Kansas City Royals vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 2 of series.
This was the second game of the series, I was at the first game of the series somehow I did not take my camera to the game and had no photos so did not do a post. The Royals did win the first game 7-4 Tyler Matzek started game 1 for the Rockies and had a pretty good outing till the 7th inning when the Rockies gave up 3 runs and K.C. too a 4-2 lead. Rex Brothers came in in the 8th and once again melted down, this time after getting 2 outs to the first 2 batters and then faced 6 more batters and let up 3 runs the Royals had a 7-2 lead. The Rockies got 2 back on a Drew Stubbs home run. James Shields started for the Royals and only gave up 2 runs and one was in the first to give the Rockies a lead in the first and the second was a Nolan Arenado homerun in the 5th.
This series I got 3 baseballs during batting practice 2 on Tuesday and 1 on Wednesday. The Tuesday game both came off of Brandon Barnes one was a bouncer that I picked up and caught the second. The third was hit by D.J. LeMahieu hit about 4 rows behind me a bounced back to me.
The second game Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies after a lead off walk to Christian Colon he struck out Omar Infante and walked the 3rd batter Billy Butler, Josh Willingham hit into a double play to end the inning.
Danny Duffy started for the Royals Josh Rutledge started the bottom of the 1st with a single and stole second he was stranded at second as the next 3 batters got out.
The Royals scored the first run of the game in the 2nd a lead off home run by Alex Gordon this gave the royal a 1-0 lead. They took a 2 -0 lead 4t after Willingham started off the inning with double and scored 2batters later on a Erik Kratz sac fly to right.
Nolan Arenado got things started the bottom of the 4th off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario sac fly to center. 2-1 Royals.
Matt McBride started his first game since being called up from Colorado Spring. He came up in the 6th inning with base’s loaded and 2 outs and was put to the big league test and I think he passed! He hit a grand slam home run and the Rockies took a 5-2 lead.
This was his 3rd career home run and 1st Grand Slam.
Here he is celebrating with the 3 runners that were on base.
With the 5-2 lead La Troy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th after a very good game by Jorge De La Rosa who pitched 8 innings Giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, he did walk 3 but also struck out three. He throw 103 pitches. It was great to see a starting pitcher come to bat for himself in the 7th inning! Not something we get to see much as Rockies fans. Hawkins got all 3 Royals out in the 9th and the Rockies won this game with the 5-2 to split this 2 game series with the Royals.
The Rockies celebrate this win.
Matt McBride gets the water bucket from teammate Charlie Blackmon.
That is it for this one. After a off day on Thursday the Rockies will have a 3 game series vs. the Miami Marlins.
See you at Coors.
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies
My 24th’ish game at Coors actually 23 and 2/3rds considering the last Giants game needs to be continued and is tied at 2 in the 6th.
This is the first game back at Coors in a week and a half. After a very poor road trip so we were looking for something good to lift the team moral being at home. They were 2-7 on the road this last trip that brought them to Atlanta, Philly and Cleveland.
Today at batting practice was not too bad for me I got 2 baseballs one that was hit by Cuddy and I got after it bounced around the concourse and a vendor picked it up and tossed it to me. The second was a Easter Egg, I was heading over by the third base dugout and as I was walking over there a good 5 to 10 minutes after the rest of the stadium opened and it was sitting in the middle of an isle. So that brings my total for the year to 10 baseballs. 8 at Coors, 2 at Kaufman. Not the best year so far for getting baseballs. Considering the amount of batting practices I have attended this season.
Today I had a different view I sat in the front row of the pavilions which I have done before but not recently.
Jorge De La Rosa was the staring pitcher for the Rockies for this game it was by far not his best start of the season he immediately started the game by walking the Diamondbacks first batter Gerardo Parra on 4 pitches. Aaron Hill followed up with a single. After a line out to Charlie Culberson at third by Martin Prado Miguel Montero popped out and Cody Ross hit into a force out getting Hill out at second it was a rough inning but he did get out of it.
