Reds vs. Rockies
Today there was a double header The first game was the regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon game and the second was a make up from Saturday which was Postponed till a Sunday night. The reason was a water main break on Blake Street that provided the stadium with water on Saturday afternoon.
This being a Sunday it was an autograph Sunday today the signers were Tommy Kahnle , Brooks Brown, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Matzek. I was able to get Brooks on my 2014 Team project and Tyler Matzek on a 2012 California/Carolina League All Start game mini bat. That he and Christian Bergman both played in that game. I did get Christian on it earlier in the year. When the autographs were over it was time for the festivities to start for Todd Helton’s retirement ceremony. First the guest that were speaking were introduced Brad Hawpe and Matt Belilse. Drew Goodman from Root Sports MC’d the ceremony. Then Todd and his family were introduced on the field were his wife Kristy, their 2 daughters and I believe Kristy’s Parents and brother.
The first speaker was Brad Hawpe.
He spoke about playing with Todd and about his first big league spring training! Hawpe had always played 1st. base, but with Todd as the starting first baseman for years he had to change positions and how Todd in his dry humor way basically told him that! Over the years they became good friends which is why he was one of the speakers.
Todd and his youngest daughter Gentry Grace look on as the second speaker Matt Belilse speaks.
He spoke about how Todd helped him as a pitcher.
After Brad and Matt spoke it was tome for his older daughter Tierney Faith to speak she stole the show when she mentioned about dad being home a lot lately and if we would like him back!
I am keeping this brief because I know many have seen the speeches on T.V. or online.
The Montfort’s then presented Todd with a plaque of the 17, a replica of the one that is now hanging in the stadium.
They than unveiled the covered #17 that will be along with the Kelly McGreggor KSM and Jackie Robinson 42 . They are all above the visitors bullpen on the second level.
Todd than threw out the first pitch to former teammate Brad Hawpe.
Here they are after the pitch.
Todd gives a wave to the crowd.
Here he is before the National Anthem with the first pitch ball with the special #17 logo on it and with his daughter by his side.
After about the 1/2 hour ceremony it was time for the first game. I thought every involved did a great job with stories and there speaking about Todd. I thought him being presented a replica #17 from the Monforts was very cool. I did notice something that I thought was a little suspicious and that was our GM was not involved or on the field for this event. I just find it interesting that a teams GM would be MIA on such an important day in a teams history. Either he is already not involved or he doesn’t have a set of balls. I also find it odd that either Dick or Charlie Monfort did not speak either. I have never seen one of these and not sure if the owner would normally speak, so I will just leave it at that. Also somebody also mentioned that the Commissioner of baseball also was not at Coors and he usually does attend such events. Over all it was really great to be at Coors this day and have to thank the people who helped me with the location I was able to photograph from.
Now onto this interesting and action packed game!
Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He sat the Reds down in order and threw 11 pitches in the inning. All 3 outs were ground outs and he kept the ball low in the strike zone.
Mat Latos was the starter for the Reds. He struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. Drew Stubbs got things going with a double after that.
Stubbs’ double was followed with a Corey Dickerson double that scored Stubbs and gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Dickerson’s double bounced around in the left field corner. Michael Cuddyer would come up next and grounded out for the second out of the inning.
Since the beginning of the game there was a slight rain but it just started to downpour during Cuddy’s at bat and there was thunder in the distance. They pulled the tarp with 2 outs and Dickerson on second. The delay lasted 21 minutes.
After the delay Arenado came to bat and scored a second run for the Rockies on a single that scored Dickerson and give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Lyles pitched well in the second and only had 1 base runner and that was a walk to Brayan Pena, he did record his first strike out of the game in the inning.
Blackmon came up in the 2nd inning with 2 outs and hit a solo home run and the Rockies had a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the 5th inning I was able to move to a better vantage point for photos and Lyles did allow his first hit of the game in the 4th that was a 2 run home run by Jay Bruce the second run was lead off batter Cozart who was hit with a pitch. The Rockies kept the lead 3-2.
Chris Heisey lead off the 5th inning by walking and Billy Hamilton came up with 1 out and hit a double advancing Heisey to third.
Heisey and Hamilton both scored on a Zach Cozart single. This gave the Reds a 4-3 lead.
Franklin Morales came in and pitched the 6th inning. The Reds immediately got to him and started off the inning with a Kris Negron solo home run, followed by a Skip Schumaker single and a Heisey double scored Negron and extended the Reds lead 6-3. Lyles pitched 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits walking 2 striking out 4.
