Tampa Bay Rays vs. Colorado Rockies
My 13th Game at Coors this year.
This was the first inter-league game for the Rockies this season. It was also the first game that Nolan Arenado was in the line up at Coors Field after making his MLB debut in Arizona last week and playing in the series against the Dodgers in L.A.
Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he pitched the first 2 innings really well. The only base runner he allowed was a when he hit Kelly Johnson in the second inning.
Nolan Arenado made his Coors debut which I mentioned earlier. His first Coors at bat was not his best of the night. He grounded out to third for the last out of the 2nd inning.
Out at first in his first at bat.
Here he is throwing a Evan Longoria hit to first.
It was a little high of a throw but Jordan Pacheco took flight to grab the ball.
Landing on the bag.
For the out. Nice save by Pacheco at first.
The Rockies did take the early lead in the first inning on a Michael Cuddyer Home run and scored a third run in the 2nd on a Josh Rutledge solo shot. (3-0) Rox
Josh Rutledge after hitting his 2nd inning home run.
Arenado hit a double for his 2nd at bat in the 3rd inning and also in the 5th inning. He finished the night hitting 3 for 5 not a bad Coors debut!
Francis pitched 5 innings. He let up 5 runs including a 2 run home run to Desmond Jennings in the 5th. Which gave the Rays a 4-3 lead. The Rockies did score a run to tie the game at 4 in the 5th. and that was on Arenado’s second double in the 5th.
Francis pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. Not to bad of an outing but not quite his best start. Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 6th and 7th. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th and Rex Brothers the 9th.
Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and started the inning walking Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez hit a single. Wilin Rosario stops Longoria from scoring on a Kelly Johnson hit back to Lopez.
Longoria out at home.
Arenado strikes out in the 8th inning for the first out of the inning.
Troy Tulowitzki pinch hit in the batters spot in the 8th and was walked with Herrera and Rutledge on base. Tyler Chatwood would come in to pinch run for Tulo. The Rockies did leave the base’s loaded to end the inning.
The Game went to extra innings and the Rays scored 3 in the 10th off of Matt Belise. Who has been pitching very well from the bull-pen this year and this ended a 30 something inning scoreless streak by the Rockies bull-pen. The rays 10th inning runs were scored on a Longoria single which score Ben Zobrist who lead the inning off with a double and then Kelly Johnson hit a 2 run home run scoring Longoria and himself. That gave the Rays a 7-4 lead.
Fernando Rodney pitched for the Rays in the 10th inning.
Eric Young Jr. struck out to end the game on a questionable strike call to end the game.
This is a game that defiantly got away from them and there were plenty of opportunities to get runs in this game the Rockies stranded many runners on base and 12 on base in the game and were 0 for 9 in at bats with runners in scoring position.
With the Giants and Diamondbacks both winning this night the Rockies are now tied with the Giants for first place with the Giants and the Diamondbacks are just one game back. This game was a game the Rockies really needed they would have remained 1 game over the Giants and 2 over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are now 17 and 12 this season and 10 and 4 at home this season.
That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the Rays series and all 3 against the Yankees next week.
See You at Coors.
La Dodgers Vs. Co. RockiesStarting Pitchers for this game were
Jason Hammel For the Rockies and Ted Lily for The Dodgers
Like always I got to the game early for BP for this game they gave out Rockies Cooler Bags Sponsored by Coors Light. So after I entered I headed out to the pavillions like always. I got 3 Bp balls, the 1st from the Rockies that landed 2 rows behind me, so I hopped the 2 rows and got it. The 2nd was hit high and 2 sections to my left so I scurried over and got the ball as it rolled down the section. The third landed jus short of me and i hooped the row again and got that one. It was hit By Juan Uribe. These balls were #17, 18 & 19 of the year at Coors. Not to forget the 10 I have also got in the Springs(Not Counted towards my MLB avg). Which is about .80 balls caught per game attended. .8260869565217391 per game!!!
This was my 3rd 3 ball game this season and 4th 3 ball game ever. I am feeling a 4 ball game soon(I Hope)!