Chase Anderson started for the Diamondbacks he also started the game with a walk to Charlie Blackmon. Michael Cuddyer flew out to left field and Justin Morneau would hit a ground ball that got past the infield but it looked like Blackmon thought the ball was caught by the Diamondback’s second baseman and he did not run to second, the ball then was thrown in from the outfield and he was out at second for the second out of the inning.
The out at second.
With one out in the second the D’backs got their first hit of the game a triple hit by Chris Owings that was hit to the gap between Carlos Gonzalez in left and Blackmon in center. Owings was tagged out at home on a hit by Ender Inciarte for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Culberson came up in the 2nd inning for the Rockies and hit a triple with Wilin Rosario on first.
Wilin appeared to score the Rockies first run of the game.
The call was overturned and he was called out at home it appeared that Montero tagged him before he had touched home. That was the second out of the inning. Culberson as left on base and the game was scoreless after 2.
The scoreless part remained till the 4th inning when the D’backs scored 3 on 2 solo home runs 1 by Nick Evans and Chris Owings. Ender Inciarte hit a single with no outs and would advance and score before the inning was over.
The Rockies would get their first run in the game in the 5th when D.J. LeMahieu hit a solo home run which was about a half section and 10 rows up from where I was sitting. 3-1 D’backs.
Corey Dickerson came into the game for Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th inning.
After Jorge pitched a complete 7 inning, Rex Brother came into pitch the 8th inning. He would give up 2 hits both a doubles the first to David Peralta and the second 2 batters later to Chris Owings to score Peralta. 4-1 D’backs. Chris Owings was a single short of hitting the cycle. Peralta replaced Ross in left in the 7th. Jorge gave up 7 hits and 3 runs walking 3 and had no strike outs. He threw 99 pitches. Later in the game he seemed to get things together and kept his pitch count O.K. I would have liked to see him come out and pitch the 8th. But he was replaced in the 7th offensively, but I think even if his at bat did not come up he was coming out of the game.
La Troy Hawkins pitched the 9th for the Rockies and had a very quick 1,2,3 inning but then again any 1,2,3 inning for him is very quick. He did it on 11 pitches usually that is the amount of pitchers he throws to one batter! O.k. maybe not but he does run very high pitch counts for a closer throwing 1 inning. I have seen many high 20 pitch count innings and remember a 35 pitch inning and he still got the save in that one.
Tulo throws to Justin Morneau at first to get Aaron Hill out to end the 9th.
The Rockies came up in the 9th and Tulo hit his lead off solo home run to bring the score to 4-2 D’backs Corey Dickerson would hit a single and remain on base.
The game ended with a strike out looking by D.J. LeMahieu who was not happy about the strike call and argued the strike call but the game was over and that was it. The Rockies fall for the 5th straight game and are now 28-29 1 game below .500 and 8.5 games behind the Giants and are now in 3rd place in the N.L. West.
I will be at Coors most of this home stand I know I will be late to Thursday’s game and not sure if I will bring camera to a few games. just want to travel light for a few!
I am also starting to put together my plan for the 2014 Road Trip which will be From the All-Star break till the first week in Aug. I will be hit up some of the perennial favorite spots and getting in many places I have not been before including 2 MLB parks and the New Charlotte ballpark. More info to come in the next few weeks.
See You at Coors.
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
My 18th and 19th games of the season
Due took lake of photos and time I am doing a combined post for these 2 games against the Padres.
The first was a pitching battle Between Rockies Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and the Padres and former Rockies Eric Stultz.
Jorge De La Rosa throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. Who he struck out after Evereth Cabrera ground out he would also strike out Chase Headley.
Eric Stulzs the did start to bad either he got Charlie Blackmon to ground out, Drew Stubbs struck out and Troy Tulowitzki flew out to right field.
After 3 complete hitless inning for both the Rockies and the Padres Stubbs got a ball down the 3rd base line for a double to break up the No-No for Stultz. The Padres did have 2 base runners in the 2nd Carlos Quentin walked and he got out at second on a Cameron Maybin hit ball which was a fielder choice and Maybin got on first. He would make the third out after a bad jump on a stolen base attempt and end the inning.
