Braves vs. Rockies
3rd game of Series my 12th of the year at Coors.
This game was a lot warmer than the double-header the day before. It was about 50 degrees for most of the game and sunny. It was great to watch a game not wearing 5 layers of clothes for the cold.
Today being a day game that means there was no batting practice, but I did get my second ball of the year a toss-up from Chris Nelson. It was the first 20th Anniversary ball I had gotten.
Tyler Chatwood made his Rockies debut for the year after starting in the year in Colorado Springs. He was called up after Rob Scahill who came up because of Jhoulys Chacin going on the disabled list got optioned back to Colorado Springs.
Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.
Chatwood takes the mound for his 2013 Rockies debut. The first batter he faced was the Braves Ramiro Pena It was a shaking looking start after he walked. B.J. Upton hit into a Double play and Justin Upton hit a single, Chatwood got Freddie Freeman to fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field.
Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for the Braves. He face 3 Rockies batters in the 1st. After Eric Young Jr. popped out to Juan Francisco at third. Dexter Fowler would walk and then got into Hudson’s head during Carlos Gonzalez’s at bat Hudson threw over to first a few times during the at bat. Cargo would hit into a double play getting himself out at first and Dex at second.
The Rockies with one out would go back to back with Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge both hit homers to give the Rockies 2 runs.
Josh Rutledge running to first after his home run in the 2nd inning.
The Braves would score 3 runs and the lead in the 4th inning on a series of hits. (3-2)
The Rockies would tie the score at 3 in the 4th inning. Chris Nelson started the inning with a triple and scored 2 batters later on a Tyler Chatwood single.
The Braves once again took the lead in the 6th inning scoring 2 runs Evan Gattis lead the inning with a double and scored. Dan Uggla who scored also reached on a Jonny Herrera error. The Braves took the 5-3 lead.
Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino took the mound for the Rockies in the 7th. He had another very good inning facing 3 Braves batters and finishing the inning by striking out Justin Upton.
The score remained the same till the Rockies made it get interesting in the 9th inning. Jordan Pacheco started off the inning pinch-hitting in the 7 spot which was the pitchers spot after a double switch in the 8th inning. Pacheco flew out to left. Jonny Herrera would redeem himself for the error in the 6th inning. He would score on a Dexter Fowler double scoring Jonny and Troy Tulowitki who hit a single to get on base as a pinch hitter. That tied up the game at 5.
Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.
Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.
Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.
Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.
With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.
Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.
In the most interesting move was putting catcher Yorvit Torrealba at first base. Yorvit pinch hit for the pitches spot in the 10th inning. he did fly out in that at bat but was kept in the game for his offence. He seemed like he could handle playing there well. He did seem a little nerves but he was only involved in one out in the 11th inning which was a ground out.
Eric Young Jr. hit a triple with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th and it looked like the Rockies had the win.
Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.
Eric Young Jr. being called out at home after the throw to Gattis.
After the Rockies did not score in the 11th and the Braves did not score in the 12th. The score remained tied at 5.
Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.
It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.
Matt Belise pitched for himself because nobody was left on the bench. He did make a few bunt attempts before striking out for the first out of the inning. Now Yorvit Torrealba who remained in the game at first base for his offense, paid off…..
He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.
The ball was coming in as he started his slide.
Gattis did not tag him and he was safe at home and the Rockies would get the 6th and winning run. So the Gamble at first base paid off for the Rockies Torvit hit the game winning single in the bottom of the 12th for the Rockies. The cool thing was that his catching partner was the winning run. Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.
the dugouts than emptied and the team celebrated this dramatic come from behind win. It is so awesome to see the drive and motivation to win this team has and then it seems like you never know who will hit the winning run or come through when needed. Reminds me of the 2007 and 2009 playoff years, not saying that is where this is going but sure would like to see it be a possibility. It is stile early in the season but it is just great to see great baseball being played by the Rockies at Coors.
Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.
Yorvit and Walt Weiss both with awesomely huge smiles. Great move keeping Yorvit in the Game Walt. If he had gave up an error at first that lost the game it would of been a bad decision, but since he hit the walk of single score the winning run it was genius!!!!