Franklin Morales put down a bunt with Charlie Culberson on first. Culberson was forced out at second but Morales was safe at 1st.
The bottom of the 7th Dickerson lead off the inning with a home run into the fountain in center field. To cut the Reds lead down to 6-4.
Sam LeCure came into pitch for the Reds in the 6th and pitched into the 7th inning. After the Dickerson homer a single by Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado, Jumbo Diaz came in to pitch for Reds.
With bases loaded Josh Rutledge came up an hit a sac fly to center that scored Cuddy from 3rd.
The run brought the Rockies within 1 run of the Reds still lead 6-5.
Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game by holding the Reds off base in the 8th. He faced 3 batters and got out of the inning he did pitch deep in counts with 2 of the 3 batters throwing 7 pitches to Schumaker and 8 to pinch hitter jack Hannahan 18 in total in the inning. The only batter he didn’t throw many pitches to was heisey who grounded out on the 3rd pitch of a 1-1 count.
Jonathan Broxton pitched the 8th for the Reds giving up 1 single to Drew Stubbs and walked Dickerson. He did get out of the inning with a double play.
Rex Brothers pitched the 9th for the Rockies and The Reds immediately got on him, Hamilton started the inning with a double. Cozart did get out but the next 3 batters got on base either by hitting a single or being walked. One of those was a single by Bruce who scored Hamilton and extended the Reds lead to 7-5.
Hamilton sliding into second after his 9th inning hit. The Reds did score a 8th run and Brothers did get out of the inning after facing 8 batters and throwing 29 pitches in the inning.
Reds 100+ MPH closer Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the 9th. A closer like this is usually lights out, Not this game he walked 4 consecutive batters which gave the Rockies a run and the Reds now lead 9-6.
J. Hoover came in and pitched with base’s loaded and no outs he got the next 2 Rockies batters out and a run did score on a sac fly by Wilin Rosario. drew Stubbs came up with 2 out, 2 men on base and a Reds 2 run lead.
Stubbs hit a home run to left center field scoring the 3 runs the Rockies needed to win the game and the celebration started at home plate!
… and got the bucket!!!!
The Rockies won this game 10-9.
We then had to immediately leave the stadium so they could clean the stadium and do some field maintenance before the second game.
They basically had a half hour between games an had to clear the stadium and then get ready for the second game. The first game ended at about 6:30 and the gates for game 2 opened at 6:50 with a scheduled first pitch at 7:10.
by the time we grabbed some food and re-entered the stadium at 7:00 they were already doing the National Anthem for the second game. I headed down to where I normally sit for the first pitch and we were ready for the next 9 innings.
Yohan Flande started for the Rockies. He did not start as well as Lyles in the first game. He Gave up a double to Hamilton to start the game. Hamilton would scored when Jay Bruce hit into a fielders choice getting Ramon Santiago out at second. The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first.
In the Bottom of the First Cuddy tried to get a 2 out rally going hitting a triple. He would remain on base when Nolan Arenado struck out.
Both Flande and Axelrod continued to pitch well giving up minimal hits and know runs till the bottom of the 5th. (When our at the bottom of your 5th)!
Brandon Barnes hit a lead off solo homer to get the Rockies on the board and tie the game at 1.
Walt Weiss removed Fande in the 6th inning after giving up a 2 run home run to the Reds Ryan Ludwick. Kris Negron hit a single and than scored on a Pena double. The Reds got a total of 3 runs in the inning and took a 4-1 lead.
When Flande was removed from the game Brookes Brown came in and pitched to the next 2 batters getting both batters out.
Brown remained in the game in the 7th and Hamilton got his 3rd hit of the game with 1 out. He than stole second base and the ball was thrown short to Rutledge who missed the ball on the bounce and it ended up in center field, Hamilton would reach third on the error. He would score and the Reds had a 5-2 lead.
The Rockies got thing going in the 7th Blackmon started the inning with a walk when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Rutledge hit a single and Dickerson followed up with a single scouring Blackmon for the Rockies first run of the inning.
After the run the Reds still had a 5-3 lead.
Cuddyer hit a single in the 8th he now has a triple, home run and a single in this game.
The Rockies picked up 2 more runs on a Arenado hit that got Dickerson out at third but scored Rutledge, after a bad throw by the Reds 3rd baseman Santiago that scored Cuddy and Arenado ended up on third and the Rockies tied the game at 5.