Stubbs making the turn at first with Eric Young giving him the O.K. to head to second.
Jorge continued to pitch very well in the 4th still facing the minimum amount of batter to this point 12 up 12 down not with out a base runner but with no hits. The Rockies put together a few hits in the 5th and Jorge got on base because of a Jedd Gyorko error scoring Jordan Pacheco from third to contribute to his cause and get the Rockies on the board 1-0. He did hurt his leg a little running out the play but was O.K. and remained in the game.
Jorge continued is reign over the Padres through 6 innings. Bud Black removed Stultz in the 7th after Blackmon hit a single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. 2-0 Rockies.
Nick Vincent came in for the Padres instead of throwing a pitch is first throw was to first base.
Yonder Alfonso missed the ball and the ball bounced around in foul territory and Blackmon advanced to second.
Denorfia broke up Jorge’s No-No in the 7th with a double. That was the only hit that Jorge would give up till a single by Todd Hundley in the 8th and he was then removed from the game by Walt Weiss.
After arguing a strike 3 call in the 8th someone missed his first half inning of the year. Nolan Arenado was tossed from the game.
LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th with a slight bit of drama Denorfia started the inning with his 2nd double of the game and only the third hit for the Padres of the game. He later scored Headley single but the Rockies still had a 3-1 lead the third run was in the 8th. tulo scored after a lead off single.
Cameron Maybin strikes out to end the game and the Rockies won 3-1. What a great game to watch if you are into great pitching and a low amount of hits which does cut down on action and photos because well how many shots can you get of the pitcher pitching!
Now the second game of the series was not as great from the pitching side of things.
Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and started with a 5-0 record for the year and has pretty much been the Rockies best starter this year. The Padres decide to prove other wise after a strike out to Denorfia he walked Cabrera and Seth Smith who started for the Padres today in right field. The second out was also a strike out this one to Headley but Alfonso hit a double scoreing both of the walk recipients and giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The first half inning was played with a pretty good rain coming down.
It cleared up in the bottom of the 1st and Robbie Erlin started the game for the Padres Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a typical Charlie Blackmon lead off a single with a head first dive into first base. He would get doubled up at second on a Stubbs hit. Then Tulo hit a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board 2-1 Padres.
Now this game I was just extremely tired and did not photograph too much only taking 65 photos all game and considering most of them were the 5 or 6 of each pitcher who started it really was not that many. The Padres continued the 2 run trend in the 2nd and 3rd inning to give themselves a 6-1 lead. Lyles only pitched 3 1/3rd innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Walking 6 striking out 3. he just did not have his stuff tonight and could not find the strike zone. This is what really baffled me because he has been such a consistent and effective pitcher at home and on the road. Patrick Saunders from the post did tweet during the game that Lyles kept looking at his fingers so I wonder if it was a bad grip due to a blister or something to that extent.
The bullpen did do a pretty good job the remainder of the game Chris Martin who pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies did give up a 2 run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quinten. But Tommy Kahnle finished the 4th and pitched the complete 5th. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th.
Bud Black removed starter Erlin in the 6th and once again went with Nick Vincent.
The Rockies did get a run in the 4th and 5th off Erlin. Stubbs lead off the 4th with a single and scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly and Justin Morneau after a lead off double scored a Pacheco single in the 5th. After 5 it was 6-3 Padres.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 6th on a Gonzalez double scoring Stubbs and Tulo to bring the game within 1 run. The Padres still had a 6-5 lead.
Remember the 2 run home run given up by Martin in the 8th well that gave the Padres a 8-5 lead and that was also the final score.
The Padres won this one and the series is split 1-1 with 1 more to go on Sunday!
That is it for these 2 I will be at Coors Sunday as well see you there Go Rockies!
Mets vs. Rockies
My 14th Coors game of the year.
Today was another bust for me at batting practice just not doing well this year what stinks is I usually do well during Mets batting practices. Before the game I bought a Corey Dickerson bat that was broken in L.A. on April 25th by a pitch thrown by the Dodgers Jamie Wright.
