Dodgers vs. Rockies
Got a tele converter figured I would try something different! The Tele doubles the lens size = Closure to the action!
Here is one of my favorites from before the game. As Wilin Rosario and Jon Garland were heading in from the bull pen.
Jon Garland throwing first pitch to Mark Ellis. He got all three batters to ground out for the first inning and the second. Things looked to be turning round for him since some really bad starts recently.
D.J. LeMahieu throwing to Jordan Pacheco at First for the final out in the first out.
Clayton Kershaw was the starter for the Dodgers. Eric Young Jr. led the game by being walked by Kershaw.
Eric Young Jr. at first base. He would get out at second in the inning when Dexter Fowler hit line drive to short and EYJ did not get back to first.
Nolan Arenado makes a throw to first to get Ramon Hernandez out at first in the 2nd inning.
Skip Shumaker tosses the bat after making contact and it was fielded by D.J. LeMahieu who threw to first for the out and the end of the 2nd inning.
Jon Garland got roughed up in the 3rd after a good 1st and 2nd inning. He started the inning by hitting Jose Cruz which was followed by a Juan Uribe double. Uribe scored on a Mark Ellis single, Ellis would also score on a Adrian Gonzalez single. Ramon Hernandez ended the inning by hitting a double play.
Cruz not so smoothly sliding into home for the dodgers first run in the 3rd inning. The Dodgers score 2 runs in the 4th inning as well Scott Van Slyke started the 4th with a double and would later score the first run of the inning. Juan Uribe scored also. (5-0) Dodgers
Dexter Fowler getting things started in the 4th for the Rockies with a 1 out single. Dex and Tulo both scored in the inning. (5-2)Dodgers
Yorvit Torrealba not happy with a pop out in the 6th inning to short when he pinched hit for Garland.
It was another great sunset night at Coors this is a look from the lower concourse. I than headed up to the third level.
EYJ making contact in the 7th inning. Chipped up the bat a little bit. He did ground out to short to end that inning.
In the 8th inning Tulo would get a single on this pitch in the 8th inning with Dex on base, Dex moved to third on the hit and would score a few batters later when Wilin Rosario would hit into a double play.
Clayton Kershaw was taken out after the Tulo single.
Kenley Jansen would come into the game. Kershaw threw 100 pitches, allowed 3 run on 8 hits striking out 5 and walking 2. Jon Garland pitched 5 for the Rockie giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, striking out 1 and walking 3.
Yorvit walking of after Adrian Gonzalez struck out in the 8th. the Rockies got a run in the 8th Dex would lead off again with a single and score. (5-3) Dodgers. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th for the Rockies and pitched well. only facing 3 batters and struck out Uribe.
It was defiantly a watch and admire home run as hit was hit to the second deck in right.
Todd runs to first after hitting the homerun. and the BNW to show off the mad photo skillz.
Todd high fives D.J. who was on base when Todd hit the home run.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th for the Rockies and it was not his best appearance. He faced 6 batters and the Dodgers scored 2 runs.
Carl Crawford came into the game to pinch run for Ramon Hernandez who lead off the inning with a single. Crawford would be the Dodgers first run of the inning.
The Final score was 7-5 as the Rockies slide continues that is the 4th lose this week to a team with a bad record. They are now 28-27 this season and are 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the west and in 3rd place 1 behind the Giants.
Well that is it for this rollercoaster of a game there are 2 more left in this series a Saturday day. It is also photo day which is always a good time.
See You at Coors.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 23rd game of the season at Coors.
O.K this is going to be my shortest post ever!!! I only took 97 photos all night.
There were not many Highlights.
This photo not even from this game I took it from the last time the Diamondbacks were here!
John Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Diamondbacks went down in order in the 1st.
Patrick Corbin started and well lets just put it this way and finished the game for the Diamondbacks in an amazing pitching performance. He sat the Rockies down in order not only in the 1st, but the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th! The first Rockies runner was their own pitcher Jon Garland in the 3rd inning he reached on a fielders error at second baseman Martin Prado. The Rockies first hit was in the 4th inning when Troy Tulowitzki hit a single. The Diamondbacks got 5 runs in the game 1 in the 2nd when Eric Chavez started the inning with a triple and scored on a Miguel Montaro force play at second getting Jason Kubel out at second and Chavez scored.
