Dodgers Vs Rockies
My 26th game of the year.
As usual the gates opened and the Pavilions where the place to be. Today the Rockies batting practice was a little light. The Dodgers did hit out a few. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and really did not get close to anything. This batting practice was filled with the morality of fans and players. And showed the contrasts of people. It started off early when a Dodgers player threw a ball to a kid who had a glove, the ball tipped off and a lady picked up the ball and walked away. This wasn’t like in Texas where the lady caught the random tossed ball this was someone taking a ball that was intended for a kid and tipped by him. That is just wrong if a ball is thrown to a kid give it to them. That is not how we do it. Then after a few long balls were hit by the Dodgers a young fan was hit on the top of his head and was a hit pretty hard. The sound was something you don’t like hearing. The ball did pass threw a few gloves and then bonked him. Within seconds Dodgers relief pitcher and ex Rockie Jamey Wright hopped into the stands and ran to the kid. Before security and the paramedics got there. He stayed with the kid til they walked away to get him checked out. Jamey did not just show the companion players have for fans and the concern that many players have for fans, thiers or the other teams. He not only made sure that the person who got the ball gave it to the kid but he also took off the glove he was wearing on the field and gave it to him. That is a true professional and I fully give huge props to Jamey Wright. That was one of the most stand up thing I have seen a player ever do. This just shows how some people are so rude and have no respect for others and how another person can go beyond what is expected to do the Wright thing. No that is not a typo!!!! Back to the kid the lady stole the ball from one of the Coors field regulars caught a ball and gave it to him once again showing the humanity and thoughtfulness of people. For me I got shut out this BP.
Josh Outman Started for the Rockies. He pitched in the spot formally held by Jamie Moyer. Moyer was designated for assignment. Outman pitched well besides a hit by lead off batter Tony Gwynn Jr. and walking Matt Treanor in the second he struck out 4 before being taken out in the 4th. I don’t think it was a problem but he is just not use to pitching innings and was taken out because of pitch count.
With 2 outs Carlos Gonzalez hit a single.
He was then caught stealing at second.
The Rockies Got the offence going in the 2nd inning. Michael Cuddyer lead off with a single.
Michael Cuddyer sliding into second.He did score end up scoring the Rockies first run of the game.He and Wilin Rosario scored on an overthrow during D.J. LeMahieus at bat in the 2nd.
Wilin Rosario hops up after one of his graceful slides into home!! for the Rockies second run.(2-0) Rox.
The Dodgers scored one in the 4th scott Van Slyke Hit a 2 out double and scored on a Alex Castellanos triple. (2-1) Rox Michael Cuddyer scored after he lead off the 4th with a walk. (3-1) Rox
Tony Gwynn Jr. Dives back to first after his 5th inning walk.
Marco Scutaro makes a jumping catch and tried to tag Gwynn as he steals second in the 5th.
The Rockies played a little 2 out small ball in the bottom of the fifth Dex kicked it off with a single followed by Scutaro single. They picked up a run in the inning. (4-2) Rox
The Dodgers score 1 in the top of the 6th.
Helton started the 6th inning with his 663 double of his career. After Jordan Pacheco grounded out Wilin Rosario hit a 2 run HR.
Wilin pumps his fist as the ball leaves the field.
Wilin give Helton a High-Five after his trip around the bases. (6-2) Rox
Chris Capuano bounces the baseball as Don Mattingly talk to umpires about a double switch. Capuano pitched 6th and a third and was taken out with a 2-2 count on our relief pitcher Adam Ottavino.
Jamey Wright came in to pitch for Capuano. Even know he was a stand up guy in during BP the Rockies got the best of him Scoreing 2 more in the 7th and 3 on the 8th. He was responsible for 6 hits and 4 runs in his 1 and 2/3rd innings pitched.
Ball being caught at 2nd and the slide.
Scutaro steps on second and throws to first in the to Get Tony Gwynn Jr.
Dex walking off the field after being left on base in the 7th. I should change the blog Name To Following Fowler, feels like I am Talking a lot about him lately! He was 3 for 5 tonight with 2 RBI’s Is hitting over .600 this home stand and his average is now.294 Creeping up on .300. Go Get ’em DEX!!!!!
Creepy Once again!!!
Chris Nelson pinch-hitting in the 8th. This is the swing before his HR. I had taken every swing he took and missed the last one for the long ball. This one still works image it is about 30 seconds later and the ball is about 5 feet off the tip of the bat!! Ohh and he was pinch-hitting in the third spot for Cargo!
The Rockies WON this one 13-3. For their season high winning streak of 5 games what a home stand so far. I will be back at Coors This afternoon. For game 2 of the Series.
