Dodgers vs. Rockies.
My 48th game at Coors this year!
This day started early once again I headed to lodo about 2 hours before gate to hang with the Ranter. We headed towards Jacksons for a few drinks before heading in for BP. After heading in we immediately headed the pavilions. Within a few minutes I got the first ball hit out by the Rockies. it hit about 2 rows behind me and bounced back. This was my 19th ball of the year in MLB ballparks counting te 1 from Atlanta. Not very good numbers for the amount of games attended. I should have had another but I was going into my bag for something when it was hit about 6 feet to my left. During the end of BP I had given up on catching baseballs and headed towards the Dodgers dugout. I was trying to get a Jaime Wright photo signed. I did not get him but did get a Clayton Kershaw on a Dodger stadium 50 Anniversary ball. unfortunately he signed it on the Rawlings Logo side in marker. After that I headed over to the Rockies side and got a Tyler Colvin card signed and a Josh Ruttledge card signed. Jordan Pacheco also signed as always. Thanks guys for being so cool to the fans continually.
Tyler Chatwood was the Starter for the Rockies this game here he is with “The Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario heading to the dugout from the bullpen.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch to the Dodgers Mark Ellis. Mark Ellis would reach base on a strike out passed ball. He would get out on second on a Shane Victorino hit to second.
Mark Ellis takes a pitch inside during his at bat. In the inning Victorino would steal second Matt Kemp would be walked and Adrian Gonzalez would hit into a double play.
Mark Ellis throwing to first base to get Tyler Colvin out in the first.
Chris Capuano started for the Dodgers. Here he is throwing to Josh Ruttledge. Josh Rutledge would hit a shot deep to left center.
Matt Kemp watch out for the wall!!!
The ball which it looks like he did catch the ball but it popped out of his glove. Shane Victorino came to make the play from left.
Kemp stayed down for a few minutes.
Josh Ruttledge made it to third on the play.
Don Mattinly and the Dodgers training staff immediately ran to the out field as well as the Coors Field security staff.
after a few minutes he stood up appeared to be O.K. and remained in the game.
Jordan Pacheco would than hit a ball to shallow left field.
Matt Kemp as a true professional than dove for the ball.
He missed it after the first hit I think he should have went for the one in the middle but guess he did not get the ball. Ruttledge would score and Pacheco would get to second.
Andre Either runs after this one.
Pacheco slides into second. Rosario would hit a single and score Pacheco from second. (2-0) Rockies
matt Kemp would than start walking off the field. The Dodgers trainer would head out and walk in with him.
Wilin Rosario jumps back to first.
Andrew Brown would hit a double scoring Rosario. (3-0) Rox The Rockies would score a fourth run when D.J. Le Mahieu also hit a double and Brown scored. (4-0) Rox.
The Dodgers would score a run in the second. (4-1) Rox
Rosario hit home run #22 in the 3rd. He is 3 away from the Rockies Rookie HR record set by Todd Helton in his Rookie season. (5-1) Rox
The Dodgers scored a second run in the 4th. (5-2) Rox The Rockies got an additional run in the 4th. (6-2) Rox
Jaime Wright pitching to the Rockies Wilin Rosario in the 7th inning with Pacheco on first and Rutledge on third. He would get out of the inning allowing 2 runs. (8-2) Rox.
Wilin Rosario returns to first after his 7th inning hit and Pacheco being called safe at third. This hit also scored Rutledge for one of the 2 Rockies runs.
Don Mattingly would argue the call at third.
Chris nelson goes for the third out in the 9th a pop out to the third base seats.
he missed it and went for a ride on the tarp!
Luis Cruz who pinched hit and struck out to end the game.
The Rockies win 8-4 to win the second game of this 3 game series against the Dodgers.
immediately after the game we headed towards the Rockies dugout to get a Adam Ottavino auto Amy needed him on a ball and I had printed a photo of him to sign he stopped and he signed for us. we than headed out side of the stadium and waited for players to come out and I got Clayton Kershaw to sign a card which he personalized and I also got a really cool auto when Matt Treanor came out and we realized Misty May Treanor met up with him. She was actually standing out there most of the time and we did not know it was her. So I got him and her on a ball for you who may not know who Misty May Treanor is, she is a 3 time Gold medal winner in the olympics in women’s beach volleyball with here partner Kerry Walsh. That was just really cool that they signed for us. this is defiantly one of the most interesting baseballs in my collection.
That was it for this one the Rox go for the sweep of the dodgers on Wednesday afternoon. Go Rockies.
See You at Coors.
Also a Slight reminder The Rock Nation Crew is doing another used equipment drive this Saturday Sept. 1.
See There website www.Rocknation.co
Also check out my fellow bloggers sites:
The Rockpile Rant www.baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com
The Take from Blake. http://takefromblake.mlblogs.com/
Cincinnati Reds Vs Colorado Rockies
Cincinnati Reds first Place in the National League Central by 3 games the Rockies second worst team in the Major Leagues!
O.K. before I start about the day Just want to give a S/O to the Rock Nation Crew who on Aug. 4th will be holding an Equipment drive.
Here is the info.
O.K. as always on a Sunday I headed to Coors early. I met up with X, Rachel, Julie and the rest of the Sunday morning crew. The gates were a little earlier today because instead of autograph Sunday it was photo day. This is a fun day that you get to hang on the field and have some fun interacting with the players and coaches. So when the gates opened we headed to the field and decided to head out to left field. While we were waiting for the players we had some fun and took some photos.