The Diamondbacks also scored 2 in the 2nd playing a bunch of small ball. Cobined in the inning they hit 4 singles to score the 2 runs. The third they also scored 1 run A.J. Pollock lead off with a double and scored Didi Gregorius on a double. Their fifth and final run was scored in the 6th again with a small ball inning 2 singles and 1 run.
This is a photo of Corbin throwing only his 88th pitch in the 8th inning. In the game he only gave up one run in the 8th inning. Nolan Arenado started the inning with a double with 1 out. Jordan Pacheco who pinch hit for the pitchers than hit a double and Arenado scored.
Troy Tulowitzki batting in the 9th and took this pitch for a ball. This was just one of the few at bats I photographed the whole game.
He than grounded out to Didi Gregourios to end the game. it was a complete game shut out for Corbin. He is now 7-0 on the year with 9 starts he has a 1.44m ERA it was really efficient with his pitch placement and got a lot of ground ball outs besides the 10 strike outs. Fly outs, pop outs and line outs only accounted for 4 outs the entire game.
The Final score was 5-1
That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the series against the Diamondbacks.
See You at Coors.
Rays vs. Rockies
My 14th game of the season.
This game started with another very lack luster batting practice. The Rockies hit a few when we first got in and that was about it. The Rays have not had the best batting practices especially for the pavilions in left field area. They hit a few over to the right field side but that is about it. I still have not got my first batting practice ball of the season.
Jon Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Desmond Jennings broke up the chance of a no hitter early with a lead off single. Garland would get the next 2 batters out and Evan Longoria would also hit a single. Jame Loney would make the third out of the inning.
Desmond Jennings dives back to first base after his single.
David Price started for the Rays and eric young Jr. quickly started things of for the Rockies. His hit was followed up by a Josh Ruthledge single. he would score on a Troy Tulowitzki single for the quick 1-0 lead.
Garland only allowed 3 base runners in the first 2 innings. The only runner was Ryan Roberts who came in to the game after garland hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch that took him out of the game. The Rays took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd. inning. The Rockies tied the game with 2 of their own in the inning once again Eric Young Jr. lead off with a single and Carlos Gonzalez was walked. troy Tulowitzki hit a very timely double to score EYJ and Cargo. It is cool to see Tulo hitting in timely situations but I would not exactly start calling him Mr. Clutch just yet.
The next run was scored in the 5th inning when Carlos Gonzalez hit a lead off solo home run for a Rockies 4-3 lead. I did not have anyphotos of that I was actually on the concourse with out my camera when he hit it. I did not take many photos till later in the game since there was not that much action from the third to the 7th inning. I did take photos but not to many great shots or anything relivant to the game till I got the following photo in the 7th inning.
Ohh Yeah there it is with base’s loaded and Nolan Arenado at the plate, his 2nd home run of his career and first Coors home run the 7th inning Grand Slam home run.
All he could do is watch as the ball heads quickly to the pavilions.
Desmond Jennings could only do the same watching the ball go over the wall. the Rockies would take a 9-3 lead.
O.K. you may be wondering how he hit a 5 run home run but he didn’t Cargo scored on a Michael Cuddyer single for the Rockies 5th run of the game.
Here he is celebrating at home plate after running the base’s.
more celebrating at home. I did not take many photos this game but I think I got one that really counted. Most player wait years or may even never hit a Grand Slam home run in there career and Nolan has done it on only his 6th game and 26th major league at bat.
I credit these hits and runs to the rally bird that landed on the infield to the third base side of the pitchers mound and remained through most of the inning including Arenado’s home run.
Nolan Arenado makes final out of the game tossing a Ben Zobrist grounder to Pacheco at first.
That was the game the Rockies won 9-3.
Rockies celebrate their win and Arenado’s monster night. I feel we will be seeing a lot of this from him.
Mark Stout interviewing Nolan Arenado after the game. Arenado was the player of the game.
