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!!!!
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!
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of series.
My 48th game at Coors this year. 60th with the Springs and road trip.
The Brewers had some heavy hitters in Batting Practice unfortunately I was unable to snag anything today. Seems like I get shut out more than I get anything these days. I have been to 51 MLB games this year and have 21 baseballs. Most people would think that is pretty good, but for someone who is out there at BP everyday it is not the best of numbers. In past years I have done a lot better in batting practice.
Todays starting pitcher for the Rockies was Tyler Chatwood. He had a incredible outing more on that in a bit. But he did strike out 3 of the 4 batters he faced in the 1st. Tyler had 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings. At first I wondered if the Umpire just had a huge strike zone or if he was really pitching that well.
I first wondered about the strike zone because the Brewers starter Wily Peralta also struck out 2 in the first inning. Then I did realize that the strike outs were mostly swinging and there were not many called strikes There were only 4 called strikes between the 3 batters that Chatwood faced in the first and only Dexter Fowler struck out looking during his at bats. So it was defiantly a very good start for Tyler.
The Rockies got some runs in the 2nd inning, it started with Michael Cuddyer walked to lead off the inning followed by a Todd Helton single. Wilin Rosario would also walk to load the base’s.
The fourth batter of the inning was Charlie Blackmon who popped out to Jean Segura at short.
Nolan Arenado would take a swing and drop the ball and it would deflect off Peralta.
Arenado running to first as the ball rolls slowly towards Ricky Weeks at second.
Weeks fielding the deflected ball hit by Arenado. That would score Cuddyer from third.
Helton and Rosario at home after scoring on the Chatwood double.
D.J. LeMahieu would get the hit to score the Rockies fourth run of the inning. Arenado scored on this hit to short that would get Fowler out at second, but still allow Arenado to score 4-0 Rockies.
Tulo would hit to short to get LeMahieu out at second to end the inning. Tulo was the ninth batter of the inning.
Not much happened in the 3rd. Chatwood got all 3 Brewers he faced in the inning to ground out and would then strike out an additional 2 batters in the 4th. That was his 6th and 7th of the game.
The Rockies had another productive inning in the 4th scoring 4 runs. Charlie Blackmon started the inning with single and Arenado followed with a single both of them and LeMahieu would score. Dexter Fowler would be tagged out at home on a Tulo single trying for the third run of the inning. But that did not happen till Michael Cuddyer hit a single to short and LeMahieu scored.
Chatwood would give up 2 runs in the 6th but stayed in the game and pitched the 7th inning. He would only give up the 2 runs and 6 hits striking out 11 and walking no batters he really attacked the strike zone and kept the ball low which resulted into many ground outs when he was not striking out the Brewers. There was absolutely no fly outs to the out field. The only 2 outs that were in the air was a line out to Helton in the 5th and another to Arenado in the 7th.
Manny Corpas came in and finished the game for the rockies he also pitched well he struck out 2 and allowed a run on a 9th inning solo home run to Carlos Gomez. he did allow a hit in the 8th but worked his way out of it with a force out and a double play to end the inning.
The hit was by Rickie Weeks.
He was out at second on a Norichika Aoki hit to Tulo at short. Weeks came in a little hard and Tulo did not throw to first but got the lead runner. Tulo did have a second opportunity for a double play on a Segura hit which did result into a inning ending double play.
Manny Corpas came up for his own at bat in the 9th but struck out swinging on 3 Pitches.
Burke Badenhop pitched the 8th and 9th for the Brewers. He was the Brewers third pitcher of the game for the Brewers. He only faced 6 batters in the 2 innings. Peralta was taken out of the game in the 4th inning and replaced by Rob Wooten.
The Rockies won this one 8-3 in this incredible performance by Tyler Chatwood 11 strike outs and 2 RBI’s and pitching through the 7th. Not a bad night for him.
The Rockies celebrate this win against the Brewers still playing catch up with this home stand that won’t seem to go away the Rockies have been on the road 4 days and I still have 2 games to go!!!
The Rockies have been in Atlanta and it has not been a great series they got swept losing all for and head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates who are playing very well.
Lets hope it goes a little better for the Rockies against them then in Atlanta.
Well that is it for this one. Got some games coming up with Minor League affiliates while the Rockies are on the road!
See you around!
Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Game 1 of the 2 game series, 3rd game of the road trip.