Shortly after the players started heading out and we noticed Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario heading to the section to our right. So we went over to them.
Here is me with Wilin Rosario.
Carlos Gonzalez and I.
After Betancourt The Deuce was not far behind. Here is Gary X with Him.
Then I got to take a photo with him.
Which was kinda interesting because I have been one of his biggest critics over the last few years and have not always had the best experiences when meeting him.. He was actual not a Deuce today. He was pretty cool, took his time and sociable with the fans. Most asked how he was and when will he be returning to the line up. He is doing well and should be back in early September.
To the left is a photo of Bo McLaughlin The Rockies new Pitching Coach.
Carney Lansford and Rich Dauer. Hmm in this photo can you figure out who does not have a World Series ring!!
A and X with Big Jim Wright!
Josh Roenicke and Rex Brothers.
Brooklyn in Da house. Adam “No Sleep To Brooklyn” Ottavino, Adam grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn.
Matt Reynolds with the card that X made for him with a photo I took.
X and A with Jorge De La Rosa. I asked Jorge when I should be back from having Tommy John Surgery and he said soon it has been about 14 months or so since he had it he said he is feeling good and rehab is going well.
To the right Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill.
Manager Jim Tracy.
I did get a bunch more but this post is long enough others were Jerry Weinstein, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Josh Fields.
It was a fun day with the players. I think it is really cool that the Rockies do this and it is a lot of fun. I also want to thank Matt Belise and Drew Pomeranz for doing a running man!
Drew is the first player to actually do it twice he also did it at fan fest in January.
After photo day was over it was time to get down to the normal business of the day. The pitches came out and did their normal warm ups.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa throwing to trainer Keith Duggar.
Also got a few autos one was Jim Tracy on my photo I have been having everyone sign. Wilin Rosario on a card. Drew Pomeranz on a Tulsa pocket schedule I got on my road trip.
It was then time to play ball. The starter for the Rockies was Jonathan Sanchez. This was his Coors debut. He was recently acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie.
This is his first Coors field pitch to the Reds lead off batter Zack Cozart. Cozart would pop out to second for the first out of the game.
Sanchez would walk the second batter Drew Stubbs. Who would than steal second.
Brandon Phillips would single which scored Stubbs from second, also tried to steal second but was not as succesful as Stubbs. Sanchez would strike out Todd Frazier for the final out of the inning. (1-0) Reds
Dexter Fowler on his quest for his record all-time leader in triples for the Rockies lead off the inning by not accomplishing that record, but reached base by walking. Josh Rutledge batted second.
He would hit his second MLB home run and first one at Coors. He has been a great addition to this team in the past few weeks with and including this game he is batting .379 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 58 at bats. He also has 22 combined hits and 8 RBI’s. (2-1) Rockies
Michael Cuddyer would also reach base with some hard running and a rushed throw from Zack Cozart at short that…
… pulled Miguel Cairo off first.
The Reds started the 2nd off aggressively Chris Heisey hit a lead off triple he would score on a sac fly by Cairo to center and tied the game at 2.
I am going to try to make this one brief the Reds would than score a run in the 3rd. The Rockies would not produce in the third Cuddyer and Rutledge would both get hits but would not score. The starting pitcher for the Reds Matt Latos would sit the Rockies down in order in the 4th.
Jonathan Sanchez would get really roughed up in the 5th. Cozart lead off with a single Stubbs hit a 2 Run home run. (5-2) Reds 2 batters later Jay Bruce would hit a solo shot. ( 6-2) Reds. After that Sanchez was removed from the game by manager Jim Tracy.
Here he is leaving the mound.
Carlos Torres would come into pitch for the Rockies and would strike out the first 2 Reds he faced in the 5th to get out of the inning. he would pitch the complete 6th and 7th ining. Facing 9 Batters in his 2/3rd innings. Striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit. The hit was a double by Ryan Hannigan.
Dex sent one for a ride in the 5th which looked like it may have gone out but fell short and was caught by Jay Bruce on the right field track.
Mike Ekstrom pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did not have a great outing but he did let up an additional run on 2 hits and a Rutledge error at short. (7-2) Reds
Matt Reynolds pitched the 9th for the Rockies Striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He did let up one hit to Stubbs.
The Rockies would attempt a 2 out rally in the bottom of the 9th, After Andrew Brown would get a single when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot. Josh fields who was brought in a double switch in the 6th would hit a single. Dex then grounded out to end the game. The Reds won 7-2 and swept the Rockies this weekend. It looks like my days of seeing home team walk off wins have ended now that I am back home. It is just something we are getting use to at Coors. Well that is it for this one besides the Rockies loss it was a great day hanging at Coors today. Once again thanks to the players and coaches for having a photo day for the fans.
Here is a few others from our time on the field.
Mary O and Me.
Me waiting for my marker back that Jim Tracy was signing with.
Then these to girls had this sign that said show me how to Tulo. So read their definition!
O.K. so now my Tulo dig for the post yes I have to go there. I thought Tulo-ing would be when there is 1 out with 2 runners on and he pops out to the first base or third base line. Now I only say this because I have seen several time this year. Maybe after this injury things will turn around for him with him.
Well that’s it for this one I should be at Coors most of the week as they face the Cardinals and Giants in the next week.
