Mariners Vs. Rockies
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick
The Day started early at Tempe Diablo.
We went just for autographs trying to get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton. After a few hours we ended up getting no one. The Angels since they were not playing at Tempe Diablo today had a open to the public batting practice inside the stadium. The Rockies had a split squad day the first game was in Scottsdale against the Giants and they lost 4-0. We did not go to the game.
After a break in the mid afternoon we headed to Salt River Fields for the Rockies game against the Mariners. One of y main priorities was to get a Howard Johnson autograph. Above he is talking to Andy Van Slyke. I have gotten Howard before in the Spring but I have a lot of cards of him. I did not get him but I did get Van Slyke. Which was the only autograph I had gotten today.
For the second time this trip the first being Mondays game Franklin Morales started for the Rockies. After the first 2 Mariners batters ground out Stefen Romero hit a solo home run to give the Mariners a 1 run lead.
D.J. LeMahieu throws to Michael Cuddyer at first base for the second out of the first inning The Mariners Kyle Seager.
Felix Hernandez was the Starting pitcher for the Mariners. He was lights out in the first inning throwing only 7 pitches and striking out Charlie Blackmon and Ryan Wheeler both on 3 pitches, all swinging strikes. Brandon Barnes who was the second out of the inning was a first pitch ground out.
A look from home plate with the full moon over right field.
Michael Cuddyer taking a lead off first base after leading off the inning with a single.
The Mariners would game the lead back in the 2nd inning after Brad Miller started the inning for the Mariners with a triple. He scored on a Abraham Almonte sac fly to center giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead.
Michael Cuddyer trying to leg one out to avoid the double play in the 4th inning. It was a close one but he was called out. He gives it his all every time he runs down that line. A huge amount of hustle from him wish more of his teammates played the way he does.
La Troy Hawkins came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th inning.
After loading up the bases the Rockies would get out of the inning starting with a beautifully executed 5,2,3 double play. A ball hit to third, thrown home for the first out and than to first for the second. Love none conventional plays like that, most importantly it saved the run and pretty much the inning for the Rockies.
The creative BNW to show off the mad photo skillz. Now back to the game!
Rex Brothers pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies.
Charlie Blackmon at the plate with D.J.Lemahieu on second in the 6th inning. D.J. would be left on base. I have seen him lead off the inning with a extra base hit and get stranded way to many times last season. I think he should do well batting in the lead off spot if everyone can hit behind him. I saw this a lot last year when he would either start the inning in whatever part of the order he was in or when he would pinch hit to lead off an inning for the pitchers spot or a infield substitution. So he did not score and the game remained the same 2-1 Mariners.
Mom, Tara and EB (E2themnfnB) as he was called in his gansta days!
Leuris Gomez warming up in the bullpen. He would pitch later in the game.
Charlie Blackmon would hit a sac fly in the 8th with Charlie Culberson on third and tied the game at 2.
Culberson crosses the plate for the Rockies second run of the game.
Kent Mathis trying to steal second after his 9th inning single.
Notice I sad tried! He was caught and called out!
After the Rockies failed to score in the bottom of the 9th it was time for free baseball. Leuris Gomez pitched the 10th for the Rockies only facing 3 batters. He did allow a hit but the runner was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Rockies came up in the 10th and tried to start a 2 out rally after a Ryan Wheeler walk. Kyle parker would hit a single, followed by a Tim Wheeler being hit by a pitch to load the base’s Kent Mathis would struck out to end the game and this being Spring Training the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
This is the group of the Cool kids who were here for this game!
That is it for this one, Only one more game left for me from spring training That is also at Salt River Fields and it is against the Angels.
See you there.
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Tacoma Rainiers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Third Game in the Springs this year 43rd with Coors.
Before we entered the stadium we did take a lap around the stadium to see if we could find some baseballs but we did not look like there was no batting practice again.
While the sun was out at Security Service Field clouds loomed in the distance. When I left Thornton there were tornado warnings near the airport and the tornado sirens were going off as I was going through Aurora. It did not rain in the Springs or did we not see any on our way down. It was slightly chilly and windy during the game. It was about 60 at the end of the game.
