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Todds retirement and double header, What a day at Coors!

8-17-2014

Reds vs. Rockies

 

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Today there was a double header The first game was the regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon game and the second was a make up from Saturday which was Postponed till a Sunday night. The reason was a water main break on Blake Street that provided the stadium with water on Saturday afternoon.

This being a Sunday it was an autograph Sunday today the signers were Tommy Kahnle , Brooks Brown, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Matzek. I was able to get Brooks on my 2014 Team project and Tyler Matzek on a 2012 California/Carolina League All Start game mini bat. That he and Christian Bergman both played in that game. I did get Christian on it earlier in the year. When the autographs were over it was time for the festivities to start for Todd Helton’s retirement ceremony.  First the guest that were speaking were introduced Brad Hawpe and Matt Belilse. Drew Goodman from Root Sports MC’d the ceremony. Then Todd and his family were introduced on the field were his wife Kristy, their 2 daughters and I believe Kristy’s Parents and brother.

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The first speaker was Brad Hawpe.

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He spoke about playing with Todd and about his first big league spring training! Hawpe had always played 1st. base, but with Todd as the starting first baseman for years he had to change positions and how Todd in his dry humor way basically told him that! Over the years they became good friends which is why he was one of the speakers.

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Todd and his youngest daughter Gentry Grace look on as  the second speaker Matt Belilse speaks.

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He spoke about how Todd helped him as a pitcher.

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After Brad and Matt spoke it was tome for his older daughter Tierney Faith to speak she stole the show when she mentioned about dad being home a lot lately and if we would like him back!

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I am keeping this brief because I know many have seen the speeches on T.V. or online.

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The Montfort’s then presented Todd with a plaque of the 17, a replica of the one that is now hanging in the stadium.

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They than unveiled the covered #17 that will be along with the Kelly McGreggor KSM and Jackie Robinson 42 . They are all above the visitors bullpen on the second level.

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Todd than threw out the first pitch to former teammate Brad Hawpe.

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Here they are after the pitch.

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Todd gives a wave to the crowd.

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Here he is before the National Anthem with the first pitch ball with the special #17 logo on it and with his daughter by his side.

After about the 1/2 hour ceremony it was time for the first game. I thought every involved did a great job with stories and there speaking about Todd. I thought him being presented a replica #17 from the Monforts was very cool. I did notice something that I thought was a little suspicious and that was our GM was not involved or on the field for this event. I just find it interesting that a teams GM would be MIA on such an important day in a teams history. Either he is already not involved or he doesn’t have a set of balls. I also find it odd that either Dick or Charlie Monfort did not speak either. I have never seen one of these and not sure if the owner would normally speak, so I will just leave it at that. Also somebody also mentioned that the Commissioner of baseball also was not at Coors and he usually does attend such events. Over all it was really great to be at Coors this day and have to thank the people who helped me with the location I was able to photograph from.

Now onto this interesting and action packed game!

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Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He sat the Reds down in order and threw 11 pitches in the inning. All 3 outs were ground outs and he kept the ball low in the strike zone.

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Mat Latos was the starter for the Reds. He struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. Drew Stubbs got things going with a double after that.

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Stubbs’ double was followed with a Corey Dickerson double that scored Stubbs and gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

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Dickerson’s double bounced around in the left field corner. Michael Cuddyer would come up next and grounded out for the second out of the inning.

IMG_8082 Since the beginning of the game there was a slight rain but it just started to downpour during Cuddy’s at bat and there was thunder in the distance. They pulled the tarp with 2 outs and Dickerson on second. The delay lasted 21 minutes.

After the delay Arenado came to bat and scored a second run for the Rockies on a single that scored Dickerson and give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

Lyles pitched well in the second and only had 1 base runner and that was a walk to Brayan Pena, he did record his first strike out of the game in the inning.

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Blackmon came up in the 2nd inning with 2 outs and hit a solo home run and the Rockies had a 3-0 lead.

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In the top of the 5th inning I was able to move to a better vantage point for photos and Lyles did allow his first hit of the game in the 4th that was a 2 run home run by Jay Bruce the second run was lead off batter Cozart who was hit with a pitch. The Rockies kept the lead 3-2.

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Chris Heisey lead off the 5th inning by walking and Billy Hamilton came up with 1 out and hit a double advancing Heisey to third.

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Heisey and Hamilton both scored on a Zach Cozart single. This gave the Reds a 4-3 lead.

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Franklin Morales came in and pitched the 6th inning. The Reds immediately got to him and started off the inning with a Kris Negron solo home run, followed by a Skip Schumaker single and a Heisey double scored Negron and extended the Reds lead 6-3. Lyles pitched 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits walking 2 striking out 4.

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Franklin Morales put down a bunt with Charlie Culberson on first. Culberson was forced out at second but Morales was safe at 1st.

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The bottom of the 7th Dickerson lead off the inning with a home run into the fountain in center field. To cut the Reds lead down to 6-4.

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Sam LeCure came into pitch for the Reds in the 6th and pitched into the 7th inning. After the Dickerson homer a single by Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado, Jumbo Diaz came in to pitch for Reds.

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With bases loaded Josh Rutledge came up an hit a sac fly to center that scored Cuddy from 3rd.

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The run brought the Rockies within 1 run of the Reds still lead 6-5.

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Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game by holding the Reds off base in the 8th. He faced 3 batters and got out of the inning he did pitch deep in counts with 2 of the 3 batters throwing 7 pitches to Schumaker and 8 to pinch hitter jack Hannahan 18 in total in the inning. The only batter he didn’t throw many pitches to was heisey who grounded out on the 3rd pitch of a 1-1 count.