I may also have a surprise post mid-week. Covering something I normally would not cover!
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Cincinnati Reds Vs. Colorado Rockies
Coors Field. I finally returned!!! Only missed 18 at this point at Coors for the year, 14 because of the road trip. As I am writing this I am missing my 19th. This was 34th game at Coors for the year.
Today being my first game back at Coors in over a month I was really looking foreward to batting practice thanks to the early evening storm, that did not happen. So after hanging out in the pavillions we headed over to the first base line.
Today Josh Rutledge signed this was the first time I have seen him at Coors. I did get to see him play when I was in Tulsa at the end of June and met him in at Jackson’s Thursday at Dex and friends. He seems like a really nice guy and hope he stays around and does well with the team.
Jordan Pacheco throwing to Michael Cuddyer during warm ups.
Josh Rutledge also throwing.
I was not the only one returning to Coors this night so was Todd Helton after being on the D.L.. Here he is leading the team to the field for the start of the game.
Drew Pomeranz started for the Rockies, He had a great first inning sitting the Reds down in order. This game was a pitching battle for the first few innings so there was not many highlights for the first few innings. The first batter the Reds got on base was in the 2nd and that was a walk to Ryan Ludwick.
Michael Cuddyer catching a Scott Rolen hit ball in the second.
Bronson Arroyo pitching in the 2nd inning again the Rockies went down in order.
Josh Rutledge came to bat in the 3rd inning. He did ground out in the inning.
After a single in the 4th. Brandon Phillips slides into second after a Jay Bruce sac fly.
Cargo puts an end to Arroyo’s not so no, no, in the 4th.
Cargo reaching first succefully for the first Rockies runner in the game. He would be stranded and the Rockies did not score. ( spoiler alert) ohh wait everybody does already know the Rockies did not score the whole game. So if you are reading hoping there is magic you can stop reading now if you just want to see photos and a write up of a Rockies loss you may now continue!!!
Rosario got on base after a Helton single in the 5th inning. Helton was called out on Rosario’s hit (fielders Choice).
Here he is being called safe. As Helton gets up after getting out at second.
Jordan Pacheco also hit a double in the 5th sending Rosario to third both would remain on base in the inning.
Jim Tracy and the infield head to the mound in the 6th. Drew Pomeranz pitched well beside letting up 2 runs in the 4th he had 3 3 up 3 down innings. He struck out 5, anly walked 1, He did let up 3 runs on 7 hits. There was 2 men on base when he was removed from the game.
Adam Ottavino got the ball in the 6th.
Here he is pitching to Todd Frazier. Ottavino would strike out Frazier.
The third run of the inning was scored on a passed ball. (3-0) Reds.
Dex taking a swing in the 6th. He grounded out for the first out of the inning. Carlos Gonzalez got another hit in the 6th. This was for a double he had a good night going 2 for 4.
O.K. said I was not going to do this anymore but yes still creepy!!!!
Matt Reynolds came in and pitched to Jay bruce in the 8th and was done. Bruce grounded out to first and matt was removed. Mike ekstrom came in and pitched the rest of the 8th. sitting both Reds he faced down.
In the 8th Marco Scutaro sent one to left center that was missed by Ryan Ludwick. Scutaro would advance to third on a wild pitch and as it is already known he did not score. That would be Scutaro’s last at bat for the Rockies he was traded to the Giants immediately after the game. As a Rockie he played in 95 games hit .271 with 30 RBI’s and 4 home runs. He was always a hard hitter and besides his horrible running mistake in Texas he was not that bad of a player.
Arodlis Chapman came in to close for the Reds in the 9th he was almost lights out striking out Helton with 3 pitches, Rosario with 3 and Pacheco did get a single off the 100+ mph pitching. Josh Rutledge also struck out to end the game. Since comimg up about 2 years ago Chapman went from a high speed pitcher with not much control to a very controlled pitcher with a slider with a almost 24 mph difference slow from his 100+ mph fast ball. He threw it 86 mph.
Well that is it for this one! I will be at Coors on Sunday which is photo day and is always a fun day!
Til than see you at Coors!
Despite the loss it is great to be home.
Dodgers Vs Rockies
My 26th game of the year.
As usual the gates opened and the Pavilions where the place to be. Today the Rockies batting practice was a little light. The Dodgers did hit out a few. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and really did not get close to anything. This batting practice was filled with the morality of fans and players. And showed the contrasts of people. It started off early when a Dodgers player threw a ball to a kid who had a glove, the ball tipped off and a lady picked up the ball and walked away. This wasn’t like in Texas where the lady caught the random tossed ball this was someone taking a ball that was intended for a kid and tipped by him. That is just wrong if a ball is thrown to a kid give it to them. That is not how we do it. Then after a few long balls were hit by the Dodgers a young fan was hit on the top of his head and was a hit pretty hard. The sound was something you don’t like hearing. The ball did pass threw a few gloves and then bonked him. Within seconds Dodgers relief pitcher and ex Rockie Jamey Wright hopped into the stands and ran to the kid. Before security and the paramedics got there. He stayed with the kid til they walked away to get him checked out. Jamey did not just show the companion players have for fans and the concern that many players have for fans, thiers or the other teams. He not only made sure that the person who got the ball gave it to the kid but he also took off the glove he was wearing on the field and gave it to him. That is a true professional and I fully give huge props to Jamey Wright. That was one of the most stand up thing I have seen a player ever do. This just shows how some people are so rude and have no respect for others and how another person can go beyond what is expected to do the Wright thing. No that is not a typo!!!! Back to the kid the lady stole the ball from one of the Coors field regulars caught a ball and gave it to him once again showing the humanity and thoughtfulness of people. For me I got shut out this BP.