Saturday after the Clippers game I drove over night to N.Y., I hung out there Monday and I headed for Boston on Tuesday Morning.
I checked into the hotel and headed to Fenway after a few laps around the area looking for parking we found a spot not too far away. My friend Chris from N.Y. came up to Boston with me for these games.
We got to the stadium about 2 hours before the game and had to pick our tickets up from V.I.P will call which everyone said was the will call by the D gate on Yawkey and Van Ness street. after I waited online I was told, when I got to the window that my tix were at the will call at another entrance. So we had to be walked to the window since Yawkey Way is closed and considered inside the stadium when gates are opened. So we got our tickets and headed into the stadium.
As we entered the field area the Rockies were taking batting practice and I wanted to head straight to right field and see if I could snag a baseball, being so amazed by the stadium I just stayed by the left field side and took in the stadium.
As I entered the field area I can’t even explain the things that was going through my head. It was just the ahh of being at Fenway, the players that have played for this team, the history and Green Monster. The field almost has a personality of its own and the stands have their own character. It is almost like they are as much as a part of the team as the legendary, Iconic and Hall of Fame Players that called this stadium home for over 100 years.
The press box and behind home plate area.
Then I headed out towards the green monster.
Here is a look of it from the left field line.
Jenny and the Cowboy interviewing Carlos Gonzalez during the pre-game show.
Todd Helton signing for the fans at Fenway.
Marc Stout waiting to go live pondering the history of this stadium and what Stoutistics he could find!! O.K. maybe not, but that is my story and I am sticking with it!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra played God Bless America and the National Anthem.
The Musical Director Andris Nelsons threw out the ceromonial first pitch.
A look at the field during the National Anthem.
Ryan Dempster throwing the first pitch to Dexter Fowler.
Fowler walked to get on base.
D.J. LeMahieu dropped a bunt advanced Dex to second and got and base.
Red Sox catcher Jarod Saltalamacha could not come up with it.
Carlos Gonzalez popped out and Michael Cuddyer hit into a double play to get D.J. out at second and himself out at first. Dex remained on base.
Cuddyer out at first base.
The scoreboard in the outfield was cool they had to change the out of town scoreboard between innings.
The Red Sox got things started fast against the Rockies starter Juan Nicasio. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ball down the left field line that was fair and a fan grabbed the ball for fan interference double.
It was the guy on the corner behind the guy in white.
The umpire talking to the fan that interfered not sure if he was ejected or not but I think the Ump warned him.
Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a Dustin Pedroia single, Red Sox up by 1. The Red Sox scored 1 more in the inning. Nicasio walked 2 in the inning the Red Sox got 3 hits and Ellsbury fan interference.
Wilin Rosario with one out in the 2nd inning hit a solo home run.
Over the Green Monster in left. Ball is circled in red. (2-1) Red Sox
This was the first time I had seen Corey Dickerson in a Rockies uniform since being called up. I think the above photo was a foul.
He did ground out this at bat to second.
Here is a look of Fenway during Jacoby Ellsbury’s at bat in the second inning. He grounded out for the second out of the inning. The Red Sox rallied in the inning. Shane Victorino hit a double and scored on a Dustin Pedroia double.
David Ortiz doubled, Mike Napoli hit a single so did Daniel Nava also singled. The Red Sox scored 3 in the inning. (5-3) Red Sox
The Red Sox snt 8 batters to the plate in the 2nd. The Rockies went down in order in the 3rd.
J.D. Drew pops out to left in the 3rd.
Cargo making the catch for the first out in the 3rd inning.
Jose Iglesias gets back to first after hitting a single with one out. He and Ellsbury would also score in the inning.
Nicasio was taken out of the game in the third inning.
Walt Weiss takes the ball from Juan Nicasio. He left the game after 2 1/3. He gave up 12 hits 7 runs walked 2 and struck out 2.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch he struck out David Ortiz and Mike Napoli flew out to end the inning. The red sox did pick up 2 more runs in the inning. (7-1) Red Sox
Michael Cuddyer got things going for the Rockies in the 4th. he got a lead of single and advanced to second on a wild pitch or passed ball.
He did eventually score on a Nolan Arrenado single. (7-2) Red Sox
Cory dickerson moved to third on the Arrenado single, Corey was hit by a pitch to get on base.
