Phillies vs. Rockies
Game 3 of Series my 9th of the year at Coors 10th with the Springs.
Today being a Autograph Sunday we got autographs the 4 signers were D.J. LeMahieu, Rex Brothers, Tommy Kahnle and Drew Stubbs. I had all 4 on my team project already so I only had a 8×10 of Drew Stubbs to be signed. I then had Carlos and his wife help me get a Ryne Sandberg auto after seeing him outside the stadium and him not signing Friday night and not getting him Saturday when he did sign after the game. I asked if they could bring a ball down behind home plate because they had tickets that allowed them to go down on the field behind home plate. They were able to get it for me and that was awesome of them! Thanks Again!
The Ryne Sandberg signed baseball!
Before the game at the wall I also got Brandon Barnes and Josh Rutledge on my team project which only leaves me with 5 Players I need on it and 2 coaches. I also got the Opening Day photo of Charlie Blackmon after hitting his homerun photo signed and he signed it 6/6 O.D. 2014.
The Photo is in this link of Opening Day!
Thanks Tanya for the assist on the Rutty !
After the autograph it was time for the game!
Juan Nicasio started for the Rockies today. This was his 4th start of the year. He has been pitching well this season and has 2 wins and no loses. He started the game with a ground out by Ben Revere to Nolan Arenado at third. The second batter Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies on the board fast with a solo home run. Nicasio kept it together well and went on to strike out Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd. He did give up a single between the 2 strike outs to Ryan Howard.
Roberto Hernandez started for the Phillies. Charlie Blackmon struck out to start the inning. Brandon Barnes followed with a single he would later score on a Justin Morneau single to tie the game at 1.
Brandon Barnes dives back to first.
The Phillies would score 2 more in the 3rd Ryan Howard hit a home run scoring himself and Utley to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. The Rockies did fight back in the bottom of the inning and scored 3 of there own. Charlie Blackmon lead off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Brandon Barnes got on base with his second single of the game, but would be out at second on a Carlos Gonzalez hit. Barnes did a very good job of breaking up the play at second and prevented the double play.
Troy Tulowitzki had a very timely hit with a double scoring Blackmon. The Rockies then tied the game with a Morneau ground out to first scoring Cargo from third. A Nolan Arenado single scored Tulo and the Rockies had a 4-3 lead.
Arenado did get caught between first and second during Josh Rutledge’s at bat and ended the inning. The play was a 1,3,6,1,4,2,5. Just incase you were wondering how it was scored!
Nicasio got all 3 batters out in the 4th. Josh Rutledge then Lead off the 4th inning since Arenado made the last out in the 3rd.
Rutledge standing up after sliding into second. He did remain on base and did not score in the inning.
Nicasio had another good inning in the 5th. He did walk Jimmy Rollins but struck out Utley for the second time in the game to end the inning.
During Pacheco’s at bat in the 4th he tipped a ball offs Wil Nieves foot. Here is the Phillies trainer and Manager Ryne Sandberg checking him out. He did stay in the game.
Blackmon takes a pitch for a ball during his 4th inning at bat.
The Rockies scored 2 in the 5th to give them a 6-3 lead. Brandon Barnes scored on a Cargo double.
Jimmy Rollins dive back to first after his walk in the 5th.
Ryan Howard leads off the 6th with a triple here he is sliding into third. It was not exactly the prettiest slide I have ever seen!
After Marlon Byrd hit a single after the Howard triple Juan Nicasio was removed from the game. Howard did score on the Byrd single. (6-4) RoxByrd scored on a Freddie Galvis single and the Rox still had a 6-5 lead.
Rex Brothers came in after Nicasio in the 6th.
Pacheco also started the bottom of the 6th inning with a triple, but was caught between third and home on a Corey Dickerson single and then Corey was called out after a review at second because his foot came off the bag at second.
Cargo was removed from the game in the 6th after running out pop fly to end the 6th inning for the Rockies.
Boone Logan started the 7th for the Rockies.
3 more runs in the 7th for the Phillies and a 8-6 lead. Ottavino finished the 7th for the Rockies. The Rockies tied the game at 8 in the 7th with a Morneau 2 run home run. The Phillies took the lead back in the 8th with 2 runs. (10-8) Phillies
Charley Blackmon tried to get things going for the Rockies again with a solo home run to make the score 10-9. Drew Stubbs hit a double but was left on base with Tulo who walked in the inning. Tulo did reach base 5 times this game went 3 for 3 and walked 2 times. He also hit a double in the 7th. He was on base for the Morneau homer.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the 9th for the Phillies.
Here he is shaking hands with Wil Nieves after Blackmon made the last out of the game or was it!!!
The umps reviewed this one and it did stay as it was called on the field and the game was over and the Phillies won 10-9. The Rockies did take the series 2-1. This game was a real rollercoaster of great offence and bad running O.K. by Nicasio which kept the Rockies in the game and then the bullpen falling apart. And the bats trying to take back the lead and then falling short this was an exciting game with not the out come we would like but the Rockies did fight to keep them close.
Another note is that Ryan Howard almost hit for the cycle he hit a single in the first, Homer in the 3rd, triple in the 6th and did end up on 2nd in the 7thbut it was ruledo a single and an error on Barnes in right advanced him to second. Rollins was also a triple awy from one also.
The Rockies are back at .500 with a 10-10 record and are 3rd in the west 2.5 games behind the Dodgers who are in first and 1 behind the Giants.
So that is it for this one the Giants will be in town for 3 the next 3 days.
See You at Coors!
