Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies
My 7th Coors Game of the year.
After Heading in I headed towards the pavilions for batting practice and did not get any baseballs. The Rockies had an OK BP and the Phillies was very uneventful. After I went to the wall on the first base side and was able to get Drew Stubs on my team project. Which leaves me with only 8 more guys I need on it including 2 coaches Eric Young and Blake Doyle.
Tyler Chatwood was the staring pitcher for the Rockies he pitched very well in the first he had Ben Revere ground out to start the game and then walked Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley the only player to hit a fly ball off Chatwood to the outfield the whole time he pitched. Ryan Howard also grounded out and the inning was over.
Eric Young came out for the bottom of the 1st. and did he usual high five down the line.
Jonathan Pettibone was the starter for the Phillies.
It did not take long for the Rockies to get to him once again Charlie (Chuck Naszty) Blackmon kept it Nazty with a lead off single he started the game with a .411 batting average and raised he average to .426 by the end of the game.
Drew Stubbs then hit a single, Carlos Gonzalez hit a very hard line drive to Utley at second for the first out of the inning.
After Tulo took a 14 pitch at bat and walked Justin Morneau hit a GRDB to left to score Blackmon and Stubbs for a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Chatwood Struck out both Marlon Byrd and Dominic Brown in the second followed by a ground out to Arenado at third for a very quick inning throwing only 11 pitches.
The Rockies offense stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd with a 4-0 lead and once again Blackmon hit a single and Cargo would score and then Troy Tulowitzki did what he does best hits a homer with a already big lead! It is great that we got tacos in only the second inning but we were up by 4. I would like to see him hit the 3 run homer when we are down by 2 in the 8th or 9th to give the team the lead after being behind. He always performs best when we already have the lead and rarely in the clutch when hits and runs are needed. So TYPICAL TULO!
In another quick inning Chatwood got all three Phillies batters too ground out throwing only 9 pitches. The Rox did not score in the 3rd, but Tulo hit a double to score the Rockies 8th run of the game. Once again TYPICAL TULO. Now it has always been this way with him adds runs to already big leads. He does always have the numbers but it when he gets the numbers that drives me crazy. he also hit a single in the 6th that scored the Rockies 9th run of the game so he did go 3 for 3 with a walk and 5 RBI’s but all 5 were with a lead of 4 or more.
The Phillies did get to Chatwood slightly in the 6th, after we started to notice he had a No- No going. With 2 outs in the 5th and it looking like he would have another great inning Carlos Ruiz hit a ball to Arenado at third that he either kicked or just missed with his glove and hit him for a error and only the 2nd runner for the Phillies of the game. Ruiz then scored on a Jason Nix single and the Rockies had a 9-1 lead.
Former Rocky and current Phillies Jeff Manship came into start the 7th inning for the Phillies. He was the 4th pitcher for the Phillies at this point after getting the first 2 batters Rosario and Arenado out D.J. LeMahieu hit a single and Manship was taken out of the game. D.J. would later score the 10th run of the game for the Rockies, he scored on a Blackmon single.
Blackmon went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored twice, he now has a .426 batting average 3 weeks into the season is very good with 61 at bats.
After Chatwood was taken out of the game after 7 Chad Bettis pitched the 8th and Matt Belisle came out to pitch the 9th.
Belisle would strike out Ryan Howard for the third out in the 9th to end the game. The Rockies went on to win this game 12-1
Tulo was named player of the game which I found as B.S. because of when the runs and hit came but what are you going to do. I thought Morneau or Blackmon could of been it just as well because with out them getting hits and on base in the first we would not of had the 4-0 led when Tulo came up in the 2nd. How about 5 innings of no hit baseball for Chatwood does that not count for anything in this game he held the Phillies to 2 hits and 1 run in 7 innings of pitching. Which is incredible for a Rockies pitcher at Coors since it is such a hitters ballpark( sense the sarcasm)! He pitched a great game way to go Chatty great to see you back with great stuff!!!
That is it for this one I will be at Coors all week, remember to tip your waiters and waitresses!!!!!!
See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Phillies vs. Rockies
My 39th of the year at Coors.
I came directly from work and made it to the stadium about 20 minutes before 1st pitch I heard the batting practice was really good once again!