Josh Outman Started for the Rockies. He pitched in the spot formally held by Jamie Moyer. Moyer was designated for assignment. Outman pitched well besides a hit by lead off batter Tony Gwynn Jr. and walking Matt Treanor in the second he struck out 4 before being taken out in the 4th. I don’t think it was a problem but he is just not use to pitching innings and was taken out because of pitch count.
With 2 outs Carlos Gonzalez hit a single.
He was then caught stealing at second.
The Rockies Got the offence going in the 2nd inning. Michael Cuddyer lead off with a single.
Michael Cuddyer sliding into second.He did score end up scoring the Rockies first run of the game.He and Wilin Rosario scored on an overthrow during D.J. LeMahieus at bat in the 2nd.
Wilin Rosario hops up after one of his graceful slides into home!! for the Rockies second run.(2-0) Rox.
The Dodgers scored one in the 4th scott Van Slyke Hit a 2 out double and scored on a Alex Castellanos triple. (2-1) Rox Michael Cuddyer scored after he lead off the 4th with a walk. (3-1) Rox
Tony Gwynn Jr. Dives back to first after his 5th inning walk.
Marco Scutaro makes a jumping catch and tried to tag Gwynn as he steals second in the 5th.
The Rockies played a little 2 out small ball in the bottom of the fifth Dex kicked it off with a single followed by Scutaro single. They picked up a run in the inning. (4-2) Rox
The Dodgers score 1 in the top of the 6th.
Helton started the 6th inning with his 663 double of his career. After Jordan Pacheco grounded out Wilin Rosario hit a 2 run HR.
Wilin pumps his fist as the ball leaves the field.
Wilin give Helton a High-Five after his trip around the bases. (6-2) Rox
Chris Capuano bounces the baseball as Don Mattingly talk to umpires about a double switch. Capuano pitched 6th and a third and was taken out with a 2-2 count on our relief pitcher Adam Ottavino.
Jamey Wright came in to pitch for Capuano. Even know he was a stand up guy in during BP the Rockies got the best of him Scoreing 2 more in the 7th and 3 on the 8th. He was responsible for 6 hits and 4 runs in his 1 and 2/3rd innings pitched.
Ball being caught at 2nd and the slide.
Scutaro steps on second and throws to first in the to Get Tony Gwynn Jr.
Dex walking off the field after being left on base in the 7th. I should change the blog Name To Following Fowler, feels like I am Talking a lot about him lately! He was 3 for 5 tonight with 2 RBI’s Is hitting over .600 this home stand and his average is now.294 Creeping up on .300. Go Get ’em DEX!!!!!
Creepy Once again!!!
Chris Nelson pinch-hitting in the 8th. This is the swing before his HR. I had taken every swing he took and missed the last one for the long ball. This one still works image it is about 30 seconds later and the ball is about 5 feet off the tip of the bat!! Ohh and he was pinch-hitting in the third spot for Cargo!
The Rockies WON this one 13-3. For their season high winning streak of 5 games what a home stand so far. I will be back at Coors This afternoon. For game 2 of the Series.
Tonights Pitching Match up Aaron Harrang for the Dodger’s and Juan Nicasio for the Rockies.
well I will be there. See Ya at Coors.
Astros Vs Rockies
Game 4 of series
My 25th game of the season.
As always I headed to the Pavilions for batting practice not long after arriving I got a ball from Rockies. While the Astros batted I caught one leaning over the section divider rail. and not long after that a third, that was also a catch. The Second ball i ended up giving to a kid that was wearing a birthday cake hat. It was his sixth birthday. I believe his name was Philip. Hope He had an awesome birthday at Coors.
I did get a photo of him signing this fans Jersey. The funny thing is the next morning I saw someone posted the photo from the phone to the left on twitter.
Geoff had him sign a ball that he caught that Jordan fouled off.
Jeremy Guthrie throwing the first pitch to Jordan Schafer. Schafer and Jose Altuve both got out. The next 2 batters Jed Lowrie and Carlos Lee both hit singles before Chris Johnson flew out to Michael Cuddyer to end the first.
Jose Altuve being thrown out at first.
Bud Norris was the starting pitcher for the Astros. Dexter Fowler started the inning off right by walking. Dex once again has seemed to really gain patients at the plate and draws the walk aswell as hitting over .500 in this series.
Marco Scutaro followed up with a single. Once again Carlos Gonzalez came to the plate and for the 4th consecutive at bat he hit an HR.
Michael Cuddyer scoring on a Todd Helton 2B this was Heltons 562 career double. The Rockies scored 5 runs in the first. The Astros did score a run in the top of the second. (5-1)
This game I sat out in the pavilions in right field. I rarely sit out there it is always fun but doesn’t alway make for great photos. I always like the view from there before sunset. This is a view during Cuddyers at bat in the second. That is Dex diving back to the base.
Wilin Rosario scoring in the 2nd inning. He got on base with a single and stole second. Ok the Rockies scored 4 runs in the second. 1 in the 4th and 1 in the 6th.. the Astros scored 1 in the 2nd and 3 in the 4th. I somehow don’t have photos supporting the play in those innings.
