Braves vs. Rockies
3rd game of Series my 12th of the year at Coors.
This game was a lot warmer than the double-header the day before. It was about 50 degrees for most of the game and sunny. It was great to watch a game not wearing 5 layers of clothes for the cold.
Today being a day game that means there was no batting practice, but I did get my second ball of the year a toss-up from Chris Nelson. It was the first 20th Anniversary ball I had gotten.
Tyler Chatwood made his Rockies debut for the year after starting in the year in Colorado Springs. He was called up after Rob Scahill who came up because of Jhoulys Chacin going on the disabled list got optioned back to Colorado Springs.
Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.
Chatwood takes the mound for his 2013 Rockies debut. The first batter he faced was the Braves Ramiro Pena It was a shaking looking start after he walked. B.J. Upton hit into a Double play and Justin Upton hit a single, Chatwood got Freddie Freeman to fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field.
Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for the Braves. He face 3 Rockies batters in the 1st. After Eric Young Jr. popped out to Juan Francisco at third. Dexter Fowler would walk and then got into Hudson’s head during Carlos Gonzalez’s at bat Hudson threw over to first a few times during the at bat. Cargo would hit into a double play getting himself out at first and Dex at second.
The Rockies with one out would go back to back with Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge both hit homers to give the Rockies 2 runs.
Josh Rutledge running to first after his home run in the 2nd inning.
The Braves would score 3 runs and the lead in the 4th inning on a series of hits. (3-2)
The Rockies would tie the score at 3 in the 4th inning. Chris Nelson started the inning with a triple and scored 2 batters later on a Tyler Chatwood single.
The Braves once again took the lead in the 6th inning scoring 2 runs Evan Gattis lead the inning with a double and scored. Dan Uggla who scored also reached on a Jonny Herrera error. The Braves took the 5-3 lead.
Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino took the mound for the Rockies in the 7th. He had another very good inning facing 3 Braves batters and finishing the inning by striking out Justin Upton.
The score remained the same till the Rockies made it get interesting in the 9th inning. Jordan Pacheco started off the inning pinch-hitting in the 7 spot which was the pitchers spot after a double switch in the 8th inning. Pacheco flew out to left. Jonny Herrera would redeem himself for the error in the 6th inning. He would score on a Dexter Fowler double scoring Jonny and Troy Tulowitki who hit a single to get on base as a pinch hitter. That tied up the game at 5.
Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.
Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.
Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.
Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.
With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.
Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.
In the most interesting move was putting catcher Yorvit Torrealba at first base. Yorvit pinch hit for the pitches spot in the 10th inning. he did fly out in that at bat but was kept in the game for his offence. He seemed like he could handle playing there well. He did seem a little nerves but he was only involved in one out in the 11th inning which was a ground out.
Eric Young Jr. hit a triple with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th and it looked like the Rockies had the win.
Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.
Eric Young Jr. being called out at home after the throw to Gattis.
After the Rockies did not score in the 11th and the Braves did not score in the 12th. The score remained tied at 5.
Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.
It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.
Matt Belise pitched for himself because nobody was left on the bench. He did make a few bunt attempts before striking out for the first out of the inning. Now Yorvit Torrealba who remained in the game at first base for his offense, paid off…..
He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.
The ball was coming in as he started his slide.
Gattis did not tag him and he was safe at home and the Rockies would get the 6th and winning run. So the Gamble at first base paid off for the Rockies Torvit hit the game winning single in the bottom of the 12th for the Rockies. The cool thing was that his catching partner was the winning run. Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.
the dugouts than emptied and the team celebrated this dramatic come from behind win. It is so awesome to see the drive and motivation to win this team has and then it seems like you never know who will hit the winning run or come through when needed. Reminds me of the 2007 and 2009 playoff years, not saying that is where this is going but sure would like to see it be a possibility. It is stile early in the season but it is just great to see great baseball being played by the Rockies at Coors.
Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.
Yorvit and Walt Weiss both with awesomely huge smiles. Great move keeping Yorvit in the Game Walt. If he had gave up an error at first that lost the game it would of been a bad decision, but since he hit the walk of single score the winning run it was genius!!!!