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Jonathan Broxton pitched the 8th for the Reds giving up 1 single to Drew Stubbs and walked Dickerson. He did get out of the inning with a double play.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 9th for the Rockies and The Reds immediately got on him, Hamilton started the inning with a double. Cozart did get out but the next 3 batters got on base either by hitting a single or being walked. One of those was a single by Bruce who scored Hamilton and extended the Reds lead to 7-5.

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Hamilton sliding into second after his 9th inning hit. The Reds did score a 8th run and Brothers did get out of the inning after facing 8 batters and throwing 29 pitches in the inning.

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Reds 100+ MPH closer Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the 9th. A closer like this is usually lights out, Not this game he walked 4 consecutive batters which gave the Rockies a run and the Reds now lead 9-6.

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 J. Hoover came in and pitched with base’s loaded and no outs he got the next 2 Rockies batters out and a run did score on a sac fly by Wilin Rosario. drew Stubbs came up with 2 out, 2 men on base and a Reds 2 run lead.

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Stubbs hit a home run to left center field scoring the 3 runs the Rockies needed to win the game and the celebration started at home plate!

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… and got the bucket!!!!

The Rockies won this game 10-9.

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We then had to immediately leave the stadium so they could clean the stadium and do some field maintenance before the second game.

They basically had a half hour between games an had to clear the stadium and then  get ready for the second game. The first game ended at about 6:30 and the gates for game 2 opened at 6:50 with a scheduled first pitch at 7:10.

by the time we grabbed some food and re-entered the stadium at 7:00 they were already doing the National Anthem for the second game. I headed down to where I normally sit for the first pitch and we were ready for the next 9 innings.

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Yohan Flande started for the Rockies. He did not start as well as Lyles in the first game. He Gave up a double to Hamilton to start the game. Hamilton would scored when Jay Bruce hit into a fielders choice getting Ramon Santiago out at second. The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first.

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In the Bottom of the First Cuddy tried to get a 2 out rally going hitting a triple. He would remain on base when Nolan Arenado struck out.

Both Flande and Axelrod continued to pitch well giving up minimal hits and know runs till the bottom of the 5th. (When our at the bottom of your 5th)!

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Brandon Barnes hit a lead off solo homer to get the Rockies on the board and tie the game at 1.

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Walt Weiss removed Fande in the 6th inning after giving up a 2 run home run to the Reds Ryan Ludwick.  Kris Negron hit a single and than scored on a Pena double. The Reds got a total of 3 runs in the inning and took a 4-1 lead.

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When Flande was removed from the game Brookes Brown came in and pitched to the next 2 batters getting both batters out.

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 Brown remained in the game in the 7th and Hamilton got his 3rd hit of the game with 1 out. He than stole second base and the ball was thrown short to Rutledge who missed the ball on the bounce and it ended up in center field, Hamilton would reach third on the error. He would score and the Reds had a 5-2 lead.

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The Rockies got thing going in the 7th Blackmon started the inning with a walk when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.

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Rutledge hit a single and Dickerson followed up with a single scouring Blackmon for the Rockies first run of the inning.

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After the run the Reds still had a 5-3 lead.

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Cuddyer hit a single in the 8th he now has a triple, home run and a single in this game.

The Rockies picked up 2 more runs on a Arenado hit that got Dickerson out at third but scored Rutledge, after a bad throw by the Reds 3rd baseman Santiago that scored Cuddy and Arenado ended up on third and the Rockies tied the game at 5.

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Dickerson watches the ball after being out at third and coaches Cuddy who was coming down the line.

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Cuddy sliding into home to tie the game!

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Adam Ottavino came in in the 8th inning and shut down the Reds batters in the inning striking out 2 and Getting Pena to ground out for the third out. He pitched better in this inning then I have seen him pitch in a while. He got out of the inning with 9 pitches, pitching the most 4 pitches to Negron who struck out.

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for the second game they invited back the rally guy from game 1 and he moved down to the lower level for the 8th inning. He was dancing in the upper deck during the first game 9th inning when the Rockies scored the 5 runs to come back and win that game. So by popular demand he was invited back by the Rockies for game 2!

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With 2 outs and Brandon Barnes, Charlie Culberson and Josh Rutledge on base Dickerson hit a double. scoring Barnes and Culberson to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead.

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Michael Cuddyer came to the plate and I noticed something on my score card and then confirmed it on the board. Cuddy only needed a double to complete the cycle. IMG_8558with a 1-1 count he hit a Manny Parra slider to left field.

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He made the turn at 1st as the ball was still in the outfield.

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he got the double and completed the cycle, this was his second of his career and he is only the 4th in MLB history to do it in both the American and National league.

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Cuddy would slid into home once again for the Rockies 10th run of the game on a Drew Stubbs single. The Rockies had a 10-5 lead.

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LaTroy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th and sat the Reds down in order to end the game and give the Rockies the sweep of the double header and 3 or the 4 games this weekend series.

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The Rockies and Cuddy celebrate their second win of the day. This is more wins in one day they have gotten in some weeks lately. cuddy went 4 for 5 this game scoring 3 RBI’s and scoring 3 times. This was a great comeback day for him since this was the first day he played at Coors in almost 2 months. He went 5 for 10 on the day. He was also the 5th Rockies player to hit for the cycle.

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it was time for the post season interview and the second bucket dump of the day!

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He was warned to duck by the guys in the booth and Brandon Barnes got him pretty good!

These were 2 great games by the Rockies, it shows they do have potential to make things happen and it reminded me of the games they played early this season. The Bull Pen kept them in both games, they got pretty good starts from the starters and the bats where there when needed. A lot of guys stepped up this game. I wish they were able to do this for the last few months. These games would matter a lot more then a double header sweep or a series win.

It was an amazing day of baseball at Coors I am glad I was there for this day and to witness history twice this day, once with the retirement of the # 17 and then Cuddy hitting for the cycle. can not forget the 2 very dramatic games and wins in both.

So that is it for this one very long day at the ballpark.

