Brewers vs. Rockies
So today I tried something a little different instead of rushing to the stadium to be there for 4 O’clock when the gates opened I left my house about 4:10 and got into the stadium about 4:45. I missed the Rockies BP and the Brewers were hitting when I got into Coors. With in about 10 minutes of being there I got a BP baseball. Not bad for slacking and showing up 45 minutes late! Not that this will start a new trend of showing up late, it just shows sometimes I don’t have to put in as much time to get a ball.
Today was the Rockies debut of Colin McHugh he was the pitcher we had gotten from the Mets for Eric Young Jr. McHugh has been in the majors before with not much success, His best game was last Aug. in his MLB debut against the Rockies at Citifield in NY. He has been pitching well in Triple A Las Vegas this year with a 3-2 record. After being traded the Rockies optioned him to Double A Tulsa. He was brought up to see if he could fill the Rockies available starting spot. which has been kind of revolving door this season for the Rockies.
Before warm ups Todd Helton stopped and signed a few autographs. As usual when he signs it was a mob of people rushing over to where he was. I came close to getting one this time but did not. I do have a few cards for him to sign but nothing that is important to finishing team sets or anything.
Here is Colin McHugh throwing his first pitch to Rickie Weeks. It was a fastball for a called strike. Not a bad start but that did not last long the second pitch was a ball and the third was a hit to left field resulting into a double and later a run. weeks advanced to third on a Norichika Aoki sac-bunt and scored on a Jean Segura single. Jonathan Lucroy hit another double for the Brewers 2 batters later and that put Segura on 3rd., he would than score on a Carlos Gomez sac-fly to right. Lucroy scored on a Caleb Gindl double for a 3-0 Brewers lead.
Segura diving back to first after his single.
Here is Segura sliding at home for the Brewers second run.
Jim Wright visiting the Mound in the first inning.
The Rockies hitter did not do much in the first against the Brewers starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. Dexter Fowler flew out to right to start the inning and then D.J. LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki both struck out.
Tulo discussing the called strike with home plate umpire Dana Demuth.
McHugh settled down a little in the 4th only facing 3 batters, he did get a slightly inside on Jean Segura who got hit by a pitch but did not get the base because it was during a swing for a strike.
The Rockies tried to get the game back in the 6th. here is D.J. LeMahieu sliding into home for the first Rockies run of the game on a Tulo single.
The Brewers would get a 7th run in the 7th. a solo home run by Lucroy off Adam Ottavino. Ottavino came in to pitch in the 6th inning. McHugh went 5 full innings giving up 6 runs on 9 hits walking 1 and striking out 2. Ottavino pitched the 6th and 7th the only hit he allowed was the home run to Lucroy.
Corey Dickerson pinch hit for the pitcher in the 7th. He hit a single with one out.
Dexter Fowler reached also in the 7th on an error by first baseman Francisco. He would get out after LeMahieu hit into a double play to end the inning. The Brewers manager did come out to argue the call with first base umpire Cory Blaser.
The Rockies did get a run in the 8th. another one of those To Little to late solo home runs to lead off the inning by Tulo. Glad to see him hitting but where are these home runs with runners on when we are down by 3.
Jim Henderson pitching for the brewers in the 9th inning. he was the Brewers 4th pitcher of the night. Their starter Gorzelanny went 6 innings and was responsible for 4 of the Rockies runs. Henderson would strike out both Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.
Jonny Herrera came into pinch hit for the pitchers spot but flew out to right to end the game. So the Rockies let this one get away with a bad pitching attempted by McHugh and lack of runs support even know they did score 5. The final was 7-5 and that was it for game to against the Brew Crew.
Still playing catch up with the last home series. While I am writing this the Rockies are getting ready for game 2 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. After the very bad series in Atlanta they did get the first game against the Pirates who have been real hot lately lets hope they can cool them down this week since they have to face them back at Coors next week.
I would also like to thank everone who follows the Rox Addict blog once again I made the top 50 at #42 for the month of July.
Till then I will see you at Coors.
Also remember you still have time to answer the Roxivus trivia Question just email me the answer email@example.com
You can find the question in this link: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/07/23/roxivus-whatever-that-means-and-game-one-of-the-cubs-series/
I am going to have the winner pick the prize there are a few autographs and some 20th anniversary items up for grabs.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of series.