The Rockies Played 4 in Arizona since this game was played I just have been busy and can’t get these done as quick these days. But they lost 3 of 4 against the D’backs and are currently tied for first in the National League west with them at 15 and 10. The are starting a 3 game series in L.A. against the Dodgers. The Rockies also designated Chris Nelson for assignment during this week on the road which is kinda sad he was really cool to the fans and was always joking around with us and was just a fun guy to have around. Wish the best for him hope he gets picked up by a good team if he doesn’t stay in the Rockies organization. In his place the Rockies have brought up Nolan Arenado to play third base. In his first game in AZ he went 0-3 with a walk, but I know he is a lot better with a lot of power I have seen him play in Tulsa and the 2 years he has been in big league camp at spring training. This year in Colorado Springs he batted .364 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s.
Well That is it for this one the Rockies return home against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and than take on the Yankees next week. I should be there for all 6.
So See You at Coors!
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia
My 36th MLB game of the year. 42nd including Minors.
After leaving New Orleans at about 9 A.M., We were on our way to Atlanta for a 7P.M. game it is about an 8 hour drive and we lost an hour with the time zone change. We arrived at the stadium about 5P.M. Eastern time.
Lets just start this out with Wow, really like this place from the get go the staff was really nice. The screen was in center field was huge. The stadium also showed a lot about the history of the team which is the longest continues franchise in baseball.
Here was my first look at The inside of Turner Field.
A look at the outfield.
They had these signs with the different years that they won title either Division, League and their 1995 World Series win.
I found these signs interesting I am not sure what the significance or purpose of them are but they have them all over the center field area with different distances.
So we headed to left field for BP the Diamondbacks were hitting an it was not to productive. We did not get anything.
A look from behind home plate while the grounds crew prepared the field.
Before the game they have a competition, Three people had to see who could hit a golf ball closer to the pin they set up in center.
Here is the guy running with the measuring wheel.
Craig Kimbrel hit one and was closer than the contestants.
Exchanging of the line ups and going over the ground rules with the umps.
Here is a look at Turner Field from our seats in section 207. 1st Row. These were cool seats with a great line of sight to the field.
Tim Hudson throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist, who grounded out. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both hit singles before Justin Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt struck out.
Justin Upton watching the ball as it lands for a single.
Chipper Jones at third.It was great to see him play at home in his final season. It is amazing how people are coming from all over to see him play one last time. Most with signs saying where they came from and how long they have watched him play. Teenagers that don’t know what a Braves roster looks like with out the name Chipper Jones on it.
Daniel Hudson throwing to the Braves Michael Bourn, Bourn wasted no time putting a run on the board as he hit a lead off home run. (1-0) Braves. Jason Heyward than hit a single but was left on base as the next 3 batters went down in order. Including 2 strike outs. Nelson Prado and Dan Uggla.
Bourn taking the home run swing.
Chipper Jones throws over to fist for the first out of the 2nd inning. Miguel Montaro lead off the 2nd with a single. Roberts hit to Jones for this out. The Braves would get the D’backs out of the first with no runs. Daniel Hudson get into double trouble in the third 3 consecutive Braves hit double in 2nd inning. They sent 9 to the plate and scored 4 runs(5-1) Braves.
Simmons called safe at second.
In the 5th inning it was time to take to the stadium and check out the stadium and view the game from different locations around the stadium.
Hudson pitches to Josh Collmenter who came in for Daniel Hudson.
The Diamond backs turn a double play in the 5th inning.
A look from left field.
The Braves fan doing the Tomahawk Chop. Ok so when 4 drunk idiots are doing it at Coors it is annoying but when you get a stadium of Braves fans doing it is kinda cool or at least interesting!
Here is a giant piece of art depicting the history of the Braves.
Aaron Hill dive into first for a single in the 9th inning.
Atlanta had Anthony Vavaro pitch in the 9th inning it was his 4th appearance with them.
That is it for the first one from Atlanta there is 1 more in Atlanta before I head north to North Carolina for a few minor league games.
This is a really cool stadium with a lot of history, tradition and passionate fans.