That is it for this one there is one more from this series and then Mid weeks the Yankees will be here at Coors and I will be there for all 3.
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See You At Coors!
Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies
my 10th and 11th game of the season it was a split double-header.
After snow and cold temps it was time for colder temps and baseball.
This was the coldest double-header in MLB History and the first game was the Coldest first pitch in MLB history.
Yes, that is the temp right after Jeff Francis’ first pitch to Andrelton Simmons.
So for game one Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was by far not his best game. His first inning wasn’t bad beside the Juston Upton solo home run. He only faced 4 batters getting the Braves lead off batter Andrelton Simmons to pop out to Wilin Rosario and B.J. Upton to ground out to Chris Nelson at third base. Freddie Freeman flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field. He got out of the inning with 19 pitches a little high for an inning but not horrible.
Mike Minor was the starting pitcher for the Braves got all 3 Rockies he faced out in this inning. He got out of the inning throwing 8 pitches now that is really good.
In the 2nd inning he did walk lead off batter Troy Tulowitzki. He scored from third on a Wil Rosario single. He moved to third on a Michael Cuddyer double.
Michael Cuddyer running to second as Tulo runs to third.
Cuddy dives into second.
Wilin Rosario hitting his single to score Tulo from third base.
Tulo scoring the tying run (1-1)
Jordan Pacheco than hit a single to score Cuddy and for a brief moment they lead the Braves (2-1) Rox
The Braves would score 2 in the 2nd inning on a Dan Uggla home run.
Dexter Fowler tried to get things going in the 3rd inning. with a lead off triple. Josh Rutledge scored Dex to once again tie the game at 3. Cargo struck out and Tulo flew out to shallow center and Rutledge did not score there is another lost RBI and opportunity for Tulo. That is approx. 10 runs that were not scored with runner in scoring position during his at bats.
Tulo swinging at the pitch that he hit to center for the out.
Rosario grounds out to Braves third baseman Chris Johnson who through to Freddie Freeman at first to end the inning.
Rob Scahill came into pitch in the 5th inning for the Rockies. He pitched really well he got out of the inning throwing only 5 pitches in the inning. That was to the middle of the Braves line up starting with Justin Upton then getting Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson out. Scahill pitched 3 inning throwing a total of 29 pitches now that is really good pitching. He faced a total of 10 batters striking out 2 and only allowing 1 hit a single to Freeman.
Before leaving the game Francis did let up a 4th run a home run to Evan Gattis. (4-3) Rockies.
Not much happened at the rest of the game it was cold it warmed up to about 28 degrees by the end of the game.
With a 4-3 lead the Braves brought out there very affective and intense closer Cole Kimbrell. He started the inning by striking out Michael Cuddyer, Rosario hit a single, Jordan Pacheco also struck out and while Chris Nelson was batting Rosario was thrown out in a very questionable play. He was stealing second base. The question is was it a not so well executed hit and run or was it a steel attempt. This was the third out of the inning and ended the game. The Rockies lost this one and the Braves now have the best record in baseball. So it was time to empty the stadium. We had about an hour and a half to wait for the opening of the gates for the second game of this split double-header. The first game I was the only one of the our regular group to be at the game. Carlos was there for an inning or 2 and Robert was in his post in the pavilions. In total there were only about 1000 fans at this game.
The start of this game was 30 degrees.
Slightly warmer from game one but not much better.
John Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.
Julio Teheran started for the Braves.
Gonna keep this short and sweet it was cold, I did not take many photos the Rockies lost this one also. The Rockies took a 1 run lead in the 3rd the Braves answered with 3 in the 4th.
Here is Eric Young Jr. scoring that run in the 3rd.
John Garlnd got roughed up he did pitch 6 innings. Let up the 3 in the 4th 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th.
Josh Outman came in to pitch the 7th. He recently got called back up from The Springs! He was killing it in the Springs pitching in 5 games 10.2 innings with a 0.84ERA. He pitched 2 very good inning this game also striking out 3 and only pitching to 6 batters.
