Nationals vs. Rockies
My 37th game at Coors this year.
This was a day game so there was no batting practice but usually an opportunity to get a few autographs. To start EB and I decided to get to the stadium early to try to get Davey Johnson’s autograph I wanted it because he was the Manager of the 1986 Mets and EB wanted it because he has a collection of manager signed baseballs. Shortly after we arrived Davey Johnson arrived and there were only 3 of use there and he stopped to sign. I had him sign his book “The Bats” then asked him if he would also sign a ball for me and he did. It was awesome that he was cool and di the 2 for me. Jason Werth also signed and I had him sign a card for me. He was really cool while he signed and talked about various thing we were talking to him about one the really cool ring he was wearing which looked like a finger on a knight’s armor. Other Nationals also stopped that I either did not have anything for or did not know who he was. after being out there for 2 1/2 hours we headed into Coors. We waited by the Rockies wall to see if any pitchers would sign and a few did. Including catcher Yorvit Torrealba who just grabbed a chair from the photo pit and started signing.
Before he signed he di a little work with catching coach Jerry Weinstein.
Here they are talking about throwing.
Rafael Betancourt was out throwing and when I asked him how his leg was he said good and seemed to be throwing well.
After being at the stadium almost 5 hours it was time for the game. Jeff Francis was the starter for the Rockies. After his last start he really needed a good start and the first inning was about as good as you could get, Denard Span the lead off batter for the Nationals grounded out and then Francis struck out Jeff Kobernus and Ryan Zimmerman.
The Rockies Dexter Fowler got things going quickly in the bottom of the inning, hitting a double to right.
Jason Werth playing it off the wall.
Dex heading to second.
Right after the double the injuries started. With Dex on second and Jordan Pacheco batting Carlos Gonzalez was struck by a foul ball in the foot.
Here he is being attended to by the training staff. He was taken out of the game and replaced by Tyler Colvin. Pacheco grounded out and Tyler hit a single scoring Dex.
Tulo struck out.
Here he is walking away from home as the umpire gives the out. Michael Cuddyer would line out to second to end the inning.
With 2 out in the 2nd Ian Desmond got the Nationals first hit of the game. He or Anthony Rendon who also hit a single would score. The Nationals would score 2 in the 3rd on a Zimmerman 2 run home run with Ross Detwiler on base. (2-1) Nats.
In the 3rd the injury bug struck again when Dex got hit in the hand on a bunt attempt on a ball thrown inside.
Here is a photo of his wrapped finger after the game at Jackson’s. Photo is from Gary X. Dex is listed as day-to-day. After this happened he did take the field for the 4th but came out of the game after that.
D.J. LeMahieu slides into second after a 4th inning double. The Rockies scored 2 runs before this hit. (3-2) Rox
The first was scored on a Michael Cuddyer triple scoring troy Tulowitzki. Cuddy scored on a Wilin Rosario ground out to short.
Wilin Rosario at the plate with Davey Johnson and other members of the Nationals coaching staff in the background in the 6th inning.
Nationals pitching coach comes out to talk to Greg Stamen who replaced Detwiler in the 6th inning.
Things got really interesting in the 7th when Wilton Lopez can]me into pitch for the Rockies in the 7th. After Ian Desmond started the inning with a single he would move to second on a balk. He would than score on a second balk to Steve Lombardozzi scoring Desmond to tie the game at 3. Wilton than argued the call and was ejected and then Jim Wright was also ejected while still in the dugout for arguing the balk calls. It also looked like Dante Bichette also had words with the umpire but was not ejected from the game. I tried to get photos of this happening down the wall towards the dugout but some dumbass sitting a section over felt the need to turn towards my camera and make faces for me to take a photo of him and his friend, yes while this was going on. He got mad when I told him to get out-of-the-way and I was not taking his photo. Some people have no F’n clue sometimes.
The National would take a lead in the 8th inning Roger Bernadina hit a double and would score on a Zimmerman double.
The safe call at second on the Bernadina double.
Ryan Zimmerman at the plate in the 8th inning.
Jason Werth running to first in the 8th he did ground out to short but thought this was a good shot of him.
In the 8th Troy Tulowitzki suffered the third Rockies injury in the 8th after diving for a Ian Desmond hit ball to him. The Nats scored 2 to take a 5-3 lead.
Add a U to this scoring symbol and it explains most of this game for the Rockies!
Kurt Suzuki grounded to second to end the 8th inning.
The Rockies did a lot of juggling in the field in the 9th inning.