 

 

 

Chacin returns to form and Barnes gets the bucket!

6-7-2014

Dodgers vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series.

 

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Jhoulys Chacin made quick work out of the dodgers in the first inning getting the Lead off batter Dee Gordon to line out to Justin Morneau and struck out Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig. Every that he struck out 2 and only faced 3 batters he threw 16 pitches to get out of the first inning.

IMG_5861Zach Greinke also faced 3 batters in the first inning. He was a little bit more successful in the pitch count department getting all 3 batters out on only 4 pitches.

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The Rockies scored in the second inning on this Mike McKenry single to score Troy Tulowitzki who lead the inning off with a single.

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Troy Tulowitzki scoring the Rockies run in the 1t inning.

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The inning ended on a ball hit by Ryan Wheeler to Dee Gordon who tossed it to Ramirez at short and turned it to first for a double play to end the inning.

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The Rockies scored 2 in the 5th inning. The Above picture McKenry is on third and Wheeler on first.

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A Josh Rutledge single scored McKenry and Wheeler scored on a Charlie Blackmon single to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

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Ryan Wheeler dives into third after the Rutledge single.

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He then got caught between third and home on a Jhoulys Chacin single that advanced Rutledge to third and Chacin ended up on second. Rutledge would score on a Charlie Blackmon single for the 3rd run of the game for the Rockies.

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Ryan Wheeler fouled of a ball in his 6th inning at bat. looking at the photo it looks like he foul tipped it off his stomach. I don’t remember see him reach to it hit him during the game and did not realize it hit him till looking threw the photos.

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After Chacin walked Matt Kemp in the 7th to lead off the inning and gave up 2 singles to Andre Either and Justin Turner He was removed from the game. Kemp scored on the Turner single. Nick Masset came into pitch and Gave up a home run to Tim Federowicz to tie the game he remained in the game for 4 more batter and was removed after walking Ramirez and Puig. Rex Brother got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to end the 9 batter 4 run inning for the Dodgers.

Chacin ended up pitching 6 innings giving up 3 run on 6 hits. Walking 3 and striking out 4.

Rex Brothers pitched into the 8th and Adam Ottavino came in and pitched into the 9th and was replaced by franklin Morales.

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Hanley Ramirez argues a strike 3 call in the 9th inning.

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Morales pitching in the 9th he came in to the game after Ottavino walked Puig.

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The game went into the 10th inning and with 1 out Justin Morneau hit a single to right field and with 2 outs Brandon Barnes hit to the gap in right center.

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Here he is running to second.

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Morneau scores as the dugout starts to clear.

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The players caught up with Barnes in the infield and the celebration began.

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This brought up a question who will dump the water over Barnes, since he was the person to get the last 2 players to hit the walk off hit. Charlie Culberson and Justin Morneau.

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After watching LaTroy Hawkins run in from the bullpen and seeing the on field photographers turn to the dugout we knew it was coming and it was Latroy that would be the fill for Barnes.

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Then he got him. That is it for this one the Rockies won 5-4 and split the series. There is one more game in this series and Sunday game.

That’s it for this one see you at Coors!

Rockies K at The K!

5-14-2014

Rockies At Royals

Game 2 of series

The morning before this game we headed to the stadium a little early because I did not want to be there to early because it was going to be a long day to begin with since we were heading back to Denver after the game. So as we are walking up to the stadium we notice the team bus coming down the road and we ran over to the place where it drops off the players. As the players got off the bus and Troy Tulowitzki stopped and signed and with that I finished my 2014 16×20 team project! Except for Lach but I am not worried about that!

We headed into the stadium early and walked around while they were doing the Science and Weather day at the K. After it finished it ended and they then cleared the stadium and we had to exit and then re-enter.

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after we headed into the stadium a bunch of pitches were warming up so we waited for them to get done and a few signed. above is Chris Martin throwing.

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LaTroy Hawkins throwing to Matt Belisle.

So I was able to get a 8×10 signed by Jordan Lyles, LaTroy Hawkins and Juan Nicasio.

So that was a total of 6 8×10’s signed during the trip and 4 guys on my team project.

Since I didn’t have much to be signed we decided to head to the Royals Hall of Fame. I took a few photos while in there.

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Alex Gordon’s gold glove from 2012 he has 2 Gold Gloves.

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In a display with give always  from games, they had a t-shirt replicating the pine tar marks on George Brett’s jersey.

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The Statue of Liberty from the all start game in NY in 2008.

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The had an area all about the baseball and they had many different types of examples of baseball used through the history o the game and had this giant diagram of the inside of a current MLB baseball.

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This is a display of Just Gold Gloves won by  former Royals second baseman Frank White.

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This was a big display in the #5 in baseballs and had George Brett’s bat and the ball from his 3000th hit.

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The Royals 1985 World Series Trophy

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After the Hall of Fame we walked the concourse checked out the statues the have. This was a Frank white statue.

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They also had one of the  Ewing Kauffman and his wife who was the owner of the Royals. He is the person responsible for the return of baseball in K.C. and was also inducted into the National Baseball H.O.F. in 2008

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It was then close to game time and we headed to our seats for this game we were 8 rows behind the Rockies dugout so as Jhoulys Chacin, Mike McKenry and Jim Wright headed in to the dugout I said Good Luck to Jhoulys and he tossed me his warm up ball.

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What was really cool is that it was a 20th anniversary ball that the Rockies used for games last year.

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Jason Vargas was the starting pitcher for the Royals this game. Charlie Blackmon was the lead off batter for the Rockies and he popped out to the Royal catcher Salvador Perez for the first out, Vargas then struck out Brandon Barnes, walked Troy Tulowitzki and had Carlos Gonzalez ground out to first.

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The Rockies went down in order in the 2nd.

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Salvador Perez hit a lead off single in the top of the second.

