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Indians rain dance can’t stop the Mudhens!

8-4-2014

Toledo Mudhens vs. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Mudhens are the triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

The Indians are the triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

They are in the International League

Game 14 of road trip been forgetting the double header in Burlington!

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The game time on the sign said 7:05 but due to a rain storm earlier the game was delayed to a 7:25 start.

This is the 5th time I have been to Victory Field. I have family in Indy so I always go to an Indians game when I am visiting them. This is one of my favorite stadiums along with Durham and Greensboro.

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Nick Kingham was the starting pitcher for the Indians this game.

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Hernan Perez popped out for the first out of the inning. Kingham faced 4 Mudhens batters in the 1st. I batter did get on base, James McCann hit a single with 2 outs.

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Robbie Ray started for the Mudhens he started the game by striking out Starling Marte who was on a rehab assignment from the Pirates. Jose Tabata hit a single and Andrew Lambo hit into a double play to end the inning.

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Tyler Collins hit the ball for an out to lead off the second inning for the Mudhens. They would be retired in order in the 2nd.

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Indians All-Star 1st. baseman Matt Hague popped up to start the 2nd for the Indians.

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He popped up to the Mudhens shortstop Perez. The Indians had some good opportunities in the 2nd after they had 3 runners all getting on by walk and were not able to get a run home.

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Blake Davis was the 3rd walk to load the base’s with 2 outs. Robert Andino struck out to end the inning and the Indians left all 3 runners on base.

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The Mudhens got things going in the 3rd. Danny Worth hit a double with Wade Gaynor on base.

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The ball was hit to the right field corner.

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Gaynor scored and the Mudhens took a 1-0 lead.

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With Worth on second Perez tried to put down a sac bunt. It was a little high.

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It was caught by Kingham for the first out and was probably one of the worst bunt attempts I have seen.

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The Mudhens proceeded to score more runs in the inning. McCann was the third run of the inning scored on a Collins single. McCann also had a RBI when he hit a single to score Worth. (3-0) Mudhens

The Mudhens would get a 4th run in the 4th inning a Ben Guez solo home run.

Chase d’Arnaud started the 5th inning off with a double.

IMG_6896He stole 3rd and then scored on a sac fly by Blake Davis. (4-1) Mudcats

The Indians had a few more opportunities in the 6th  startingoff with  a single by Tabata in the 6th. he did not score

 Vin Mazzaro pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Indians he held the Mudcats off base only giving up a single to Mike Hessman in the 8th but got doubled up to end the inning. Indians starter Nick Kingham pitched 6 innings giving up the 4 runs on 7 hits walking 2 and striking out 4.

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d’Arnaud started the 7th off with a triple and was stranded there after all 3 batters after him popped out to infielders. 2 of the 3 were in foul territory.

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Kevin Whelan pitched for the Mudhens in the 9th.

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Davis struck out swinging and tried to run on the dropped ball by McCann, but the game ended with the throw to first.

The Mudhens took this one 4-1. the Indians are now 59-59 on the year and the Mudhens are 58-60.

The Indians are in 2nd place in the International League Western Division 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers. The Mudhens are 4.4 games back in 3rd place.

So that is it for this game.

Since I am writing this the night after the game they are now tied in second 3.5 behind the Clippers because the Mudhens won again against the Indians and both teams are 59-60 for the year.

I still possibly have a game or 2 left on this trip depending on if I decide to go to 2 other stadiums in the area both about 2 hours outside of Indy. I will be heading bck to Denver later this week after almost 1 month on the road.

The Indians get Housed by the Clippers!

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7-14-2013

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

Columbus as you may know from the other game I have seen them is a triple A affiliate of Cleveland Indians and The Indianapolis are the Pirates affiliate. This seems like It became a Columbus Clippers trip.

This is my 9th and last game of the road trip. This is also the 4th game I have seen at Victory Field since family lives in Indy it is always a great day.

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The center field entrance for Victory Field.

Since this is my 4th trip to Victory Field I am not doing to much of a write-up about the stadium.

Here are old posts that include Indianapolis.

http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2011/01/05/part-2-of-my-2010-road-trip-what-a-rocky-road-it-was/

Last year the Indians Also played the Clippers.

http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/07/17/the-indians-scalp-columbus-hmm-that-was-not-in-our-history-books/

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Graham Godfrey was the starting pitcher for the Indianapolis Indians. Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera who would hit a single to get on base. Carrera would steal 2nd and advance to third on a Ryan Rohlinger ground out. IMG_0173

Tim Fedroff also hit a ground out in the inning for the 2nd out but it would score the Clippers first run of the game, scoring Carrera.

