Braves vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
This game was a train wreck from the start. The Braves immediately started getting hits and scoring runs off of Juan Nicasio with a total of 7 hits and 7 runs in the 1st inning. The hits started with a double by Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton to start the game and the last one of the inning was a grand slam home run by Andrelton Simmons.
Evan Gattis, Chris Johnson, and Tommy La Stella running home after Simmons home run.
The 4 of them after Simmons crosses the plate.
Mike Minor started for the Braves he did not start that great either but he was not as bad as Nicasio. He would give up 3 runs in the first after Brandon Barnes started the game with a single and Dickerson walked. Troy Tulowitzki was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Wilin Rosario hit a single scoring Barnes to get the Rockies on the board.(7-1) Braves
Justin Morneau hit a sac-fly to center field that scored Dickerson from 3rd. for the second run for the Rockies. Dickerson crossing home-plate 7-2 Braves. The third run would come by a passed ball by Braves catcher Evan Gattis to score Tulo from third.
The Braves continued to add to their lead in the 3rd and the Rockies tried to chip away at the lead by scoring 2 additional runs in the 3rd. (8-5) Braves.
After giving up 2 solo home runs in the 4th inning Walt Weiss headed out and took Nicasio out of the game. The home runs were hit by Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis. those runs would be the Braves 9th and 10th of the game.
The Rockies did score 1 run in the 4th a solo home run by Wilin Rosario to give the Rockies their 6 run and they were still down by 4. !0-6 Braves.
Chad Bettis came into replace Kahnle in the 6th and showed why he keeps getting sent to the Springs. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, facing 8 Braves batters. to give the Braves another 5 run lead, 13-8.
The Rockies did once again to get close to the Braves score scoring 1 in the 7th and 8th for a 13-10 score.
The Braves brought in their closer Cole Kimbrel in the 9th to close out the game and he succeeded and the 13-10 score was the final. ( there you go E2theMNFnB)
In total the Rockies used 7 pitches Martin pitched the 7th, Belilse pitched the 8th and Nick Masset and Rex Brothers pitched in the 9th.
So the losing continues as the team has been derailing almost on a nightly bases. Oddly enough we still keep watching just to see who are the causality and who survives the carnage that this season has become.
That is it for this one.
See you at Coors!
Rangers vs. Rockies
Game 2of series
My 17th at Coors this year
Another bad batting practice today. Did have a few by me and one knocked out of my glove by a bare hand idiot. This is just something that drives me crazy because you rarely see them actually catch the ball and usually it deflects off there hand and hits someone else. This guy did end up with the ball because after he smacked at it bounce a row behind me and 2 behind him, I duck once it got deflected and he dove over the seats. It was not a bad day for autographs a bunch of guys signed and I got a Brandon Barnes card signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. he got the first 2 rangers batters out and then gave up a 1 run home run to Andre Beltre to give the Rangers a 1 run lead.
The first out of the game was a ground out by Chin Soo Choo to Charlie Culberson who made the start at second.
Prince Fielder struck out to end the inning.
Robbie Ross Jr. Started for the Rangers.
Charlie Blackmon hit a lead off home run for the Rockies to tie the game in the first.
Tulowitzki would get hit by this pitch to get on base. Carlos Gonzalez would hit a single top get Tulo to third.
Nolan Arenado was looking to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. This streak dates back to the White Sox series during the first home stand of the year.
This at bat he flew out to right field and Tulo scored from 3rd. to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game and pitched well. He did pitch till the 5th inning and had thrown 88 pitches in 5 complete innings. Which is over 17 pitches per inning. He control was the issue he only gave up 2 hits. He did walk 5 batters and only struck out 1 batter. The Rangers did only get 1 run on the Beltre homer in the 1st.
The Rockies did get a single run in both the 3rd and 5th inning. Drew Stubs lead off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Cargo single. It was his second hit of the game. The 5th inning run was also started with a Stubbs hit this time a double and scored single by Cargo to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead. This was Cargo’s 3rd hit of the game.
The Rockies bats really came alive in the 6th not that they were not hitting the first 5 innings, but in the 6th 7 of the 9 Rockies in the line up had a hit and most also had an RBI or scored.