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With bases loaded Mike Moustakas came to bat and hit double clearing the bases scoring Perez, Johny Giovotella and Lorenzo Cain.

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Giovotella rounding third after  Moustakas hit the ball, Perez already scored and Cain is rounding second. That gave the Royals a 3-0 lead.

Eric Hosmer made the 3rd out of the inning and it was hit to Arenado at third who threw to Morneau and Morneau tossed it to Jared before heading into the dugout. It was his first gamer.

Vargas continued to sit down Rockies batters in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings.

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Tulo complaining about a called strike 3 in the 4th inning.

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After heading back into the dugout he kept going and was screaming horrible, horrible call and was then tossed from the game and walt Weiss headed out of the dugout and actually uncrossed his arms and took his hands out of his pockets for this one. He did not get kicked out. Charlie Culberson who started at second moved to short and D.J. LeMahieu came into the game at second. The Rockies did get their first hit and base runner of the game the next batter when Cargo hit a single. By the end of the 4th inning Vargas had struck out 6 Rockies batters. 5 of the 6 were swinging.

Chacin pitched 6 innings for the Rockies giving up 3 runs on 7 hits striking out only 1 and walking 2. Vargas  went into the 7th with 8 strike out, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs.

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Drew Stubbs got the Rockies on the board in the 7th inning with a home run scoring himself and Nolan Arenado who hit a double to get on base.IMG_4082After the Stubbs home run Vargas was removed and Louis Coleman came into pitch for the Royals.

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McKenry takes a big swing breaking his bat during a 7th inning at bat.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies. He pitched well in the inning facing only 3 batters and threw only 10 pitches to get the batters out.

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Nori Aoki bunted during his 7th inning at bat. He was out on batters interference when the ball hit him in the foot at first. I wish I had the sequence of this play which I was getting and the card filled 2 shots after this one.

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LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did allow a hit to Perez in the inning but that was the only Royals batter to get on base since the 5th and first hit since the 4th.

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Cargo hit a single to get on base in the 9th and then Nolan Arenado walked and runners were in place for the Rockies to tie and win.

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Justin Morneau take a swing he would get on base but Arenado was forced out at second. With Cargo on third Stubbs came up and a hit would tie the game and that did not happen and  the Rockies failed to score the runs and they lost this one also 3-2.

This was not the best of road trips for them this year. they split with the Rangers, lost 2 of 3 against the Reds and both against the Royals. They were 2 and 5 on the trip.

Besides the scores it was a good 2 days at the K, I got a bunch of autographs done and had a great time hanging out with Jared who took the trip with me and John who we met there. I pretty much finished my team project and cleared a lot of photos out of my book. That always helps a trip worth while I also am 2 for 2 getting baseballs at Kauffman Stadium, I got a ball each day.

After the game Jared and I drove the 8.5 hours back to Denver.

So that is it for this one the Rockies are home again against the Padres this weekend, I will be there as much as I can. See You at Coors!

The Royal will also be at Coors in August on the 19th and 20th.

Todd Heltons Final game at Coors.

9-25-2013

Red Sox vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series

My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.

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Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.

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Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s

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This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.

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Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem

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One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.

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Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!

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The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”

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Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.

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Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.

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He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.

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For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.

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Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.

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David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.

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After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.

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John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.

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With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.

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on the third pitch of the at bat….

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….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.

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He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.

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Taking the turn at second after his home run.

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With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox

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The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.

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Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.

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That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.

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Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.

Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.

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The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.

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From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.

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Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.

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On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.

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With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.

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Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.

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Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.

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Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.

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In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!

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Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.

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As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.

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They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.

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Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.

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Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from  behind the dugout.

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it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.

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The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.

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Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.

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Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.

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The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.

After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.

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Here is most of the team when they were in left field.

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Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!

After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.

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He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.

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Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.

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This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional

on this night you should have not been there.

So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.

Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.

For the last time this years that is it for this one

Thanks and see you around.

Chacin lights the fuse for the Rockies fireworks!

9-20-2013

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

My 67th game at Coors this year.

Today I headed to Coors straight from work and did not realize that this was a 6:10 game and I walked into Coors at 5:55. I had to work till 5 and thought it was a 6:40 game. So did not get to BP and did not get autographs.

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Jhoulys Chacin as the starting pitcher for the Rockies he did not have a great start. Adam Eaton started the game with a triple and A.J. Pollack followed that with a home run.

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Randall Delgado was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks. He faced 6 Rockies batters in the first 2 innings. The only base runner was Troy Tulowitzki in the 2nd. The D’backs ended the inning when Jordan Pacheco hit into a double play.

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Jhoulys took offensive matters into his own hands and hit a 2 run home run to tie the game at 2. this was his first MLB and pro home run. He is batting just under .200 this season has 7 RBI’s and a double.

The Rockies did not score again till another home run in the 6th it was a Charlie Blackmon solo shot to lead off the 6th inning.

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Blackmons home run was followed up by a Corey Dickerson home run 2 batters later. Dickersons was a 3 run home run and the Rockies had a 5-2 lead.

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Todd Helton hit his 589th double in the 6th as well. He would score on a Charlie Culberson single for the 4th run of the inning and a 6-2 lead.

The D’backs got a third run in the top of the 7th. (6-3) Rox

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Troy Tulowitzki did not want to left out and hit a home run of his own in the 7th. Scoring Blackmon and himself to give the Rockies a 8-3 lead.

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Tulo runs the base’s as the fans cheer after his 7th inning home run. For those keeping track this is Tulo’s 24th home run of the season.
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In the 9th inning we started heading out to the Pavilion’s so we could head down to the field for the post game fire works. Here is a photo of Manny Corpas pitching in the inning.  he was the Rockies 4th pitcher of the game Chacin pitched 6 full innings. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits he did not strike out a batter and walked 5. beside the number he worked well and got out of inning, plus he hit a home run so that erased the runs allowed to give the Rockies a chance for the win. Mitchell Boggs, Matt Belilse and Manny all pitched 1 inning a piece.