The Rockies Played 4 in Arizona since this game was played I just have been busy and can’t get these done as quick these days. But they lost 3 of 4 against the D’backs and are currently tied for first in the National League west with them at 15 and 10. The are starting a 3 game series in L.A. against the Dodgers. The Rockies also designated Chris Nelson for assignment during this week on the road which is kinda sad he was really cool to the fans and was always joking around with us and was just a fun guy to have around. Wish the best for him hope he gets picked up by a good team if he doesn’t stay in the Rockies organization. In his place the Rockies have brought up Nolan Arenado to play third base. In his first game in AZ he went 0-3 with a walk, but I know he is a lot better with a lot of power I have seen him play in Tulsa and the 2 years he has been in big league camp at spring training. This year in Colorado Springs he batted .364 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s.
Well That is it for this one the Rockies return home against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and than take on the Yankees next week. I should be there for all 6.
So See You at Coors!
Another against the Diamondbacks!
My 59th game of the year.
Do I really need a photo of the Helmets or scoreboard. I think not it is the 4th game of this series!!!!
Today I arrived a little late to batting practice but missed nothing. The Rockies stopped as people entered the pavilions. So I got there as the Diamondbacks got started. They hit a bunch of home runs to the pavilions. I had a bunch hit close but not close enough. I finally got the last ball of batting practice which bounced of the bleachers and I bobbled but got it! It was not a pretty snag but it was a snag. This was my 26th of the season.
So I headed by the Diamondbacks dugout.
Mike and his son. They are regulars on the weekends at Coors they travel from Aspen every week the Rockies are home.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch once again to the Diamondbacks Adam Eaton.
Chatwood sat the D’backs down in order just as Jeff Francis did the game before.
Instead of the lead off batter Josh Rutledge getting hit he flew out but then Trevor Cahill hit Charlie Blackmon.
Time out to play can you find the Rockpile Ranter!!!!
Jordan Pacheco hit a single and ended up on second on an error. Blackmon advanced to third.
Tyler Colvin crash’s into second after a Chris Nelson hit.
Nelson getting doubled up at first to end the inning.
He took a pretty good hit but remained in the game. Tyler hit a single to get on base which scored Charlie Blackmon, for a quick Rockies lead.
Ryan Wheeler grounded to Tyler Chatwood. Wheeler reached on a throwing error to first.
Josh Rutledge flips one to D.J. Lemahieu to get Wheeler at second for the final out of the second.
After the third inning I headed out to where the Rockpile Ranter was. Jason Kubel hit a 2 run home run in the 4th. The D’backs took a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies made sure they did not hold the lead long. The Rockies would also score 2 in the inning and take the lead back 3-2.
Matt McBride slides into second on a Andrew Brown single in the 4th inning scoring Colvin from third.
Tyler Chatwood moving the runners in the 4th.
D.J. Lemahieu moved to second and Brown moved to third.
Chatwood pitched 5.2 innings and Josh Outman came into the game for the Rockies. Chatwood pitched very well probably one of his best starts in a while. He struck out 3, let up 2 runs on three hits. Kept the ball on the ground very well for 10 in field outs, of the 14 outs he was in the game for.
Charlie Blackmon in left field.
Here he is making a catch in the 8th inning.
Andrew Brown hit a home run for a insurance run for the Rockies in the 8th inning. this was his 4th home run since being called up.
he hit it out above the auxiliary scoreboard in right for his first opposite field home run. here he is turning at third and high fiving Rich Dauer.
Josh Rutlegde throw to Lemahieu to attempt a force at second. Jason Kubel was safe on this Ryan Wheelers hit.
The safe call being called by 2nd base umpire Jim Joyce and Eric Young!!!
Rafael Bettancourt came in for the save. He got the first 2 batters out and let it get interesting giving up 2 singles to Kubel and Wheeler. The final out was to Tyler Colvin who moved to left when Dexter Fowler came into the game in the 7th for Andrew Brown. The Rockies avoided the sweep with this 4-2 win. It was nice not to see a bottom of the 9th. inning. This does not happen to much these days. It was really cool because of the last 3 games. The Rockies are now 59 and 94 and 6 games away from 100 lose’s. They are 1 lose away from their all-time most lose’s of 95. That was done twice 1993 and 2005.
This was the fastest game at Coors of the season 2 hours and 30 minutes.
