Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs vs. Columbus Clippers
Huntington Park, Columbus, Ohio
First game ever in Ohio. Second of road trip.
The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are a Triple A affiliate of the Phillies and the Clippers are the affiliate of the Indians.
I arrived at the stadium about 3o minutes before the gates opened when I arrived there was a sign on the window that only standing room only tickets were available. That’s fine because most of the time I walk around new stadiums any way. I got my ticket and walked around the outside of the stadium.
Before I did get my ticket I noticed these openings in the outfield wall. It was a really cool feature that I have not seen before in a park, the only one I knew about was the one at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
This is a photo of a Statue outside the centerfield fence. It is of Harold M. Cooper who was originally a Clubhouse manager and then a GM. He was also President of the Independent League.
This was behind the statue it was it was a sculpture with a bunch of different things on it having to do with the history of the team in Columbus.
While I was waiting to get into the stadium there was a batting practice going on. So I went to the Seats to see if I could snag a baseball. Batting Practice ended after a few minutes and I did not get a ball. I have gotten BP baseballs and game balls from the International League.
I found it interesting that they had nets up in right field. I thought it was going to be one of those stadiums with the netting up around the field. I did notice that it was not anywhere else around the field. They did take it down after BP.
I thought this was cool on the section signs they had photos of the players on them that played in Columbus through the years. Not sure who these players are. Later I did find a photo of Jorge Posada later during the game.
This is a sculpture they have on the concourse by left field.
This was a very cool feature to the stadium it was a already existing building that the made into suites to watch the game from.
Around the stadium they have many photos and displays about the Speed of the Game. Here are 2 of them in the next 2 photos.
Here is a look behind home plate area and more suites. This stadium has a lot of suites and special areas. It made it kind of hard to just walk around and take in the stadium.
There was a solid rail down the whole length of the stands from top to bottom so you could not access the area behind home plate the only way to get to them was through a entrance on the concourse or jump over the rail, which probably would not go over to well with the stadium staff.
This stadium seemed to have a lot of areas you could not access which is very rare for a minor league stadium usually you can get almost anywhere before the game.
I like this feature that that you were able to see the field from the confession stand and it had access from all sides. As usual I did not eat at the stadium which I tend not to do much. The prices were comparable to other stadiums in the minor leagues.
Here is the Iron Pigs starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd warming up in their bullpen along the 3rd base side of the field.
Daisuke Matsuzaka warming up in the Clippers bullpen along the 1st base line.
Daisuke throwing the first pitch to the Iron Pigs Jermaine Mitchell who grounded out to first for the first out of the game. Cesar Hernandez struck out for the second out. Cody Asche would hit a double to get the game’s first hit.
Here he is sliding into second after hitting a double to right field.
Darin Ruf would strike out for the 3rd out of the inning.
Tyler Cloyd throwing his first pitch to the Clippers Ezquiel Carrera who started the inning off with a single. The next batter Matt Carson struck out.
Carrera stole 2nd base.
Jeremy Hermida hit a 2 run home run to put the Clippers on the board. It did not slow down there.
Cord Phelps hit a double to get on base.
Tim Fedroff hitting a single scoring Phelps from second.
Fedoroff would advance to second on a balk call
Iron Pigs manager Dave Brundage came out to talk to the umpire about the call.
Juan Diaz would hit the second home run of the inning to give the Clippers a 5-0 lead.
Diaz high fives a teamate after crossing home plate.
Nate Spears got the last out of the inning a fly ball to left field.
Josh Fields hit a 1 out single to get things started for the Iron Pigs in the second inning. Steve Susdorf followed up with a single of his own.
Here is Daisuke pitching with runners on first and third. The Iron Pigs would get a run in the inning. (5-1) Clippers
Ezequiel Carrera Puts down a bunt fielded by Iron Pigs catcher Cameron Rupp.
He was out at first.
Roberto Perez slides into third after a Matt Carson fly out to center.
Cesar Hernandez hits a double to the right field corner.
Hernadez at second after his double. He remained on base in the inning.
Around the 4th inning I noticed the sky seemed like it would have a really good sunset brewing, so in the 5th I headed to center field to get some photos of the sunset. I was right and it was a great sunset over the home plate area of Huntington Ball Park.
These were 2 of my favorites I took while out there.
After I got back to the 3rd base side former Rockies Greg Smith was warming up in the bullpen.
He came into pitch in the 5th. Here he is throwing over to first Tim Fedroff who was walked by Cloyd before he was taken out of the game. Cloyd left the game giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, striking out 7 and walking 3.
They had a hot dog race it was not creepy like the Coors race. It was fun that one of the hot dogs ran up the tarp and jumped on another.
The 3 Hot Dogs were Relish, Mustard and Ketchup, Ketchup won
The Super Moon over The building in left field.
In the 8th Jeremy Hermida Slides into home.
He was safe!!!
for the Clippers 6 run of the game.
The Clippers won this game 6-2, the Iron Pigs second run came in the 7th inning.
That is it for this one. hmm Just realized I have never seen the Clippers lose last year I saw them in Indianapolis and they beat the Indians.
O.K. Game to is done. After this game I drove over night to N.Y. Before heading to Boston!
See ya from Fenway Pawk!
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Cincinnati Reds Vs Colorado Rockies
Cincinnati Reds first Place in the National League Central by 3 games the Rockies second worst team in the Major Leagues!
O.K. before I start about the day Just want to give a S/O to the Rock Nation Crew who on Aug. 4th will be holding an Equipment drive.
Here is the info.