The Rockies did get a 9th and final run in the 8th inning and won this game 9-4. The D’backs scored the 4th run in the 9th.

So after the game thanks to Geoff I was able to head down and watch the fireworks from the field.

I went down to the field and watched the fireworks with E2themnfnB, Tara and Rachel or as I called them me on field fireworks runnin’ crew!!!

Here are 2 photos of the fireworks.

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This was the first photo I took and one of the best of the night!

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That is it for this fireworks packed night at Coors.

This was fan appreciation night fireworks night and I would like to thank the reader and everyone who has followed me and made this blog a success for the last 3 seasons. Thanks for making my blog what it is with out many people this could not happen.

Thanks for being a part of it. Not sure if I have mentioned it but the Rox Addict Blog was 29th for the month of August on MLB Blogs. This was the highest I have ever made on the list!

Thanks again See You at Coors!

Rockies fall and I get 4 baseballs!

9-3-2013

L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

So with this being the first game since the August 31st game you can guess that 1 of the 2 games I missed was the game on Sept. 1 where Todd Helton hit his 2500th hit. I had to work that day and could not be at Coors, I did make it home to see it on T.V. it was kind of depressing that I put so much time into being at Coors and I missed a very important game. Now the Rockies did win that game against the Reds 7-4. The second game I missed was the Rockies 10-8 lose in-game one of this series against the L.A. Dodgers. These were the first Rockies home games I had missed in well over a year and the first time I missed 2 home games in a row in a while. Now the only time I miss home games is when I am on my road trip, but don’t miss many when I am in town. So that is a total of 9 home games I missed this year. 7 when I was on my road trip.

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Today I had the best day of Batting Practice I have ever had. It was the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in one BP. The first was a roller of the Rockies. As I got that ball I noticed an Easter egg sitting behind one of the brackets for the seats in the Pavilions. So in the first few minutes I had 2 baseballs. The next was a catch during the Dodgers BP. The 4th came also during the Dodgers BP and it was a second catch. To get that one I ducked under the rail between sections (since I learned jumping over it is not the best option a few weeks ago)! and caught the ball for the 4th of the day. As I mentioned earlier this is the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in a single MLB BP, but it is the 1st time I kept all 4 baseballs. Since the last time someone was bitching that I got the ball that should have been theirs. See post from June 14, 2013 game: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/06/16/milestone-day-in-bp-and-the-rockies-let-this-one-get-away/

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Carl Crawford started the game with a single off him. Nick Punto also got a single so 2 hits in a row that was twice as many as his last game in 7 innings in the first 2 batters! He did manage to get out of the inning not allowing any runs.

The second inning of the game was not as good for him he faced 8 batters. Andre Either started the inning with a double, mark Ellis than walked and Skip Schumaker hit a single all 3 did score in the inning and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.

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Andre Either sliding into home after a Tim Federowicz sac fly to center.

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Ricky Nolasco was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He only allowed 2 Rockies runners in the first 4 innings of the game. One was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 1st and a walk to Dexter Fowler in the 3rd.

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Charlie Blackmon making contact in the 3rd inning but he flew out to right for the first out of that inning.

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Carl Crawford 4th run of the game in the 5th inning on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly to center also. (4-0) Dodgers

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Charlie Blackmon tried to get a 2 out rally going in the 5th with this double.

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He scored on a Jhoulys Chacin single to give the Rockies their first run of the game. (4-1)

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In a double switch in the 8th inning Carlos Gonzalez replaced Charlie Blackmon in left as Josh Outman came into pitch. Jhoulys Chacin pitched a full 7 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, striking out 3 and walking 2. He also threw a 106 pitches. Not his best outing but besides the 3 run 2nd he pitched well and the Rockies stayed in the game coming with in 1 run.

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Paco Rodriguez pitching for the Dodgers in the 8th inning. He has a really interesting delivery, his left hand almost stays in the spot it is in for this photo for more than a second while the rest of his body continues in the pitching motion. It was interesting to see this very unique wind up for a pitcher. He was the Dodgers 3rd pitcher of the game Nolasco pitched 6 and Jay Howell pitched the 7th. Nolasco struck out 5 Rockies batters and held them to 5 hits and the 2 runs.

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Josh Rutledge pinch hit in the 8th for the Rockies and lead off with a solo homerun. (4-3) Dodgers

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Rex Brothers came into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th and things did not go so well for him, The Dodgers picked up an additional 3 runs in the inning.

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Andre Either walked after the runners on first and second moved up on a wild pitch to load the base’s.

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With the base’s loaded Mark Ellis hit a ball to deep left-center.

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which was fielded by Charlie Culberson and went over his head. He came in the inning to play left since Gonzalez still can’t bat due to his finger injury.

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Now people thought it may have been better for Dexter Fowler to field it from center than Charlie from left but I really can’t say because I was looking through the camera, but if you look at the first photo Dex was not even in the frame close to the play. he may have slowed up because he was called off. I can not say which way it should have been played but I do know it cost the Rockies 3 runs. (7-3) Dodgers

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Mark Ellis at second after his 3 RBI hit to left-center.

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Rex Brothers was taken out of the game after the Ellis hit and Rob Scahill came into pitch and got the last out of the inning getting Schumaker to ground out to first.

The Rockies would try to get a rally going in the 9th with 1 out Wilin Rosario hit a single and advanced on offense indifference and advanced to third on a wild pitch to Todd Helton by Ronnie Belasario. Rosario did score when Helton grounded out for the 2nd out of the inning. (7-4) Dodgers

Nolan Arenado hit a single and advanced to second by stealing. Corey Dickerson pinched hit in the 9th and struck out to end the game. 7-4 was the final for this game with the Dodgers winning.

