 2 photos of the fireworks.


This was the first photo I took and one of the best of the night!


That is it for this fireworks packed night at Coors.

This was fan appreciation night fireworks night and I would like to thank the reader and everyone who has followed me and made this blog a success for the last 3 seasons. Thanks for making my blog what it is with out many people this could not happen.

Thanks for being a part of it. Not sure if I have mentioned it but the Rox Addict Blog was 29th for the month of August on MLB Blogs. This was the highest I have ever made on the list!

Thanks again See You at Coors!

Red, White and Blueclaws in Greensboro.


Lakewood Blueclaws vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers

The Blueclaws are the low A affiliate of the Phillies and the Grasshoppers are with the Marlins.

This is my 6 game of the road trip.

Going to Greensboro has developed into a tradition for me this is the 3rd year in a row I have been there for the 4th of July game. My cousin lives here so it became a family event going with him his wife and son. After going to the Danville the night before and had the game rained out and then having to go back to Raleigh because I forgot my laundry there I drove to Greensboro earlier on the day of the 4th. It is about an hour and a half drive from Raleigh to Greensboro.

As I said the day before I drove to Danville the day before here are a few photos from that adventure.


When I got to Danville I had trouble finding the stadium so I checked out there website from my phone and found out that the game had been rained out. After about 2 hours in the truck I decided that I was just going to go and check out the stadium anyway. So I arrived and they had these signs posted on the Ticket windows, 2 guys from Team were at the gate and where telling people also. So when they told me, I mentioned I did know it was rained out but since I made the drive I was going to just check out the outside of the stadium and they allowed me to go into the stadium and take photos.


This is a photo from behind home plate with the pitcher’s mound and Home plate tarp still on the field. They did remove the infield tarp around 4 O’clock and that is when they determined that the field was not to good and they would call the game. I actually did check their web-site when I was still in Raleigh at 4:y and it was not announced yet! They said they announced it at about 4 P.M. I found out about 6:30 when I was looking for directions.


As many of these smaller stadiums this one also had a simple grandstands and bleachers. This stadium holds Just under 2600 people.


This is what the infield looked like after they tried getting the field ready for the game. Definitely not game ready. The funny part of this was that about 45 minutes before I arrived at the stadium it was the first time I had seen sun in almost 3 days it rained all the way from N.Y. to Raleigh with some exception but not much.

After Danville I had to return back to Raleigh and I headed for Greensboro the next day.

The first thing I needed to do when I arrived in Greensboro was to get tickets for the game. They stopped selling them online and we headed for the stadium. When we arrived they only had standing room only and well I don’t sit much during baseball games to begin with.


We arrived about 45 minutes before game time and I noticed these gates. I am not sure if they are new or I just never noticed that its bars are shaped like baseball bats.


About a 1/2 hour before the gates opened they pulled the tarp on the field this happened 2 years ago and we than had an hour rain delay. They thought a rain cell may come through but about 20 minutes later they removed it with no rain and it was time to start the game.


The Grasshoppers pitcher Ramon Del Orbe throwing the first pitch to the Blueclaws Brian Pointer. Pointer would pop out to short and the next batter Angelo Mora struck out but was called out at first after the Grasshoppers catcher dropped the ball.


With a runner on the Blueclaws Art Charles hit a double to no man’s land down the left field line. Scoring William Carmona for an early Blueclaw lead.



Carmona turning at third before scoring on Charles double. (1-0) Blueclaws


The Blueclaws pitcher Shame Watson he faced 4 Grasshoppers in the inning and walked Matt Juengel who was the only Grasshoppers runner in the inning.


Yordy Cabrera led off the 2nd inning for the Grasshoppers with a double to left field.


Blueclaws Left Fielder Larry Greene Jr. fielding the Cabrera double.


Cabrera sliding into second base. He would advance to third but remained on base at the end of the inning.


Gustavo Gonzalez started the Top of the third with a Home Run.


The Grasshoppers left fielder Blake Barber jumps for the ball with no success.


Art Charles ended the 3rd for the Blueclaws with a line out double play to second.


 Rehiner Cordova made the catch and quickly threw to first to get William Carmona out at 1st.


Anthony Gomez tied the game at 2 in the 3rd with a 2 run home run scoring Yefri Perez who walked to get on base.


Chace Numata puts down a sac-bunt in the 4th inning putting runners on second and third.


Here he is getting out at first.

The next few innings I did not take many photos and just enjoyed being at the ballpark with my family than I had a guest photographer take a few photos in the 8th inning. These were taken by my cousin’s almost 4-year-old son.


First he wanted to take a photo of the red guy over there. So this is the photo of the red guy was the Blueclaws first baseman Art Charles.


Than he wanted a photo of the guy in white. Which was the Grasshoppers pitcher Chipper Smith who came into the game for the Grasshoppers in the 6th inning. Del Orb pitched well keeping runs from scoring after getting on base. He let up 8 hits 1 being a home run but only 2 runs walking 1 and striking out 5 in 5 innings of work.

So photos were not too bad for a 3-year-old see I knew anybody could do this.


Now my photo of Chipper Smith pitching in the 8th inning.


The third pitcher of the night for the Blueclaws Chris Burgess Who came into the game in the 8th inning.


After Cody Keefer walked, Blake Barber ended the game with a 2 run walk off home run.


The Grasshoppers run from the dugout to celebrate their walk off victory.


