Rays vs. Rox
My 15th game at Coors this year.
Today was another cluster of a day at Coors. With it being autograph Sunday and a bobble head give away day, once again we had to get to the stadium way earlier than we would need on a regular Sunday. What really stinks is this year the game time is at 2:10 which seemed like a good idea, till we relized with the promo’s we still have to get to the gate at the same time as in past years when the games started at 1:10.
Today was Vinny Castilla day.
So the autograph signers today were Jordan Pacheco, Juan Nicasio, Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman. So I already had everyone on my team project except Josh Outman so I got in his line. I was the first one in his line. Now another thing that happens now is that the gates open 2 hours before game time but the autograph session still starts an hour and a half before game time so you than have to wait in line for almost a half hour. By the time that they start signing you really can’t get on a second line for another autograph because of the extra amount of people and the 30 minutes of people getting on-line that makes the lines way to long to get a second auto which is not that bad but in the past most of the time you would be able to get 3 or all 4 players signing. So you really have to pick who you get wisely! Luckily I only need 1 player.
After waiting around for the end of autograph session I than headed down to get a place along the wall to see who else I could get. Todd Helton signed and skipped over the ball i had for him to sign. he seemed to only be signing with a black sharpie and was not taking pens and other color markers that fans had. The ball I had for him to sign was actually a ball I also had David Neid sign because I wanted the 2 #17 that played for the Rockies on the same ball. Since most likely their will only be those two once Todd retires. Some days autograph collecting is like fishing some days you leave with a bucket full and others the big one gets away. Not too worried sure I should have more opportunities to get the ball signed.
So Dinger got all dressed up for Cinco De Mayo and Vinny’s Bobble head day in his Matador outfit.
For the first pitch they had Vinny and his three son’s come out to the field. His 2 son’s Christian and Daulton stood on the mound with him and his older son Marco who you can see snagging baseballs in the outfield during the Rockies Batting Practice caught the ball behind home plate
Jhoulys Chacin made his rehab start today wait this wasn’t a rehab start. Ooops!!
Well it looked like a rehab start. The first inning was really rough inning for him and even more rough to watch. It looked like he was having a tough time with the placement and location of pitches. He gave up a single to Desmond Jennings then walked the next batter Matt Joyce. He did get Evan Longoria to fly out to Michael Cuddyer in right field, but Jennings did move up to third. Jennings did go on a score on a Jame Loney single for a 1-0 Rays lead. Then with Joyce on scored on a passed ball/wild pitch not sure oddly enough I really don’t pay that much attention and the flash the official scorers decision on the board so fast I rarely see it. As Wilin Rosario ran and got the ball Chacin covered home and got the ball and tagged Joyce but the ball came out of his glove. Loney would also score and the Rays would have a 3-0 lead.
Alex Cobb was the starting pitcher for the Rays he started the inning by striking out Dexter Fowler. Nolan Arenado grounded out and Carlos Gonzalez got the Rockies first hit a single, he would than steal second and would be left on base when Troy Tulowitzki struck out to end the inning there is another one of those Tulo outs with a runner in scoring position.
Chacin did settle down a little and only face 3 batters in the inning. The second batter Sean Rodriguez did walk but got out on a double play ball hit by Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb.
Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the second off with a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
The Rays continued to hit Chacin in the 3rd but the fielding got them out of the inning. Jennings who leads off the inning hit a single but was out on a fielder’s choice at second hit by Matt Joyce. Longoria hit into a double play to end the inning.
Tulo would hit the second Rockies solo home run to start off the 4th inning. For the Rockies 2nd run. (3-2) Rays
Did not pick up the camera for that one!
He would also bat in the 5th inning and came up with two runners on base and one out and swung at the first pitch he saw and hit into a double play to end the inning. Once again nice solo shot how about hitting in the clutch a single would have scored two runs but he swung at bad pitches and hitting into double plays is so efficient. Well if you are the other team it is maybe they should start paying half his salary. So there are 2 more RBI’s he did not get! Once again he is a good player not a timely hitter the thing that makes me mad is he can be a great player if he was more reliable with runners on and in clutch situations, it is understandable that he can’t always be the RBI guy and he does get an ok amount of big at bats but could make some real bad at bats great at bats. I think as the “Team Leader” he should be able to accomplish this.
The Rockies got another solo home run in the 7th, here is the ball going out as Desmond Jenning climbs the wall to get it.
Here is Nolan Arenado after taking his third home run stroll around the base’s in his week-long MLB career. This is 7th game and he has hit 3 home runs already. I would say that is a pretty good start.
Things got rough once again for the Rockies in the 6th inning Chacin had a good 5th and fell apart again in the 6th. Walking the leadoff batter Longoria then after striking out Loney the next 3 batters would get on base and 3 runs would score. (6-2) Rays
Chacin would complete the inning.
Josh Outman came into pitch and the Rays added to their total with 2 more runs in the 8th inning.
That would be the final score and the rays would win the game 8-3 and the series taking 2 of the 3 games.
Jamie Wright pitched the 9th inning for the Rays. He struck out all 3 Rockies batters in the inning. He has played for 10 different teams in his 17 year career including the Rockies and The Royals twice. He was drafted by the Rockies out of High School in the 1st round in 1993. He has always been a good guy and last year I did a post about him Called doing the Wright thing when he jumped into the crowd when a kid got hit with a baseball and helped him than gave him his glove. Here is a link to that post. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/06/02/doing-the-wright-thing/
Here he is with catcher Jose Lobaton after the last out of the game.
That is it for this game and this series. Next Up 3 against the Yankees.
See You at Coors.