Brandon Barnes was the first base runner of the inning. He hit a single and advanced to second on a error at first base.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double scoring him for the Rockies first run of the inning. Drew Stubbs got the second out of the inning a ground out to third then the hits really started coming Tulo hit a double followed by a single by Cargo. Nolan Arenado was walked, Justin Morneau, Charlie Culberson, Jordan Pacheco hit a single his second at bat and the runs kept coming with the men on base. Barnes hit a single his second trip to the plate. In total they had 8 hits and scored 6 runs. The Rockies had a 10-1 lead.
Drew Stubbs decided that 9 run lead wasn’t enough in the 7th and hit a lead off home run. Cargo hit his 5th hit of the game a ground rule double of the fence in left center.
Followed by a Arenado double to score the 1212 Rockies run of the game and extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
Arenado rounding first heading to second as Choo gets the ball in the left field corner.
Matt Belisle came in and pitched the Rockies, he gave up 2 hits and walked Elvis Andrus to load the bases. Both hits and walk came with 2 outs, He got out of the inning when Josh Wilson grounded out.
In an interesting twist the Rangers used Mitch Moreland to pitch he is and infielder and has been the DH this year for them. he was probly the best pitcher for the rangers all game he had the first 1,2,3 inning of the game in the 8th inning. This is a look of the second pitch he threw to Jordan Pacheco.
Andre Beltre sends one deep to center with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
That ball was caught be Drew Stubbs to end the game and the Rockies won the game 12-1 and the home stand with a 5-1 record.
Here are just some batting #’s :
Cargo went 5 for 5, 3 RBI’s
Tulo 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch, 1 RBI
Stubbs 3 for 4 a triple away from the cycle, 1 RBI
Pacheco 2 for 4 with a walk, 1 RBI
Barnes 2 for 2 in the 6th inning as a pinch hitter
What a great home stand for them these bats are just on fire and pitching is keeping them in the game. I think Blake Doyle may be a big factor in the batting, because he is a teacher and was not a player who hit well. After 4 batting coaches over the last few years I think he has really helped in getting the team as a whole batting so well. It is exciting to watch this team play again and you never know who will be the guy who gets the hit in the clutch or get things going not just relying on the middle of the order. From Charlie Blackmon leading off with big hits to the bottom 3rd of the order getting things done as well.
Marc Stout interviewing Cargo after the game.
That is it for this one the Rockies are playing the next 2 in Texas before heading to Cincinnati for 3 this weekend and then to Kansas City for 2 that I will be at.
So see you at Kaufman!!!!!
Mini road trip!
N.Y. Mets vs. Colorado Rockies
My 13th game at Coors this year.
Did not do to well at batting practice today the Rockies did not take BP and the Mets was O.K. but I was never in the right place at the right time always seemed I was a section off all day!.
During BP Geoff told me he may have an extra ticket behind the Mets dugout, which was very cool of him. Many of you may remember that I was originally from N.Y. and grew up a Mets fan so that was awesome.
The morning before the game I had to make the decision do I want to wear my normal Rockies stuff or my Mets stuff it was a tough decision but I went with my usual Rockies stuff, usually I will wear a Mets hat with my Rockies Jersey. I wish I had grabbed my Mets stuff just because of the seats! He was wearing his and got Bartolo Colons warm up ball and a gamer from Ruben Tejada hit by Justin Morneau in the 3rd.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies the first batter he faced was Juan Lagares the Mets center fielder started the game with a double and it looked like Nicasio was in trouble early, But after Daniel Murphy lined out to Nolan Arenado at third David Wright lined out to Troy Tulowitzki at short and Lagares was caught off the bag at second for a double play. Nicasio got out of the inning with 11 pitches.
Bartolo Colon was the starting pitcher for the Mets. He got Charlie Blackmon to fly out to left and then struck out Arenado. He did not have great stuff to the first 2 batters but got them out then Carlos Gonzalez came up and took a 90 MPH to right center for a solo home run and a Rockies 1-0 lead. Tulo would end the inning flying out to left.
Hey look David Wright at third base.
Lucas Duda started the inning with a out and Chris Young hit a single. Here is Curtis Granderson batting in the 2nd inning after Youngs single.