So that is it for this one from Coors. I have one more from this series that I hope I can get to before the Rockies get off the road. Have been very busy on the Rockies away weeks. Thanks for checking out the post for those who don’t know I was 29th in the MLB Blogs standings for the month of August and I owe that to everyone who checks out the blog regularly. Thanks again!

Chacin dominates the Giants!

8-28-2013

Giants vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series.

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Today got to the game late and missed most of Batting Practice.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He totally dominated the Giants in this game he sat down 6 straight batters in the first 2 inning including 4 strike outs.

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Madison Bumgarner was the starting pitcher for the Giants. he started the game by striking out the Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon.

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D.J. LeMahieu reached base on an error by Brandon Belt at first.

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The Rockies would get the board in the 2nd. Wilin Rosario lead off with a single and he scored on a Nolan Arenado double, it was Arenado’s 24 of the season.

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Wilin Rosario scoring the Rockies first run of the game.

The Giants would get a runner on base in the 3rd. it was Brandon Crawford on an error by Troy Tulowitzki. They would get 2 more runners on in the 4th inning. Brandon Belt  walked to lead off the innings. Buster Posey would reach on an error by Tulo, his second of the game. Belt would advance to third. Belt would score when Hunter Pence hit into a double play getting Posey out at second and himself at first. The game was tied at 1.

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Chacin pitching in the 4th inning to Hunter Pence with Posey on first and Belt on third before the double play.

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Tulo turning the double play at second.

In the 6th inning people started noticing that something special was happening her at Coors despite the run and the 4 base runners Chacin had not allowed a hit in this game.

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Here he is pitching his 70th pitch of the game to Marco Scutaro. Scutaro was the second batter of the inning a Gregor Blanco lead-off with a fly out to center field.

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Buster Posey struck out to end the inning and The No-No was still intact. It was interesting to watch the crowd starting to get into the game as they were realizing what was happening. We actually started talking about the No Hitter in the second jokingly and now it was the end of the 6th inning.

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Posey walking off after the strike out.

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Jhoulys Chacin walking back into the dugout after the 6th inning.

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Madison Bumgarner walking off the field after being removed from the game by Bruce Bochy.

He pitched 5.1 innings giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, walking 1 striking out 6.

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Yorvit Torrealba running to second as Nolan Arenado runs third.

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The double scored Tulo and Rosario to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.

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Torrealba celebrates the double at second.

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Really Like these 2 shots. He just show so much enthusiasm when he makes the big plays.

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Jean Machi pitching for the Giants after Bumgarner was taken out of the game.

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Jhouys Chacin contributed with a RBI on a force out at second to get Culberson out at second and Chacin beat the double play at first Arenado scored and Yorvit moved to third. (5-1) Rox

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Chacin pitching in the 7th inning.

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With 2 outs Brandon Crawford got the first hit of the game a bloop to shallow center to break up the No, No. It was great to be able to see this game. Chacin pitch unbelievable and is really starting to show how good of a pitcher he is and what he could accomplish in the future.

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Chacin pitched a complete 7 innings, he only gave up the 1 run to Crawford and 1 run in the 4th because of the errors. He struck out 9 and walked only 1. Wilton Lopez came into pitch in the 8th, Who pitched to 3 batters getting 1 out and giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Josh Outman came in to pitch to Brandon Belt who hit a ground rule double scoring Gregor Blanco. That was 1 of the runs that Lopez was responsible for. Matt Belisle Came in and faced 3 batter giving up a single to Hunter Pence scoring Belt for the 3rd Giants run of the inning. (5-4) Rox

Rex brothers show above came in to the game in the 9th inning and struck out Joaquin Arias and Brett Pill. Arias came in for Crawford and Pill for Roger Kieschnick.

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Hector Sanchez grounded out to second to end the game and The Rockies would get the win and win the series against the struggling Giants 5-4. What an incredible game for Chacin and the Rockies it was nice to have some excitement on the pitchers side of the game usually it is cheering for a lot of offence. IMG_4427

Rex Brothers and Yorvit with a big hug after the win and Rex’s 14th save of the season.

That is it for this one.

The Rockies take on the Reds this weekend and I miss an Important game. Check out the excitement in the next few post’s.

See You at Coors!

Dex and Dickerson on fire and D.J. turns it up against the Padres!

8-12-2013

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1 of series.

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Today I missed batting practice got to a late start and got to the stadium a bit late. There was still about 5 or 10 minutes left but not very productive since the Padres were not hitting.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for this game Will Venerable lead off for the Padres.

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Hit a lead off double. here he is after sliding into second.

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The next batter Chris Denorfia walked then Chase Headley  hit the ball to Todd Helton who threw to Troy Tulowitzki who was covering second, they did not get the double play just Denorfia at second.

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They did get the Double play when Yonder Alonso hit the ball to D.J. LeMahieu at second. Venable would not score in the inning.

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Edison Volquez was the starting pitcher for the Padres the Rockies immediately got things going against them. Dexter Fowler lead the inning with a single.

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Corey Dickerson who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rockies hit a double sending Dex to third. This was Corey’s 5th double since his call up in June.

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heading to second base.

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Troy Tulowitzki hitting the ball to fly out to center.

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Wilin Rosario hit a single that scored Dex from third and Corey Dickerson from second this gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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Wilin Rosario advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado single and Error by Will Venable.

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After another very good inning by Chacin in the second the Rockies kept the hits and runs coming. D.J. LeMahieu got the inning started with this swing for his second home run of the year to give the Rockies a 4 to 0 lead. The Rockies would get 2 more in this inning, Dex walked and Corey Dickerson would hit his second double in as many at bats/innings. This kid is just on fire and it is great to see him doing so well in the Majors. I am glad I have seen him play at almost every level of the Rockies organization and he was just as productive. A walk off in Ashville, an RBI triple in Kannapolis and a 2 run home run to break a tie in Tulsa. So just a few highlight of the few games I have seen him play in the Minors. I did also see him play in the Springs and I am sure he did just as well!

