Giants vs. Rockies
My 12th of the year.
Today was 9 News science and weather day. It was before the game and School kids from all over Colorado came to Coors for this event and the game. Which caused a mess of buses in Lodo and an overall pain in the butt getting around.
Basically they do experiment’s where they blow stuff up and send stuff in the air. Which I never know what they are talking about because you can not hear what the speakers are talking about because of the chatter of the kids.
I then went over to the Giants side of the field.
Javier Lopez a former Rocky signed and stopped and chatted for a few minutes after he did his morning warm ups.
After Science and weather day was over I headed back to the first base side and Charlie Blackmon signed. I also got Michael Cuddyer on my team project and am really making progress on it. I also got a Boone Logan card signed and almost got EY.
It was then time for baseball.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He got the Giants out in order in the inning.
As he does every game Eric Young gave the crowd a high five. Including me as I tried to get this shot!
Matt Cain was the starting pitcher for the Giants.
Charley Blackmon started the game how he has started many this year with a base hit.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Another timely home run for Tulo! This was impressive because it was with a runner on and gave the Rockies the lead in the game.
Michael Morse decided that the Rockies 2 run lead needed to be shortened to a 1 run lead when he hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning.
Brandon Barnes makes a turn at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single in the second. He lead off the inning with a single. He stayed at second on this hit but it was a great shot of showing his hustle.
Tyler Chatwood contributed with a single and D.J. came over from second to shake his hand during a coaches visit to the mound for the Giants.
with bases loaded guess what Charley Blackmon did? He got hit that scored Barnes from third.
And beat out a double play that got Chatwood out at second and advanced D.J. to third. 3-1 Rockies. D.J. scored on a error throw over to first and Charlie scored on a Tulo single and the Rockies had a 5-1 lead.
Unfortunately the Giants tied the game in the 3rd with 4 runs of their own. Brandon Hicks lead the inning off with a solo home run and Michael Morse hit his 2nd a 3 run home run. 5-5
After Chatwood struck out Hicks in the 4th Bruce Bochi argued the strike and was tossed form the game.
In The 4th inning Charlie Blackmon hit his 5th home run of the season to give the Rockies a 1 run lead 6-5. The Rockies held the lead till the 7th inning when the Giants took a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Belt 2 run home run.
Rex Brothers pitched the 7th for the Rockies. He walked Hunter Pence before giving up the Belt home run.
The Rockies tied up the game once again in the 7th after Charlie Blackmon walked to lead off the inning he scored on a Nolan Arenado double. (7-7)
Brandon Barnes grounded out to end the 7th inning.
The Giants and the Rockies both scored a run in the 8th a solo home run by Hector Sanchez for the Giants and the Rockies when the LeMahieu scored on a Charlie Blackmon ground out. LeMahieu lead- off the inning with a single.
The Game remained tied at 8 and went into extra innings. Here is Brandon Crawford heading back to first on a throw over from Boone Logan who pitched the 10th for the Rockies.
Chad Bettis pitched the 11th for the Rockies and really struggled in the inning. He gave up a lead off single to Hunter Pence and then walked Brandon Belt. After getting Juan Perez out (he replaced Morse in the 7th) he intentionally walked Juaquin Arias ( came in for Pablo Sandoval in 7th) Hector Sanchez hit his second home run of the game a 4 run grand slam to give the Giants a 12-8 lead.
With the Giants closure on the mound Sergio Romo Tulo lead off with a single and Justin Morneau hit a 2 run home run the Giants still had a 12-10 led. Drew Stubbs ( replaced Corey Dickerson in the 7th) hit a single and remained on base and the Rockies lost this one 12-10 in a total Coors Field game there where a total of 9 home runs, 22 runs and 30 hits. The Rockies offence was great as it has been all year Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, he walked 4 struck out 5 and gave up 3 home runs. Cain went 6 giving up 7 runs on 10 hits striking out 4 and gave up 2 home runs. That is a total of 5 home runs from the starters.
So that is it for this game the Rockies had another good home stand going 4-2 once again. The should have had one sweep this series and just let the 3rd game in each series get away. The Rockies are now 12 and 11 this year and in 3rd place 1.5 games bach from the first place Dodgers who the face for the first time this year. They will be heading to L.A. and Arizona on this road trip before coming home on May 1 to play the Mets and the Rangers the next home stand I should be there for the whole series.
See you at Coors!!
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!
White Sox Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series
My 6th Game at Coors.