IMG_0176Indians  second baseman Jared Goedert making the throw to first for the second out of the inning.

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This was the first game this trip that Daisuke Matsuzaka did not start both the game I saw in Columbus and the game in Durham he had started. Todays starter was T. J. House. The Indians lead-off batter Darren Ford also got on base with a single.

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Matt Hague also hit a single in the first and would score the tying run for the Indians.

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Ford got caught stealing between second and third.

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 Matt Hague would make it to second while they were chasing Ford. Ford was tagged out by T.J. House they then also tagged Hague thinking he was out but he was safe.IMG_0214

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 Matt Carson would hit a one out single and then score the Clippers go ahead run in the 2nd inning on a Luis Hernandez single. Nate Spears scored the second run of the inning as show above on a Godfrey wild pitch. On the wild pitch Hernandez was stealing and got caught trying to get to 3rd. (3-1) Clippers

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He was tagged out by the Indians Russ Canzler. This was Canzlers first game with the Indians. He was traded from the Orioles organization, he was playing with the Norfolk Tides for Tim Alderson. He also played for the Durham Bulls in 2011 and I have seen him play with them that year.

IMG_0273 Godfrey came out to warm up in the 4th and injured himself and the trainer for the Indians came out.

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He would leave the field. It looked like it was a leg issue but not sure. He would leave the game pitching 3 complete innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits striking out 2 and walking none.

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T.J. House pitching in the 4th inning.

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Lucas May watching a pitch go by at his 4th inning at bat.

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Somewhere around the end 6th inning I did my wander around the stadium here are some photos from then. Jared Hughes came in the game to pitch for the Indians in the 7th inning.

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Roberto Perez gets out in the 7th for the second out of the inning.

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Here is a look of the field and skyline from behind home plate.

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I then headed up to the second deck behind home plate. Ivan De Jesus put down a bunt single.

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Blake Wood who came into pitch in the inning for the Clippers was unable to field it and throw to first.

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De Jesus taking off for 2nd, He would reach second with no throw. He would remain at second and the Indians would not score in the inning.

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 Juan Diaz making contact for a single in the 8th inning for the Clippers.

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The ball rolling to the outfield.

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Perez at first base. He would get out at second on a ball hit by Jeremy Hermida to first, Matt Hague would throw to short stop Brian Bocock back 2 first for the double play really nice play by the 2 of them.

IMG_0452A look from left field as Andrew Lambo bats in the 8th. Bryan Price came in to pitch for the Clippers in the 8th.

IMG_0455A look at the stadium from the left field side with the Hoosier lottery foul pole.

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Clippers short stop Juan Diaz throwing to second base for the out at second. Jerry Sands was out at second.

IMG_0475Luis Hernandez made the turn for the double play.

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The Clippers had a second chance at the double play and this time….

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Making it on a ball hit by Lucas May to end the inning.

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Lucas May catches a pitch that went past Luis Hernandez in the 9th inning. After the Indians would end the 9th inning with a double play of their own!

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Ivan de Jesus flew out to Matt Carson in right field for the first out of the 9th inning.

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Darren Ford did not put it that far into the field he popped out to the Clippers second baseman.

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The third out of the 9th was on this swing by Jared Goedert,

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 Goedert did not even try to run to first and was tagged out. That was the end of the game it was a very anticlimactic end to the game nobody realized that the game was over for a second or 2 after the tag. The players were just standing there and the crowd did not move. The Clippers won this one 6-1 over the Indians and that concludes the 2013 road trip I will be heading back to Denver o Monday and will miss the Home Run Derby but will be back home for the All-Start game really wish I was going to be at the game but something don’t work out the way you want.

Can’t wait for the second half of the season and Coors should be real interesting.

Glad I got this game in victory Field is one of my favorite stadiums and is why I always try to make a game there when I am in Indy.

Well that is it for this game road trip and 1/2 of the 2013 season.

Thanks to everyone who makes this trip what it is from letting me stay with the, driving with me on legs of the trip getting me tickets and just being there for me during this grueling trip. A real special thanks to my awesome boss and staff I work with. Who cover at work for me while I am on these baseball adventures. So far I have traveled over 4000 miles and still have about 1100 back to Denver

Well have a great break for the next few days See You at Coors.

