Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Arrived a little late so did not go to batting practice today. Did go down to get autographs right after gates opened and did not get any Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Culberson and Chad Bettis all signed to day I did not get any autos the only person I had a chance to get was Blackmon but did not have anything for him. The rest signed for awhile but did not make it to where I was.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies and made the game interesting kind of quick. After striking out the first 2 batters you would think he has this…. Then he walked Paul Goldschmidt followed by Martin Prado hitting a double to score Goldschmidt.
The Diamondbacks scored 1 run in the inning. Jorge also walked Mark Trumbo in the inning. He did end the inning with a strike out but he did allow the 1 run and throw 42 pitches in the inning 13 to the first 2 batters and 10 to Miguel Montero before striking him out to end the inning.
Charlie Blackmon lead off the inning with his 7th consecutive hit in this series and is now 7 for 7 at home this year.
Jorge pitching did not improve in the 2nd but he did throw less pitches (19) and the D’backs did get a second run. The implosion continued in the 3rd inning when he gave up 2 more runs and threw 18 pitches for a 3 inning total of a lot! I mean 79 pitches. Which is horrendous on Avg. most pitches get out of inning with 15 or so.
After getting it together in the 4th he only threw 13 pitches and sat the D’backs batter down in order and did not give up another run. But he was now over a 100 pitches after 4. He was removed with 1 out in the 5th after walking Goldschmidt for the second time this game. He threw 101 pitches in les than 5 innings.
The Rockies did get on the bord in the 4th with 3 runs 2 on a Michael Cuddyer home run with Carlos Gonzalez on base and the third on Nolan Arenado’s solo home run 2 batters later. (4-2) D’backs
Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th and retired the 2 batters he faced in the inning. He did continue to pitch the 6th inning and very well only giving up 1 hit to Gerrado Parra.
The Rockies did get it going again in the 5th at the plate and scored 2 to take the lead 5-4. After Kahnle batted for himself and got out, who else but Charlie Blackmon lead the charge. with a single and scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single.
D.J. would then score on a Cargo single (5-4) Rox
Most importantly Cuddy got the call right in the on deck circle!!!
Nolan Arenado added an additional run with a second homerun in the 6th. (6-4) Rox
The D’backs Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched the 7th inning. Brandon Barnes who pinched hit for the pitchers spot is on third with Charlie Blackmon on first. (I use pitched lightly considering most of his throws in the inning was to Goldschmidt at first It was close to eight throws to first in the inning) Barnes would eventually score and the Rockies lead would increase to 7-4.
The play that Barnes scored on was a ball hit deep to right by D.J. LeMahieu which looked like it was going to get out but was caught Charly Blackmon was about 1/3 of the way between 2nd and 3rd when the ball was caught and tried to beat the ball back to first, he did not quite make it back and was doubled up. Can’t complain since he was 8 for 9 in the last 2 games at this point.
Justin Morneau crossed the plate for the 8th Rockies run of the game in the 8th inning on a Arenado double. So Arenado was 3 for 4 tonight with 2 homers, a double and 3 RBI’s
LaTroy Hawkins came in for the close in the 9th.
With 2 outs A.J. Pollack hit a ball to Arenado at 3rd…
…he than threw across the field to Morneau at first….
..which bounced and…
.. got away from Morneau. Pollack got and base.
LaTroy was able to get Aaron Hill to fly out to left to end the game and the Rockies won 9-4. Nice start to the home season. The Rockies are still 3-3 on the year. Today if they sweep the D’backs they will be a over .500 team for the first time since mid last season!Nolan Arenado who was the player of the game high-five manager Walt Weiss after the win!
Also Tommy Kahnle got the win which was his first in the Majors Congratulations to him for getting the game back in control and his first win.
That is it for this one.
See You at Coors.
So today we started off at the Cubs new Ballpark in Mesa. The Rockies were there so I arrived early to check out the complex and see if I could snag some baseballs or get some autographs. While walking from the parking lot to the practice fields which are past the stadium from the parking lot. I took some photos of the outside one display showed the different Cubs logos. Others were of baseball cards of recent players.
This is the clubhouse. It is a free standing building. It is a couple of hundred feet from the stadium.
the practice fields are on the opposite side of this building from the stadium. It is very spread out here and it takes a little walk from the parking for the stadium to get to the practice fields.
I like being on the minor league practice fields because you get really close to what is going on.
The players walk from the clubhouse to the stadium.
After checking out the complex I headed over to get tickets for the game and it was completely sold out. So now to figure out what to do. I figure well this stadium will be here a bunch of years and I will most likely be at spring training again. So I had to figure out a new plan.
So I decided to head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and check out the Diamondbacks game they were playing the Indians. So when I headed over to the ticket window there it said there were only lawn tickets left which was fine because that’s what I always get. This whole season has been very busy for the stadiums and they have been having very good crowds. I have not seen this in previous years at any stadium. Especially for day game during the week.
So onto the Indians Vs. the Diamondbacks.
Trevor Cahill was the starting pitcher for the D’backs.
The Indians Michael Bourn lead off the inning with a single followed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Jason Kipnis hit into a double play getting Cabrera out at second and himself out at first. Bourn advanced to third. Michael Brantley flew out to end the inning for the Indians.