Here is Guthrie still pitching in the 7th inning and this was only his 79th pitch. He did let up a fifth run. 10-5 Rox. That Ruined my original title for this game which would of been Ten Four over and out but well the fifth run ruined that. Guthrie finished the 7th and Matt Reynolds came in to pitch the 8th. Guthrie let up 12 hits, 5 runs and only stuck out 1. But it was a good performance for his since he has been having trouble pitching at Coors. Good thing he got some major run support. It is great seeing the offence get things going in this series.
Matt Reynolds pitched a great 8th striking out the sides.
Cuddyer catching a ball to end the 7th inning.
The Rockies head to the field from the dugout to celebrate the sweep!!!
The rest of the team gathers the 11-5 win by second base.
…and is the creative BNW for this post.
Break out the brooms it is a SWEEP!!!
That that is it for this great series. Now the Rockies take on the Dodgers and thing are looking good. Hint hint since I am writing this after game one of that series!!!
So thats it for th game.
Now I mentioned dex and friends earlier in the post. Dex and friends is a Radio show on 102.3 ESPN radio on Thursadys when the Rockies are in town at Jackson’s on 20th and Blake across from Coors. Dexter Fowler and another player answer questions in person and talk baseball and the Rockies it is pretty cool this was the third time I attended. The first the other player was Jeremy Guthrie and the second time it was Chris Nelson. Todays guest was Jordan Pacheco.
Here are a few photos from Dex and friends.
Mary and Amy where there. We all were a little late because we thought it started at 1P.M. but it started at 12P.M. This is cool because the players do sign some autographs and take photos I had the Photios from dexters walk od triple signed One of him at first with his fist in the air and another after he stopped at third and eveyone started charging at him. As well as the photo from his wens HR. All three photos can be seen on the previous 2 posts from those days.
Mary with Dex
Me and Jordan Pacheco.
It was a cool day at Dex and friends and a Great night at Coors.
I will be at Coors all weekend. So see ya there. Check back for the Dodgers game one post soon.
For now see you at Coors.
Also I would like to congratulate The N.Y. Mets Johan Santana on getting the first NO Hitter in the history of the N.Y. Mets.
San Diego Padres Vs. Colorado Rockies
My 5th game of the year @ Coors.
Like always the day started off in the pavilions for Batting Practice. After the 4th games of the season I have not got one a BP ball. So the Rockies were taking their BP and I would not get my first BP ball of the year. The Padres came up and after the first ball went out I noticed there was a different logo on the ball. So I went over to the person who had got it and It had a Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary ball. The Padres came from playing LA over the weekend. After a few go rounds and groups I finally got my opportunity to catch my first ball of the year. I get it, look down and it is a Dodger stadium ball. The ball was clean and logo and stamping was in great condition. Not bad for the first snag of the year.
Look it’s Huston Street.
On my way around the stadium a friend had a baseball and asked if I could get it autographed. So I headed down to the wall and the first player out was Todd Helton so he started walking over to the wall. I had the ball autographed and brought it back to them. So when I was handed the ball I asked who were they looking for and the answer was a new guy or someone good, So I got one of the best.
Jeremy Guthrie was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with Ramon Hernandez heading from the bullpen.
Here is Guthrie pitching the first pitch to the Padres Cameron Maybin. Maybin struck out for the first out of the game. Will Venable Than got a double of Guthrie and would score on a Chase Headley double. Headley would score two batters later on a Nick Hundley Double. Yes that was 3 doubles in the first inning for 2 runs.
The Rockies had a not so succesful. 1st.and the Padres scored a third run in the 2nd again because of Andy Parrino’s lead off double and process of moving over from outs to score.
The Rockies would come up in the 2nd. and Helton lead off with a strike out. Michael Cuddyer than hit a double of his own. He would score 2 batters later on a Tyler Colvin single.
After sitting down the Padres in order in the 3rd. and the Rocks not having a productive inning the Padres came up in the 4th. Yonder Alonso lead off with a single and then Jason Barlett kept the doubles coming with on to score Alonso. (4-1) Padres. For those keeping track that was the 5th. double the Padres have hit.
Bob Apodaca heads out to the mound in the 4th. inning. The Padres would score a total of 2 runs in the 4th. (5-1) Padres. The Rockies continued not to get things together offensively. The Padres scored an additional run in the 6th.
Then another sleepless night of having bad dreams about having a toothache ache and being chased by dental products.
Still kinda creepy!
To Helton at first.
and the call by Joe West…..
yurrr out!! Sit down Jason Barlett. Even when your team is down by five runs it is nice to see a well executed double play.
Helton making a play in the 9th inning he tossed to Chatwood who covered first for the first out of the inning.
After another Padres run in the 9th. and a quick 3 outs for the Rox in the 9th the game was over with a 7-1 loss for the Rockies. The Padres hit a total of 7 doubles. Guthrie pitched 7. Matt Reynolds pitched well in the 8th. Chatwood pitched the 9th.
Two more for the Rox against the Padres.
Well see ya at Coors.
Tonight Jamie Moyer goes again to try to be the oldest starting pitcher to get a win in Major League Baseball.
If I can get a ticket from one of my usher friends. Oh wait I pay for my tickets!
D’Backs Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
My 4th game of the year @ Coors, 5th including the Springs.