Today being a day game there was no batting practice, but it does mean an opportunity to get some autographs when the pitchers do there work out. I was able to get Brett Anderson and Adam Ottavino on my team project and an additional 8×10 of Anderson I took at spring training. Before the game I also had Charlie Blackmon sign a 8×10 of his head first dive into first on Sunday.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies today this is his second start of the season coming of his home opener win on Friday. He started this game well with a ground ball out to second by Adam Eaton. Marcus Semien flew out to left for the second out and Jose Abreu hit a double but was left on base when Dayan Viciedo struck out to end the inning.
It was the Rockies turn to bat and 1st. base coach and former Rockies player Eric Young gave high fives to the fans in the first row as he has been doing before the bottom of the first all week. 21 Years ago today he hit a lead off homerun in the Rockies home game in Mile High Stadium in front of a record crowd for a baseball game 80227 fans. The Rockies won that game against the Expos 11-4. Bryn Smith was the winning pitcher and it was the 1st. win in franchise history.
Erik Johnson was the starting pitcher for the White Sox.
Charlie Blackmon started the game off like only he can with a triple to center field.
This was his first triple of the year to go along with his 16 hits 3 double and home run he has hit in the last week, can’t forget his 8 RBI’s and .471 batting average.
Blackmon would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Nicasio would have a rough inning in the second after getting Conor Gillespie to ground out. he then walked Jose Garcia and Alexi Ramirez hit a double.
Charlie Culberson dive after Alexi Ramirez’s double.
Trying to tag him out at second.
A Tyler Flowers single scored Garcia to tie the game at 1. The White Sox would take the lead 2-1 a few batter’s later when Ramirez scored on a Adam Eaton single.
In the second D.J. LeMahieu hit a single with 1 out and scored on a Charlie Blackmon single to tie the game at 2.
Blackmon and Eric Young at first after the game tying single.
Wilin Rosario take a big swing in the third for a fly out to right.
Carlos Gonzalez dives back to first after the Rosario out.
Cargo scored on a Nolan Arenado single to get the lead back 3-2.
The White Sox would once again take the lead in the 5th inning when Gillaspie hit a single scoring Eaton and Semien. The Rockies went down in order in the fifth. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th for the Rockies and worked very quick and efficiently. During one at bat he was throwing a pitch about every 10 seconds. He got a quick 3 outs all ground ball outs on 12 pitches.
Justin Morneau started the 6th with triple.
He scored on a D.J. LeMahieu double to right field.
On the play Avisail Garcia was hurt diving for the ball it looked like he caught it. But he must of lost control of the ball after hitting the ground it looked like he may have dislocated his shoulder and he was taken out of the game.
Adam Ottavino pitched the 7th for the Rockies and also had a very good inning siting down the White Sox in order on only 6 pitches including 3 to strike out Marcus Semien on 3 pitches.
The Rockies broke the tie in a big way here is Nolan Arenado scoring the second Rockies run in the 8th inning.
Stubbs (Came into game to pinch run for Morneau) and Arenado both scored on this D.J. LeMahieu double. Morneau lead the inning off with a single.
Josh Rutledge made his MLB debut for the year in the inning hitting a single to score D.J. He was called up today and Wilton Lopez was sent to Colorado Springs.
Michael Cuddyer slides into home after a Carlos Gonzalez double which he and Blackmon singled. Rutledge scored on a Cuddyer single. The Rockies took a 10-4 lead.
LaTroy Hawkins came in and pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.
Boone Logan made his Coors Debut pitching to the White Sox Paul Konerko.
Konerko grounded out to second to end the game.
The Rockies won this game 10-4 D.J. LeMahieu was the player of the game going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI.
Rex Brothers who pitched the last 2 outs in the 8th inning got the win.
That is it for the first home series of the year the Rockies went 4-2 on this home stand and have a 5-5 record heading to San Francisco and San Diego on this road trip and will be back next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
That is it for this one it has been great to be back at Coors.
Thanks, Jared for the title Idea!
Angels Vs. Rockies
Salt River Fields at Talking stick
Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.
Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.
So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!
Smitty went with the foreground baseball!
EB went with the pondering pitcher!
O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.
It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.
Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.
Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.
The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.
The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies
In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.
The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.
Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.
Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.
Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.
Christian Adames rounds third.
And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.
Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.
with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels. The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.
The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.
One last look at the Fields before I left.
Here is most of the group that was at the game.
After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.
Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.
When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.
I was able to get a ball autographed
And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.