Thanks again to everyone who follows my blog and adventures!

Two tribes battle it out in the rain in Indy!

7-18-2012

Gwinnett Braves Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Vs Indianapolis Indians Triple A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This was the 15th game of my road trip. This was the 2nd game at  Victory Field in Indianapolis.

After taking a few laps around the Ballpark area looking for parking since the parking lot we parked in sunday was for employees of the building during the week and others were full. I found a parking lot across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. Still think this looks like an airplane hangar. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl XLVI (46 for the roman numeral challenged) in February. I took the short walk to Victory Field.

This is a look at the Center Field entrance at the corner of West Maryland Street and South West Street. After getting my ticket and taking some photos outside. I looked across S.West St. and noticed this….

… yes that says 104 degrees. This was about 50 minutes before first pitch.

Despite the temperature I still took a walk around the stadium. This photo is of the grounds crew putting down the foul lines. This was the first time I have seen this proceed use it is a box with a filter on the bottom the place them on the ground and tap them with mallets these with baseballs on the end of a hammer handle. Somebody at the game said they do this at Great American Ball Park and in Columbus at Huntington Park. That is where the Columbus Clippers play.

Ex Rockie Jose Morales was the starting catcher for the Indians.

Here is a look of the indians stretching before the game with the J.W. Marriott and the Indianapolis skyline in the background.

Indians starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera throwing in the outfield.

I then noticed this easter egg under a seat along the left field line. This ball looked very used had no logos or other marks. This was the first ball I have gotten at this stadium and the first of the day.

Cabrera throwing in the bullpen.

Jose Morales catching in the bullpen.

Starling Marte signing autographs for fans. I had him, Chase D’Arnaud and Anderson Hernandez to sign my program. While i was by the wall for autos I met a fellow road tripper David who was also doing a road trip his Included Columbus, Cincinnati, The Louisville Bat factory, The Football Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll H.O.F. and other places. He was the person who told me about the boxes the were using for the lines.

Cabrera throwing the first pitch to the Braves Jose Costanza popped out to third. For the first out. Josh Wilson flew out to center. Felix Pie would hit a double. (pronounced PeeYea). The next batter Ernesto Mejia grounded out to end the inning.

Mejia taking a swing in the first. I walked to me seat in the process of the inning. Today I got a seat in the second deck on the first baseline. Both times I have been to this stadium I sat on the 3rd base side in the lower seating.

Almost immediately after the Braves 3rd out it started to pour. It was a slight rain during Mejia’s at bat, but before the first pitch could be thrown for the Braves the grounds crew pulled out the tarp.

So I headed to the concourse on the lower level to escape the rain. Here are a few photos during the rain delay.

Here is the water running down the steps while more drops fell.

I than looked up one of the stair cases and caught these to enjoying the rain. This was a well needed storm in the area. The Indianapolis area has been in a severe draught the whole summer. With many water restrictions in effect.

I think this security guard should be the highest paid person to step on the field for this afternoon because he stood there the whole rain delay. Major props to him.

Rowdy had some fun with the rain and the tarp, while entertaining the crowd!

A look of the field with the tarp and a rain-soaked Indianapolis in the background. The odd thing was that this rain delay was 2 hours and 27 minutes of almost continues rain and my relatives that live about 8 miles away did not see a single drop.

Jose Morales and Daniel Cabrera waiting in the dugout during the first slow down of the rain it would come down hard again and the rain delay continued. During the rain delay I met back up with David and we talked about our road trips. I was really cool meeting with someone else actually doing a trip. I have met many Rockies fans at away stadiums, but not someone doing a full road trip to many stadiums in a single trip like I do.

After about 2 hours the tarp was removed and they started working on the field.

The Braves finally took the field to resume the first inning. Here is there starting pitcher Eric Junge throws the first pitch to the Indians Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud lead the inning off with a single. He and Yamaico Navarro were the only 2 base runners for the Indians Navarro walked.

Chris Leroux came into pitch the second inning because of the long rain delay. The Indians did not bring Cabrera back out. Leroux sat the braves down in order. The Braves did the same in the 3rd.

Jose Constanza at bat in the 3rd inning. He hit the ball to second and was thrown out at first.

d’Arnaud strikes out for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would actually walk this at bat.