Juan Nicasio pitching with Chris Young on base. Young did steal second but did not score and Nicasio got out of the inning.
Corey Dickerson taking a swing right before his 2 out single.
Charlie Culberson would also hit a single and Nicasio would hit a single.
Dickerson and Culberson both scored on the single. It was a very good hit down the right field line that may have been a double for a position player instead of a very long single. above he is giving Eric Young five after the 2 RBI single to give the Rox a 3-0 lead.
Nicasio pitched another very good inning in the 3rd and the Rockies did not score in the 3rd either.
Which was thrown past second baseman Daniel Murphy into right field.
Culberson was then hit by a pitch.to load the bases.
Juan Nicasio would get his third RBI of the night on a sac-fly to center.
Scoring Rosario from third! The Rockies extended their lead 4-0.
Charlie Blackmon would hit a single to score Dickerson and Culberson for a 6-0 Rockies lead.
Culberson stepping on the plate for the 3rd run of the inning. It looks like he may have been out but I am not saying anything!!!!
Nicasio kept the Mets batters to a minimum in the 5th and the Rockies picked up another run Justin Morneau got on base with a single.
He would score on a Dickerson triple. he is being waved around by Stu Coles at third for the 7th run for the Rockies.
Bartolo Colon was taken out of the game after the triple and was replaced by Jeurys Familia. Colon gave up 10 hits 7 runs, he did strike out 3 and walked 1 in his 4.2 innings on the mound and can’t forget the hit batter Culberson in the 4th.
Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 6th for the Mets this is the first time I have seen him play for the Mets. Last year when the Mets came for the make up game I was in N.Y. and missed the game at Coors.
Juan Nicasio did walk hime and here he is turning around at second on a Lagares fly ball to right field which was caught by Brandon Barnes who came into the game in the 5th for Cargo. Blackmon moved to center from right and Dickerson moved from center to left.
Juan Nicasio pitched a full 7 inning and Chad Bettis came in for the 8th inning. Nicasio besides going 1 for 2 at the plate with 3 RBI’s he pitched a pretty good game also! Not giving up any runs on 3 hits striking out 3 and kept his pitch count very good for him 95 pitches in 7 innings. Bettis after getting 2 quick outs in the 8th walked Bobby Abreu. Who scored on a Juan Lagarase double. 7-1 Rox
Jose Valverde pitched the 8th inning for the Mets.
You know you have a good lead in the 8th when the relief pitcher is batting in his spot with 2 outs! He did strike out and came back out to pitch the 9th.
After another inning of 2 quick outs Chad Bettis gave up a single to Chris Young and then another to Curtis Granderson. Travis d’Arnaud then hit a 3 run home run the Rockies still had a 7-4 lead.
d’Arnaud passing Mets 3rd base coach Tim Teuful after his 9th inning 3 run home run.
Ruben Tejada flew out to Barnes in right to end the game with the Rockies winning with the 7-4 score. This was a great game by Nicasio and was awesome to sit behind the Mets dugout. Thanks again Geoff.
After the game I headed to the players entrance and got to say hey to The Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez and got Tim Teuful to sign a card for me. He was a really nice guy and it was cool meeting another player that played on the 1986 World series team for the Mets.
I will be at Coors for the remainder of the series and home stand 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!
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies
Coors Field, Game 1 of 2014
This was my 5th Coors Field Opening Day. I like almost all of them and many other days during the season I arrived at 20th and Blake real early. This year I did not go to breakfast like many other years I just walked around Lodo, as always I did meet up with friends as the day progressed. I first met up with Carlos and Mrs. Los, then John, Rockpile Ranter and Hunter, Douglas, Gary X, EB, Smitty and Cass.
Here is X and Mrs. Los doing a running man while Carlos looks all tough and hey John nice sox!
So I noticed some new additions to the stadium and that was Banners with milestones on them around the stadium these show Don Baylor and Jim Tracy’s Manager of the years. The photo 2 photo’s above is of National League batting titles these 2 banners are of Larry Walkers in 1998 and Carlos Gonzalez’s in 2010.
After having fun out and about Lodo it was time to head into Coors Field. They had some new additions inside as well.
They had some more things hangin over the concourse with other first and milestones from the last 21 years of Rockies history. the above and next 2 photos show a few of these set ups.