The Rockies went into the bottom of the 9th down 10-1. the Braves scored 4 in the top half of the inning . Josh Outman allowed got touched up in the 9th inning allowing 4 runs. Some of those were after Wilton Lopez came in to pitch, but were runners that Outman had put on base. Wilton did not get as shelled as in Sundays game but something does need to be done with his inconsistency.
The Rockies made an effort to get back into the game but were only able to get 1 run in the inning. they had a mini 2 out Rally but it was way to little to late. This was there 3rd straight home loss after starting the season with 8 consecutive wins to start the season. The final in this one was 10-2. The temp at the end of this game was 27 degrees. It was not to bad till about the 7th inning and then I got to the point of I can’t handle the cold. Despite the loss and the cold it was a fun night hangin with the crew at Coors.
Well that is it for these two games got another one to post about from the exciting Thursday day game.
This Post was brought to you by Jackson of Lodo without getting warm and eating there between games I would have never made it through the second game!!!!!
Mets vs. Rockies Game 3
My 6th game at Coors this year.
When I entered the stadium the score board temp said 25 degrees. It was 11 degrees colder than the first game of the double-header, but felt a lot warmer because the sun was out.
I thought maybe since there has been no batting practice all week they may take it even know it was a day game. Not what happened there was no batting practice. So I waited for the rest of the stadium to open and headed over to the first base side of the field figured just hang by the wall and see if I could get any autographs. Vinnie Castilla stopped and signed few but I was not ready and did not get him to sign anything. Jordan Pacheco came over and I gave him a copy of a photo I had printed from last year and he did sign a different photo I had printed.
This is the photo I gave him.
The field was warming up in the sun and the temps were still in the upper 20’s here is steam coming off the infield dirt.
Jon Garland who came into the game with a 1-0 record was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with “Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario.
Garland throwing a pitch in the 1st inning. I missed the first pitch because Tom Goodwin was in my way but after someone I was sitting with asked if he could take a step to his left he did. He was actually very fun for the 3 games as the Mets first base coach interacting and talking to the fans. He was an ex Rockie, he played for them in 2000. He played for 13 years and was with 7 teams including The Rangers, Dodgers and Cubs. He also played for the Atlantic City Surf an Independent league team in the Atlantic League the same League that the Long Island Ducks play in.
So Garland was pitching to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out on a bunt attempt back to Garland. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on a David Wright single. The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead.
Josh and Tulo could just watch as it heads to the out field. The Mets would only score the 1 run in the inning.
Jon Niese was the starting pitcher for the Mets. The Rockies would score a run also in the 1st. inning. Dexter Fowler would score the first Rockies run, after hitting a single he advanced to second on a bad pitch and would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single. Tulo came up to bat and it was time to place your bets on how he would get out with a runner on and this one was a pop out to the Mets first baseman Murphy in foul territory. So that was 3 plays in this series he did not advance or score a runner. Which could have resulted in his 20th RBI of the year, That is if all runner scored that were on base during his at bats against the Mets.
The Rockies would take a lead in the 4th inning on a Rutledge solo home run. (2-1) Rox
The Mets would tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning with this interesting play. David Wright would hit the ball back to Jon Garland who tipped the ball and Josh Rutledge got the ball threw home to try to get Murphy at the plate and threw high.
Rosario than threw it to Tulo who was at second because Wright started for second than threw to Todd Helton at first after
Wright turned around and then tossed back to Tulo. So it was a 1,4,2,6,3,6 play.
Here is Wright arguing with second base umpire Mike Dimuro.
The Rockies and Mets kept the game tie at 3 both scoring a run in the 6th inning.
The Rockies than opened the game up in the 7th. inning. it started with Jordan Pacheco leading off pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. He grounded out. Eric Young Jr. hit a single but was out on a Dexter Fowler hit to Reuben Tejada for the out at second.