In the bottom of the 4th J.D. drew hit a ball to deep center which hit the top of the wall and bounced up and came back on the field it was close to being a home run. The Umpires headed in to review the play.
Drew at third base talking to the umpire who remained on the field while the other 3 went into review the play.
The umpires came out and ruled it a triple. There was no one on base when he hit it but did score on a Jose Iglesias singe (8-2) Red Sox
The Rockies once again did not do anything in the 5th. Above is a photo of Todd and David Ortiz after he was walked in the 5th inning. When I took this photo I was thinking of all the stats compiled by these to over the last 15+ years. That is a lot of home runs, doubles, hits and RBI’s.
Manny Corpas came in in the 6th inning to pitch for the Rockies he pitched well in the 6th. He only face 3 batters for the first 1,2,3 inning of the game for the Rockies. The Rockies scored 2 in the 7th and the Red Sox scored 2 more in the bottom of the inning. (10-4) Red Sox
One of the Rockies runs was on a Jonny Herrera hit a triple to left center and Shane Victorino hit the wall pretty hard trying to field it.
Nolan Arrenado crosses the plate for the first of the Rockies 2 runs in the 7th.
I could not believe this when I saw it the wave going around Fenway Park. I am not a fan of the wave and this is just wrong this also happened in Wrigley earlier in the year when the Rockies were there. Not a fan of the wave.
The Red Sox won this one 11-4. it was a very rough day at Fenway. It was really cool to be at this stadium definitely a favorite. It was everything I expected and more the staff was really great the access before the game to be able to move around the stadium. You were able to get to lower sections to see players and get autographs.
That is it for this game have another one from this series. Taking a little time to get these done because of lack of Wi-fi which has been a theme this year. If you remember we had trouble with this at spring training also.
More games to come after a few days in NY I will get back to games seeing a bunch in the next week.
Follow the adventure live on Twitter been trying to post as much as possible from games.
Thanks to Mary O for helping out with the tickets for this game wish you could have made the trip.
Nationals vs. Rockies
Think I finally got the correct amount of games this was my 36th game of the year! Yes have not missed a home game! So I have been off a few games on my count. That would be 38 including the Springs.
Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies He faced 3 batters in the 1st. Denard Span lined out to Helton at first. Jeff Kobernus hit a single he got caught stealing and Ryan Zimmerman struck out.
Ross Ohlendorf and his late 1800/early 1900 wind up started for the Nationals. He has a wind up that he swings both his arms before bring his hands above his head and than throwing the pitch.
Here are a few photos of his wind up.
It is a very different pitching motion these days for pitchers. Watching him pitch looked like something you would see in old grainy newsreels!
The Rockies only got 1 hit off of him 1 hit and only 2 base runners in the first 5 innings. Jonny Herrera got a single in the 1st and Nolan Arenado walked in the 5th.
The nationals took the lead in the 4th Ryan Zimmerman walked to start the inning and scored on a Ian Desmond single. Desmond would make the third out of the inning by being picked off between first and second. Yorvit Torrealba threw to Todd Helton at first to Herrera at second for the out.
The Rockies would get there run in 6th. Carlos Gonzalez hit a 20ut triple and scored Jonny Herrera. The Nationals did score 3 in the top half of the inning The Nationals lead was 4-1.
Jorge pitch till the 6th inning and Adam Ottavino came in to pitch. Jorge was responsible for 2 of the runs and Ottavino for 1. Chris Volstad came in and pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies he let up a run also. Volstad was called up from Colorado Springs earlier this day. room for him on the roster was made by the Release of fan favorite and great guy Eric Young Jr. it sucks that he was released but he has not been having that great of a season and others have been more productive of the bench. He had a few bad plays in the outfield and did not hit well as a pinch hitter this year. He was always really great with the fans and will be missed at Coors. Hope nothing but the best for him and hope he gets picked up soon.
Todd Helton runs to 1st after Jhonatan Solano dropped a third strike ball to end the game not much in this somewhat of a pitchers duel between the Rockies and Nationals. The Rockies had trouble getting batters on base in this O.K. start for Jorge. He did pitch well till the 6th and did strike out 5 Nationals. in his 5.1 innings. he gave up 3 runs and 4 hits. Not a bad start but the bats failed to give him run support. Stinks to see a good pitching out fall apart and he was not backed up by the offence. well that is it for this short post. Got another one in this series and the Phillies are at Coors this weekend.