He was he because this is his last year as commissioner and he is doing a farewell tour of the parks. After he did a on field appearance and photo ops. He with Dick Monfort headed down the tunnel behind the dugout so a few of us headed over there and he stopped and signed.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies He gave up a lead off double to Juan Lagares who scored 2 batters later on a David Wright single. The Mets had a 1-0 lead.
Lagares’s lead off double.
Daniel Murphy’s first inning running error running to third before Jorge was in his wind up and got out at third for the first out of the inning !
Corey Dickerson making his best Cargo impersonation with this great catch to get Chris Young out in the first inning.
Zach Wheeler was the starting pitcher for the Mets. I have actually been waiting to see him pitch in person for about 2 years and this outing was not worth the wait. Charlie Blackmon lead off with a single followed by a walk by Nolan Arenado and a Tulo single.
Here is Charlis Blackmon running home on the Tulo single to tie the game at 1.
Tulo high five eric Young at first base after his RBI single. It is nice to see Tulo hitting and playing the way we have been expecting him to for the last few years.
Zack Wheeler came inside on Corey Dickerson during his 1st inning at bat. The Rockies would score 4 in the inning.
The Rockies went on and scored 2 more runs in the second and 1 in the fourth. wheeler was removed from the game after the 4th he gave up 7 hits and 7 runs. Only striking out 1 and that was Arenado to end the 4th. Jeurys Familia pitched the 5th and Ex Rockie Carlos Torres came into pitch the 6th and 7th for the Mets.
Chris Martin made his Coors debut in the 7th. the Mets did score 2 runs in the 6th. Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run home run. Rox still had a 8-3 lead.
The Rockies scored 3 in the 7th the first a lead off solo home run by Charlie Blackmon the next 2 on a series of single by Arenado, Tulo and Morneau. With his hit in the 7th Arenado has a 22 game hitting streak.
Daniel Murphy takes a swing that was hit to the pitcher tommy Kahnle.
He took it to the bag himself and that ended the game and the Rockies won 10-3 for the second win of the series.
The Rockies celebrate the win and Charlie Blackmon once again was player of the game with his 3 for 5 night with 2 RBI’s and scored 3 times.
That is it for this game and the Rockies are now 10-4 at home this year. and are 1 game behind the Giants and a half behind the Dodgers in 3rd place.
So after the game I went to the players entrance and had Keith Hernandez sign a copy of his book and also a Shea Stadium baseball so it was a very good day at the ballpark for autographs.
That is it see you at Coors.
S.F. Giants vs. Rockies
My 10th of the year at Coors
Gonna make this one short. I was debating not doing a post for this game. But well I was there and I got some photos.
This was the first time Wilin Rosario caught for Jorge De La Rosa since the Opening Day melt down in Miami.
Jorge was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he threw a lot of pitches in the 1st inning but kept the Giants from scoring. He threw 27 pitches 10 to lead off batter Angel Pagan.
Ryan Vogelsong was the pitcher for the 1st inning for the Giants! O.K. he was the starter but he was gone in the second. The Rockies scored 4 in the 1st. Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario both hit homers Arenado a solo shot and Rosario a 3 runs shot. Blackmon hit one in the second to start the inning. The Rockies had a 5-1 lead when Vogelsong left the game.
David Huff pitched the rest of the 2nd and Yusmeiro Petit 3rd through 7th. Huff came out with a leg injury after the 2nd.
The Rockies would get 2 more runs in the 3rd inning on a Corey Dickerson homer and this is D.J. LeMahieu walking into second with a double after the homer. He was left on base.
Jorge pitched 5 full innings. He gave up 5 hits 1 run, he did walk 3 and struck out 5. His pitch count was at over 100 pitches in the 5 innings. The 1 run against Jorge was a on a Posey ground out scoring David Huff who lead off the inning with a single.
Tommy Kahnle did pitch the 6th and 7th for the Rockies he struck out 3 in the 6th and the first batter Crawford in the 7th for 4 strike outs in a row and it was 5 for the Rockies going back to Michael Morse striking out against Jorge in the 5th.