Dickerson watches the ball after being out at third and coaches Cuddy who was coming down the line.
Cuddy sliding into home to tie the game!
Adam Ottavino came in in the 8th inning and shut down the Reds batters in the inning striking out 2 and Getting Pena to ground out for the third out. He pitched better in this inning then I have seen him pitch in a while. He got out of the inning with 9 pitches, pitching the most 4 pitches to Negron who struck out.
for the second game they invited back the rally guy from game 1 and he moved down to the lower level for the 8th inning. He was dancing in the upper deck during the first game 9th inning when the Rockies scored the 5 runs to come back and win that game. So by popular demand he was invited back by the Rockies for game 2!
With 2 outs and Brandon Barnes, Charlie Culberson and Josh Rutledge on base Dickerson hit a double. scoring Barnes and Culberson to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead.
Michael Cuddyer came to the plate and I noticed something on my score card and then confirmed it on the board. Cuddy only needed a double to complete the cycle. with a 1-1 count he hit a Manny Parra slider to left field.
He made the turn at 1st as the ball was still in the outfield.
he got the double and completed the cycle, this was his second of his career and he is only the 4th in MLB history to do it in both the American and National league.
Cuddy would slid into home once again for the Rockies 10th run of the game on a Drew Stubbs single. The Rockies had a 10-5 lead.
LaTroy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th and sat the Reds down in order to end the game and give the Rockies the sweep of the double header and 3 or the 4 games this weekend series.
The Rockies and Cuddy celebrate their second win of the day. This is more wins in one day they have gotten in some weeks lately. cuddy went 4 for 5 this game scoring 3 RBI’s and scoring 3 times. This was a great comeback day for him since this was the first day he played at Coors in almost 2 months. He went 5 for 10 on the day. He was also the 5th Rockies player to hit for the cycle.
it was time for the post season interview and the second bucket dump of the day!
He was warned to duck by the guys in the booth and Brandon Barnes got him pretty good!
These were 2 great games by the Rockies, it shows they do have potential to make things happen and it reminded me of the games they played early this season. The Bull Pen kept them in both games, they got pretty good starts from the starters and the bats where there when needed. A lot of guys stepped up this game. I wish they were able to do this for the last few months. These games would matter a lot more then a double header sweep or a series win.
It was an amazing day of baseball at Coors I am glad I was there for this day and to witness history twice this day, once with the retirement of the # 17 and then Cuddy hitting for the cycle. can not forget the 2 very dramatic games and wins in both.
So that is it for this one very long day at the ballpark.
Reds vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
I have know clue how many games this is for me!
So once again because of the perfectly timed storm there was no batting practice once again!
No this is not the 4th inning of another bad start for the Rockies starters Matt Belisle got the start for the Rockies for this game because Franklin Morales was suppose to start but could not because of his wife expecting a baby. Belisle started a little shaky but settled down after the first 2 batters he faced hit single he did get out of the inning and the Reds remained scoreless till the 3rd inning.
Johnny Cueto started for the Reds.
Charlie Blackmon got on base after the ball that got passed first baseman Jack Hannahan
The Rockies did not score in the first inning but did get a run in the 2nd a solo home run by Nolan Arenado. The Reds got their first run in the 3rd Johnny Cuerto lead off the inning with a single and then scored on a Jay Bruce sac ground out to tie the game 1-1
The second inning saw the Reds get there second run and the Rockies would than again tie the game in the 6th. In the 6th Justin Morneau started the inning with a walk and scored on a Corey Dickerson double.
If you did not notice I did not take many photos this game! There was not much going on and because of a elbow that has been giving me trouble since before my road trip is making hard to hold a camera for an extended amount of time. I am not really sure how I got through a couple of games during my trip it was that bad. I think I may be day today after this weekend!!!
Back to baseball the Reds scored a third run in the 9th inning and got the 3-2 win. O.K. the bull pen did not do that bad this game but the Rockies still lost. Ottavino took the lose and Cueto who pitched 8 innings got the win. He threw 106 pitches in the eight innings he pitched. Belise went 3 innings throwing 49 pitches, giving up 4 hits and 1 run, striking out and walking 1. The Rockies did use 6 pitchers in this game Nick Masset pitched the 4th and 5th. Nicasio the 6th, Brothers the 7th Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino the 8th and Ottavino continued till the 9th.