Today was also Jackie Robinson. This year marked the 65th Anniversary of becoming the first black player in the Major Leagues.
As with all Sundays at Coors it was autograph Sunday.
Today Juan Nicasio, Tyler Chatwood, Rex Brothers and Matt Reynolds signed.
I was able to get Tyler Chatwood on a Card and Rex Brothers on my default photo of Coors Field which is a photo from the upper deck of the sunset on the last game of the season last year.
Drew Pomeranz was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his first start of the year. Drew did have a start in Tulsa on April 10. He went 4 innings striking out 4 and letting up no runs.
Pomeranz pitching to the Diamondbacks Ryan Roberts. Roberts and Gerado Parra both grounded out Justin Upton than hit a single and Michael Young hit an HR for a quick 2-0 lead for the D’backs.
Troy Tulowitzki makes one of his patent off-balance throws to first. Kids don’t try this at home. Maybe he is trying to do a running man!!!! I don’t know this just does not look comfortable to throw like that.
Chris Young touches home after his 2 run HR.
Drew Pomeranz pitches to Aaron Hill in the 1st. inning.
Eric Young Jr. grounding out in the 1st inning.
Here is a look from section 307.
I was going to walk aroung the whole concource but decided to head to my seat which I very rarly get to usually I walk the concource or hang with friends in other sections.
The Diamondbacks scored another run in the 3rd. for a 3-0 lead.
Pomeranz pitching in the 5th inning to one of his last batters. He was taken out with 1 out and I believe 2 runners on base.
Josh Roenicke warming up in the bullpen.
The D’backs did score to for a 5-0 lead.
Drew Pomeranz coming out of the game in the 5th. He threw 108 pitches 45 for strikes and 63 balls. Letting up 5 runs and 9 hits.
The rain started shortly after the pitching change so I headed down to the concource by the bullpen.
Matt Reynolds heading to the bullpen in the 8th inning. He struck out 2 in the inning and got the third to pop out to short.
Tulo Catching the pop up in the 8th inning.
After Chris Nelson struck out in the 8th. Jonny Herrera hit a double to start a Rockies mini rally. He and Eric Young Jr. both scored (5-2) D’backs. Tulo singled and Ramon Hernandez pitch hit in the pitchers spot which was 5th in the batting order after a double switch earlier in the game. The Rockies sent 9 batters to the plate in the ninth and it looked like there may be a little Lodo magic for the third game in a row but they fell a little short. The D’Backs used 4 pitches in the inning.
Michal Young being tossed out at first for the last run of the game. He was responsible for 3 of the 5 D’backs runs.
The final score was 5-2. The Rockies did win the Series taking the first 2. Hopefully last years Sundays whoa’s won’t carry over to this year and this game was a slight glitch not the start of a Sunday trend. The Rockies are 4 and 5 on the year. and currently 3rd in the N.L. west. 4.5 games back from the Dodgers who have had an amazing 9-1 start to the season. Looks like the owner ship change was good for them.
Starting Monday the Rockies will be playing the San Diego Padres.So we get to ask the question of where is Huston Street once again!!
I should be there for all 3.
See Ya at Coors.
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Rockies Fest 2012
For the 3rd year in a row I was fortunate to attend the Rockies Fan Fest. The Rockies Fan Fest is held every year in January. In the past it was only open to Colorado Rockies season ticket holders, this year they did have a season ticket holder Fan Fest and that was on Saturday. Sunday was an open to the public, which allowed the Rockies Fans that do not have season tickets to attend. The Rockies did charge to attend day 2, it was $25 for Adults and $1.00 for kids.
To start I would like to thank my friend Anna for giving me her ticket to Saturdays Fan Fest.
So Saturday started early the gates to Coors opened at 9:30, a few days before we decided to go out to breakfast. So we decide just like opening day last year to head to the 20th street cafe.
So Douglas the founder of Opening day Breakfast attended aswell as Hunter, and D The Rockpile Ranter.
Also Allanah X, Gary X and Amy
After Breakfast we headed to Coors where we were the first group on-line. So we left a few people in line and Gary X, Amy, Ranter and a few others headed over to the will call window, which was supposed to open at 9:00 AM at about 10 after someone told us that the will call windows will be windows a few feet away from where they normally are. OK but this was at 10 after and the windows were going to open at 9. Hmmm… see something weird happening here!!! Than around 9:20 the windows opened I was the second person on my line and the guy in front of me got his tickets in about 30 seconds. I get to the window and the first question I got asked was what is my season ticket ###. I replied I am using these tickets that were suppose to be mailed to the season ticket holder and were not so I was to pick these up from here. I told the gentleman at the window my name and oddly enough it came up on the computer saying my season ticket holders name and ticks for Me insert real name here Mike ……
So I got my tix so at the window next to me were Ranter, Gary X, Amy and Dan and they were told that this was not the Will call window and there tickets were at A gate. Which makes no sence what so ever considering the person in front of me got his and I was in the process of having my tickets printed. The Girl at their window said that the tix that were left for them are at Gate A. So than they headed over Gate A Dan did have 2 tickets on him which X and Lil X used to get in. So after other will call issues everyone did eventually get in for more on the craziness check out the Rockpile Rant.http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/.