He was thrown out trying to steal second.

Billy Bullock pitched for the Braves in the 4th inning. Here he is warming up in the bullpen.

Starling Marte hits to third for  ground out to lead off the 4th for the Indians once again they would go down in order.

After hitting a single and advancing to third Ruben Gotay gets caught between third and home in the 5th inning. The Braves scored 2 in the inning 2 solo shots by Jordan Parraz and J.C. Boscan. (2-0) Braves

Leroux got pulled out in the 5th. Brian Morris would come into pitch for the Indians.

With runners on in the 5th Morris contributes offensively for the Indians. move 2 runners over. The Indians did not utilize the 2 runners in scoring position and Chase d’Arnaud popped out to short to end the inning for the Indians.

Morris getting out in the 5th inning.

Starling Marte takes a swing in the 6th to get on base. He got on base but Anderson Hernandez was out st second.

Anderson breaking up the double play at second.

Yamaico Navarro takes a swing in the 6th inning.

Matt Hague safely slides into second on a Navarro single.

Adam Russell came in to pitch for the Braves with bases loaded in the 6th.

Jose Morales would hit a single to score Marte and Matt Hague to tie the game at 2.

Marte crossing the plate for the Indians first run.

Eric Fryer would than hit a single to score Yamaico Navario to take the lead 3-2.

Terry Tifee pinch hit for the Braves in the 7th here is d’Arnaud turning a double play to end the 7th.

d’Arnaud slides into third for his 7th inning lead off triple. He would score on a Hernandez fly out (4-2) Indians.

Josh Wilson grounds out for the Braves first out of the 8th inning. Morales was the only runner for the Indians in the 8th he got on base on a walk.

Stephan Gartrell lead off the 9th for the Braves with a single in this photo he is swinging for a strike but did get a single.

Tifee steps on second as the pinch runner for Boscon,  Luis Durango scores at home.

Jay Chapman warms up in the bullpen for the Braves with hopes of the Braves taking the lead and he would pitch in the 9th for the Braves. The Braves did send 9 batters to the plate and score 4 runs to take the lead 6-4.

He did get to pitch the 9th.

Anderson Hernandez swings at a pitch for a strike. He was the last out he grounded out to second.

Chapman would sit the Indians down in order in the 9th and the game was over after a 2 hr. 27 min. rain delay and the game taking 3hrs and 24mins. to play the game ended the Braves Won 6-4. That was the end of the game and my road trip. I hung around a few minutes to see if I could get a ball while they were cleaning the dugout and did not get one. Everyone I asked said they could not touch them including a bat boy. Josh Wilson was the player of the game after he did a post game interview he signed some autographs.

Here he is grabbing a ball from David to sign.

So that was it for the game and my road trip. This was the 4th home team loss I have seen on this trip so the home record was 10 win 4 losses for my trip. Saw some great games. Met many cool people. Like always i would like to thanks everyone that let me stay with them including Amy’s Aunt, Uncles and cousins for getting ticket’s in Arlington and staying with them. To My family all over for letting me stay with them and everything else involved, Eating, driving going to games help with my truck and supporting this trip.

So you ask?  I did mention I got 2 baseballs this game and only mentioned one well after I exited the stadium I walked down S. West street as I was walking I saw something in a bush in the median…

… and there it was the second ball. Who said baseballs don’t grow on trees. It must have been from BP who knows how long it was there but it was my second easter egg of the game. It was a very faded International League ball.

I am now home and after a long 16 and a half hour drive from Indy I got in about 10:30 last night. It took so long today to write this post because ontop of un packing and settle into being home. It was a rough day in Denver and I would like to send my condolences, my heart and prayers for the victims, family, friends and the whole Denver Community that was affected by the shooting during the night at The Aurora Town Center.

Well that’s it for this post and my road trip to use the home record of my trip to sign off 10-4 over and out. I will be back at Coors next week see you there!!!

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The Indians scalp Columbus! Hmm that was not in our History Books.

7-15-2012

Columbus Clippers Triple A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Vs. Indianapolis Indians The Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

14th game and 11th stadium this road trip. Can’t forget the 6th state I have seen a baseball game in this trip. I also belive this is my 5oth game of the season. This is the second time I have been to Victory Field the last time was my first road trip in 2010.