See You at Coors!
My Road Trip starts next week!!!!
Stops include Boston!
Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies
Thinking 34 games!
Before this game I was working in the Superior Area and noticed this on my way to the stadium. I noticed that it was in the Rocky Mountain Park Area not knowing that this was not the biggest fire that was started this day. The Fire in the Black forest area was a lot worse being in a more developed area of the state. Hope everything is well and gets better for the people in the effected areas.
This is the first time I ever got all the team things on the board, had to use it!
Jhoulys Chacin started the game for the Rockies the Nationals did get 2 base runners on in the inning, but did not score on a Ryan Zimmerman double and Jayson Werth walked.
Nolan Arenado hit a double in the Rockies first as well and was also left on base he was the Rockies only runner in the first for them. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki both struck out in the inning.
Dan Haren was the starting pitcher for the Nationals.
Today we decided to wonder a little during the game. Here is a photo of Jhoulys from slightly to the third base side of home plate.
The Nationals would score 2 in the 3rd inning. Ian Desmond lead the inning off with a walk he would get out at third for the force on a Kurt Suzuki hit. Denard Span hit a double scoring Anthony Rendon and Suzuki. (2-0) Nats
Andy LaRoche on first in the 3rd inning with Todd Helton holding him at first and Jhoulys Pitching.
Helton hitting a ball which he was out on a ground ball to second base with Tulo running from first.
Jayson Werth sliding past second in the 5th inning.
Got some photos from above the bullpen when I was out by right field. Wilton lope stretching.
Matt Belisle also stretching.
Manny Corpas warms up.
The Rockies did not score till the 5th inning but when they did the runs kept coming in true Rockies style. The first 2 were on a Tyler Colvin home run his first since being called back up. Wilin Rosario was on base after walking to start the inning.
Carlos Gonzalez got in the act with a three run home run of his own, his 18th of the season. (5-2) Rox
Here he is after crossing the plate with Dexter Fowler and Jordan Pacheco on base.
Troy Tulowitzki hitting a single in the 5th. He would be left on base after Wilin Rosario flew out on his second at bat of the inning. 10 batters came to the plate in the inning.
Jhoulys Chacin was taken out of the game after 5 innings and was replaced in the 6th with Manny Corpas after Manny batted for himself in the 6th Josh Outman came into to pitch in the 7th. Above is Outman throwing in the 7th.
Josh Outman seemed to be hurt, he seemed to have landed on the mound wrong or something. He took a few throws and left in the game.
Outman was later removed from the game and Wilton Lopez came into finish the inning.
This is the first time I have photographed Wilton from this angle and never noticed how high is leg lift was. Usually I am further down the first base line.
The National score a third run in the 8th inning on a Ian Desmond double, Jayson Werth scored from first after he walked to get on base. (5-1) Rox
Rob Scahill pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies. The Rockies had a 5 run lead after scoring 3 in the 8th. Tyler Colvin would hit his second home run of the game another 2 run shot, scoring himself and Rosario again. Arenado scored D.J. LeMahieu when he hit into a double play to make the score 8-3. The best part was that Scahill took the mound with a 5 run lead and it stayed that way unlike the other night when he gave up a bunch of runs and the bull pen slightly imploded. The bull pen did a great job of keeping the Rokies in the game and Jhoulys had a good start. He did only go 5 innings but only gave up the 2 runs on 7 hits walking and striking out 2. so he had some runners and held them on base for the most part.
Tyler Colvin high fiving his teammates after the win. He was the player of the game after his 2 home runs for 4 of the 8 runs scored by the Rockies. good to see has come back strong and hopefully will keep up the good hitting. He did actually strike out twice also but we will let him slide this time on that if he strikes out 2 time and goes 0-4 or something it maybe an issue but with 2 homers it’s O.K.!!
Well that is it for this one the Rockies won the first game of the series.
2 more left in this series and I was there so check back for the photos from those to games. Some crazy stuff happing this series at Coors.
See You There!!!
Padres vs. Rockies Game 3
My according to posts this is my 33rd game of the year. Still need to really figure this out!
This game was a nationally televised game on Fox. It was also Military Appreciation day. so the Rockies worn special Camo caps. Here are a few of the guys in the special hats.