Barber Heading for home.


Blake Barber gets greeted by his teammates at home.


After the game if the 2 home runs for the Grasshoppers for their 4 runs wasn’t enough there was post game fireworks.

The Final score was 4-2




There were was a local Colorado player on the Blueclaws Kevin Walter who was from Westminster. He was a 20th round draft pick in 2010.

So that was it for this 4th of July in Greensboro. Once again playing catch-up got a few more games left on this trip. Next up is a few Rookie League games from Tennessee.

Til than see you around.

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The Crawdads start off slow and steal the Grasshoppers show.


Hickory Crawdads Vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers.

The Crawdads are the Low A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers and The Grass Hoppers are the Low A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.  This is the second Marlins affiliate I have seen on this trip. This is the 8th game of the road trip. 8th Minor League game of the year.  My 44th game of the year.

NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro, N.C.

For the 2nd year in a row I was there for their 4th of July fireworks, last year I saw the Kannapolis Intimidators play the Grasshoppers. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2011/07/07/the-grasshoppers-get-crushed-like-a-bug-on-a-windshield-by-the-intimiadators/ This has almost became a tradition for my family that lives in Greensboro. The ballpark is nice has some history about baseball in Greensboro and Local flare. Baseball in Greensboro has been around since the early 1900’s the current incarnation of Greensboro baseball started in 1980. The Teams name was the Hornets it then was changed to the Bats and is currently as you know the Grasshoppers.

For this game I did not get to the stadium overly early and we got to the stadium about a half hour before the first pitch. As we entered I noticed the big landing X for sky divers and the Jump planes circling, so as we walked around the gift shop I kept an eye on the field to see if the festivities started. I think skydivers landing is really cool. I also think blinking lights are great too but that is for another day.

This is a photo of one of the guys coming in over the stadium.

A close up of the sky diver who flew over during the National Anthem  with the flag.

Josh Hodges throws the first pitch to the Crawdads Rougned Odor. Which the Grassboro staff had some fun with on the video board.

Odor would pop out to the Grasshoppers second baseman. That Just stinks for the Crawdads. The Crawdads would see some base runners Hodges walked a batter and hit another with a pitch he had slight control issues in the first.

Guilford was all patriotic for the game!!!

The Grasshoppers got  things started early their lead off batter Ryan Goetz hit a single and stole 2nd. With 2 outs Ryan Rieger hit a Home Run for a quick 2-0 Grass Hoppers lead. Josh Hodge would find his stuff in the second and sit the Crawdads down in order!

The Grasshoppers got 3 More in the second with the lead off man reaching on and error the second batter also being hit. and a Wilfredo Gimenez scoring 2 on a double. (4-0) Grasshoppers. Gimenez would then score on a wild pitch. As seen in the above photo.(5-0) Grasshopper

The Crawdads go on the board in the third. Drew Robinson hit a 2 run home run. (5-2) Grasshoppers.

As always at NewBridge Bank Park has the Labs Master Yogi Berra and Miss Babe Ruth. The owner has something to do with lab breeding or a lab rescue forgot which but they are used threw out the game for promos and as the bat dog.

The Crawdads tied it up in the 4th with a swing of the bat, when Jhonny Gomez hit a 3 run home run. (5-5)

Which was another name the Grasshoppers staff had fun with.

The Grasshoppers Hodge lasted 4 2/3 innings and Chris Schafer came in to pitch the next few innings. After I decided to get out of my seat to get some photos because the netting down the whole side of the field was driving me and my cameras crazy. I saw this guy in his seat. Another Rockies fan.

one of the promos between innings was the build a sandwich contest. which one person was the bread and then the other had to stack stuff on top of them to make the sandwich. The second person was the top piece of bread. I have seen this contest in different stadiums with different formats.

The Crawdads scored 2 more in the fifth to take a (7-5) Lead. this was like being at a Rockies game they go up by a bunch early than loose the lead. Try to fight back and come up short. The Grasshoppers did get an additional run in the fifth aswell.

 Josh Adams takes a huge swing in the sixth to strike out. For the first out of the inning.

Gimenez hits one to get on base on a bad throw to first from the pitcher.

The ball already past the first baseman as Gimenez reaches first.

So here is another race that does not include dental products it is the Neese’s Sausage race. Not Creepy, but a little silly.

John Shultz hitting one to for a single in the 7th and would be the Grasshoppers only batter of the inning.

Aaron Senne sends one to right field….

Which was caught by the Crawdads right fielder.

Ryan Rieger would strike out to end the inning.

Adam Conley pitched for the Grasshoppers in the eighth. It is always crazy seeing a side arm pitcher pitch. I have been seeing a bunch in the last 2 years in Minor League but not many in the Majors yet.

The Crawdads Jordan Akins try to leg one out in the eight.

A Crawdad pitching change in the eighth Phil Klein came into pitch.

Another one gets by the Crawdads first baseman in the ninth.

 Yeison Hernandez dives back to first. The Last 2 Grasshoppers batters struck out and that was the game 7-6 Crawdads.

 After the game there was fireworks before the Dogs came out and ran the bases and ran around the field.

Then there was the fireworks.

That is it for this visit to Greensboro. Got a bunch of games coming up and with a slight schedule change i may be able to get a few more stadium in along the way. The next few days I will be in Hickory for a game or 2 and Burlington for a game or 2. I am revamping my schedule a little but it may benefit getting in more games.