The Next day we headed home.
Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona
Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”
Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.
See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!
Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick
Game 1 Reds vs. Rockies
Game 2 Diamondbacks Rockies
So once again the day started early first I got up before 6 and started the post from the day before than I had to get ready to get to the stadium and got there probably a little after 9. I met up with EB who only need 1 person to get to sign a baseball to get the 40 man roster and I am not sure who he needed!!!!!
I think it was Jorge or Jhoulys or some possibly Boone Logan not quit sure!
Mary was hanging out before work and took a photo next to the fence she has been asking for since Salt River Fields opened in 2011.
This year the added it! We now call it Mary’s fence!
The pitchers were out throwing some bullpens that is Christian Friedrick and Boone Logan on the mound.
Christian Friedrick throwing.
While we were waiting for players to get done we had a catch of our own. (Photo Courtesy of Mom)
The Rockies this year are having and autograph table on the concourse the signers today were Dustin Garneau and Rex Brothers.
Today Jared and Rachel were at Salt River Fields the came down yesterday and was at the Rockies vs. Cubs. Here is a photo of Jared with Mom.
It was an OK day for autographs here is Charlie Blackmon signing.
Brett Anderson was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Here he is pitching to the Reds lead-off batter Brandon (touched my ball) Phillips. Explanation: Last year at the World Baseball Classic Brandon was signing autographs and I threw my ball to him he missed it and it fell in the dugout so he signed another autograph or so, picked up my baseball and tossed it back without signing it! Here is a link to that original post: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/03/14/world-baseball-classic-usa-vs-italy/
Since one of my awesome friends got me a autographed ball this year!
So Phillips lead off by grounding out to 3rd. Than Ramon Santiago hit a single. Anderson than struck out Joey Votto followed by Ryan Ludwick grounded out.
Mike Leake was the starting pitcher for the Reds. Charlie Blackmon grounded out by hitting back to Leake. Charlie Culberson got on base by hittin a single. Michael Cuddyer would fly out to right and the inning would end when Culberson did not get back to first and ended the inning for the Rockies.
The Reds got on the board in the 2nd. Chris Heisey started the inning with a double and scored on a Devin Mesoraco sac fly to right field and Heisey scored (1-0) Reds
Matt McBride trying to leg out a hit during his second inning at bat. he was the second out of the inning.
Josh Rutledge taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat.
Jason Pridie takes a lead off second base he was the only Rockies runner in the second inning.
Josh Rutledge also trying to leg out a hit during his 2nd inning at bat. He was out and ended the inning.
The Rockies score their first run in the 3rd inning. D.J.eMahieu lead off the 3rd with a walk and scored on a Charlie Culberson double to left. This run tied the game at 1. The above is a photo of Michael Cuddyer taking a swing that ended up flying out to center field to end the 3rd inning.
Sam LeCure was the second pitcher of the game for the Reds he pitched the 4th inning for them.
The Rockies did pick up and additional run in the 5th inning. Once again LeMahieu would get on base to lead off the inning this time with and single and scored on a single by Charlie Blackmon. (2-1) Rockies
Wilin Rosario scores the Rockies 3rd run of the game. Wilin hit a single to get on base and scored on Matt McBride single. (3-1) Rockies
Louisville Bats Legend Corky Miller in the 7th inning. I saw that somewhere I did not make up the Louisville Bats Legend! I have seen him play in Louisville 2 years ago on my road trip. He grounded out in the inning.
Jordan Pacheco field a softly hit ball by Roger Berndina for the second out of the 7th inning.
Matt McBride makes the grab at first for the Berdina out.
Adam Ottavino pitching in the 8th inning.
Tyler Matzek came into the game to pitch in the 9th inning. The first batter he pitched to and walked was Chris Nelson. Nelson is an invitee for the Reds this year after being with the Rockies, Yankees and Angels last season.
Matzek walked 4 consecutive batters the third batter he walked was Louisville Bats Legend Corky Miller! OK that is it for the use of that dead horse!
Matzek was than removed from the game. He has been known to have control issue through his Minor League career, But when he is on he can be totally lights out. Not this day.
The Rockie got out of the inning with a double play. Here is Rosell Herrera turning the double play at second.