Here are the changes in positions from the Rockies game day! it is easier than trying to explain it!
Defensive switch from left field to shortstop for Jonathan Herrera.
- Defensive switch from first base to left field for Jordan Pacheco.
- Yorvit Torrealba remains in the game as the first baseman.
- Pitching Change: Rex Brothers replaces Matt Belisle, batting 9th.
- The Rockies would score a run in the 9th on a Todd Helton pinch hit single scoring Nolan Arenado for the Rockies 4th run of the game. That was their final run and the game would end in the Nationals favor. It was a crazy and bizarre game for the Rockies losing 3 players to injury and a few really weird balk calls that resulted in the tying run giving the Nationals a better opportunity to set up a win. Dex and Cargo are listed day-to-day and Tulo will be out 6 weeks or so with a broken rip. Just would not be a season with out Tulo being out for an extended amount of time!
- In the mix of injury and stupid things happening to relief pitchers Jeff Francis did have a good start pitching 6 innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 2 runs on 5 hits. 1 hit and the 2 runs were on the Ryan Zimmerman 2nd inning home run.
- Since I am behind a few days I do know Cargo was back in the line up the next day and Dex was used to pinch run. So that is it for this series that the nationals won 2 of 3 and next is the Phillies this weekend.
- See You At Coors.
Washington Nationals Vs. Rockies
The Rockies have lost 16 sunday games in a row this streak goes back to April 17.
Going into this Sunday it was only 15 Sundays in a row.
This Sunday like every sunday home game at Coors was autograph Sunday today. Ryan Spilbourghs, Eliezer Alfonso, Jason Hammel and Charlie Blackmon signed. I first went to Spilbourghs line and had him sign a baseball Card, then headed to Hammels line sign a 2011 Topps card. I had Alfonso sign my mini helmet that I have been getting signed by players I don’t have anything else to sign. So far I have 9 autos on it.
After the official autograph session was over I headed over to the right field wall where Rex Brothers was signing. I had him sign a Sky Sox program I got last month. He thought it was cool and had not seen it yet. Since I have a few copies I told him I would bring him a copy.
Esmil Roger also signed and he signed 2 cards for me.
The players then went in and I wandered around the stadium giving a few and “X” and I gave the extra Cargo figurines we got to the deserving friends at Coors. You know who you are and thanks for everything you guys do for us.
The players then came out for warm ups. This is a photo of Nations starter John Lannon heading to the dugout with catcher Jesus Flores.You may be asking where Ivan Rodriguez is, he is on the DL with an oblique strain.
Aaron Cook leads the Rockies to the field for the start of the game.
Aaron Cook Throwing the first pitch to the Nationals Rick Ankiel who he would walk. Cook is 2-6 this season, going into this game.
The next three Nationals batters would get out. Including Ryan Zimmerman striking out.
The Rockies would send five to the plate in the 1st. Eric Young Jr. Grounded out, Dexter Fowler walked. Carlos Gonzalez flew out The Deuce hit a single and Wiggington grounded out to end the inning.
The Nationals would score in the 2nd on a Jonny Gomes HR after Jayson Werth walked to lead off the inning. (2-0) Nationals.
Gomes and Werth Hi Five after Gomes’ 2nd inning HR.
The Rockies did not score in the second Cook would pitch real well in the 3rd only letting up a run to Ryan Zimmerman.
Eric Young Jr. would lead off the 3rd inning for the Rockies with a bunt.
He would then get doubled up on a Fowler hit to the Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.
Aaron cook would pitch into the 7th inning. He pitched very well this game unfortunately did not get the run support. Cook threw 79 pitches, Struck out 5 Nationals and let up 2 runs Matt Reynolds came in to the game and completed the inning striking out Ankiel.
Aaron Cook heading to the dugout in the 7th inning.
The Nationals would take out there starter Lannon also in the 7th.
The Rockies would finally get some runs in the 7th. Herrera would pitch hit in the pitchers spot and later score on a Young single. Young would score the second run to tie the game at 2.
Herrera score the Rockies first run in the 7th.
Eric Young Jr. scoring the tieing run.(2-2)
The Nationals would score the go ahead run in the 8th. Danny Espinosa lead off the inning and scored the Nationals 3rd. run on a Werth single. That would be the final score 3-2. for the 16th Sunday loss of the season for the Rockies good thing they don’t play tradition Sunday double-header like they use to.
So that is it for this game this week heading to the Spring for Jason Giambi’s rehab and then the Rockies return against the Marlins on Monday.
Also Good news came that Juan Nicasio has been releast from the hospital.
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