This game I attended because I forgot my camera and autograph stuff for a few weeks ago when I saw the same 2 teams play in the Springs. This time I brought it and I did get to have Howard Johnson sign a Shea Stadium ball and a card. So I finally got my Hojo autographs. I did have more cards but he only signed 2 items. Above he is handing over the scorecards and going over the ground rules with Glennallen Hill and the Umpires.
This is the Howard Johnson Autographed Shea Stadium Ball.
Chris Volstad started for the Sky Sox he was up with the Rockies briefly last week but was brought back down.
The Rainiers first batter Abraham Almonte grounded out to Ryan Wheeler to lead off the game.
Almonte running down the first base line, while Ben Paulsen catches the ball hit to Ryan Wheeler for the first out of the game. The I would have one runner in the inning Carlos Peguero who walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Erasmo Ramirez was the starting pitcher for the Rainiers. He has pitched 5 games for the Seattle Mariners this year. Not sure if this was a rehab assignment or he was sent down but he pitched really well. Ramirez also faced 4 batters in the 1st. He struck out Charlie Blackmon, Time Wheeler grounded out before Corey Dickerson was the first Sky Sox runner of the inning he reached on an error by Leury Bonilla. Dickerson would remain on base when Matt McBride grounded out to end the 1st for the Sky Sox.
Dickerson running to first after Bonilla’s error.
The Rainiers scored a run in the 2nd. Stefan Romero hit a double to lead off the game. He scored batters later on a Rich Poythress single the inning ended when Brandon Bantz hit into a double play.
Lars Davis putting down a bunt with Hernan Iribrren on second.
here he is running to first as Brandon Bantz fields the ball. He did get out but as the guy behind me said a few time during the game “at least he advance the runner that is the important thing”. Iribarren did advance to third he was also left on third after Blackmon hit a very shallow hit to right and Time Wheeler grounded out.
There was not too much action with Volstad and Ramirez pitching pretty well. This is Charlie Culbertson sliding into third in the 5th inning. He did score on a Iribbaren sac bunt which got him to second on a Ramirez throwing error. He also scored for a Sky Sox 2-1 lead.
Between innings Tanya did one of the on field contests she played fish Or Not a Fish. She had the word Fandango and she guessed correct it was not a fish it is a dance. She won as they say it cold hard cash!!!
The Sky Sox continued to score in the 6th inning Dickerson started it off with by walking and would advance on another error by Ramirez pick off attempt. He would score on a McBride double. (3-1) Sox
The above photo is of McBride sliding into second for his run scoring double. Alex Liddi did bobble the throw from left. McBride would score on a Culbertson single. (4-1) Sox
Glennallen Hill took Volstad out of the game with 1 out and 2 runners on after giving up base hits to Stefan Romero and Leury Bonilla.
Volstad leaving the field.
Nick Schmidt came into pitch for the Sky Sox. He face Carlos Poythress who hit into a double play to end the inning. Schmidt also pitched the 8th inning.
Charlie Blackmon got on base in the 7th and stole second base. The inning was over when Tim Wheeler struck out.
2 Wheelers Ryan in the dugout and Tim at the plate. it would have been cooler if they were playing the Las Vegas 51’s and Zach wheeler was the pitcher. Zach actually made his MLB debut this night for the Mets in Atlanta.
Sox the Fox gets the crowd going as Bobby Cassevah pitches in the 9th inning.
Culberson fields the grounder for the final out of the game.
Iribarren makes the catch to get Alex Liddi out at second to end the game.
Lars Davis and Bobby Cassevah high-five after the 4-2 win.
That is it for this game in the Springs pretty productive day for autograph and a good game for the Sky Sox with the win. Beside the Howard Johnson autographs I got Aaron Cook on 2 cards, Volstad on a photo and a Rainiers catcher Jason Jaramillo on a card. Did not have too much with me to sign so that was pretty good.
Well Leaving for my road trip got things to get done before I go see you around.
Confirmed tickets for Boston and should be starting the trip with a game in St. Louis against the Rangers. Really wanted to see the Cubs series can’t make it for that game.
See you around!
Tacoma Rainers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Security Service Field, Colorado Springs
2nd Sky Sox game of the year.