So I have noticed that some players don’t leave the field until The Colors are taken off the field or are pretty close to leaving the field Michael Cuddyer is known for doing this. This is Matt Belise waiting after the National Anthem.
As you can see he is the only one still standing as everyone else gets ready for the game.
Jim Wright along with Wilin Rosario and Jeff Francis head in from the bullpen. Jerry Weinstein was also with them but off to the right. As he went by he tossed out a few baseballs and he threw one to Jared who missed it I was able to retrieve the ball from the warning track with my camera lens by knocking it back to the wall and grabbing it! I did give the ball to Tanya who was with use at the wall.
Here is Jeff Francis throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. The Padres got a run in the inning on a Chase Headley base hit to right scoring Evereth Cabrera from second. Cabrera walked to get on base and stole 2nd for his 27th stolen base of the year.
The Rockies did not score in the 1st and the Padres and Rockies did not score in the 2nd. The Rockies tied the game in the 3rd. Dexter Fowler single and moved over to third on a Eric Young Jr. single. he scored the run in the inning on a throwing error by the catcher Yasmani Grandal to second on the play Carlos Gonzalez struck out and EYJ stole second and Dex went home on the error.
Cameron Maybin dives back to 1st after walking to get on base in the 4th. Kyle Blanks started the inning for the Padres with a home run to take a 2-1 lead.
Maybin stole second during Grandal’s at bat. He would score on a Evereth Cabrera double scoring Maybin and Denorfia. (4-2) Padres
Francis did not pitch terribly in the game but he created a lot of traffic and ran a high pitch count. Throwing 93 pitches in just 4 inning. That is over 23 pitches and inning averaged out. The 4th inning he pitched I believe over 30 pitches.
Adam Ottavino came into pitch the 5th and 6th inning. He pitched well giving up 3 hits but no runs.
Manny Corpas pitched the 7th and 8th for the Rockies he struck out 3 and gave up 1 hit and 0 runs. Once again the bullpen kept the Rockies in the game after the starter gave up runs.
Tyler Colvin came into in a double switch in the 7th inning. Batting 9th for the pitches spot. in his first at bat since being called up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox he grounded out but did score the Rockies 2nd run of the game. D.J. LeMahieu scored from third he hit a triple to get on base.
D.J. sliding into 3rd.
During the 9th inning there was an awesome sunset happening over the mountains here is the photo I got of it I would normally head to the upper deck for sunset photos but since it was the bottom of the 9th in a close game I did not want to take my attention away from the field.
As the sun was setting and the Rockies Jonny Herrera tried to get things going with a lead off single and Nolan Arenado walked.
D.J. LeMahieu set down a sacrifice bunt to advance them both. Now with runners in scoring position and only one out things were looking good for the Rockies a base hit would tie the game. Tyler Colvin would come up for his second at bat since being called up and he would line out to second base and was not able to advance the runners.
With 2 outs and the runners still at 2nd and third Dexter Fowler came to the plate. This is a roll he is usually very good in runners on and the game on the line. He also could tie the game with a single. Now over the years I have seen him tie the game and hit many walk off hits. Unfortunately that did not happen this night he would strike out swinging and the game would be over. This wasn’t that bad of a game as far as pitching Francis could have pitched better and reduced a lot of traffic and pitched more efficiently. He did get him out of situations and the score could have been a lot worse. On the offensive side there were many missed opportunities the last inning was a prime example of that but in the game the Rockies were 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position(RISP). They left 8 runners on base. The Padres starter came in the game with almost a 4 ERA and we only scored 2 against him and he stayed in the game for 7 innings. The bullpen held this game together for 5 innings and have really kept the Rockies in many games this year excluding the game on Friday. This will only last so long because you can’t over use them to carry the game for more innings than your starter. I would be great to see Francis and all our starters go 7 inning like Stultz did and so many other pitchers that the Rockies face. Even when they are pitching well they get removed in the 6th.
Well that is it for this one. Got another from the weekend to get done before the Nationals are in town Tues. Wens. and Thurs.
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Omaha Stormchasers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
The Stormchasers are the triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
This is my first game of the year down in the Springs.