My 48th game at Coors this year. 60th with the Springs and road trip.
The Brewers had some heavy hitters in Batting Practice unfortunately I was unable to snag anything today. Seems like I get shut out more than I get anything these days. I have been to 51 MLB games this year and have 21 baseballs. Most people would think that is pretty good, but for someone who is out there at BP everyday it is not the best of numbers. In past years I have done a lot better in batting practice.
Todays starting pitcher for the Rockies was Tyler Chatwood. He had a incredible outing more on that in a bit. But he did strike out 3 of the 4 batters he faced in the 1st. Tyler had 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings. At first I wondered if the Umpire just had a huge strike zone or if he was really pitching that well.
I first wondered about the strike zone because the Brewers starter Wily Peralta also struck out 2 in the first inning. Then I did realize that the strike outs were mostly swinging and there were not many called strikes There were only 4 called strikes between the 3 batters that Chatwood faced in the first and only Dexter Fowler struck out looking during his at bats. So it was defiantly a very good start for Tyler.
The Rockies got some runs in the 2nd inning, it started with Michael Cuddyer walked to lead off the inning followed by a Todd Helton single. Wilin Rosario would also walk to load the base’s.
The fourth batter of the inning was Charlie Blackmon who popped out to Jean Segura at short.
Nolan Arenado would take a swing and drop the ball and it would deflect off Peralta.
Arenado running to first as the ball rolls slowly towards Ricky Weeks at second.
Weeks fielding the deflected ball hit by Arenado. That would score Cuddyer from third.
Helton and Rosario at home after scoring on the Chatwood double.
D.J. LeMahieu would get the hit to score the Rockies fourth run of the inning. Arenado scored on this hit to short that would get Fowler out at second, but still allow Arenado to score 4-0 Rockies.
Tulo would hit to short to get LeMahieu out at second to end the inning. Tulo was the ninth batter of the inning.
Not much happened in the 3rd. Chatwood got all 3 Brewers he faced in the inning to ground out and would then strike out an additional 2 batters in the 4th. That was his 6th and 7th of the game.
The Rockies had another productive inning in the 4th scoring 4 runs. Charlie Blackmon started the inning with single and Arenado followed with a single both of them and LeMahieu would score. Dexter Fowler would be tagged out at home on a Tulo single trying for the third run of the inning. But that did not happen till Michael Cuddyer hit a single to short and LeMahieu scored.
Chatwood would give up 2 runs in the 6th but stayed in the game and pitched the 7th inning. He would only give up the 2 runs and 6 hits striking out 11 and walking no batters he really attacked the strike zone and kept the ball low which resulted into many ground outs when he was not striking out the Brewers. There was absolutely no fly outs to the out field. The only 2 outs that were in the air was a line out to Helton in the 5th and another to Arenado in the 7th.
Manny Corpas came in and finished the game for the rockies he also pitched well he struck out 2 and allowed a run on a 9th inning solo home run to Carlos Gomez. he did allow a hit in the 8th but worked his way out of it with a force out and a double play to end the inning.
The hit was by Rickie Weeks.
He was out at second on a Norichika Aoki hit to Tulo at short. Weeks came in a little hard and Tulo did not throw to first but got the lead runner. Tulo did have a second opportunity for a double play on a Segura hit which did result into a inning ending double play.
Manny Corpas came up for his own at bat in the 9th but struck out swinging on 3 Pitches.
Burke Badenhop pitched the 8th and 9th for the Brewers. He was the Brewers third pitcher of the game for the Brewers. He only faced 6 batters in the 2 innings. Peralta was taken out of the game in the 4th inning and replaced by Rob Wooten.
The Rockies won this one 8-3 in this incredible performance by Tyler Chatwood 11 strike outs and 2 RBI’s and pitching through the 7th. Not a bad night for him.
The Rockies celebrate this win against the Brewers still playing catch up with this home stand that won’t seem to go away the Rockies have been on the road 4 days and I still have 2 games to go!!!
The Rockies have been in Atlanta and it has not been a great series they got swept losing all for and head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates who are playing very well.
Lets hope it goes a little better for the Rockies against them then in Atlanta.
Well that is it for this one. Got some games coming up with Minor League affiliates while the Rockies are on the road!
See you around!