After I went to batting Practice for a round or 2 of the Diamondbacks, it was time for the beginning of the Opening Day festivities on the field. (Did not get any baseballs during BP)
The player introductions. above is one of the newest Rockies Justin Morneau high-fiving down the line of starters in this photo with former Twin’s teammate Michael Cuddyer.
The players right before the National Anthem.
They had the giant flag out on the field here is a photo of before it being spread out.
Then it was time to hand out the hardware, Carlos Gonzales and Nolan Arenado’s gold gloves. Just realized they did not do anything for Cuddy’s batting title. Maybe sometime during the weekend.
Dinger added a few moves to his regiment he also busted out a cart wheel later on!
Members of the Denver Philharmonic played the National Anthem and the new Rockies themes song.
The Rockies take the field for the first time at Coors in 2014. Lead by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio.
Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the D’backs Gerardo Parra. Parra grounded out followed by a Aaron Hill strike out, the third batter of the inning Paul Goldschmidt walked and Martin Prado flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field to end the inning Nicasio threw 16 pitches in the inning.
Randall Delgado was the starter for the D’backs.
Charley (Chuck Nazty) Blackmon started his assault on the D’backs quickly with a double on the third pitch of the game from Delgado. He scored on a Cuddyer single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Cuddy would be throw out at second a ground ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez who was doubled up on at first base. Cargo seemed to get out of the batters box a little slow (think he may of been safe if it wasn’t for that) Just saying. Troy Tulowitzki ended the inning by grounded out.
Charlie Blackmon scouring the Rockie first Coors Field run of 2014.
After Nicasio got the job done in the second sitting the D’backs down in order throwing 15 pitches to the D’backs, Justin Morneua came up for his first at bat. Here he is taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat that he would eventually walk. The Rockies did not score in the second inning.
In the third inning look who scored once again, Charlis Blackmon touches home while Cuddy turns at third after a Cargo triple.
Cuddy crosses the plate as Cargo slides into third.
Juan Nicasio pitch another terrific inning in the 3rd. striking out 2 D’backs and getting out of the inning on 11 pitches. He worked this game real efficiently and kept his pitch count low which seemed to be a problem for him last year. This is why I was mentioning his pitch count after innings. He really seems to be really confident on the mound. The first D’backs run was on a Prado single in the 4th he got out of this inning throwing only 13 pitches for a total of 54 pitches in the game. Last year he probably would have been at about 75 plus pitches and close to being removed from the game.
If Blackmon wasn’t doing enough damage to the D’backs he hit a 2 run home run in the 4th to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead. That is 3 for 3 with a Double, Single and a home run. The D’backs would get a run in the 5th inning on a Mark Trumbo lead off home run. (6-1) Rox
Delgado was removed after walking Tulo and giving up a single to Morneau in the 5th. inning. He gave up 10 hits 6 runs, walked 2 and struck out 3.
Blackmon hit his second double of the game to lead off the 6th inning. He did get caught stealing third base in the inning. Cargo would then only be able to score 2 runs when he hit his home run of the rail in the third deck almost hitting the new Coors Rooftop. (8-1) Rox
Brandon Barnes would make his first appearance at Coors after coming over from the Astros in the Dexter Fowler trade. he made a pretty good first impression with his 2 out triple in the 7th inning. Pinch hitting for Nicasio. Nicasio came out of the game with one of his best starts I have seen from him in a few years. giving up 1 run and only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings pitched. The Rockies would go on scored 2 more runs in the inning to give them a 10-1 lead. Barnes scored on a Charlie Blackmon single for his 2nd RBI of the game. He also scored and it ws his 4th time around the bases on the day.
Brandon Barnes making the turn at second heading to third for his 7th inning triple.
Chad Bettis pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and let up a run the Rockies had a 10-2 lead after the inning. He throw 24 pitches to the 6 D’backs batters he faced.
Charlie Blackmon did not let us down with his 8th inning at bat. He hit his third double of the game scoring 2 more runs for his 4th and 5th RBI of the day. So he hit 3 doubles, 2 single and a home run for a total of 6 hits, 5 RBI’s and he scored 4 times. He was involved in 9 of the Rockies 12 runs in the game. This was also only the second time a Rockie has gone 6 for 6 and the 66th time in MLB history. The first Rockie to do it was Andres Gallarager.
