Reds vs. Rockies
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.
The first speaker was Brad Hawpe.
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.
Todd and his youngest daughter Gentry Grace look on as the second speaker Matt Belilse speaks.
He spoke about how Todd helped him as a pitcher.
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!
I am keeping this brief because I know many have seen the speeches on T.V. or online.
The Montfort’s then presented Todd with a plaque of the 17, a replica of the one that is now hanging in the stadium.
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.
Todd than threw out the first pitch to former teammate Brad Hawpe.
Here they are after the pitch.
Todd gives a wave to the crowd.
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!
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.
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.
Stubbs’ double was followed with a Corey Dickerson double that scored Stubbs and gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
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.
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.
Blackmon came up in the 2nd inning with 2 outs and hit a solo home run and the Rockies had a 3-0 lead.
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.
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.
Heisey and Hamilton both scored on a Zach Cozart single. This gave the Reds a 4-3 lead.
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.
Franklin Morales put down a bunt with Charlie Culberson on first. Culberson was forced out at second but Morales was safe at 1st.
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.
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.
With bases loaded Josh Rutledge came up an hit a sac fly to center that scored Cuddy from 3rd.
The run brought the Rockies within 1 run of the Reds still lead 6-5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
… and got the bucket!!!!
The Rockies won this game 10-9.
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.
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.
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)!
Brandon Barnes hit a lead off solo homer to get the Rockies on the board and tie the game at 1.
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.
When Flande was removed from the game Brookes Brown came in and pitched to the next 2 batters getting both batters out.
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.
The Rockies got thing going in the 7th Blackmon started the inning with a walk when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Rutledge hit a single and Dickerson followed up with a single scouring Blackmon for the Rockies first run of the inning.
After the run the Reds still had a 5-3 lead.
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.
Dickerson watches the ball after being out at third and coaches Cuddy who was coming down the line.
Cuddy sliding into home to tie the game!
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.
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!
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.
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. with a 1-1 count he hit a Manny Parra slider to left field.
He made the turn at 1st as the ball was still in the outfield.
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.
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.
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.
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.
it was time for the post season interview and the second bucket dump of the day!
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.
Dodgers vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
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.
The Rockies scored in the second inning on this Mike McKenry single to score Troy Tulowitzki who lead the inning off with a single.
Troy Tulowitzki scoring the Rockies run in the 1t inning.
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.
The Rockies scored 2 in the 5th inning. The Above picture McKenry is on third and Wheeler on first.
A Josh Rutledge single scored McKenry and Wheeler scored on a Charlie Blackmon single to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
Ryan Wheeler dives into third after the Rutledge single.
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.
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.
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.
Hanley Ramirez argues a strike 3 call in the 9th inning.
Morales pitching in the 9th he came in to the game after Ottavino walked Puig.
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.
Here he is running to second.
Morneau scores as the dugout starts to clear.
The players caught up with Barnes in the infield and the celebration began.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Alex Gordon’s gold glove from 2012 he has 2 Gold Gloves.
In a display with give always from games, they had a t-shirt replicating the pine tar marks on George Brett’s jersey.
The Statue of Liberty from the all start game in NY in 2008.
They also had a MLB Hall of Fame area this is a Roger Hornsby Cleat. They also had Christy Mathews and Casey Stengel hat. Ty Cobb Jersey, a George Brett jersey and other bats, jerseys and cleats from many different H.O.F inductees.
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.
This is a display of Just Gold Gloves won by former Royals second baseman Frank White.
This was a big display in the #5 in baseballs and had George Brett’s bat and the ball from his 3000th hit.
The Royals 1985 World Series Trophy
After the Hall of Fame we walked the concourse checked out the statues the have. This was a Frank white statue.
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
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.
What was really cool is that it was a 20th anniversary ball that the Rockies used for games last year.
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.
The Rockies went down in order in the 2nd.
Salvador Perez hit a lead off single in the top of the second.
With bases loaded Mike Moustakas came to bat and hit double clearing the bases scoring Perez, Johny Giovotella and Lorenzo Cain.
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.
Tulo complaining about a called strike 3 in the 4th inning.
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.
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.After the Stubbs home run Vargas was removed and Louis Coleman came into pitch for the Royals.
McKenry takes a big swing breaking his bat during a 7th inning at bat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red Sox vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.
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.
Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s
This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.
Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem
One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.
Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!
The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”
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.
Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.
He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.
For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.
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.
Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.
David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.
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.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.
With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.
on the third pitch of the at bat….
….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.
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.
Taking the turn at second after his home run.
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
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.
Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.
That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.
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.
The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.
From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.
Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.
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.
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.
Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.
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.
Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.
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!
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.
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.
They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.
Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.
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.
Here is most of the team when they were in left field.
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.
He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This was the first photo I took and one of the best of the night!
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!
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.
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/
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.
Andre Either sliding into home after a Tim Federowicz sac fly to center.
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.
Charlie Blackmon making contact in the 3rd inning but he flew out to right for the first out of that inning.
Carl Crawford 4th run of the game in the 5th inning on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly to center also. (4-0) Dodgers
Charlie Blackmon tried to get a 2 out rally going in the 5th with this double.
He scored on a Jhoulys Chacin single to give the Rockies their first run of the game. (4-1)
D.J. LeMahieu slides into third for a triple to lead off the 6th inning for the Rockies. He scored when Troy Tulowitzki grounded out to short. (4-2) Dodgers. This brought the Rockies back into the game only 2 runs down.
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.
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.
Josh Rutledge pinch hit in the 8th for the Rockies and lead off with a solo homerun. (4-3) Dodgers
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.
Andre Either walked after the runners on first and second moved up on a wild pitch to load the base’s.
With the base’s loaded Mark Ellis hit a ball to deep left-center.
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.
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
Mark Ellis at second after his 3 RBI hit to left-center.
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!
Giants vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
Today got to the game late and missed most of Batting Practice.
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.
Madison Bumgarner was the starting pitcher for the Giants. he started the game by striking out the Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon.
D.J. LeMahieu reached base on an error by Brandon Belt at first.
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.
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.
Chacin pitching in the 4th inning to Hunter Pence with Posey on first and Belt on third before the double play.
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.
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.
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.
Posey walking off after the strike out.
Jhoulys Chacin walking back into the dugout after the 6th inning.
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.
Yorvit Torrealba running to second as Nolan Arenado runs third.
The double scored Tulo and Rosario to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Torrealba celebrates the double at second.
Really Like these 2 shots. He just show so much enthusiasm when he makes the big plays.
Jean Machi pitching for the Giants after Bumgarner was taken out of the game.
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
Chacin pitching in the 7th inning.
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.
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.
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.
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!