So we immediately headed down to the memorabilia store that they set up down stairs on the same level as the Rockies Club House and Visitors club house. This year it was in the visitors club house. So I found some stuff to purchase. I got Aaron Cook’s locker sign and a signed ball. Ok you may ask why would I get Aaron Cook’s stuff considering he is no longer on the Rockies one is it was a good price, 2 I had never got a Aaron Cook autograph in my 4 years attending games at Coors. I had met him and taken photos with him on photo day but never was able to get an autograph. Than I also found some souvenir baseballs from 1993 Rockies home opener at the old Mile high and also a few coomerative base sticker. The ones on the side of the base’s I got a “We Will Not Forget” 9-11-200. Later Geoff gave me a Jackie Robinson day 2007 one that he bought an extra of. Thanks Geoff.
Than we headed over to The Rockies Club house. Here’s a few photo’s of lockers of player you may be familiar with!!!
We than headed to our respective event session. The first one I had tickets for an autograph session in suite 53. Jason Giambi and J.D. Lemahieu. I had an Upper Deck game used card signed. I got a Rockies press photo signed for D.J. since I did not have an Item for him to sign.
My second session was for an Interview session I like seeing the interview sessions. Usually they are kind of candid. The players in this session were D.J. Lemahieu, Dexter Fowler, Casey Blake, Jason Giambi and Troy Tulowitzki. Here are a few photos.
Casey Blake. Casey recently signed with the Rockies as a free agent he played with the Dodgers
Tom Helmer was asking the questions along with Tracey Ringolsby.
During the player introductions Helmer made the comment that “2/3% of the earth is covered by water the other 1/3 is covered by Dexter Fowler”
Dex was asked about player the huge center field area at Coors. They also talked about Dex working out with Tulo and Giambi this off-season. Dex has gained 9 lbs. in the off-season of muscle and cut his body fat from 14% which I think any of use would love to have to and even better 10%. They also spoke about Casey and D.J. joining the Rockies and how they could help the team and the benefits of D.J. competing for the second base job with EYJ and Jonny Herrera. Little that we all knew was the Rockies were in the process of acquiring Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox for 2nd base, which should make this even more interesting!
Dexter Fowler Answering questions.
After the Interview session I stayed on the club level and headed over to where the Rockie Prospects were.
Chad and Nolan Played with Modesto in 2011 and Rob Scahill played with the Tulsa Drillers.
While they were signing other prospects were also on the club level interacting with the fans.
Here is Christian Friedrich playing guitar hero.
Mary O with Jim Tracy. Mary is one of the ushers at Coors that I goy to know over the last year. She is also one of the reasons I can get some of the great photos I get.
During the day we had also had an autograph session with Todd Helton and Rich Dauer.
Towards the end of the day we headed down to the Rockies club house again and also took a peek inside Jim Tracy’s office.
That was pretty much the end of the day. In total I got 28 autographs from players at Fan Fest Including Casey Blake, Josh Roenicke, All the prospect players in the fanfest program, a ball from Nolan Arenado, cards signed by Tyler Matzek, Ramon Hernandez, Tyler Chatwood, Todd Helton and X got me signed promotion cards from Jason Hammel, Chris Nelson and Rafeal Bettancourt.
At the end of the day we headed down to the concourse and took this mass running man with Gary X, Amy, Lil X, Geoff and Douglas.
That was it for day 1.
Day 2 Rockies Fan Fest 2012.
I was not sure if I was going to the second day but X as alway’s looking out got me a ticket, knowing I would procrastinate picked up an extra ticket for me. Thanks X.
So before leaving my house I dubbed this day deuce of Rockies Fest. I than headed down to Coors. I was one of the first people to arrive at Coors and being a Sunday there was free street parking and it also being the baseball off-season there was free parking on Blake street. So I got a pretty good spot for a better spot they would have had to open the gates to the stadium for me to pull in!!!!
First spot next to the C gate!!!
So shortly after X and Amy arrived. Amy wearing her Jordan Pacheco Jersey that she got the day before.
The back of the Pacheco Jersey.
Pacheco also signed it for her.
Once again after the gates opened we headed to the Memorabilia sale which we figured would have new Items today and it did. I got a Red Rockies hat that they wear at home for special occasions Memorial Day, 4th of July ect. While I was trying to look at Sizes I notice #’s on the inside and found one with the #51 in it. Which is Matt Reynolds. So I picked it up. Also got some random pins from years past and 2 Rockies umbrella’s just because. So since I parked so far from the stadium I ran the stuff out to the car and it was time to head to our first auto session. It was for the Mountain Ranch Club and the first signer was Todd Helton, 2 Helton autos in one weekend that is twice as many as I got in the last 4 years. I had him sign a photo that I thought was the swing for his 500 double, But after I had him monograph it 500 2b realized it was a photo from my first game in 2009. So it was cool to get a Todd auto but was upset it was the wrong photo. It was cool of him to do that for me though. With Todd was Chris Nelsen was signing.
Todd Helton signing a card for Gary X.
We than headed to our next session, along the way we walked past Matt Reynolds, Jason Giambi who each gave us a high-five. We continued to suite 55 and found out that Carlos Gonzales was signing.
Cargo walking down the hall while we were online. I believe that is Josh Roenicke who also signed that session. I did get a Rockies promo 5×7 signed by him.
Cargo signing along side Jerry another really cool usher from Coors.
Next it was back to the Mountain Ranch Club for our next session and The Day of The Deuce happened as I said earlier I dubbed this day, day deuce which pretty much I was going to get a Tulo auto today. Troy Tulowitzki was the signer along with Josh Field you may remember Josh from the end of last season.