Wilton Lopez pitched the 9th for the Rockies Mark Trumbo lead off the inning with a single, A.J. Pollack would also single but both would remain and base as Parra ground back to Lopez and he would toss to Morneau at first for the final out of the game. The Rockies for the 13th time in their history would win there home opener 12-2.
The Rockies got to shake hands for only the second time of the season. Since they lost 3 out of the 4 against Miami earlier in the week. Things do seem to be looking up for this team especially with Charlie Blackmon leading off and playing center field. Juan Nicasio helped with his incredible pitching performance, which I am sure the run support helped.
That is it for this one 80 more to go here at Coors and 156 left in the season.
the Rockies have 2 more against the D’backs at Coors and 3 against the Chicago White Sox on this home stand.
Also hopefully I will be able see the new Roof Top sometime this weekend. Did not make it up there this game.
See you there!
Remember you can follow me on twitter @roxaddict. That is when the cell phone is working at Coors. Even with improvements of the cell antennas in the stadium it was still not performing well during the game with the crowd hopefully it will work better when the crowd is a little thinner.
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!!!!
San Fransisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Today was the first gae of what seemed to be the never-ending road trip. It was 3 series on the east coast which means I missed a lot or most of the games played with the earlier start time. It was 12 days that they were away but it seemed like an eternity, So I was more than glad to be back at Coors. As I headed into batting practice a ball immediately flew out to the pavilions landed a few rows behind me and took a big bounce to the concourse. I ran up the stairs and grabbed it as someone was running down the concourse to also get it. I grabbed it and the dude was like really you are going to take it? As many of you guys know I hate when people think that the ball is theirs because they were within 10 feet of getting the ball and did not. So I tossed him the ball, I am kinda over arguing with these people about a ball so I figured I would give it up. Just don’t expect this to become a habit! So that was my first one, within a few minutes another headed my way and landed a few rows from me and I was able to snag it for my second ball of the game. This day was turning out to be a great batting practice. I was in the stadium not even 10 minutes and had already snagged 2. The Rockies were than done and I thought I may get a ball or 2 from the Giants their first group was right heavy and it included Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. They did hit a few out and I did not snag any more this batting practice. In the process of running around trying to get a ball from the Giants I ended up losing the ball I kept. Later on someone told me how they found a ball in the first row and gave it to a kid. So well I got a few to add to my numbers but not to my collection!
After Bp like any other day I headed over to the wall to see if I could get any autographs and i ended up getting a Todd Helton photo I recently printed up signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies, his first pitch to the Giants Gregor Blanco was a ball. Juan did strike him out for the first out of the inning. The next batter Marco Scutaro hit a double.
Nicasio then struck out Brandon Belt for the second out and really seemed to have his stuff. He then did walk Buster Posey but came back to strike out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning. He worked out of the 2 runners on and struck out 3 great first inning performance by Juan.
Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants. Dexter Fowler started with a lead off single and was then out at second after trying to steal. It was close but he was called out.
He was removed from the game in the second because of something wrong with his knee which happened during the steal attempt.
Michael Cuddyer than hit a hard-line drive to right field which Hunter Pence had a run on till the wall got in his way, no it was not a homer it stayed in and Hunter hit the wall pretty hard and did not make the catch.
This is a photo from immediately after hitting the wall.
The Giants trainer and manager came running out to see if he was OK, he was down a while. He did stay in the game. I think it was the magic trainers towel that cured him of what ever injury he had. We always joke about how the trainers run out with the towel but what is it really for if there is not a cut or something.
With Cuddy on third Wilin Rosario came to bat and he grounded to Sandoval at third for the third out of the inning.
Nicasio then had another good inning in the second. He struck out Brandon Crawford, followed by a pop out by Francisco Peguro and struck out Zito for the third out. 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings.
Helton would get the Rockies on the board in the second with a 2 run home run for his 2497 hit of his career. Arenado lead the inning off with a single. Todd is now 3 hits away from #2500.
Nicasio faced 4 Giants batters in the 3rd walking Scutaro and giving up a hit to Brandon Belt. Posey hit into a double play to end the inning.