For anybody wondering we did not get a Kirk Gibson autographs. I actually gave up and stopped caring. If he don’t want to give one after so many trys I don’t want one. Amy did try after batting practice and he said he did not have time and headed into the dugout. So much for “I only sign inside”. I don’t mind not getting autos, but when someone says they only sign inside 2 days in a row and don’t do it, it kinda sucks.
Three more games against the Cubs left at home.
See You at Coors!
This is the last game I attended at Spring training it was at Salt River Fields. Indians Vs. Diamondbacks. This was an off day for the Rockies and I had a 7:30 Flight. Which left me time for 1 more game before i left.
Cleveland Indians Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 22, 2011
This day their was a Diamondbacks Batting Practice in Side the stadium. During batting practice I caught 1 Ball with the Salt River Field inaugural season logo.
Before each game the Diamondbacks have 2 players signing autographs on the concourse. This day Juan Miranda & Willie Bloomquist had signed. I had each of them sign a D’backs pocket schedule.
This is a view from behind home plate before the game. After BP I headed over to the Indians dugout , out of habit because it is the same dugout the Rockies use for their home dugout when they play their games at SRF.
Former Rockies and now former Indians player Jason Nix, who was traded to the Blue Jays yesterday. Also in photo Orlando Cabrera.
Hey look hosers!!!
And here is the BNW to show off my mad photo skillz. Ok this is a photo of Indians top prospect catcher Carlos Santana ( not to be confused with the Guitar player with the same name)
Indians outfielder , 3 time all-star, 2 time gold glove winner and way to good to sign an autograph for any body over the age of 10, Grady Sizemore. He refused to sign autographs on anything but a baseball and it had to be handed to him by a kid. One day some of these players will realize that it is the older people are the fans also and we are the ones that pay for the tickets and are not there to make money off their autograph. We are true fans and are honored to meet players. especially All Stars that we very rarely seen in our National League Stadiums.
Signing autographs for the young fans at Salt River Fields. He did sign an autograph for an adult and the autograph looked like a Pollack painting. It did not even resemble the auto he signed for the kids.
The Indians Logo on the left sleeve. on the right sleeve they had a patch in memory of Bob Feller. Who passed away at the age of 92 this last December.
The umpires for today’s game at home plate.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Aaron Heilman throwing the first pitch to Indians Grady Sizemore who flew out in this at bat and later struck out. Its called Karma!!! His replacement and invitee Travis Buck hit 2 home runs and a single in his 3 at bats.
D’backs Justin Upton fouls off a pitch in the 1st inning.
Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona. He is throwing warm up pitchers check out the Short Stop in the background he looks like a 4-year-old that needs to pee!!!!!!
Justin Upton scores 1st. run off a Russell Braynan single.
Gerardo Parra Hi fives Upton after scoring the run.
Gerado Parra rounds first as he turns for his double.
Indians Catcher Carlos Santana at bat in the 2nd inning.
Ex Rockie and Arizona’s 1st. base coach Eric Young.
Indians Carlos Santana gets a hit in the 4th inning.
Indians invitee Jack Hannahan batting in the 7th inning. He struck out this at bat and this photo has no relevance to the game but I remembered seeing him play for Tacoma against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last year.
A view of a pitch from behind home plate late in the game.
The Cleveland Indians celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The final scoreboard Indians 7 D’Backs 3. attendance for today’s game was 11,794. It was a good day at the ball park for my last game of spring training. Just got to see some baseball on a perfect Scottsdale day.
Fans Leaving Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick
The Final photo I took as I exited Salt River Fields. I left out of the Rockies Gate.
Overall it was a great trip I like the new complex as a stadium. I was a bit perturbed about the lack of player access on the Rockies side but gained a new respect for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Which I hope the Rockies destroy as they are playing them @ Coors Field for opening day April 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks side of the complex was awesome had great interaction with players and fans and met many of their players and coaches. Most of my time before the games at Salt River Fields was spent on their side. I met many of their coaches that played when i was younger. I got a bunch of autographs from them more on the Diamondbacks side of the complex in a future post.
Well as I get ready for the Rockies workout for charity and Opening Day @ Coors Field I am in full swing and ready to blog to you from Coors Field this season. Hope to see you there.
“Is It April Yet?”