That was the end of the game and the Rockies won this one 3-2. After this game we had to leave the stadium and get ready for the second game of the day at Salt River Fields. Between games I headed to the Diamondbacks side to watch their batting practice. I go to that side because there major league practice field is more accessible than the Rockies side. After dropping my bag off I headed back to my car to get some stuff for the Diamond backs to sign. Along the way I found and Easter egg. That was the 4th ball of the trip. I got back just in time for the end of the Diamond backs BP and was able to get Marc Trumbo to sign a card and Martin Prado.
After meeting back up with EB we headed back into the stadium.
Before the game I was able to get some more autos on my team project and in my Spring Training magazine. The signers on the concourse were Mike McHenry and Gregg Burke. I had McHenry sign a locker tag that I got at Fanfest from last year when he was with the Pirates. I was also able to get Nolan Arenado on a ball that he tossed up last year that I caught during warm ups.
The Second game was against the Diamondbacks. I did not really take many photos this game I think I took a total of 31 photos the whole game slightly because I was tired and second every now and than I just want to hang out and watch a game which is what I may try to do this year every few games so may not be posting every game I am at this year.
Pedro Hernandez was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He allowed 1 hit in the 1st it was a double by Aaron Hill.
Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.
The Diamondbacks got on the board in the 3rd inning with a solo shot by Aaron Hill. They scored a second run in the 4th inning. Martin Prado scored on a Chris Owing single.
Tulo leaving the game after being hit by a pitch in the 4th inning. He left the game because his pride was hurt and sent for X-Rays and they have came back negative, negative for a heart, brain or personality!
The Rockies first run came in the 5th inning when Michael McHenry hit a double scoring Paul Janish.
putting together this post for 3 hours and need to get functioning!
Another great day at the ballpark.
The next game will be at Phoenix Municipal when the Rockies play the A’s.
See you around Phoenix halfway through this trip!
Red Sox vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.
Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.
Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s
This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.
Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem
One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.
Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!
The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”
Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.
Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.
He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.
For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.
Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.
David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.
After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.
With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.
on the third pitch of the at bat….
….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.
He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.
Taking the turn at second after his home run.
With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox
The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.
Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.
That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.
Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.
The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.
From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.
Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.
On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.
With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.
Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.
Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.
Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.
In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!
Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.
As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.
They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.
Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.
Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from behind the dugout.
it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.
The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.
Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.
Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.
The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.
After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.
Here is most of the team when they were in left field.
Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!
After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.
He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.
Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.
This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional
on this night you should have not been there.
So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.
Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.
For the last time this years that is it for this one
Thanks and see you around.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
My 67th game at Coors this year.
Today I headed to Coors straight from work and did not realize that this was a 6:10 game and I walked into Coors at 5:55. I had to work till 5 and thought it was a 6:40 game. So did not get to BP and did not get autographs.
Jhoulys Chacin as the starting pitcher for the Rockies he did not have a great start. Adam Eaton started the game with a triple and A.J. Pollack followed that with a home run.
Randall Delgado was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks. He faced 6 Rockies batters in the first 2 innings. The only base runner was Troy Tulowitzki in the 2nd. The D’backs ended the inning when Jordan Pacheco hit into a double play.
Jhoulys took offensive matters into his own hands and hit a 2 run home run to tie the game at 2. this was his first MLB and pro home run. He is batting just under .200 this season has 7 RBI’s and a double.
The Rockies did not score again till another home run in the 6th it was a Charlie Blackmon solo shot to lead off the 6th inning.
Blackmons home run was followed up by a Corey Dickerson home run 2 batters later. Dickersons was a 3 run home run and the Rockies had a 5-2 lead.
Todd Helton hit his 589th double in the 6th as well. He would score on a Charlie Culberson single for the 4th run of the inning and a 6-2 lead.
The D’backs got a third run in the top of the 7th. (6-3) Rox
Troy Tulowitzki did not want to left out and hit a home run of his own in the 7th. Scoring Blackmon and himself to give the Rockies a 8-3 lead.
In the 9th inning we started heading out to the Pavilion’s so we could head down to the field for the post game fire works. Here is a photo of Manny Corpas pitching in the inning. he was the Rockies 4th pitcher of the game Chacin pitched 6 full innings. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits he did not strike out a batter and walked 5. beside the number he worked well and got out of inning, plus he hit a home run so that erased the runs allowed to give the Rockies a chance for the win. Mitchell Boggs, Matt Belilse and Manny all pitched 1 inning a piece.
The Rockies did get a 9th and final run in the 8th inning and won this game 9-4. The D’backs scored the 4th run in the 9th.
So after the game thanks to Geoff I was able to head down and watch the fireworks from the field.