So that is it for this brief game.
There was a really great sunset during this game and I did manage to take a few photos of it!
That is it for this one!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
My 18th and 19th games of the season
Due took lake of photos and time I am doing a combined post for these 2 games against the Padres.
The first was a pitching battle Between Rockies Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and the Padres and former Rockies Eric Stultz.
Jorge De La Rosa throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. Who he struck out after Evereth Cabrera ground out he would also strike out Chase Headley.
Eric Stulzs the did start to bad either he got Charlie Blackmon to ground out, Drew Stubbs struck out and Troy Tulowitzki flew out to right field.
After 3 complete hitless inning for both the Rockies and the Padres Stubbs got a ball down the 3rd base line for a double to break up the No-No for Stultz. The Padres did have 2 base runners in the 2nd Carlos Quentin walked and he got out at second on a Cameron Maybin hit ball which was a fielder choice and Maybin got on first. He would make the third out after a bad jump on a stolen base attempt and end the inning.
Stubbs making the turn at first with Eric Young giving him the O.K. to head to second.
Jorge continued to pitch very well in the 4th still facing the minimum amount of batter to this point 12 up 12 down not with out a base runner but with no hits. The Rockies put together a few hits in the 5th and Jorge got on base because of a Jedd Gyorko error scoring Jordan Pacheco from third to contribute to his cause and get the Rockies on the board 1-0. He did hurt his leg a little running out the play but was O.K. and remained in the game.
Jorge continued is reign over the Padres through 6 innings. Bud Black removed Stultz in the 7th after Blackmon hit a single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. 2-0 Rockies.
Nick Vincent came in for the Padres instead of throwing a pitch is first throw was to first base.
Yonder Alfonso missed the ball and the ball bounced around in foul territory and Blackmon advanced to second.
Denorfia broke up Jorge’s No-No in the 7th with a double. That was the only hit that Jorge would give up till a single by Todd Hundley in the 8th and he was then removed from the game by Walt Weiss.
After arguing a strike 3 call in the 8th someone missed his first half inning of the year. Nolan Arenado was tossed from the game.
LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th with a slight bit of drama Denorfia started the inning with his 2nd double of the game and only the third hit for the Padres of the game. He later scored Headley single but the Rockies still had a 3-1 lead the third run was in the 8th. tulo scored after a lead off single.
Cameron Maybin strikes out to end the game and the Rockies won 3-1. What a great game to watch if you are into great pitching and a low amount of hits which does cut down on action and photos because well how many shots can you get of the pitcher pitching!
Now the second game of the series was not as great from the pitching side of things.
Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and started with a 5-0 record for the year and has pretty much been the Rockies best starter this year. The Padres decide to prove other wise after a strike out to Denorfia he walked Cabrera and Seth Smith who started for the Padres today in right field. The second out was also a strike out this one to Headley but Alfonso hit a double scoreing both of the walk recipients and giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The first half inning was played with a pretty good rain coming down.
It cleared up in the bottom of the 1st and Robbie Erlin started the game for the Padres Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a typical Charlie Blackmon lead off a single with a head first dive into first base. He would get doubled up at second on a Stubbs hit. Then Tulo hit a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board 2-1 Padres.
Now this game I was just extremely tired and did not photograph too much only taking 65 photos all game and considering most of them were the 5 or 6 of each pitcher who started it really was not that many. The Padres continued the 2 run trend in the 2nd and 3rd inning to give themselves a 6-1 lead. Lyles only pitched 3 1/3rd innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Walking 6 striking out 3. he just did not have his stuff tonight and could not find the strike zone. This is what really baffled me because he has been such a consistent and effective pitcher at home and on the road. Patrick Saunders from the post did tweet during the game that Lyles kept looking at his fingers so I wonder if it was a bad grip due to a blister or something to that extent.
The bullpen did do a pretty good job the remainder of the game Chris Martin who pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies did give up a 2 run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quinten. But Tommy Kahnle finished the 4th and pitched the complete 5th. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th.
Bud Black removed starter Erlin in the 6th and once again went with Nick Vincent.
The Rockies did get a run in the 4th and 5th off Erlin. Stubbs lead off the 4th with a single and scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly and Justin Morneau after a lead off double scored a Pacheco single in the 5th. After 5 it was 6-3 Padres.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 6th on a Gonzalez double scoring Stubbs and Tulo to bring the game within 1 run. The Padres still had a 6-5 lead.
