NY Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies
My 16th game of the Year.
Today I finally got my first Batting Practice baseball’s of the year! Yes, that is plural baseball’s. I caught both during the Rockies batting practice and both were hit by Troy Tulowitzki. The Yankees batting Practice was also pretty good but I did not get any from them but did have a chance on a few. During the Yankees batting practice I noticed that Mariano Rivera was signing on the wall in left field I looked at the crowd and realized I would never make it over and get an autograph so I stayed in the pavilions.
Yes, That is five rows of people pushing, climbing and leaning all to get their stuff signed by the best closer in the history of Major League Baseball. He actually signed 2 different time during batting practice once for 5-10 minutes before he headed out to the field and then for 40 minutes after at the end of batting practice.
After batting practice while Mariano Rivera was still signing I headed to the Rockies side of the field figuring I would never get to the Yankees wall. On the Rockies side Todd did sign and I had him sign my #17 ball that I had David Neid sign when the 1993 guys were here opening weekend. I did this because they are the only 2 # 17’s to play for the Rockies and I am figuring that they will be the only 2 after Helton retires.
Jorge De La Rosa, Yorvit Torrealba and Jim Wright head in from the bullpen.
Here is Jorge taking the mound and writing in the dirt.
Here is his first pitch to the Yankees Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro lined out to Jonny Herrera at shortstop. Jorge pitched well and the only batter to get on base was Jason Nix who hit a single.
Hiroki Kuroda was the starting pitcher for the Yankees. He also pitched well Josh Rutledge did get a hit but was picked off on first base and Kuroda only faced 3 Rockies batters in the inning.
Chris Nelson who was recently traded to the Yankees made his Coors Field return only after a few game in NY. In the second inning he came to the plate with 2 outs he was hitless since going to the Yankees after this at bat he was still hit less in a twist of irony from the baseball gods he grounded out to his replacement on the Rockies Nolan Arenado.
Arenado throwing to Todd Helton on first base.
Nelson running to first.
Kuroda went a little high on a pitch to Arenado during his 2nd inning at bat. Arenado did end up grounding out to end the inning.
Ichiro at bat in the 3rd inning. He would hit a single with 2 outs.
He would steal 2nd base and then was left on second.
Yorvit Torrealba making contact in the 3rd inning. he did ground out for the first out of the 3rd inning. Jonny Herrera hit a double that looked like may get some get the Rockies a run. De La Rosa did ground out, Dexter Fowler would walk and Josh Rutledge would also ground out to end the inning.
Before the 4th inning an announcement was made to evacuate the upper deck and rockpile.
here is everyone leaving the upper deck
and the empty Rockpile.
They did continue the game without any rain delay. Not much had happened in the next few innings Jorge continued to pitch very well and so did Kuroda. Kuroda struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the 4th. The Yankees Chris Stewart did hit a single in the 5th, but that was the only offence for either team in the inning.
With 2 outs in the 6th inning Josh Rutledge would hit a single to get on base.
Carlos Gonzalez would drop the bomb on Kuroda with this 2 run home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton would both get on base in the inning after the Cargo home run and were left on base.
Cargo high fives Josh Rutledge after his 6th inning home run.
Matt Belise would come in t pitch for the Rockies in the 7th. Jorge went 6 innings not allowing a run, the Yankees only had 3 hits. Jorge struck out 2 and walked 1. Very good outing for him.
Nelson made contact in the 7th and looked like he may of had his first Yankees hit and well that did not happen he hit into a double play getting Brett Gardner out at second and himself at first. Gardner did come into the game in the 7th for the Yankees.
Josh Rutledge throwing to Herrera who was covering at second.
Who throw to Todd at First.
To complete the double play.
Brett Gardner taking a swing in the 9th to strike out against Rafael Betancourt to end the game for the Rockies win.
Torrealba dropped the ball
Torrealba celebrates the win in his very animated way jumping and flailing as he heads to the mound.
here he is shaking hands with Betancourt after the win. So The Rockies win TTTTHHHHEEEEE RRRRRROOOOOCCCCKKKKKKIIIIIEEEESSSS WWWIIIIIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!!
Had to do it. Well that is it for this one still have 2 more from this series. It did rain through most of this game. I am so over the bad weather for games this year at least it was not snow. The weather did not get any better the rest of the series either.
See You at Coors!