He also struck out Pagan in the 7th and Pagan did not like the call he was ejected immediately and this and the next photo was after getting tossed.
Hunter Pence pulls Pagan away from home-plate Umpire John Tumpane as Bruce Bochy heads out of the dugout and Umpire Crew chief Bob Davidson heads over from first.
They say the 27th out ids the hardest and this game was no exception with Brandon Belt on third, Gregor Blanco hit back to Chad Bettis who tossed it to Justin Morneau at first.
Morneau dropped it and Belt scored and Blanco reached the 27th out was made by the next batter Hector Sanchez and the game was over and the Rockies won 8-2.
Charlis Blackmon hit his second homer of the game in the 8th and Corey Dickerson who hit a homer and was 3 for and a triple away from the cycle with 2 RBI’s.
That is it for this one.
I will be back for the next 2 against the Giants.
See You at Coors.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Arrived a little late so did not go to batting practice today. Did go down to get autographs right after gates opened and did not get any Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Culberson and Chad Bettis all signed to day I did not get any autos the only person I had a chance to get was Blackmon but did not have anything for him. The rest signed for awhile but did not make it to where I was.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies and made the game interesting kind of quick. After striking out the first 2 batters you would think he has this…. Then he walked Paul Goldschmidt followed by Martin Prado hitting a double to score Goldschmidt.
The Diamondbacks scored 1 run in the inning. Jorge also walked Mark Trumbo in the inning. He did end the inning with a strike out but he did allow the 1 run and throw 42 pitches in the inning 13 to the first 2 batters and 10 to Miguel Montero before striking him out to end the inning.
Charlie Blackmon lead off the inning with his 7th consecutive hit in this series and is now 7 for 7 at home this year.
Jorge pitching did not improve in the 2nd but he did throw less pitches (19) and the D’backs did get a second run. The implosion continued in the 3rd inning when he gave up 2 more runs and threw 18 pitches for a 3 inning total of a lot! I mean 79 pitches. Which is horrendous on Avg. most pitches get out of inning with 15 or so.
After getting it together in the 4th he only threw 13 pitches and sat the D’backs batter down in order and did not give up another run. But he was now over a 100 pitches after 4. He was removed with 1 out in the 5th after walking Goldschmidt for the second time this game. He threw 101 pitches in les than 5 innings.
The Rockies did get on the bord in the 4th with 3 runs 2 on a Michael Cuddyer home run with Carlos Gonzalez on base and the third on Nolan Arenado’s solo home run 2 batters later. (4-2) D’backs
Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th and retired the 2 batters he faced in the inning. He did continue to pitch the 6th inning and very well only giving up 1 hit to Gerrado Parra.
The Rockies did get it going again in the 5th at the plate and scored 2 to take the lead 5-4. After Kahnle batted for himself and got out, who else but Charlie Blackmon lead the charge. with a single and scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single.
D.J. would then score on a Cargo single (5-4) Rox
Most importantly Cuddy got the call right in the on deck circle!!!
Nolan Arenado added an additional run with a second homerun in the 6th. (6-4) Rox
The D’backs Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched the 7th inning. Brandon Barnes who pinched hit for the pitchers spot is on third with Charlie Blackmon on first. (I use pitched lightly considering most of his throws in the inning was to Goldschmidt at first It was close to eight throws to first in the inning) Barnes would eventually score and the Rockies lead would increase to 7-4.
The play that Barnes scored on was a ball hit deep to right by D.J. LeMahieu which looked like it was going to get out but was caught Charly Blackmon was about 1/3 of the way between 2nd and 3rd when the ball was caught and tried to beat the ball back to first, he did not quite make it back and was doubled up. Can’t complain since he was 8 for 9 in the last 2 games at this point.
Justin Morneau crossed the plate for the 8th Rockies run of the game in the 8th inning on a Arenado double. So Arenado was 3 for 4 tonight with 2 homers, a double and 3 RBI’s
LaTroy Hawkins came in for the close in the 9th.