So back to the game Dickerson would than score on a hit by Tulo with a throwing error by Chase Headley at third. 6-0 Rox.

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In the 5th inning after 5 Rockies batters got on base in a row Volquez was removed from the game by Bud Black.

Todd Helton started the inning off with a single followed by an Arenado single, Charlie Blackmon reached base, but Helton was out at third on the force. Arenado scored on a Sac Fly by Jhoulys Chacin.

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Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu scored on a Dexter Fowler single 8-0 Rockies.

The Padres did get a run in the 7th inning on a Jaff Decker home run his first of his career. 8-1 Rockies

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The Umpires meet with the grounds crew in the middle of the 8th.

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The field was starting to get very saturated and puddles started forming on the infield and home plate area and the tarp was brought out. Once again we were heading into a rain delay.

The Rain delay was an hour and 3 minutes in length after about 40 minutes into it the grounds crew headed out and took off the tarp and started repairing the field with diamond dry. So I got some photos of the process out of boredom.

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After the field was fixed it was time to start the game again the came out like it was a new game.

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Colt Hynes was the pitcher for the 8th inning for the Padres.

Corey Dickerson started the inning with a walk, followed by a Jonny Herrera single. Herrera came in at short for Tulo after the rain delay.

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The runs started coming on this Wilin Rosario hit scoring Dickerson 9-1 Rockies.

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Corey Dickerson crossing the plate for the first run of the inning.

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Charlie Culbertson hit a single scoring Jonny Herrera from second.

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The ball passes the infield as Rosario runs to second and Herrera makes the turn at third on the Culbertson single. (10-1) Rockies

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Nolan Arenado hits his 8th inning single scoring Rosario

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Wilin crossing the plate for the Rockies 11th run of the game and a 10 run lead. (11-1) Rockies

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Chad Bettis came into pinch hit for Chacin’s spot in inning.

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 He reached on a missed catch by yonder Alfonso at first loading the bases. The next 2 runs would score on a Dexter Fowler double he would be out at third on the play and Dickerson popped out to end the inning in all the Rockies hit 6 single, 1 double and 1 walk in the inning for 6 runs.

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Jeff Francis came in from the bullpen for the Rockies in the 9th. Faced 4 batters.

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Getting Chase Headley to fly out to right and Alonso to ground out to LeMahieu who switched to first base. Things got shaky for Francis with the next batter Jedd Gyorko who hit a solo shot to right for the Padres 2nd run of the game 14-2 Rockies.

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The last out was a grounder to Herrera at short hit by Logan Forsythe to end the game.

The Rockies won this first one against the Padres and the 4th win of this home stand which has been great for the fans. It may be a little late but it is nice to see them not give up and keep playing well. it has not always been too easy to watch this team but games like this make it worth it. The best part is the rookies and younger guys being so productive in these games D.J. LeMahieu has been playing incredibly in the field and with the bat, he was 3 for 4 this game with a home run and a double. He also walked in the 5th. Corey Dickerson has been a great addition since his call up from the Springs which I talked about earlier this game he reached base 4 out of his 6 at bats with 2 doubles. Can’t forget about Dexter Fowler this game with 4 RBI’s 3 hits and 2 walks getting on base every at bat and scoring 2 times.

That is it for this one.

Catching up on games for this series.

See you at Coors.

Who needs a title this home stand took a while!

7-28-2013

Brewers vs. Rockies

Game 3.

My 50th Game at Coors this Year. 63rd including Road Trip and The Springs. I believe this is the correct #’s seems like I always miss a game somewhere when counting think I totally got it!

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Another fun Sunday at Coors said slightly sarcastically by the blogger who hates amateur days at the stadium. As usual it was a bobble head day and also autograph Sunday which the combination of the 2 is just horrible which I have mentioned before. I will repeat what I have said before about having to get to Coors at the same time on bobble head Sundays with a 2 PM game as we use to for the 1 PM games last year, because of parking and the demand for bobble heads. thrown in the mix is the usual autograph Sunday which become a cluster because the signs and lines are not set up when gates are opened or who the signers may be. Today it was announced that the signers were Charlie Blackmon, Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers and TBA. So when we got in the signs were not posted for the line for who is where. So I got into the 4th line hoping that the TBA would be there and someone I would need. So for the 40 minutes that we had to wait in line the TBA was announced and it was to be Wilin Rosario he was going to be in the first line which was already very long Rex Brothers was the second line, Adam Ottavino would third and Charlie Blackmon would be the 4th. So I did not have anything for Charlie, but stayed in his line anyway and had him sign a 8X10 of the same photo that I have the 16×20 of that I am using for my team project. I was unable to get anyone else so I just waited around. In another twist the first lined ended up being D.J. LeMahieu. Thankfully that was the last Sunday with a Bobble head and it will return to normal autograph Sunday set up for the remaining Sundays. Not to forget the bobble head today was Ellis Burks.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he immediately got to work striking out Rickie Weeks. Norichika Aoki grounded out and Jonathan Lucroy flew out to left field. he got the inning over quick and with just 11 pitches.

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Donovan Hand started for the Brewers. After getting Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson out Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot to get the Rockies on the board. now this is a good time to hit a solo home run, early in a game to get your team on the board!

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Tulo watches as the ball heads to left field. (1-0) Rockies.

The Brewers than proceeded to score a run in the 2nd third and 4th. (3-1) Brewers.

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This guy had a pretty good seat for the game!

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Yes you see this correctly that is Todd Helton making the turn at second for a triple in the 4th inning!