So after BP Zack Hample signed my copy of “The Baseball….” Today he also got 3. 1 was his 400th of the year and he finished BP @ 5066 lifetime.
As Zach and I were talking Dodgers starter Ted Lilly was getting a little running in.
I then headed over to the first place line. Here are a few photo along the way. Jason Hammel getting a couple of long tosses in before heading to the bullpen.Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta Heading into the bullpen.The Deuce, Ty Wiggington and Chris Nelson throwing during warm ups.The Bullpen staff as always heading out with the Rookie carrying the pink backpack. I think his is a Disney Princess backpack. The Rookie is Rex Brothers. Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta Heading in from warming up in the bullpen. The Rockies taking the field fro the game.
In Photo: Charlie Blackmon, Eric Young Jr. and Carlos GonzalezEric Young Jr. Fielding a Andre Ethier single in the first. Beside this single the lead off batter Dee Gordon grounded out for the first out Jamie Carroll lined out to Chris Nelson and then this single by Ethier. Matt Kemp would then ground out. The Rockie half of the inning was almost the same. Cargo Grounded out, Young grounded out and Giambi hit a single before The Deuce poped out to third.
The Deuce looking at a pitch during his at bat in the 1st.
The Dodgers got another hit in the 2nd with no result. The Rockies came up in the 2nd with fire in the eyes of Ty Wiggington who hit a lead off HR. which would be the Rockies only run of the inning. 4 of Wiggy’s last 5 HR were solo shots. He has 6 with the Rockies this season. Besides a Chris Nelson single the HR was the only other hit in the inning. Eric Young Jr. Catches a long fly ball to right field hit by Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas “Hey Rod Barajas Remember that time you were a Met”!!!
The Next runs were nt score til the 5th inning when the Dodgers tied the score 1-1
Matt Kemp diving back to 1st in the 3rd inning after he hit a single. I believe Hammel threw to first 4 times during James Loney’s at bat.
Don Mattingly goes to the mound Lily got into trouble in the 6th inning. Charlie Blackmon hit off a single to lead of the inning. Iannetta would then walk Jonny Herrera would pinch hit for the pitcher spot. cargo then walked. The Dodgers brought in Blake Hawksworth who got them out of the inning. Herrera pinched hit for Matt Reynolds who was brought in after Jason Hammel left in the 6th with tightness in his lower back.
In the 6th inning the Dodgers would score 3 runs in the inning. making the score 4-1 Dodgers. They would also score 3 runs in the 7th on a bunch of hits and good fundemental baseball.
The rockies would make a game of it in the 8th Cargo lead off with a double young hit a single, Giambi would walk to load up the bases for the Deuce who also hit a single scoring Cargo and Eric Young Jr. 7-3 Dodgers. A Wiggington would then fly out to center and Seth Smith hit a 1 run pinch hit triple to score Giambi and The Deuce. 7-5 Dodgers. Blackman then hit a single scoring Smith and the Rockies would Come within 1 run of the Dodgers 7-6 at the end of the inning.
The Deuce Running to first after hitting his single in the 8th, that scored Cargo and EYJ.
The Dodgers responded in a big way in the bottom of the 9th scoring 4 more runs making the score 11-6. Once again proving that fundemental baseball works for scoring runs. This latly has been a important thing that the Rockies have been having trouble with this last few weeks. When they do play for the hit instead of the long ball the Rockies score runs when they fall behind and start over swinging they become very unproductive.
The Rockies Would Score a single run in the 9th with 2 outs. After Cargo lead off with a double he was called out after Eric Young Jr. hit a very hard ball back to the Dodgers pitcher and Cargo was doubled up after running off 1st. If it got past the pitcher he most likely would of scored. Giambi would then hit a single and would score on Wiggington 1b. Nelson would then walk and Blackman would hit a fly to Tony Gwynn Jr. that he made a fantastic catch for the final out.
The Rockies finished this four game series sunday afternoon See You There!!!!
Once again thanks to the undisclosed person who lets me sit down low to get some of these photo’s.