I went down to the field and watched the fireworks with E2themnfnB, Tara and Rachel or as I called them me on field fireworks runnin’ crew!!!
Here are 2 photos of the fireworks.
This was the first photo I took and one of the best of the night!
That is it for this fireworks packed night at Coors.
This was fan appreciation night fireworks night and I would like to thank the reader and everyone who has followed me and made this blog a success for the last 3 seasons. Thanks for making my blog what it is with out many people this could not happen.
Thanks for being a part of it. Not sure if I have mentioned it but the Rox Addict Blog was 29th for the month of August on MLB Blogs. This was the highest I have ever made on the list!
Thanks again See You at Coors!
Cardinals vs. Rockies
My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.
This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.
So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.
Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.
Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!
A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.
Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.
Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.
Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.
Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.
Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.
Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.
Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.
Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.
Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.
Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.
Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
3 runs to tie the game in the inning.
Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies
Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies
Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with single.
Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.
Taking a lead at first.
Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.
Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.
After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..
…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.
Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.
Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.
Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.
Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.
Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.
After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.
D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.
The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.
The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!
D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.
As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.
The tag with ball rolling away.
He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.
He dove back…..
…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.
The Dugout emptied quickly!!!
Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.
The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.
Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.
He than high-five Tulo
and the crowd caught up with him!
It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.
The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.
So that is it for this one.
I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies
Today I got to the game a little later than usual since I came from work and got out a little late so BP was a bust and I than headed over to the wall.
Todd Helton announced his retirement after the season before the game and he signed autographs.
Colin McHugh was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his second start with the Rockies and only his 5th appearance of the year. Matt Carpenter started this game against McHugh with an infield single.
The single was on this deflected ball by troy Tulowitzki.
Lance Lynn was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the game by walking Corey Dickerson, who scored 2 batters later on a Tulo single. (1-0) Rox
Todd Helton came to the plate to a standing ovation from the Coors crowd. he would strike out to end the second inning for the Rockies.
The Cardinals scored a run in the 5th to tie the game at 1.
Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete innings giving up , run 4 hits, striking out 2.
The Rockies got out of the 6th inning with a double play, Matt Holliday hit a ball to….
…to Helton at first. Nolan Arenado was taken out of the game in the 3rd, D.J. LeMahieu moved to third and Josh Rutledge came into play second. Nolan was taken out because of an injury to his finger.
Rutledge getting on base with a single in the 7th inning. The Rockies would score their second run of the game this inning when Wilin Rosario scored on a Charlie Blackmon single (2-1) Rox
Lance Lynn was taken out of the game in the 7th. he pitched 6 1/3. Giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4.
After Drew Pomeranz pitched after McHugh and was then replaced by Matt Belilse Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th.
Matt Carpenter hit a double in the 8th to score Pete Kozma.
That would tie up the game at 2.
During a pitching change or middle of an inning they did a Todd Helton plays on the score board.
Batting in the 8th he had one of his not so great plays running into an out at home. The Rockies scored a run on a Wilin Rosario single scoring Tulo that advanced Todd to third.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double to score Tyler Chatwood . Chatwood was pinch running for Rosario. (4-2) Rox
John Axford pitching for the Cardinals in the 8th inning with some snazzy retro high sox. just had to try to work the word snazzy into this post!
Charlie Blackmon scouring after a Ryan Wheeler single that also scored Rutledge. (6-2) Rox
Ryan Wheel giving Rene Lacheman a fist bump after his 2 RBI single.
That is it for this one from the first game of the Cardinals series. The Rockies won this one 6-2.
I was at all 4 of these games and will be getting up the rest of the games and all the remaining games at Coors for the season.
Thanks for checking out the blog and see you at Coors!
L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
So with this being the first game since the August 31st game you can guess that 1 of the 2 games I missed was the game on Sept. 1 where Todd Helton hit his 2500th hit. I had to work that day and could not be at Coors, I did make it home to see it on T.V. it was kind of depressing that I put so much time into being at Coors and I missed a very important game. Now the Rockies did win that game against the Reds 7-4. The second game I missed was the Rockies 10-8 lose in-game one of this series against the L.A. Dodgers. These were the first Rockies home games I had missed in well over a year and the first time I missed 2 home games in a row in a while. Now the only time I miss home games is when I am on my road trip, but don’t miss many when I am in town. So that is a total of 9 home games I missed this year. 7 when I was on my road trip.