Charles Blackmon who replaced Dexter Fowler in the second inning started the third inning off with his 4th home run of the year. To give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
Another one of those great Coors sunsets.
Nicasio had another 1,2,3 inning in the 4th and struck out 2 more Giants batters.
In the 4th inning with Arenado on third, Helton on second (reached base on a walk) and Charlie Culbertson on first Jonny Hererra hit a line drive over Brandon Crawfords head that caught Helton off guard looked like it was going to left for a single. Crawford grabbed it and threw back to second where Scutaro was covering the bag.
Helton made it back safe on the high throw.
Juan Nicasio added to his cause in the inning with one out and base’s loaded he hit a single to score Arenado from third to give he and the Rockies a 4-0 lead.
Arenado crossing home for the Rockies 4th run.
Zito pitching with Todd on third and Nicasio on first. Culbertson was also on second, but not in photo. Helton went on and scored in the inning. To give a 5-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario hit a double with 1 out in the 5th. He was picked of at second for the second out and Arenado flew out to left to end the inning.
Wilton Lopez came in and pitched in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
Nicasio pitched 6 complete striking out 9, walking 2, hitting 2 batters on 5 hits giving up no runs!
Lopez struck out Scutaro to end the 7th facing only 3 batters and recording 2 strike outs in the inning.
Jeff Francis cam into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th to make things interesting!
Sandoval lead off the inning with a fly out to right.
Looks like Cuddy misplayed it slightly but came up with the catch! After getting the 1st 2 batters out he had a tough time with out #27 of the game.
Peguero got a single and advanced to second on an offense indifference (stole the base without anyone caring)!
Joaquin Arias hit a pinch hit double to score the run.
Peguero scoring the Giants first run in the 9th inning 6-1 Rox
Then the 27th out came Finally came when Blanco flew out to Blackmon in center to end the game.
The Rockies 6th run came in the 7th, just incase you were wondering how the score was 6-1!!!
So that is it for this first game back at Coors for this home stand.
Well See you at Coors.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was interesting in batting practice with in about 30 seconds of getting to the pavilions I had a shot at 2 baseballs one fell short into the first row and the second was to my right and I ran down the Isle and over ran the ball and it skimmed of the top of my head not really not hitting me it just took off my hat! I did get that ball. During the Pirates batting Practice I came close to a few but did not catch any then there was a ball hit about 4 or five rows up on the other side of aisle so I headed towards it, I went to hope the rail between the sections like I have many times and missed the bleacher seat on the other side and landed in the seat hitting my head on the top of the seat, I ended up bruising my shoulder, skinning my left knee, getting a cut under my right eye and getting another cut on my left ankle and the next day had a sore rib, also did not get the ball. I think my pride was hurt more than the injuries!
Andrew McCutchen grounded out to third for the last out of the inning.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 1st inning against the Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. They did get a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead
The Pirates got there first run and tie the game 1-1 in the 4th inning on a Russell Martin double.
Roger (Troy Tulowitzki) Dorn argues a strike out looking call once agin. Getting kicked out for it was just not enough. Sooner or later they are just gonna start tossing him more.
Garrett Jones slid into third in the 6th inning for a triple scoring Russell Martin from first and the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. Jones would also score on a Jose Tabata single 3-1 Pirates.
The Rockies fort back immediately in the 6th when Michael Cuddyer got things started with a single and advanced to second on a fly ball hit to center and Cuddy tagged up and reached second great hustle play by him in my opinion this is what really got the motivation for this team up.
Nolan Arenado than hit a double scoring Cuddy (3-2) Pirates. The next batter Jonny Herrera walk to have runners on first and second.
Charlie Blackmon came into pinch hit for Nicasio and hit a double to score Arenado to tie the game at 3.
Herrera and Blackmon both scored on a Dexter Fowler single for a 5-3 lead.
Dexter Fowler at second with the fist bump to Rene Lacheman.
Clint Hurdle would remove Burnett from the game after the Fowler at bat and Tony Watson would come into pitch for the Rockies.
Corey Dickerson hit a single to left field scoring Fowler and advancing to third on a throw from Starling Marte that Pedro Alvarez missed.