Tommy Field signing.
After we wandered a little while before our next session and we ran once again into Jim Tracey signing for fans.
Our next auto session was also in the Mtn Ranch Club and Dex was signing. Forgot who was in their with him.
We also had tickets to another session this hour and while heading there someone said would you guys like to take a photo with a few player so we said yeah that would be cool and the players were Matt Reynolds, Eric Young Jr. and D.J. Lemahieu. So it being EYJ and Matt we asked if they would do a running man. For those that don’t know me it is something I do everywhere I go and have been for about 15 years. So they agreed and we got these photos.
D.J. Lemahieu,Gary X, Matt Reynolds and Eric Young Jr.
Amy running man with the players.
Me with the players. No running man it came out blurry.
after that session there was still about an hour left before the end of Fan Fest so we headed down to the Rockies Club house.
He had Tommy John surgery in May of last season. He is expected back in May this year can’t wait to see him pitch again.
He can possible be the ace of this staff. With Chacin, Hammel and the others I am sure he will work for it.
Rex Brothers Doing a running man with Allanah X
Drew Pomeranz running man.
These players do not have to do this, but they do and I thank them for it. It shows how much fun this staff is.
Delta Cleary signing autographs with other prospects in the back ground.
Jhoulys Chacin signing autos. Hey look it Brian From The Springs!!
That’s it for Fan Fest 2012.
Here’s a few photos of things I acquired over this weekend.
Cargo, Tyler Colvin and Rex Brothers signed cards.
Willin Rosario, Jorge De La Rosa, Dexter Fowler and Tyler Chatwood
After the second day we were in the memorabilia
sale and they brought out a bunch of pins for free these are 6 of the 8 I got.
The 5×7 Promo photos
Josh Roenicke, Tommy Field,Chris Nelson Top row
Ramone Hernandez, Jason Hamell, Matt Lindstrom Middle
The photo by itself is the Todd Helton photo from earlier.
Todd Helton signed baseball.
looking forward to the season
50 Days til Ranter and I head to Scottsdale for Spring training.
See ya there!!!!!
IS IT APRIL YET?
Washington Nationals Vs. Rockies
The Rockies have lost 16 sunday games in a row this streak goes back to April 17.
Going into this Sunday it was only 15 Sundays in a row.
This Sunday like every sunday home game at Coors was autograph Sunday today. Ryan Spilbourghs, Eliezer Alfonso, Jason Hammel and Charlie Blackmon signed. I first went to Spilbourghs line and had him sign a baseball Card, then headed to Hammels line sign a 2011 Topps card. I had Alfonso sign my mini helmet that I have been getting signed by players I don’t have anything else to sign. So far I have 9 autos on it.
After the official autograph session was over I headed over to the right field wall where Rex Brothers was signing. I had him sign a Sky Sox program I got last month. He thought it was cool and had not seen it yet. Since I have a few copies I told him I would bring him a copy.
Esmil Roger also signed and he signed 2 cards for me.
The players then went in and I wandered around the stadium giving a few and “X” and I gave the extra Cargo figurines we got to the deserving friends at Coors. You know who you are and thanks for everything you guys do for us.
The players then came out for warm ups. This is a photo of Nations starter John Lannon heading to the dugout with catcher Jesus Flores.You may be asking where Ivan Rodriguez is, he is on the DL with an oblique strain.
Aaron Cook leads the Rockies to the field for the start of the game.
Aaron Cook Throwing the first pitch to the Nationals Rick Ankiel who he would walk. Cook is 2-6 this season, going into this game.
The next three Nationals batters would get out. Including Ryan Zimmerman striking out.
The Rockies would send five to the plate in the 1st. Eric Young Jr. Grounded out, Dexter Fowler walked. Carlos Gonzalez flew out The Deuce hit a single and Wiggington grounded out to end the inning.
The Nationals would score in the 2nd on a Jonny Gomes HR after Jayson Werth walked to lead off the inning. (2-0) Nationals.
Gomes and Werth Hi Five after Gomes’ 2nd inning HR.
The Rockies did not score in the second Cook would pitch real well in the 3rd only letting up a run to Ryan Zimmerman.
Eric Young Jr. would lead off the 3rd inning for the Rockies with a bunt.
He would then get doubled up on a Fowler hit to the Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.
Aaron cook would pitch into the 7th inning. He pitched very well this game unfortunately did not get the run support. Cook threw 79 pitches, Struck out 5 Nationals and let up 2 runs Matt Reynolds came in to the game and completed the inning striking out Ankiel.
Aaron Cook heading to the dugout in the 7th inning.
The Nationals would take out there starter Lannon also in the 7th.
The Rockies would finally get some runs in the 7th. Herrera would pitch hit in the pitchers spot and later score on a Young single. Young would score the second run to tie the game at 2.
Herrera score the Rockies first run in the 7th.
Eric Young Jr. scoring the tieing run.(2-2)
The Nationals would score the go ahead run in the 8th. Danny Espinosa lead off the inning and scored the Nationals 3rd. run on a Werth single. That would be the final score 3-2. for the 16th Sunday loss of the season for the Rockies good thing they don’t play tradition Sunday double-header like they use to.
So that is it for this game this week heading to the Spring for Jason Giambi’s rehab and then the Rockies return against the Marlins on Monday.
Also Good news came that Juan Nicasio has been releast from the hospital.
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