Angels Vs. Rockies
Salt River Fields at Talking stick
Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.
Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.
So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!
Smitty went with the foreground baseball!
EB went with the pondering pitcher!
O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.
It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.
Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.
Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.
The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.
The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies
In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.
The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.
Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.
Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.
Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.
Christian Adames rounds third.
And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.
Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.
with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels. The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.
The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.
One last look at the Fields before I left.
Here is most of the group that was at the game.
After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.
Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.
When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.
I was able to get a ball autographed
And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.
The Next day we headed home.
Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona
Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”
Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.
See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!
Angels Vs. Rockies
My 29th Game at Coors
Batting Practice started off fast and furious with the Rockies hitting them out almost immediately. Carlos Gonzalez hit a few opposite field to the pavilions. The next group had Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson in it Colvin hit a few out opposite field also and Nelly was crushing them. The Angel also hit many out I got 1 from them. Once again somebody got hit not paying attention out there. I can’t say it enough if you see people standing around with glove most likely there is a chance of a baseball being hit near, by or at you!!!. If you can’t catch it don’t try because when you miss it, it will hit somebody else. It has been very crowded out there so just keep an eye on the field.
So I am going to make this one somewhat short!
Alex White was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he pitched OK not to bad too good. C.J Wilson was the starting pitcher for the Angles He pitched real well!
Here is Tori Hunter batting in the 1st. He grounded out. He would hit a HR in the 3rd and 5th with Mike Trout on base both times. (4-0) Angles. He also had 6 of the Angels RBI’s.
Hey look it’s Albert Pujols. He hit a double in the 3rd and 9th inning.
The Rockies were hit less against the C.J. Wilson for 4 innings.
Helton made a great play in the 2nd to flip the ball to White to get Howie Kendrick out.
Michael Cuddyer sent one for a ride in the 2nd, but it was caught by Tori Hunter in right.
Bob Apodaca heads out to the mound in the 3rd. after Alex White got roughed up.
He continued to pitch.
Wilson pitches to Dexter Fowler in the 4th, Dex would strike out all 3 outs were struck. Cargo did break up the No-No if you can call it a No-No in the 4th with a bunt base hit.
Helton would hit a double to lead off the 5th. That was his 565th lifetime 22nd all time in doubles. He would be caught tagging up at 3rd after a Jordan Pacheco fly out.
Marco Scutaro hit a double in the 6th to score Eric Young Jr. who pinch hit for White. (4-1) Angels.
Marco Scutaro slides into second.
Esmil Rogers pitched in the 9th for the Rockies and was taken out. This may have been his last appearance at Coors. He was designated for assignment with no more options. The Angels scored 3 in the inning(7-1) Angels Rogers started the inning strong but was haunted with 2 outs. after that the only person that did not get a hit off him was Mike Trout who he hit with a 90+MPH pitch.
There was a ray of hope for the Rox in the 9th. With 2 outs Helton hit a single and Pacheco hit a triple to score him. (7-2) Angels.
Wilin popped one up to shallow left that looked like may have been a problem, but wasn’t and was caught to end the game the Rockies lost.
As I a writing this the Rockies also lost the second game of the series. 11-5
This was only the 3rd game I did not attend at Coors this year.
Well another one is done. Only a few weeks away from my 2012 road trip. I will post a schedule soon, but I will say, It will kick off in Tulsa and I will be at 2 against the Rangers.
I will be at Coors for the remainder of the home stand so see you at Coors.