Justin Masterson was the starting pitcher for the Indians. He got out of the inning throwing three pitchers, Wow first pitch swing D’backs! He would pitch 4 and 2/3 inning only allowing 2 runners both hit by a pitch.
The Indians would score the first run of the game in the 3rd. Yan Gomes scored on a David Adams sac fly to right field. Which resulted into a double play getting Jeff Francoeur out at first because he did not tag up and that ended the inning.
Masterson pitching to Shelley Duncan in the 3rd inning. He was the second batter hit by Masterson. He would get out trying to steal second during Matt Tuiasosopo at bat.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a 2 run home run this is the ball going out in right field 3-0 Indians.
Martin Prado gets the Diamondbacks first hit of the game in the 5th inning off the Indians Cody Ryan. The Indians would score 2 in the 5th, Francisco Lindor hit a double to get on base and would score on a Cabrera ground rule double. (5-1) Indians
He would eventually score the D’backs first run on a Tuiasosopo single.
Josh Collmenter pitching for the D’backs in the 8th inning for the D’backs.
I believe this is Chuck Taylor taking a lead at first after walking in the 5th inning.
The Indians would score 2 more runs in the 9th and win the game 7-1. This was a pretty good game with very good pitching by the Indians and 4 no hit inning (except the hit batters!) by Masterson who was announced as the Indians opening day Starter.
So as I was watching this game the Rockies shut out the Cubs 13-0 and hit 4 home runs.
Also if any body is wonder I got 3 baseballs Monday night at the Diamondbacks batting practice on the practice fields, 1 catch, 1 roller and an Easter egg. I had2 of the autographs by Marc Trumbo and Archie Bradley. Bradley is a very high prospect in the Diamondback organization and is rank as the 25th best prospect in all of baseball.
Well that is it for day 2.
Day 3 I will be back at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for possible 2 games as the Rockies have a split double header. I will definitely be at the day game still pondering the second.
Well See you around.
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia
My 36th MLB game of the year. 42nd including Minors.
After leaving New Orleans at about 9 A.M., We were on our way to Atlanta for a 7P.M. game it is about an 8 hour drive and we lost an hour with the time zone change. We arrived at the stadium about 5P.M. Eastern time.
Lets just start this out with Wow, really like this place from the get go the staff was really nice. The screen was in center field was huge. The stadium also showed a lot about the history of the team which is the longest continues franchise in baseball.
Here was my first look at The inside of Turner Field.
A look at the outfield.
They had these signs with the different years that they won title either Division, League and their 1995 World Series win.
I found these signs interesting I am not sure what the significance or purpose of them are but they have them all over the center field area with different distances.
So we headed to left field for BP the Diamondbacks were hitting an it was not to productive. We did not get anything.
A look from behind home plate while the grounds crew prepared the field.
Before the game they have a competition, Three people had to see who could hit a golf ball closer to the pin they set up in center.
Here is the guy running with the measuring wheel.
Craig Kimbrel hit one and was closer than the contestants.
Exchanging of the line ups and going over the ground rules with the umps.
Here is a look at Turner Field from our seats in section 207. 1st Row. These were cool seats with a great line of sight to the field.
Tim Hudson throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist, who grounded out. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both hit singles before Justin Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt struck out.
Justin Upton watching the ball as it lands for a single.
Chipper Jones at third.It was great to see him play at home in his final season. It is amazing how people are coming from all over to see him play one last time. Most with signs saying where they came from and how long they have watched him play. Teenagers that don’t know what a Braves roster looks like with out the name Chipper Jones on it.
Daniel Hudson throwing to the Braves Michael Bourn, Bourn wasted no time putting a run on the board as he hit a lead off home run. (1-0) Braves. Jason Heyward than hit a single but was left on base as the next 3 batters went down in order. Including 2 strike outs. Nelson Prado and Dan Uggla.
Bourn taking the home run swing.
Chipper Jones throws over to fist for the first out of the 2nd inning. Miguel Montaro lead off the 2nd with a single. Roberts hit to Jones for this out. The Braves would get the D’backs out of the first with no runs. Daniel Hudson get into double trouble in the third 3 consecutive Braves hit double in 2nd inning. They sent 9 to the plate and scored 4 runs(5-1) Braves.
Simmons called safe at second.
In the 5th inning it was time to take to the stadium and check out the stadium and view the game from different locations around the stadium.
Hudson pitches to Josh Collmenter who came in for Daniel Hudson.
The Diamond backs turn a double play in the 5th inning.
A look from left field.
The Braves fan doing the Tomahawk Chop. Ok so when 4 drunk idiots are doing it at Coors it is annoying but when you get a stadium of Braves fans doing it is kinda cool or at least interesting!
Here is a giant piece of art depicting the history of the Braves.
Aaron Hill dive into first for a single in the 9th inning.
Atlanta had Anthony Vavaro pitch in the 9th inning it was his 4th appearance with them.
That is it for the first one from Atlanta there is 1 more in Atlanta before I head north to North Carolina for a few minor league games.
This is a really cool stadium with a lot of history, tradition and passionate fans.