Remember the 2 run home run given up by Martin in the 8th well that gave the Padres a 8-5 lead and that was also the final score.
The Padres won this one and the series is split 1-1 with 1 more to go on Sunday!
That is it for these 2 I will be at Coors Sunday as well see you there Go Rockies!
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!
Giants vs. Rockies
My 12th of the year.
Today was 9 News science and weather day. It was before the game and School kids from all over Colorado came to Coors for this event and the game. Which caused a mess of buses in Lodo and an overall pain in the butt getting around.
Basically they do experiment’s where they blow stuff up and send stuff in the air. Which I never know what they are talking about because you can not hear what the speakers are talking about because of the chatter of the kids.
I then went over to the Giants side of the field.
Javier Lopez a former Rocky signed and stopped and chatted for a few minutes after he did his morning warm ups.
After Science and weather day was over I headed back to the first base side and Charlie Blackmon signed. I also got Michael Cuddyer on my team project and am really making progress on it. I also got a Boone Logan card signed and almost got EY.
It was then time for baseball.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He got the Giants out in order in the inning.
As he does every game Eric Young gave the crowd a high five. Including me as I tried to get this shot!
Matt Cain was the starting pitcher for the Giants.
Charley Blackmon started the game how he has started many this year with a base hit.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Another timely home run for Tulo! This was impressive because it was with a runner on and gave the Rockies the lead in the game.
Michael Morse decided that the Rockies 2 run lead needed to be shortened to a 1 run lead when he hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning.
Brandon Barnes makes a turn at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single in the second. He lead off the inning with a single. He stayed at second on this hit but it was a great shot of showing his hustle.
Tyler Chatwood contributed with a single and D.J. came over from second to shake his hand during a coaches visit to the mound for the Giants.
with bases loaded guess what Charley Blackmon did? He got hit that scored Barnes from third.
And beat out a double play that got Chatwood out at second and advanced D.J. to third. 3-1 Rockies. D.J. scored on a error throw over to first and Charlie scored on a Tulo single and the Rockies had a 5-1 lead.
Unfortunately the Giants tied the game in the 3rd with 4 runs of their own. Brandon Hicks lead the inning off with a solo home run and Michael Morse hit his 2nd a 3 run home run. 5-5
After Chatwood struck out Hicks in the 4th Bruce Bochi argued the strike and was tossed form the game.
In The 4th inning Charlie Blackmon hit his 5th home run of the season to give the Rockies a 1 run lead 6-5. The Rockies held the lead till the 7th inning when the Giants took a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Belt 2 run home run.
Rex Brothers pitched the 7th for the Rockies. He walked Hunter Pence before giving up the Belt home run.
The Rockies tied up the game once again in the 7th after Charlie Blackmon walked to lead off the inning he scored on a Nolan Arenado double. (7-7)
Brandon Barnes grounded out to end the 7th inning.
The Giants and the Rockies both scored a run in the 8th a solo home run by Hector Sanchez for the Giants and the Rockies when the LeMahieu scored on a Charlie Blackmon ground out. LeMahieu lead- off the inning with a single.
The Game remained tied at 8 and went into extra innings. Here is Brandon Crawford heading back to first on a throw over from Boone Logan who pitched the 10th for the Rockies.
Chad Bettis pitched the 11th for the Rockies and really struggled in the inning. He gave up a lead off single to Hunter Pence and then walked Brandon Belt. After getting Juan Perez out (he replaced Morse in the 7th) he intentionally walked Juaquin Arias ( came in for Pablo Sandoval in 7th) Hector Sanchez hit his second home run of the game a 4 run grand slam to give the Giants a 12-8 lead.
With the Giants closure on the mound Sergio Romo Tulo lead off with a single and Justin Morneau hit a 2 run home run the Giants still had a 12-10 led. Drew Stubbs ( replaced Corey Dickerson in the 7th) hit a single and remained on base and the Rockies lost this one 12-10 in a total Coors Field game there where a total of 9 home runs, 22 runs and 30 hits. The Rockies offence was great as it has been all year Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, he walked 4 struck out 5 and gave up 3 home runs. Cain went 6 giving up 7 runs on 10 hits striking out 4 and gave up 2 home runs. That is a total of 5 home runs from the starters.