Here is starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood heading out from the bull-pen with the starting pitcher entourage! Wilin Rosario, Pitching Coach Jim Wright and Jerry Weinstein. I take this photo almost every game I go to, but this group always has the best ones. Very animated and lively with a lot of interaction.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch to the Phillies Ben Revere. Now over this weekend I met and sat by a lot of Phillies fans and most of them have been complaining about this guy. He doesn’t hit home runs! Well he is the leadoff man. Another he is never on base well the three game I have seen him play he hit a bunch of single not to be a spoiler for my own post but he went 3 for 5 this game. Not what they were saying about him must be Coors!!!! Another did say has never hit a home run and well he still has not. I thought everyone hit home runs at Coors! Oooh wait the Phillies haven’t hit any this series yet. Yes, this is sarcasm having to do with that conversation everybody always has about Coors Field and why we hit well which I had with a Phillies fan this weekend.
Ben Rever diving back to first base after his first inning single. He did go on and steal second and advanced to third on a error and scored. I would say he did his job. It would have saved time if he just hit the home run! What does everyone think their leadoff man is like Dexter Fowler.
Carlos Gonzalez Throwing the Ryan Howard hit ball to left.
Wilin Rosario grabbing the ball and tagging out Michael Young at home.
The Phillies scored 1 run in the first and avoided a 2nd on a great throw by Cargo.
Jonathan Pettibone was the starting pitcher for the Phillies. After Josh Rutledge popped out to first for the first out of the inning the Rockies got all over Pettibone.
So the second batter of the game Jordan Pacheco hit a single.
Followed by a Cargo double.
Scoring Pacheco. Pacheco making the turn at third before scoring the Rockies first run of the game/inning.
The next batter Michael Cuddyer hit a single. Scoring Cargo. (2-1) Rox
Rosario hit a triple, here he is after sliding into third base.
Tyler Colvin than sent one Opposite field for his third home run since his return to the Rockies. (5-1) Rox
Tyco and Rosario after Tycos 2 run home run.
The Rockies were not done just yet Nolan Arenado hit a single he did get out at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single.
D.J. then stole second base.
He scored on a Tyler Chatwood single. Chatwood has to be one of the best hitting pitchers in the game currently. If he is not he has to be pretty close to it. He is batting.438 (7 for 16) with 5 RBI’s.
Chatwood advanced to third on a really bad throw showed by a really bad photo!
The ball got passed third base man Michael Young and Lemahieu scored as the ball rolled. So he did not really score on the Chatwood single it was on the bad play after it!
Here is what happened: Chatwood grounded to Ryan Howard who throw home D.J. turned back to third and Catcher Umberto Quintero over threw 3rd. D.J. scored Chatwood moved to 3rd.
The Rockies score 6 in the first with great hitting by most of the lineup in this inning. They did have 10 batters in the inning. Rutledge ended the inning lining out to second.
It was visit Rapid City Day at Coors when we arrived they gave us poster with Dante Bichette, Andre Galarraga, Todd Helton and Vinny Castillia on them, looking like Mt. Rushmore. The other side had a photo of the real Mt. Rushmore. Then they had the president from the Rapid City South Dakota State tourism there as well they were giving way trips to Rapid City.
The Phillies did pick up a run in the 2nd. On a Ben Revere single scoring Umberto Quintero from 1st. The Rockies did not score in the second (6-2) Rox
Rosario followed his first inning triple with a 3rd inning double and again doubled in the 4th. Scoring in both innings. The Rockies only scored one in the 3rd. but it got us tacos (7-2) Rox
Chatwood hit another single in the 4th once again contributing to the offence.
Chatwood beating the throw from Jimmy Rollins to Ryan Howard for the single! (10-2) Rox
The pitchers continued to contribute offensively in the 6th when Adam Ottavino got on base on an error. He ended up on second. He would remain there as Josh Rutledge struck out for the second time in this game and his fifth time not getting on base. He ended up 0 for 6 on the day. The pitchers were 3 for 3 with a sac bunt!
Ryan Howard striking out to end the game. The Rockies won this one 10-5. The Phillies got 3 runs in the 8th off Chris Volstad.
Well That is it for this one. The Rockies tie the series with the Phillies at 1 apiece. Got one more game from this series to go and It was a great one. A Phillie Phinally hits a homer.
Also looks like the first stop on my road trip will be in St. Louis!
Remember to follow me the whole trip on twitter @roxaddict.
Now with the presidents theme they made the players look like presidents. Here are the photos they had on the board during their at bats!
Here are the photos!