With 2 outs Cargo hit a single Troy Tulowitzki walked and Rosario would hit a hit to center field scoring Dex and Cargo. Tulo would go to third. (5-3)Rox. Rosario stole second and Todd Helton would hit his 573 career double scoring Tulo and Rosario (7-3). Todd moved into 20th on the all time double’s list. Passing Ivan Rodríguez and 1 behind Charlie Gehringer the next 4 people on the list are all Hall Of Fame members including Gehringer, Wade Boggs, Cap Anson and Robin Yount. Back to the game. He and Rutledge would also score for a total of 6 Rockies runs in the inning and a 9-3 Lead.
The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. A really odd thing happened in the inning. Jordan Pacheco lead off the inning pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. When the spot in the line up came back up Reid Brignac pinch hit for Pacheco the pinch hitter. Now most of us were wondering why they pinch hit the pinch hitter. One was that since they had such a lead to just get some at bats for Brignac who has been hitting well. Two for a right on left situation since the Mets changed a few pitchers in the inning and now had a righty on the mound. so we all where not to sure what the situation is so after the game we asked a player what was the reason for the pinch hit and it was because Pacheco was sent to the bull pen after his out and no one thought about the line up turning over and he could not get back to the dugout quick enough. So they pinch hit for the pinch hitter we are working to find out if this has been done before and when it may have been done before. Any help would be appreciated
Chris Volstad would enter the game for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Jon Garland went 7 with 4 strike outs allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He now has a 3.32 ERA for the season. The Rockies only used Garland and Volstad to pitch in this game I can’t remember the last time they only used 2 pitchers in a game. This year they used 3 pitchers in two other games I think.
Chris Nelson made a great play diving to his left to get a ball hit by Collin Cowhill.
Than tossed it over to Helton on first.
It was a great play by him for the out and he is doing a really well at 3rd.
The Rockies added 2 additional runs in the 8th inning. Dexter Fowler led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season. Which puts him in 2nd in all of MLB behind Justin Upton who has 9 with the Braves. He is on the path to hit over 70 at this point all the best to him. He is really doing well and a great person.
Wilin and Volstad shake hands after the Rockies 6th home win of the season and there 11th of the season. They are 11-4 on the season and now leads the National League west by 2.5 games. I know it is early in the season but is a great feeling to have them in this spot.
Troy Tulowitzki high fives Dante.
After the game we headed over to Dex and friends at Jacksons. Which is on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Today it was more like Dex since he was by him self with the broadcasters. Usually there is a second player with him that changes from show to show.
On a side note at first pitch the temperature was 28 degrees which tie the record for coldest game ever played at Coors Field.
Well That is it for this one.
This weekend the Diamondbacks come to town and the return of Matt Reynolds and Will Nieves both for Rockies. See You at Coors!!!
Padres vs. Rockies
My 2nd game of the season!
This was a very interesting day at the ballpark. The Rockies continued to celebrate their 20th Anniversary with the 1993 Rockies players signing autographs at 3 different spots on the concourse. I did not see a single part of the game till the 4th inning, besides the little bit I saw on monitors around the stadium. I did not get my 1st pitch I was behind a wall on the pavilions for that. But with good reason I was waiting on-line for the first of the 3 spots for signing. The line I started on had Andy Ashby, Rick Mathews, David Neid and Eric Young Senior. I had everyone except David Neid sign my 1993 opening Day photo. I had Neid sign a ball that I am also having Todd Helton sign, they are the only 2 players ever to wear the #17 in Rockies history and I am pretty sure nobody else ever will.
Here are all 4 of them signing. Beside having what you had signed they had team photos of the 1993 Team. If you look at my post on the 1993 Opening day I had a photo of Alan Ashby signing over the dugout at Shea. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/04/04/1993-opening-day-at-shea/ here is a link for that post if you did not see it. Ashby is in the foreground Rick Mathews is to his right followed by David Neid and Eric Young. I also had Eric Young sign a photo of my photo of him and EYJ I took last year that he really like and I offered him one and mention that Junior did have a copy of it! I told him I would give him one if he decided he wanted one on Sunday.
Rick Mathews signing my 1993 photo.