Phillies vs. Rockies
My 38th game of the year at Coors. 40th with the Springs.
Today I reached a milestone and accomplished my all time high for baseballs in a MLB stadium batting practice. It started quickly after entering the pavilions, I got one of the first balls hit out by Michael Cuddyer. A roller that fell a few rows behind me. Not long after I got a second from Wilin Rosario for #2 of the day. The Phillies started hitting and It took a while to get the first from them and it was a catch for the third ball of the day. That was also my 100 batting practice ball ever. The Phillies continued to hit well and I felt the elusive 4th ball was a very good possibility, a few went long and flew over my head another I ran up 3 rows jumped and it tipped off my glove and landed in someone’s lap behind me. Another hit a row or 2 behind me and slightly to my left facing the seats it than rolled down the Isle and I had it in my hand. Grabbed it bare handed and someone than grabbed my hand. So I said let go of me it is in my hand and the guy proceeded to keep the hold. So he let go and I had it and hit my milestone 4th ball in one BP. I have never done that before, I have got 3 a few times but was never able to get the 4th. So as I started walking away he and someone he was with started piping there mouths about how it was theirs and I should give it to the guy and it is wrong to take the ball away from someone. The whole bunch of B.S. someone spouts out of their mouths when they feel they deserve a ball because they were sitting where it rolled past them and how they deserve it not the person who gets it. Then there mouths continued the banter as I was walking away. I turn and tossed it at them try to basically knock there teeth out instead of give them the ball. It hit a row behind them and they picked it up like they just got the walk of home run in game 7 of the World Series. Enjoy the ball bitch! I do normally keep the baseballs I get I am a collector, I feel each ball is very distinct and different. Do to how I got it, markings and many other things that can distinguish each ball in my collection or the significance of it as a ball hawk. So yes I am mad that I was unable to keep such a memorial ball but whatever sometimes you have to give in to people that feel they deserve something they could not achieve on there own. Now I feel we all have the same chance of getting a ball who ever gets the ball in there glove or hand first is the out right owner of the ball and can choose what they want to do with it. Just because it bounces past you, off you or out of your glove it is not yours until you have the position of the ball. If that was the case I would of had 4 baseballs in 1 BP years ago and would of hit 100 probably the end of last year instead of the middle of this one. I do feel privileged that I have got as many baseballs that I have and some people have never gotten any, but I have honed skills the last few years to obtain BP baseballs on my own catching them, picking them up getting them on a bounce, However every one who wants a ball can get one in BP you just have to put in time and have patience and realize you may not always get one because you are there. That is it on my ball hawking rants. I will give a last piece of advice you want a ball bring a glove and be ready when it is hit by you, It is not the regulars job to give you a ball.
After BP someone who was in the section said that I was right about the ball and it was nice that I did give it up but should not have.
Now I think there was a baseball game played!!!
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this game. He had a very good 1st. inning Ben Revere grounded out and than he struck out the next 2 batters Michael Young and Domonic Brown.
Kyle Kendrick was the starting pitcher for the Phillies After getting Josh Rutledge and Jonny Herrera out Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
Cargo after crossing home plate.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 2nd inning to give them a 3-0 lead.
Josh Rutledge gave the Rockies sixth run of the game. The Rockies scored one run before his home run on a Yorvit Torrealba double that scored Tyler Colvin. The Phillies did 2 runs in the top of the 4th. (6-2) Rox
Domonic Brown flying out in the 5th inning.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th to get Tacos and a 7-2 lead.
In the 6th inning it was time to head to the upper deck for the Coors Field sunset when I was down low it looked like it was going to be really good, but it was just an OK sunset which well is still pretty good! One of the best views during a MLB game.
While I was up there things started heating up for the Phillies as the sun was going down. Nicasio started get giving up some hits which resulted in runs, 3 in the inning. Josh Outman came into finish the inning for the Rockies. (7-5) Rox
Wilton Lopez came in to pitch in the he let up 2 runs to give the Phillies the 8-7 lead. The first run came off of Outman before he was taken out of the game. Not the best performance by either of them.
Dexter Fowler came into pinch run for Wilin Rosario who pinch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th. Dexter diving back to first with his still wrapped index finger.
He did go on and steal second. To put the tying run in scoring position, unfortunately that is where he remained as Josh Rutledge flew out to end the inning. Jonathan Papelbon came into pitch in the 9th inning for the Phillies to pretty much finish off the Rockies and get the save. The Phillies used 7 pitchers in this game. All 7 Rockies runs did come from Kendrick early in the game. Once again this shows there is no safe lead at Coors field.
Freddy Gavis throws out Jonny Herrera after Jonny’s hit to him at short for the first out of the 9th. Carlos Gonzalez hit a single, Michael Cuddyer struck out and Todd Helton also grounded out to short to end the game.
Todd Helton hitting the ball for the last out of the game.
This was another game that just got a way from the Rockies after a very good start to the game. Lopez who has been improving lately went back to his shaky inconsistent pitching that he has become known for in his career.
That is it for this one thanks for dealing with the earlier rant! I just am very courteous during BP and hate that people don’t have a clue how things work out there. I have had many baseballs pass me, hit off my glove and hit me and well I lost them and that is how the ball rolls sometimes! O.K. really I will stop now!
There is 2 more against the Phillies left in this series. They turned out slightly better, check back to see the posts for those games.
Also this week I will start my 2013 road trip more details will follow. Got a few stadiums and game planned out just waiting to set a schedule. I will also be in Colorado Springs on Tuesday of next week.
See You at Coors and at a stadium near you!