For the last few years I said I would like to go to a baseball game with just my ticket and nothing else. If anybody has seen me at game I carry a backpack that weighs about 25-30 Lbs. It is loaded with Camera Equipment, baseballs, a glove, baseball cards, photos, snacks, a water bottle and other accessories for all the above.
Normally when I go to the Springs and other minor league stadiums I reduce the amount of stuff I bring and put it into a smaller bag that I have. Since last year I have been using a laptop looking bag. So I packed the bag with a few baseballs, camera and cards. As I was walking out of my house without realizing I grabbed the wrong laptop bag and brought the one I use for work in it which well doesn’t have anything I need in it except a blue pen. I did not know I grabbed the wrong bag till I got to Security Service Field which is about 7o miles from my house. so I was not driving home to go get it I would miss most of the game and it would cost way to much in gas to go get the correct bag. So I made the best of it. One thing that did suck about this was I was planning on having one of my favorite players as a kid autograph a few cards and a Ball. Which I now did not have. The player was Howard Johnson who played for the Mets when I was a kid and is now the hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainers.
I did get to meet him and took a photo but did not have anything for him to autograph. Amy did have him sign a Seattle Mariners team card and gave it to me which was cool but still was not the Shea Stadium ball I wanted him to sign or the baseball cards I had since I was younger. I was great being able to meet him but wish I had my items autographed. So I looked at the schedule for when the Rainers were back at the Springs and I have another chance to get my stuff signed on June 18th. It was the day I was planning to leave for my road trip but I am going to delay it a day or 2 so I can get my autographs!
It was interesting not having anything for players to autograph including a few photos I had printed earlier in the day for Sky Sox players and stuff I needed Aaron Cook to sign who I also got to say hi to after the game. I have a few cards to finish a few Rockies sets and a 2010 team ball for him to sign which was also in the bag.
Drew Carpenter was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox. Here he is with Lars Davis heading in from the bullpen. All the photo in this post were taken with my phone. this is the first time I am entirely putting together a post with photo just from my phone.
Here are the line ups for the to teams. Sky Sox on left and Rainers on the right.
Drew Carpenter throwing the first pitch to the Rainers Dustin Ackley. carpenter would get the Rainers out in order in the 1st.
Since I did not have my camera and I didn’t need to take photos I decided to go get a $2.00 beer. Which is basically a small cup of Coors or Coors Light from kegs that must have been left out in the sun since last week and than re cooled before the game. So I missed the Sky Sox 1st inning 1 the line was slightly wrong and 2 they had trouble with the keg pressure and they were not pouring. Thanks to Jared who also keeps scor I was able to catch up on my scoring!
The staring pitcher for the Rainers was Jeremy Bonderman.
Tyler Colvin hit a single in the 4th inning and scored the Sky Sox first run 2-1 Rainers.
Matt McBride lead off the 6th inning with a game tying the game at 2. Tyler Colvin hit a solo home run to break the tie and the SkySox took 3-2 lead. So I guess that was a TY Break Home run!
The Rainers would score 3 runs in the 7th 1 by a Mike Zunino home run, a walk to Brad Miller who also scored . The third run was scored by Corey Paterson. The Rainers took a 5-3 lead.
The Skysox did try to come back and did score 1 in the 7th but fell short. The Final score was 5-4 Tacoma.
The Rainers celebrating their win over the first place Skysox. The Rainers and play 3 more games this week.
It was a interesting night in the springs. Not doing my normal thing, but a great night anyway. got to meet one of my favorite players as a kid and got to just enjoy a game with out all the other distractions!!! Pesky camera and autograph stuff!!!!
I did manage to help Amy and Jared with a few autographs I got a Rainers player for Amy and 2 cards for Jared a drew Pomeranz and a Glenallen Hill card signed.
So that is it from the Springs the Rockies are returning to Coors this week and I will be there starting Wednesday against the Houston Astros who they just split 2 games with them in Houston. This weekend is the first trip the L.A. Dodgers will be at Coors this year.
I will see you there!
The 2 culprits in me grabbing the wrong bag! The one on the left is full with baseball stuff the one on the right with random work stuff!