As I was walking away from the table a woman ask if she could see the photo and I said yes and she said her husband was in it. It was David Neids wife and she introduce me to her son that was born slightly after opening day and is going to 20 years old. That really kind of put things in perspective. After we ran over to the area under the Rockpile where the second group was signing. At that table was Gerald Clarke, Mark Knudson, Armando Reynoso and Freddie Benivides. They all spoke to everyone and they all commented and really liked the photo. Gerald Clarke commented and asked me about my goatee, wanting to know how long that took. All the players thought it was cool when I mentioned that I was actually at the game at Shea.
Here are the guys signing, Left to right Freddie Benvides, Mark Knudson, Armando Reynoso and Gerald Clarke. Thanks to Garret who got me a Mark Knudson card signed and also helped get my EY photo signed. This was close to the entrance but you than had to go through a maze of ropes to actually get back to the table for auto graphs while that inning the Rockies scored their first run on a Michael Cuddyer single, Josh Rutledge scored.
I was by one of the T.V’s when that happened and here is a photo of the replay!
Gerald Clarke signing my photo. This line took the longest of the three but it was pretty much because They all spot to everyone for about 30 seconds to a minute which was cool.
we than headed over to the third and final group which was located by the B Gate and The Blue Moon. In that group was Bryn Smith, Jerry Royster, Jayhawk Owens, Bruce Ruffin and Steve Reed.
That is Bryn Smith in the corner I had him sign my 1993 photo and then asked if he could sign a 1993 team photo that they had at the table and monogram it first Rockies win. He was the first Rockies to record a win. it was on April 9th 1993 at Mile High. The others I had sign my 1993 photo.
Here is Bryn signing a team photo that they had at the table I also got one of them from Rick Mathews and Alan Ashby at the first table. They both had some pre signed ones in front of them.
Jayhawk Owens signing my 1993 photo.
That was the first 3 innings. this is the first look I had of the field the whole game and it was in the beginning of the 4th inning. I than headed over to where I sit.
This is John Garlands 43rd pitch of the game and the first I had seen so is that still considered a first pitch. The Rockies were up 1-0 heading into the inning the Padres did get a run in this inning.
Tyson Ross was the starting pitcher for the Padres.
Evereth Cabrera commits an error on this ball hit by Josh Ruthledge in the 5th inning. The Rox scored 3 in the inning 4-1.
Troy Tulowitzki crosses the plate after a Michael Cuddyer home run in the 7th.
Cuddy low fiving third base coach Stu Coles.
ohh yeah you guessed it, Just as Creepy as last year. OK so I thought of other races that would work well with other sponsors the Frontier Airlines animal race, The Kwall Paint, Paint bucket race have a Black, White and Purple bucket of paint race. Just throwing it out there!! If they do change this I want props!
I think this guy was mocking the running man!
Never a smart idea.
Nice take down!
Dump ass still put up a fight after they caught him.
Always amazed at way someone would do this.
The only cool thing about this is they bring you out through the bullpen!
Dexter Fowler slides into second after a 8th inning hit to right field.
Foot on bag ball in glove glove a 2 feet above Dex…
… there is the tag as he is standing up..
..and was called out.
The argument ensues and out comes Uncle Walt!!! Thanks for that line EB!
dex leaves field as Walt Weiss continues to argue the call. This ump was in horrible position to even make a call at second. I though they said that the umpiring would be getting better this season. Well so far less than a week in it does not seem that way.
This was Walt’s first time out to the field to argue a call.
Not much else happened and here is Tulo throwing to first for the last out of the game.
Todd Helton makes the catch and for the second day in a row at home and fourth time in a row this season the Rockies are shaking hand and hi fiving on the in field!!!
The Rockies were 4-1 on the season after this game. That is great start for a team that was not expected to do much, but this team is a lot different this year than last and we are loving it. I know it is early but things are looking good for the team. I think the change in management and coaching staff is working well. I like Jim Tracey and the others that are gone but something is just clicking this year.
here are a few photos of my autographs
The 1993 Opening Day photo.
The David Neid signed ball. I had him side panel it so there is room for the second autograph, That other #17.
Eric Young Jr. and Senior still need to get EYJ on it. Started a few projects this day!
Well that is it for this one got another one from this opening weekend series.
See you at Coors!!!
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