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Todd at third base. This was his first this year and only the third in the last 5 years, he did also have 1 last year! In his career he has a total of 37 and had 3 seasons with 5 that being a career high for a season. The 5 Triples came in 1999, 2003 and 2006.

The Rockies or the Brewers scored again till the 6th inning. The Rockies picked up 2 runs in the 6th.

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Corey Dickerson hit his first MLB home run to lead off the inning and 2 batters later Michael Cuddyer hit a solo shot to tie the game at 3. The Rockies would regain the lead on a third solo home run in the 7th inning. That one was hit by Dexter Fowler and gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.

In the Brewers half of the 8th the brewers would once again get the lead with 2 runs in the inning. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a home run with Carlos Gomez on third, he reached third after hitting a double and stealing the base the Brewers now had a 5-4 lead.

Matt Belilse came into pitch for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Chacin pitched 7 giving up the 3 runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. He gave up 8 hits walked 1 and struck out 4.

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Cuddyer hitting a double in the 8th inning. Scoring Tulo who lead off the inning with a double to once again tie the game.

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The Cuddy hustle down the first base line.

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Tulo rounding third and heading for home.

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Cuddy taking out short stop Jeff Bianchi as the ball goes past second base.

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Tulo stepping on home to tie the game at 5.

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Bianchi gear looked like a garage sale,(Snowboard/Ski term for losing your Sh!t on a fall) yes that is his glove about 10 feet behind second.

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John Axford started the 8th inning for the brewers, here’s a hint he did not finish it!

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Cuddy stealing third base.

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Here he is scoring after a Arenado single. This gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead.

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Khris Davis pinch hit in the 9th for the Brewers,

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he lined out to Cuddy in right.

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Rickie Weeks gets a piece of this Rex Brothers fast ball.

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Weeks running for first.

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The ball was hit back to Brothers and he made a throw to Helton at first.

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He threw the ball high and Helton made a great save pulling this one out of air.

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But did not land back on the base in time and Weeks got a single. I think when Helton landed he did not hit the bag.

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Aoki ended the game with a fly ball to Dexter Fowler.

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The Rockies would win this game 6-5 and the series 2-1 and go 5 and 5 this home stand. They really needed wins this home stand. Playing against the Cubs, Miami and the Brewers. The should have won at least to or even 3 more games against these teams. They are 3 of the 4 worst teams in the National League.

Well that is it for this one, It was a win before they hit the road. I finally caught up and they return from the road trip against the Pirates on Friday.

See you at Coors.

Thought I was gonna get some games in at the Spring and Grand Junction this week, but looks like it is not happening. Guess I got to get some hiking and me time in before they return home!

Fish put more across the dish!

7-23-2013
Marlins vs. Rockies

Game 2.

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This was the second game of the 4 game series against the Miami Marlins.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starter for the Rockies. The game started with a line out to D.J. LeMahieu at second.

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The Marlins call up  Christian Yelich swung at the second pitch he saw in his MLB career and hit his first MLB hit. A single to right field. He was the only base runner in the first inning for the Marlins.

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Jose Fernandez was the starting pitcher for the Marlins. He walked Dexter Fowler to start the inning, but only face 3 batters Dex did get caught stealing second D.J. LeMahieu flew out and Carlos Gonzalez struck out.

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Dex getting back to first after LeMahieu flew out to right field.

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Tulo making an out in the 2nd inning.

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Todd Helton taking a big swing in the 2nd inning for a solo home run and give the Rockies a 1 run lead.

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Todd watching the ball head out over the right field wall.

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Jonny Herrera put on the catchers helmet to warm up Jhoulys Chacin between the 2nd and 3rd inning.

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Adeiny Hechavarria hit a lin drive back to Chacin which hit him in the leg and was fielded by Nolan Arenado for the Marlins second hit of the game. Chacin pitched very well in the 2nd inning and gave up this hit an a second to Christian Yelich once again, for his second MLB hit. It was also Yelich’s first RBI, when Hechavarria scored to tie the game at 1.

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LeMahieu hitting a lead of single in the 4th inning.

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Michael Cuddyer at bat in the 4th inning he struck out for the third out of the inning. This was one of those I just like the photo so put it in the post.

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Arenado throws to first for a double play attempt. Jose Fernandez hit a ball back to Jhoulys Chacin who threw to Arenado and then Arenado threw to first being covered by D.J. LeMahieu.

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Fernandez was safe at first. The Marlins took a 3-1 lead in the 5th inning scoring 2. Hechavarria double scored Jeff Mathis and Yelich got his third hit and second RBI of the game and his Career. Not a bad debut!

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D.J. LeMahieu came out fighting in the 6th inning with his lead off triple. While everyone else seems to be slumping he has been a hitting this home stand. he is batting .390 to this point with this triple and 2 doubles in the July 19th lose against the Cubs.

The Marlins scored a 4th run in the 8th inning on a Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton solo home run. Guy has to hit one when he is here!!! The home run came off of Josh Outman who came into pitch the inning he faced 3 batters in the inning before Edgmer Escolona came into the game and face one batter to get the Rockies out of the inning on a double play hit by Ed Lucas.

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The Marlins closer Steve Cishek came into pitch for the Marlins in the 9th inning he was the Marlins third pitcher of the game. Fernandez pitched 7 giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 8 of the Rockies batters. The Marlins second pitcher Mike Dunn pitched the 8th striking out Fowler and LeMahieu.

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Cargo walked in the 9th and then stole second.

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Troy Tulowitzki strikes out looking for the first out of the inning. this was his 3rd strike out of the game.

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Michael Cuddyer gave a shot at trying to score Cargo but was unsuccessful in his attempt when he grounded out to first.

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Cuddy out at first.

Helton would pop out to the Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco to end the inning.

The Rockies would lose their second game of this series and the third of the home stand.

That’s it for this one got a bunch more from this series and home stand.

See You at Coors.