Today I had the best day of Batting Practice I have ever had. It was the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in one BP. The first was a roller of the Rockies. As I got that ball I noticed an Easter egg sitting behind one of the brackets for the seats in the Pavilions. So in the first few minutes I had 2 baseballs. The next was a catch during the Dodgers BP. The 4th came also during the Dodgers BP and it was a second catch. To get that one I ducked under the rail between sections (since I learned jumping over it is not the best option a few weeks ago)! and caught the ball for the 4th of the day. As I mentioned earlier this is the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in a single MLB BP, but it is the 1st time I kept all 4 baseballs. Since the last time someone was bitching that I got the ball that should have been theirs. See post from June 14, 2013 game: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/06/16/milestone-day-in-bp-and-the-rockies-let-this-one-get-away/
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Carl Crawford started the game with a single off him. Nick Punto also got a single so 2 hits in a row that was twice as many as his last game in 7 innings in the first 2 batters! He did manage to get out of the inning not allowing any runs.
The second inning of the game was not as good for him he faced 8 batters. Andre Either started the inning with a double, mark Ellis than walked and Skip Schumaker hit a single all 3 did score in the inning and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
Andre Either sliding into home after a Tim Federowicz sac fly to center.
Ricky Nolasco was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He only allowed 2 Rockies runners in the first 4 innings of the game. One was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 1st and a walk to Dexter Fowler in the 3rd.
Charlie Blackmon making contact in the 3rd inning but he flew out to right for the first out of that inning.
Carl Crawford 4th run of the game in the 5th inning on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly to center also. (4-0) Dodgers
Charlie Blackmon tried to get a 2 out rally going in the 5th with this double.
He scored on a Jhoulys Chacin single to give the Rockies their first run of the game. (4-1)
D.J. LeMahieu slides into third for a triple to lead off the 6th inning for the Rockies. He scored when Troy Tulowitzki grounded out to short. (4-2) Dodgers. This brought the Rockies back into the game only 2 runs down.
In a double switch in the 8th inning Carlos Gonzalez replaced Charlie Blackmon in left as Josh Outman came into pitch. Jhoulys Chacin pitched a full 7 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, striking out 3 and walking 2. He also threw a 106 pitches. Not his best outing but besides the 3 run 2nd he pitched well and the Rockies stayed in the game coming with in 1 run.
Paco Rodriguez pitching for the Dodgers in the 8th inning. He has a really interesting delivery, his left hand almost stays in the spot it is in for this photo for more than a second while the rest of his body continues in the pitching motion. It was interesting to see this very unique wind up for a pitcher. He was the Dodgers 3rd pitcher of the game Nolasco pitched 6 and Jay Howell pitched the 7th. Nolasco struck out 5 Rockies batters and held them to 5 hits and the 2 runs.
Josh Rutledge pinch hit in the 8th for the Rockies and lead off with a solo homerun. (4-3) Dodgers
Rex Brothers came into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th and things did not go so well for him, The Dodgers picked up an additional 3 runs in the inning.
Andre Either walked after the runners on first and second moved up on a wild pitch to load the base’s.
With the base’s loaded Mark Ellis hit a ball to deep left-center.
which was fielded by Charlie Culberson and went over his head. He came in the inning to play left since Gonzalez still can’t bat due to his finger injury.
Now people thought it may have been better for Dexter Fowler to field it from center than Charlie from left but I really can’t say because I was looking through the camera, but if you look at the first photo Dex was not even in the frame close to the play. he may have slowed up because he was called off. I can not say which way it should have been played but I do know it cost the Rockies 3 runs. (7-3) Dodgers
Mark Ellis at second after his 3 RBI hit to left-center.
Rex Brothers was taken out of the game after the Ellis hit and Rob Scahill came into pitch and got the last out of the inning getting Schumaker to ground out to first.
The Rockies would try to get a rally going in the 9th with 1 out Wilin Rosario hit a single and advanced on offense indifference and advanced to third on a wild pitch to Todd Helton by Ronnie Belasario. Rosario did score when Helton grounded out for the 2nd out of the inning. (7-4) Dodgers
Nolan Arenado hit a single and advanced to second by stealing. Corey Dickerson pinched hit in the 9th and struck out to end the game. 7-4 was the final for this game with the Dodgers winning.
So that is it for this one from Coors. I have one more from this series that I hope I can get to before the Rockies get off the road. Have been very busy on the Rockies away weeks. Thanks for checking out the post for those who don’t know I was 29th in the MLB Blogs standings for the month of August and I owe that to everyone who checks out the blog regularly. Thanks again!