Today was a bobble head give away game. We arrived a little after the gates opened and got them. Than we had a little over an hour to game time. usually when they have a bobble game in the Springs or at Coors you have to be there early that was not the case with this stadium. Getting there early gave me time to wander a little around the stadium. I have been there before so it was not all to eventful but I always like to just check out the concourse and things that they have at the stadiums or in this case anything new. They have added a few things since I was last here one was the Captain Morgan Cove in left field and another was the Victory Bell in right.

Here is a look at the concourse from left field.

This stadium does show a little history about the team through the years but not much. Baseball has been played in Indianapolis for 135 years. They have signs throughout the concourse of players that have been Indians and have made it to the big leagues including Harmon Kilabrew, Roger Maris, Ted Beard and Ben Sheets and those are the ones I remember. Other Alumni include Frank Viola, Andrés Galarraga, Marco Scutaro and Andrew McCutchen.

Captain Morgan Cove on the right field concourse.

Here is a look at Victory Field from Left Field.

This is a look towards the outfield from where my seat was located with the huge Marriott across the street.

The Indians starter Rick VanderHurk throwing in the bullpen.

Catcher Tony Sanchez waiting for the throw.

The Indians stretching before the game.

 Rick VanderHurk throwing the first pitch to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera. Carrera would fly out to left. The next batter Jason Donald would hit a single .

Indians third baseman Brian Friday watches the ball go down the third base line after he made an attempt to dive for a very hard hit ball by the Indians Vinny Rotino.

Jason Donald turns to third after Rotino’s hit. He would score for a quick 1-0 lead for the Clippers.

Matt LaPorta takes a swing for a fly out to right for the 2nd out of the inning. The Indians only let up that one run in the inning.

Clippers starting pitcher T.J. McFarland pitching to the Indians Alex Presley who was on a rehab assignment for the Pirates and is at Coors and actually batting in the 8th inning as I am writing this!!!! Wow even players I saw in the minors are getting to Coors before I am!!! Including Josh Rutledge who was in Tulsa when I was there over 3 weeks ago. Wow it has been a long trip. So back to this game Pressley lead off the game with a single. At Coors he grounded out to Roenicke Who threw to Michael Cuddyer for the out!!!!

Oddly enough he hit one back to the pitcher as well…

…but do to a bad throw to first base he was safe.

The next batter Brandon Boggs did not get so lucky he hit into a double play getting Presley at second and himself at first to end the inning.

Tim Fedroff got on base as the second batter of the 2nd inning for the Clippers.

He would get picked off at first after getting caught off the base. It was a great heads up play by Sanchez behind the plate to get him.

Jeff Clement would start the second inning for the Indians with a single. Than with 2 outs Chase D’Arnaud would hit a double to score him to tie the game at 1.

D’Arnaud stopping at second.

D’Arnaud rounds second on a Anderson Hernandez single to score the Indians second run of the game to take a 2-1 lead.

Hernadez was than caught at third after he tried to go first to third on a wild pitch for the final out of the inning. The Clippers would go down in order in the third for the second inning in a row. this inning they included the whole infield for the 3 outs first grounding out to short, then third and the last to second. Just found that interesting. I know I am seeing way to much baseball when I am looking for unique innings the outs in the first for the Clippers were to all 3 outfielder also!!!!

With one out in the 3rd. Alex Presley hit his second single of the game. He would then score on a Brandon Boggs single.(3-2) Indians.

The Indians would score a 4th run in the 5th inning after a Brian Friday lead off the inning with a single and would score on a Boggs single. (4-2) Indians.

The Clippers would get and additional run on a Russ Canzler 2 out solo home run in the 8th.

Tim Wood warming up in the bullpen in 8th inning. he would be the third pitcher for the Indians. The second was Brian Morris who came in the game in the 7th. Morris pitched the 7th and 8th.

Brandon Boggs got caught stealing second in the 8th inning.

Tom Wood heading to the mound for the 9th inning.

Here he is pitching to the Clippers Tim Fedroff who grounded out for the first out of the inning. Wood did get in trouble in the inning. With 2 outs Luke Carlin hit a single followed by an Ezequil Carrera single with to men on Jason Donald hit a ball to left…

and it looked like pinch runner Trevor Crow headed home to try to tie the game…

…he was tagged for the final out of the game in relief of everybody in the stands. The run would have tied the game and it was so hot we just wanted it over. I attended this game with some of my cousins who live in Indy.