After turning around twice once because I came to the conclusion that shorts was not a great idea and that I needed a jacket and the second because I forgot the jacket. I was finally on my way to the Springs for the first game down there this year. Like always I got down there about 2 hours before the start of the game I leave Denver early one so I don’t hit traffic 2 is to go see if I can find baseballs or as we like to call them Easter eggs, basically it is just searching for baseballs outside the stadium. There was no batting practice today and the tarp was still on the field, so I thought I may not find any but you never know. So I walked around the fields outfield walls and did not find any I than decided to walk along the stream that runs behind the stadium and found the first Easter egg of the day and the year.
It was about 2 feet up on the bank of the stream. I actually walked past it the first time past, which happens often while searching out there. The tarp was on the field when I got there. There was no batting practice so no chance of getting any others hit out. So I went and sat in my truck before getting my tickets and head into the stadium. I immediately headed down to the first baseline for autographs. I needed a few Sky Sox on my Rockies photo I have been working on since they were with the Rockies at the beginning of the season. I got Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Wheeler were 2 of the 4 I needed. I also got a few cards signed by Tim Wheeler, Drew Pomeranz and Tyler Colvin. I also brought my 2010 Rockies team ball with hopes of getting Aaron Cook, but he was on the disabled list and was not there. I did get Manny Corpas who I also needed on the ball . Another person I needed on my photo was Chris Volstad who was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox.
Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Stormchasers Irving Fulu. Fulu started the game with a single and would score 2 batters later when Johnny Giavotella hit a double. The Stormchasers would score 2 runs in the inning.
The first pitch by Volstad was a strike to Fulu.
The last out and 8th batter of the first inning for the Stormchasers was Ex-Rockie and Sky Sock Willy Taveras.
He would ground out to Short Stop Tommy Manzella.
Manzella throwing to Ben Paulson at first for the out.
Nate Adcock was the starting pitcher for the Stormchasers.
He walked Cory Dickerson and Dickerson got into his HEAD! HEEE”SS IN YOOOO HHHEEEAAADDD!!!!
D.J. Lemahieu hit a ball to the Stormchasers short stop who had a little trouble with a bounce.
Advancing Dickerson to second.
Dickerson and Lemahieu would both score to tie the game.
Tyler Colvin ended the inning grounding out to the short stop who got Ben Paulson out at second. No relevance just tried to get Tyco into the post!
Here is a random shot of a bunch of players in the dugout.
Somewhere around the second inning Amy, Jared and Rachel showed up. I did not take to many photos for a few innings. The Stormchasers got 2 runs in the 3rd both were home runs the first hit by Giavotella and the second by Chad Tracy. Tracy was also a former Sky Sox player. The Sky Sox responded with 3 runs of their own the first a home run by Matt Mcbride. Ben Paulson who hit a double would score and so would Tyler Colvin who walked to get on base. Another home run was hit by the Stormchasers Max Ramirez in the 5th inning. In the 6th Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot of his own.
Manny Corpas came into the game for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning. Replacing Volstad who went 5 innings giving up 5 runs, 9 hits including 3 home runs. he did strike out and walked 2. Corpas pitched 3 inning striking out 3 and not giving up any runs or hits. The only 2 base runner were an error at short hit by Fulu in the 6th and a walk to Chad Tracy 8th.
Gregg Golson steals 2nd in the 7th inning after he was walked by the Stormcahasers Evan Teaford. Teaford only lasted 2/3 of an inning. He replaced Adcock who pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 runs, 10 hits, striking out 3 and giving up 2 home runs to the Sky Sox.
Golson was safe at second. The score was 6-5 Sky Sox at this point. The Sky Sox scored 3 more runs in the 8th on Matt Mcbrides 2nd home run of the night, he had a great night going 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and a single. They went on to win 9-5. after the game we hung around for a little while to see if we could get some more autographs and I ended up getting the other 2 Sky Sox players I needed on my Rockies photo Rob Scahill and Chris Volstad. I also got a few cards signed by Volstad.
A few other guys including D.J. Lemahieu stopped, but I did not have anything for most of them. Amy did get a photo I took of D.J. last year signed from a double play last year. It was a ball hit by Matt Kemp and that is Mark Ellis sliding into second. He said that was actually his favorite play he made last year.
The Sky Sox are now 23-14 and in first place by a half game in the Pacific Coast North Division.
That is it from the Springs the Rockies and I will be returning to Coors for a 4 game series against the first place S.F. Giants and 3 against the Diamondback. This is a very important home stand for the Rockies. The Giants are currently leading the National League west by a game and a half over the Diamondbacks and 2 over the Rockies.
See you at Coors!