Corey Dickerson rounding first.
Fowler sliding into third as Alvarez gets the ball.
but does not hold onto the ball to score Fowler.
Corey Dickerson reaching third.
Josh Outman pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he started the inning by giving up a single to Josh Harrison on the first pitch of the inning. He hit the next batter Starling Marte. Alex Presley came in to pinch run for him. Neil Walker hit into a double play that Clint Hurdle did not agree with!!
He came out and was arguing with 2nd base umpire Adrian Johnson.
He must of said some key words because well Adrian Johnson tossed him from the game. it was awesome to see a manager get fired up!
Rex Brothers came in the 9th inning. He walked Gabby Sanchez to start the inning. Things got rough after he allowed the Next 2 batters Alex Presley and Neil Walker hit singles Sanchez scored on the Walker single which cut into the Rockies 3 run lead.
Walt Weiss heads out to the mound to talk to Rex.
It must have worked!
Brothers than struck out McCutchen and..
Alvarez to end the game and the Rockies won the second against the Pirate 6-4.
That is it for the second game from the Pirates series got another from this series.
So see you at Coors!
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This being a day game there was no batting practice. So it was just a bunch of hanging out before the game.
Juan Nicasio was the starter for the Rockies. He pitched one of the best games I have seen him pitch in a long time he pitched 7 scoreless innings. Only giving up 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 9. 2 of the strike outs were in the 1st. inning. He struck out Christian Yelich and Logan Morrison. Also in the 1st was one of the hits and that was a double to Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton.
D.J. LeMahieu hit to the Marlins second baseman at this at bat in the 1st. inning for the second out of the inning.
Carlos Gonzalez getting ready to swing at his 1st. inning at bat.
Here he is taking another swing in which was a strike and he did strike out this at bat.
Charlie Blackmon made an awesome catch in foul territory to get Donovan Solano out in the second inning. This was the best photo from the catch because the security guard get in the way while Charlie was making the catch.
Nicasio’s final line under the first photo!
Nicasio pitching in the 7th inning as it started to rain at Coors.
During the 7th inning stretch the grounds crew pulled out the tarp after the Marlins started taking the field but the rain did start to get really heavy. There was than a 1 hour and 33 minute delay. The game was still scoreless to this point.
He is some boredom photography from the rain delay!
After the tarp came off the field and the sun came out Dan Jennings came into the game for the Marlins starter. Nathan Evoldi who pitched 6 scoreless innings. The Rockies got 3 hits and walked twice, he struck out 4.
Adam Ottavino pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and after starting real strong striking out the first 2 batters he faced he gave up 2 singles and a run.
The run was scored on a wild pitch scoring Rob Brantly from third. (1-0) Marlins
Troy Tulowitzki who sat this game pinch hit in the pitches spot in the 8th. here he let a strike sneak by!
He made contact and…………(ooooh Suspense)
…..and popped it up to…..
… the Marlins pitcher Chad Qualls. That is a little different from popping out to the first or third base man.
The 9th inning Wilton Lopez came into pitch and they may as well put a batting tee at home plate for the Marlins to hit from. Christian Yelich hit a ground rule double to start the inning.
followed by this Stanton double as a result Yelich would score the Marlins second run. Morrison would make the first out of the inning but with one out Ed Lucas hit a single and Solano would go deep with a 2 run home run with the third and fourth run of the inning. giving the Marlins a 5-0 lead. Now I have mentioned before about Lopez’s poor performances but he has had really good innings and every 4th or 5th appearance he just totally falls apart.
Wilton Lopez coming of the field after the Solano home run. Mitchell Boggs would pitch for the Rockies and get the next to batters to ground out and got the Rockies out of the 8th inning.
After Rosario’s double the Marlins brought in their closer Steve Cishek.
Jonny Herrera ended the game by hitting into a double play and the Rockies would lose for the 5-3 and the series 3-1. Now this was a pretty good pitching series and the bats were not there for the most part.
So I am finally done with the Marlins series and now on to the Brewers series!!!
It was a little better than this one! I hope I can get throw the next 3 games before the Rockies return next week.
Well that’s it for this one.
Keep checking back for the rest of the post from what seemed like the never-ending home stand!