The Indians won this game 4-3.This was the 10th home team win I have seen on this trip.  Home teams are 10-3 with me at the games. I have only seen 3 home team loses, one was the Rangers beating the Rockies, another was the Hickory beating Greensboro and the third was Delmarva at Hickory. Only if the Rockies can do the same when I get back!!

I may hit up another Indians game while I am here in Indy before heading home.

Remember the bobble head I mentioned earlier this is what it looks like.

That is it for this one til next time see ya at a random stadium or when I return to Coors.

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Just a thought: If the Indians Beat Columbus in 1492 we would most likely not have baseball!

Part 2 of MY 2010 Road Trip What a Rocky Road it was.

 

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               This is the 2nd part of my 2010 Road trip it starts at the second game I attended at Citi Field in NY on August 11, 2010 to a Game I attended in Indianapolis on August 16, 2010.

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While I was getting ready to head to the train station to the stadium my phone rang  and it was Zack Hample. My friend Robert from Coors Field told him I was going to be in town and we should meet up. Zack said he would meet up with me before the game. Zack only stuck around for BP. This was a few days before his most recent books deadline. Zack has his own blog The Baseball Collector. Heres a link http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/. It was realy cool meeting him and the rest of the Citi Field Ball Snagging crew. Here a photo of the group of us outside Citi Field. An below that a photo of Zack in Left Field Seats.

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Photo and text courtesy of Zack. In the photo above, you’re looking at:

1) Greg Barasch, who recently joined the 1,000-ball club.

2) Gary, who has some pretty impressive stats of his own.

3) Brian (aka “puck collector”) who’s not too far behind Gary.

4) Zack!

5) Mateo, my Watch With Zack client from 7/27/10 at Citi Field.

6) Mike from Denver. I had just met him through a mutual friend: Robert Harmon of 762 fame.

7) Brian’s father Wayne (aka “father puck”) who’s holding up his copy of the new Sports Illustrated article about Zack.


 
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Mets pitches warming up along the 3rd base line during BP. A few minutes after this photo was taken. I caught a ball that was fouled off and bounce on the warning track and into the stands. IMG_5706.JPG
A look at the 2 LED scoreboards they have at Citi Field.

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The starting line ups for The Aug. 11th game between The Rockies and Mets.IMG_5724.JPG
Both Pitches heading to the dugout after pre game warm ups in the bullpen. Starting Pitchers were Jeff Francis for the Rox and Jonathan Niese for the Mets.IMG_5734.JPG
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                Mr. Met visits the upper deck and trows out a few tee shirts to the fans.IMG_5769.JPG
                                       A photo of Citi Field during the 4th inning.

 
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                                      Jeff Francis Pitching in the 4th inning.
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The Mets 2 runs were scored in the first inning by an Angel Pagan 2 Run HR. The Rockies 1st Run was score by a Chris Iannetta Sac Fly to center scoring Tulo in the 7th at that point it was 2-1 Mets.

 

Melvin Mora rounds 3rd after hitting a 8th inning Grand Slam Home Run, Scoring Helton, Tulo and Cargo.

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Tulo Crosses the plate for the 3rd run from Mora’s HR.

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                                 Cargo high fives Melvin Mora after his trot around the bases.

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The scoreboard at the end of the game. The Rockies Win 6-2.After the Mora Home Run Clint Barmes single scored Brad Hawpe. Bringing the score to the 6-2 final.

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Rockies celabrate their 6-2 win over the Mets.
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The Rockies winning did make the train ride back to the Island a lot easier. Everybody on the trains were very cool and realy intrested about Colorado and the Rockies. A few even said how “The Rockies have a very good team and the Mets need some work”. Not my Words that was from a Mets fan on the train. Had a lot of fun and good conversations on baseball.

                                                    August 12, 2010

That day a very unusual thing occured. Do to a late start from LI and NY traffic we got to the game in the 2nd inning the Rockies were already down 2 runs when we got there. IMG_5846.JPG
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Above is Jason Hammel Pitching in the 3rd inning.

 

This is a view from My seat on the left field side of the stadium. Thanks to Mike M for the great tickets that also included acces to many of the clubs in Citi Field which is where we spent most of the game. It was realy cool to see things I normaly do not see at stadiums. especially with such uneventful game for the Rockies. 

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This was the day after Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested outside the Mets clubhouse for punchinhg his father in law. Here is a fan showing support for him.IMG_5853.JPG
A view of the Jackie Robinson Pavillion from the inside of Citi Field.