O.K. as always on a Sunday I headed to Coors early. I met up with X, Rachel, Julie and the rest of the Sunday morning crew. The gates were a little earlier today because instead of autograph Sunday it was photo day. This is a fun day that you get to hang on the field and have some fun interacting with the players and coaches. So when the gates opened we headed to the field and decided to head out to left field. While we were waiting for the players we had some fun and took some photos.
Shortly after the players started heading out and we noticed Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario heading to the section to our right. So we went over to them.
Here is me with Wilin Rosario.
Carlos Gonzalez and I.
After Betancourt The Deuce was not far behind. Here is Gary X with Him.
Then I got to take a photo with him.
Which was kinda interesting because I have been one of his biggest critics over the last few years and have not always had the best experiences when meeting him.. He was actual not a Deuce today. He was pretty cool, took his time and sociable with the fans. Most asked how he was and when will he be returning to the line up. He is doing well and should be back in early September.
To the left is a photo of Bo McLaughlin The Rockies new Pitching Coach.
Carney Lansford and Rich Dauer. Hmm in this photo can you figure out who does not have a World Series ring!!
A and X with Big Jim Wright!
Josh Roenicke and Rex Brothers.
Brooklyn in Da house. Adam “No Sleep To Brooklyn” Ottavino, Adam grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn.
Matt Reynolds with the card that X made for him with a photo I took.
X and A with Jorge De La Rosa. I asked Jorge when I should be back from having Tommy John Surgery and he said soon it has been about 14 months or so since he had it he said he is feeling good and rehab is going well.
To the right Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill.
Manager Jim Tracy.
I did get a bunch more but this post is long enough others were Jerry Weinstein, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Josh Fields.
It was a fun day with the players. I think it is really cool that the Rockies do this and it is a lot of fun. I also want to thank Matt Belise and Drew Pomeranz for doing a running man!
Drew is the first player to actually do it twice he also did it at fan fest in January.
After photo day was over it was time to get down to the normal business of the day. The pitches came out and did their normal warm ups.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa throwing to trainer Keith Duggar.
Also got a few autos one was Jim Tracy on my photo I have been having everyone sign. Wilin Rosario on a card. Drew Pomeranz on a Tulsa pocket schedule I got on my road trip.
It was then time to play ball. The starter for the Rockies was Jonathan Sanchez. This was his Coors debut. He was recently acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie.
This is his first Coors field pitch to the Reds lead off batter Zack Cozart. Cozart would pop out to second for the first out of the game.
Sanchez would walk the second batter Drew Stubbs. Who would than steal second.
Brandon Phillips would single which scored Stubbs from second, also tried to steal second but was not as succesful as Stubbs. Sanchez would strike out Todd Frazier for the final out of the inning. (1-0) Reds
Dexter Fowler on his quest for his record all-time leader in triples for the Rockies lead off the inning by not accomplishing that record, but reached base by walking. Josh Rutledge batted second.
He would hit his second MLB home run and first one at Coors. He has been a great addition to this team in the past few weeks with and including this game he is batting .379 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 58 at bats. He also has 22 combined hits and 8 RBI’s. (2-1) Rockies
Michael Cuddyer would also reach base with some hard running and a rushed throw from Zack Cozart at short that…
… pulled Miguel Cairo off first.
The Reds started the 2nd off aggressively Chris Heisey hit a lead off triple he would score on a sac fly by Cairo to center and tied the game at 2.
I am going to try to make this one brief the Reds would than score a run in the 3rd. The Rockies would not produce in the third Cuddyer and Rutledge would both get hits but would not score. The starting pitcher for the Reds Matt Latos would sit the Rockies down in order in the 4th.
Jonathan Sanchez would get really roughed up in the 5th. Cozart lead off with a single Stubbs hit a 2 Run home run. (5-2) Reds 2 batters later Jay Bruce would hit a solo shot. ( 6-2) Reds. After that Sanchez was removed from the game by manager Jim Tracy.
Here he is leaving the mound.
Carlos Torres would come into pitch for the Rockies and would strike out the first 2 Reds he faced in the 5th to get out of the inning. he would pitch the complete 6th and 7th ining. Facing 9 Batters in his 2/3rd innings. Striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit. The hit was a double by Ryan Hannigan.
Dex sent one for a ride in the 5th which looked like it may have gone out but fell short and was caught by Jay Bruce on the right field track.
Mike Ekstrom pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did not have a great outing but he did let up an additional run on 2 hits and a Rutledge error at short. (7-2) Reds
Matt Reynolds pitched the 9th for the Rockies Striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He did let up one hit to Stubbs.
The Rockies would attempt a 2 out rally in the bottom of the 9th, After Andrew Brown would get a single when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot. Josh fields who was brought in a double switch in the 6th would hit a single. Dex then grounded out to end the game. The Reds won 7-2 and swept the Rockies this weekend. It looks like my days of seeing home team walk off wins have ended now that I am back home. It is just something we are getting use to at Coors. Well that is it for this one besides the Rockies loss it was a great day hanging at Coors today. Once again thanks to the players and coaches for having a photo day for the fans.
Here is a few others from our time on the field.
Mary O and Me.
Me waiting for my marker back that Jim Tracy was signing with.
Then these to girls had this sign that said show me how to Tulo. So read their definition!
O.K. so now my Tulo dig for the post yes I have to go there. I thought Tulo-ing would be when there is 1 out with 2 runners on and he pops out to the first base or third base line. Now I only say this because I have seen several time this year. Maybe after this injury things will turn around for him with him.
Well that’s it for this one I should be at Coors most of the week as they face the Cardinals and Giants in the next week.
I may also have a surprise post mid-week. Covering something I normally would not cover!
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