With 2 outs A.J. Pollack hit a ball to Arenado at 3rd…
…he than threw across the field to Morneau at first….
..which bounced and…
.. got away from Morneau. Pollack got and base.
LaTroy was able to get Aaron Hill to fly out to left to end the game and the Rockies won 9-4. Nice start to the home season. The Rockies are still 3-3 on the year. Today if they sweep the D’backs they will be a over .500 team for the first time since mid last season!Nolan Arenado who was the player of the game high-five manager Walt Weiss after the win!
Also Tommy Kahnle got the win which was his first in the Majors Congratulations to him for getting the game back in control and his first win.
That is it for this one.
See You at Coors.
San Diego Padres Vs. Colorado Rockies
Spring Training 2014 Game 1
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick.
After Flying from Denver and arriving in Phoenix I headed straight to Salt River Fields. I headed over to the field where player were doing batting practice. I met up with EB and Smitty. I was also surprised to see Gary and Ophelia who I know from Coors. They are down here for the first time. Got a few autos on my 2014 team project which is a 16×20 of the outside of Coors. Jorge De La Rosa was the first person I got on it. Within minutes I had gotten 4 more player Chad Bettis, Jhoulys Chacin and Rex Brothers. After the player left the field we headed into the stadium after a batting practice in the stadium I got Justin Morneau, Charlie Blackmon, D.J. LeMahieu and Walt Weiss. So I had gotten 9 players on it. I also Got Eddie Butler and Jonathon Gray on baseballs thanks to EB because I left my case of baseballs in the car. Both of them in scripted them with first round draft pick.
This year I brought my Mom to spring training, it is the first time she has ever been to spring training.
While Jorge was signing autographs and noticed that Jorge had a bat that was in his bag and broken. So he ask what he was going to do with it and then asked if he wanted it and EB got the bat. Here he is inside the stadium taking a photograph of it.
So after getting some autographs out of the way it was time for some baseball!!! Franklin Morales started for the Rockies here he is throwing the first pitch to the Padres Evereth Cabrera. Cabrera swung at this first pitch and grounded out to second. The next batter Will Venable also took a swing at the first pitch and grounded back to Morales for 2 outs on 2 pitches. The 3rd batter of the inning Chris Denorphia swung at 3 pitches and missed to strike out it was a five pitch inning for Morales and I was impressed by the quick work he made in the inning.
The Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon lined out to short and Michael Cuddyer grounded out to third for a quick 2 outs for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez hit a double and Troy “The Deuce Tulowitzki came through in the clutch and ……oh wait no he grounded out to second to end the inning.
After giving up 2 runs in the 2nd a home run by Ryan Jackson. The third a wild pitch by Morales scoring Rene Rivera from third.
So after the very good first inning and the really bad 2nd inning Morales was taken out of the game with the Rockies down 3-0
Gregg Burke would come into the game to finish the inning. He face Xavier Nady and got him to ground out on 1 pitch to end the inning.
After Tommy Kahnle pitched the 4th and Tyler Matzek pitched the 5th Matt Belisle pitched in the 6th inning.
While walking around we notice one time all time saves leader (601) Trevor Hoffman was in the S.D. Padres bullpen. So EB had a baseball signed and later on Smitty had him sign a Padres hat. I already got him at Coors a few years ago. He is now 2nd on the list to Mariano Rivera. The guy in 3rd is Lee Smith (478) who played for the Cubs.
Wilton Lopez pitching in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would give up 2 more runs in the 8th inning. The first when Rymer Liriano hit a double scoring Reymond Fuentes and the second when Kyle Blanks also hit a double scoring Liriano. (5-2) Padres. Brookes Brown was pitching the 8th for the Rockies.
Rosell Herrera playing short stop late in the game at short stop.
Yohan Flande pitching in the 9th inning for the Rockies.
That is it for day one of spring training next up I go and check out the Cubs new spring training facility in Mesa.
See you around!!!
Me and EB sending props to the Rockpile Ranter! Miss ya Brotha!
Photo Courtesy of E2theMNFN B!