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The scoreboard at the end of the game the Mets Won 4-0. That evened the 6 games the 2 teams played this year to 3-3. It made the Rockies 3-4 on this road trip and 1-3 with me in attendance. Some would say it was a rocky road trip.

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Signs outside CitiField. IMG_5879.JPG

                                   August 16, 2010 Victory Field Indianapolis, Indiana

                         Home of the Indanapolis Indians. They Played the Rochester Chiefs

                               The Indians are the triple a affiliate of the Pittsburgh pirates.

 

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A view of the Stadium from the birm in right field.

IMG_5897.JPG  A sign hanging over the concourse.

IMG_5909.JPGThe centerfield wall celebrating the Indians being at Victory Field 15 years.

 IMG_5923.JPG                                           Indians Mascot Rowdy.

IMG_5955.JPGA view from my seat on the 3rd baseline in the 5th inning. Thanks Chris for the tickets.


 
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 The scoreboard at the end of the game was not a good one for the Indians losing to the Chiefs 11-4. This game was definatly not a pitching battle.

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Here is a view of Victory Field after the game outside the center field gates.

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After all the games I was going to attend were done I had one more piece of baseball history to check out. It is an old abandon stadium on the outskirts of Indianapolis. This stadium was the old home of the Indianapolis Indians. Bush Stadium was built in 1931 by the Indians owner Norm Perry and was called Perry Stadium During WWII it was renamed Victory Field. After the stadium was sold to the City of Indianapolis it was renamed after a MLB baseball player Donnie Bush. It remaned Bush Stadium till the Indians moved to there new stadium in Downtown Indianapolis Victory Field.

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Some of the masonary work on the front of Bush Stadium.

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Outside wall of the stadiums 1st baseline.Covered in Ivy. Bush stadium. In 1987 the field was also used in the movie eight men out. Where it was used to depict Cominsky Park and Crosley Field.

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The back of the center field wall and old scoreboard.

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My first look of the field after a peek through a gate that was in left field. To my suprise there were hundreds of cars parked on what once was a baseball field.

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                          The old will call ticket window a reminder of what once was.

 
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First look over the wall to see the field and stands. In 1984 the field was used for the Pan American games which where held in Indianapolis.IMG_6045.JPG
After almost 60 years of being home of the Indianapolis Indians it was turned into a dirt race track for midget race cars. An was renamed the 16th street speedway.

 
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Bush stadium is now being rented by Pick a Part from the City of Indianapolis. Thats why there are cars all over what was the field. Bush Stadium is on the list of Historical places.An is why it is still in existence today.

 

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This is a view of the stands and homeplate area photographed while standing on the roof of my truck over looking the left field wall. Before someone from pick a part approached me to see what I was doing. then I left.

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All facts and dates about Bush Stadium courtesy of wikipedia.

After checking out Bush Stadium I headed to Downtown Indy for a little urban hiking. Her are a few places I past by on my hike.

 Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts. I think they use this as a airplane hanger in the off season realy intresting looking building.

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This is the NCAA National Headquaters located just outside of downtown Indianapolis.

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This was the sunset while I was driving back to Denver somewhere in central Kansas.

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Normaly I am not a fan of driving through Kansas But This sunset on my way home was a incredible end to my trip.

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  This was a great trip. I drove over 4000 miles in the 2 weeks I was gone. I visited 2 MLB Ball Parks. 3 Minor League Parks and caught 3 BP Baseball. Got to meet many players in both the Majors and Minor Leagues. I would like to Thank My Family and friends across the country that let me stay at there homes and/or got me tickets to games.

 

Thanks to Viviene for letting me stay at your house both going to NY and heading back to Denver. Chris for getting me tix to the Indians game, Mike M in NY for tix to the 8/12 game, Rich Woodworth for getting me tix for the 8/10 game. The whole Gioia family for letting me stay at there house and for dealing with my crazy schedule while I was in NY. Everybody that headed to Millers Ale House to meet up with me even know I did not make it there. Catcha next time.

 

My Next Cross Country adventure is in the planning stage and will take place at the end of June when the Rockies Head to The New Yankee Stadium. Thats unless the plans get postponed due to a new endeavors in life that may be taking place in the next few months. More info to follow.

                           To All the Rockies Fans Keep Believing. I know I will.