Tonights Pitching Match up Aaron Harrang for the Dodger’s and Juan Nicasio for the Rockies.
well I will be there. See Ya at Coors.
FIRST GAME AT SALT RIVER FIELD AT TALKING STICK
My day Started with seeing a post from the Rockpile Ranter that he was first in line to enter the new stadium. Later on there was a phone call from Robert saying he had not caught the first batting practice ball at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick, But Did get the second that he caught from Troy Tulowitzki. An was the 1st Rockies fan to catch a BP home run. I was unable to get to Scottsdale for this game so I did watch the entire game from home on FSN soon to be Root Sports. During the whole game you were able to feel the excitement from phone call and post from friends that were there, to the chatter between a bunch of us before and during the game.
Finally after months of watching the count down on The Salt River Fields @ Talking stick website. The time had come and a new Era for the Rockies has started.
The First Pitch was thrown by Arizona’s Aaron Heilman to the Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler. It was a taken strike. Then Dex hit along flyball to the Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young. On another day it would have been a Home Run, even though it was an out for the Rockies.The crack of the bat said that baseball is back. After a quick 1,2,3 inning, that saw Seth Smith and Cargo both grounding out.The Rox took the field behind their Ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Ubaldos first pitch was a ball. He then walked Johnson. Parra got the first hit. After that, J.D. Drew hit into a double play, the first double play. Tulo to Lopez and then to Wiggington for the double play. The Rox came up in the 2nd. Another 3 up 3 down inning But Tulo had the Rox first hit for a single. Then Ian Stewart hit into a double play getting Tulo out at 2nd and Stewart at 1st. Ty Wiggington made his Rockies debut with a pop out.
Now to the D-Backs 2nd inning. where Geoff Blum flew out to Cargo an up came Pena who hit a single off of Ubaldo for the first hit in the history of Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick. The first run was scored off of the Rockies 2nd Pitcher of the day Gregg Reynolds, after the HR he really improved and pitched a very good 3rd and 4th with 2 strike outs and only a base hit allowed besides the HR. in the Rockies 4th the Rockies scored their first run when Cargo hit a single that scored Seth Smith from 2nd. After the Rockies 3rd inning most of the Rockies starters left the game. It was time to see the minor league players prospects and invitees. One very notable performance was Jonny Herrera who went 3 for 3 with a walk. Their were no other runs till the Rockies 6th inning. When Sky Sox left fielder Cole Gardner hit a single with 1 out. Followed by a Pop out by Gomez and a walk by Chris Nelson then a double by Mike Jacobs scored them both, making the score 3 to 1 Rockies. In the Top of the 7th the Rockies scored 4 runs which they sent 9 batters to the plate. The Diamondbacks did respond in the 7th when Brandon Allen scored off of some bodies double (Trying to keep track of opposing teams with not very known players yielded to be difficult). The score at this point was 7-2. It looked like the game was well out of reach, BUT as many people know you never leave a game early and in baseball anything is possible and especially in spring training. The Diamondbacks came back in the 9th with 5 runs including a 3 run HR by invitee Paul Goldschmidt, tying the game at 7 a piece. The game went into the 10th inning. At first the Diamondbacks did not come out to the field thinking in Spring Training fashion the game would be called. Not in this one, they were going to the 10th, and, after a Mike Jacobs fly out to center Charlie Blackman came up with a long solo shot to the berm in right field. I was actually on the phone with Robert who was at the stadium and heard the homer over the phone before i saw it on the 7 second delay on TV. The D backs came up in the with an un productive inning and the Rockies won the game 8-7. Andrew Johnston Pitched very well in the 9th and 10th inning an even got an at bat for a walk in the 10th. So The game was a great first game for a new stadium. With exciting come backs and extra innings and was won in total Rockies style.
During the game FSN showed the new Rockies Commercials which as always were very entertaining. My favorite was the Metal detector which featured Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton.
Even though I was not there it was fun and exciting to watch. Had a great time chatting with other Rockies fan who were also watching from their homes. Gary X, Joy and Dan. And hope this will be a frequent tradition during away games.
As I am writing this 9 News in Denver has reported that the Rockies Lost this game in 10 innings 8-7. Maybe they should watch the games or maybe even read one of the MLB Blogs.
For More Coverage from this game Check out the Rockpile Rant baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com who was their live and I’m sure will share the experience and photos from the game like only the Ranter can.
I can’t wait for my trip to Scottsdale on March 18th when I will be blogging nightly from the games at Salt River Field at Talking Stick and Rockies away games.