So that is it for this game the Rockies had another good home stand going 4-2 once again. The should have had one sweep this series and just let the 3rd game in each series get away. The Rockies are now 12 and 11 this year and in 3rd place 1.5 games bach from the first place Dodgers who the face for the first time this year. They will be heading to L.A. and Arizona on this road trip before coming home on May 1 to play the Mets and the Rangers the next home stand I should be there for the whole series.
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!
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies
My 7th Coors Game of the year.
After Heading in I headed towards the pavilions for batting practice and did not get any baseballs. The Rockies had an OK BP and the Phillies was very uneventful. After I went to the wall on the first base side and was able to get Drew Stubs on my team project. Which leaves me with only 8 more guys I need on it including 2 coaches Eric Young and Blake Doyle.
Tyler Chatwood was the staring pitcher for the Rockies he pitched very well in the first he had Ben Revere ground out to start the game and then walked Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley the only player to hit a fly ball off Chatwood to the outfield the whole time he pitched. Ryan Howard also grounded out and the inning was over.
Eric Young came out for the bottom of the 1st. and did he usual high five down the line.
Jonathan Pettibone was the starter for the Phillies.
It did not take long for the Rockies to get to him once again Charlie (Chuck Naszty) Blackmon kept it Nazty with a lead off single he started the game with a .411 batting average and raised he average to .426 by the end of the game.
Drew Stubbs then hit a single, Carlos Gonzalez hit a very hard line drive to Utley at second for the first out of the inning.
After Tulo took a 14 pitch at bat and walked Justin Morneau hit a GRDB to left to score Blackmon and Stubbs for a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Chatwood Struck out both Marlon Byrd and Dominic Brown in the second followed by a ground out to Arenado at third for a very quick inning throwing only 11 pitches.
The Rockies offense stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd with a 4-0 lead and once again Blackmon hit a single and Cargo would score and then Troy Tulowitzki did what he does best hits a homer with a already big lead! It is great that we got tacos in only the second inning but we were up by 4. I would like to see him hit the 3 run homer when we are down by 2 in the 8th or 9th to give the team the lead after being behind. He always performs best when we already have the lead and rarely in the clutch when hits and runs are needed. So TYPICAL TULO!
In another quick inning Chatwood got all three Phillies batters too ground out throwing only 9 pitches. The Rox did not score in the 3rd, but Tulo hit a double to score the Rockies 8th run of the game. Once again TYPICAL TULO. Now it has always been this way with him adds runs to already big leads. He does always have the numbers but it when he gets the numbers that drives me crazy. he also hit a single in the 6th that scored the Rockies 9th run of the game so he did go 3 for 3 with a walk and 5 RBI’s but all 5 were with a lead of 4 or more.
The Phillies did get to Chatwood slightly in the 6th, after we started to notice he had a No- No going. With 2 outs in the 5th and it looking like he would have another great inning Carlos Ruiz hit a ball to Arenado at third that he either kicked or just missed with his glove and hit him for a error and only the 2nd runner for the Phillies of the game. Ruiz then scored on a Jason Nix single and the Rockies had a 9-1 lead.
Former Rocky and current Phillies Jeff Manship came into start the 7th inning for the Phillies. He was the 4th pitcher for the Phillies at this point after getting the first 2 batters Rosario and Arenado out D.J. LeMahieu hit a single and Manship was taken out of the game. D.J. would later score the 10th run of the game for the Rockies, he scored on a Blackmon single.
Blackmon went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored twice, he now has a .426 batting average 3 weeks into the season is very good with 61 at bats.
After Chatwood was taken out of the game after 7 Chad Bettis pitched the 8th and Matt Belisle came out to pitch the 9th.
Belisle would strike out Ryan Howard for the third out in the 9th to end the game. The Rockies went on to win this game 12-1
Tulo was named player of the game which I found as B.S. because of when the runs and hit came but what are you going to do. I thought Morneau or Blackmon could of been it just as well because with out them getting hits and on base in the first we would not of had the 4-0 led when Tulo came up in the 2nd. How about 5 innings of no hit baseball for Chatwood does that not count for anything in this game he held the Phillies to 2 hits and 1 run in 7 innings of pitching. Which is incredible for a Rockies pitcher at Coors since it is such a hitters ballpark( sense the sarcasm)! He pitched a great game way to go Chatty great to see you back with great stuff!!!
That is it for this one I will be at Coors all week, remember to tip your waiters and waitresses!!!!!!
See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!