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!
March 18, 2001 My First game @Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick.
After being on a plane for 2 hour and arriving in Arizona I headed to SRF@TS. The Rockies played the Brewers. When I arrived, I first headed over to the D’backs side to try to snag some BP balls. As I was walking up the last ball of BP was hit over the wall. So I did not get anything. So then I head back to the Rockies side of the complex and they were getting ready for their BP. That was a bust considering you can’t get to many baseballs on the Rockies side due to a fence behind their practice field.Also tried to stay by a roped off area figuring I would get some autographs it turns out the players really don’t pass to close to this area. After the gates had opened I headed in for my first look at SRF@TS . Of course I used the Rockies entrance.
Rockies Minor League Players by the batting cages on the Rockies walkway leading to the Rockies Gate.
One of the LED boards on the 1st backside
Hey “D” look there are hosers!!!
Member of the SRF@TS grounds crew getting the field ready.
The Salt River Field @ talking stick Logo Behind home plate.
Todd Heltons glove and warm up bat. Along the first baseline.
Rockies Prospect Charlie Blackmon stretching. He was the player that won the game for the Rox in the 1st game at SRF@TS.
Jonny Herrera looking at his power drink very confusingly in the Rockies Dugout.
Charlie Blackmon signing autos. Here is my creative close up BNW to show off my mad photos skillz!!!!!!!
A look in the Rockies Dugout right before the game against the Brewers.
Now it was game time. The starting Pitcher for the Rockies was Gregg Reynolds.The 1st batter for the Brewers was 2nd baseman Reggie Weeks who hit a fly out to Centerfield.
“The Deuce” Troy Tulowitzki field a pop fly from Ryan Braun for the 3rd out of the first inning.
Seth Smith scoring the Rox 1st run in the first inning after a Cargo double.
After the Rockies scored 5 runs in the 1st the Brewers take out starting pitcher Perralta. in #48 Dillard.
So during the pitching change it was time for a brew break. Ok so I did not get a beer from Capt. Earthman. But what great timing for this super hero of adult beverages.
So in the 1st the Rox scored 5 and sent 10 batters to the plate. The brewers did not respond to the 4th inning when they scored their first run when Braun hit a single that scored Reggie Weeks from 2nd. The brewers ended up scoring a bunch.
Ben Paulson makes an out for the Rox in the 3rd
catcher Mike Mckenry and relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom chilling in the bullpen..
Matt Lindstrom Pitching late in the game.
The final score was (9-7) Rockies at the end of the game.
Rockies celebrate their victory over the Brewers
Mike Mckenry sign autos before the game.
A look at Salt River Field @ Talking Stick
Dan and Emily were at the game today good to see you guys.
And the this guy was there too. Robert wearing his Jimmy Buffett best!!!!
Thats it that was my first day at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick. Keep checking back as I post about the Rox against the Reds @ Goodyear Ballpark, Rox Vs. Angels @SRF@TS and a special on the Diamond backs side of the complex.
I am the Rox Addict and I am High on life in the desert!!!!!!!