Dodgers vs. Rockies
Today was a autograph Sunday and they had to do it on the concourse which always adds to the craziness. The signers for todays game was Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Martin, Corey Dickerson and Eddie Butler. I got on Eddie Butlers line because I needed him on my team project and got him. I then got on Corey Dickerson’s line because I have a photo of him that I took in Ashville in 2011 after he hit a walk-off to win a game against the Greenville Drive.
Jorge De La Rosa Started for the Rockies. This start was not a very good start for him he started the game by walking Chone Figgins and Hanley Ramirez. With the 2 runners on Adrian Gonzalez struck out and things looked like they were picking up for him till Matt Kemp came to the plate. Kemp hit a 2 run triple to left-field. That gave the Dodgers a 2 to 0 lead. Jorge struck out the next 2 batters Scott Van Slyke and Jamie Romak. 7 of the first 9 outs were strike outs for him and it seemed like he was getting the strike outs but was going very deep into counts with batters. in the first inning he went 6 or more photos with everyone but Kemp.
Hanley Ramirez batting in the 1st inning.
Matt Kemp before hitting his 2 run triple.
Because of the rain the photos were kind of limited.
Clayton Kershaw was the starting pitcher for the dodgers and he pretty much owned the Rockies striking out the side in the 1st inning, by only throwing 13 pitch’s.
Troy Tulowitzki argues the called strike 3 to end the first inning. Seems to be a very familiar photo lately. I feel like I am taking it a lot.
Clayton Kershaw going into his wind up while pitching in the 2d inning. He did continue to strike out all 3 batters in the 2nd inning as well but the Rockies did get 2 hits off him in the inning, singles hit by Wilin Rosario and D.J. LeMahieu.
The Rockies got within 1 run of the Dodgers in the 4th inning on another familiar thing by Tulo and that was a lead off solo home run in the 4th inning. The Rain continued to fall and Jorge’s pitch count continued to rise!
Jorge was removed from the game in the 6th inning with 1 out and 2 men on. In the inning after getting the first out Hanley Ramirez hit a home run that is now being tracked by NORAD. It was hit towards the concourse and I think they said it was 472 feet and after the bounce ended up in Blackhawk! this still has not been confirmed but I think it hit someone sitting at a Penny slot machine.
Matt Belilse continued the imploding ways of the bullpen after he aloud 2 singles that scored 3 runs. 3 of those runs were charged to Jorge and he was responsible for 5 of the 6 runs. Jorge did strike out a total of 8 batters and walked 4.
The game then went into a a 1:35 minute rain delay and then was called because of the field conditions. This game probably should have been put into a delay earlier and that may have saved the field and may have saved the Rockies from giving up the 4 runs in the 6th inning. The rain did let up but when they pulled the tarp the field was a mess and the game was called.
So that is it by this run and rain saturated game. The Rockies are back at it for the next for game against the Atlanta Braves.
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!