Salt Lake City Bee’s vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
4th game of series, My 4th game in the Springs this season and second of this series.
As far as total amounts of goes this year I lost count about 3 weeks ago!
When I got into the stadium Christian Fredrich who pitched Friday’s game I was at was doing his bull-pen session.
So as the players came out and warmed up I got a few autographs, I got Kyle Parker to sign a PCL ball and also got Delta Cleary Jr. on a ball. He was just called up to the Sky Sox on Saturday from Tulsa. I also got 3 others including Ben Paulson and Angelys Nina in my spring training program.
Brett Tomko was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox today and pitched terrible. There is just no other way to explain it He walked the first Bee’s batter he face and than gave up a single to the second Ex-Rocky Tommy Field. After striking out the next 2 batters things looked like they where coming together. That did not happen and He walked Brennan Boesch and then Luis Jimenez single that scored the Bee’s first run.
Paul Janish made an attempt at the ball and missed it to give Jimenez the single.
After the run scored, Manager Glenallen hill came out and took Tomko out of the game. He pitched 37 pitches in 2/3rds of an inning, he is responsible for 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 2 and well he did strike out 2 batters.
Greg Burke came in to pitch the rest of the inning for the Sky Sox and 2 of the 3 runs scored on a ball hit to Tim Smalling at first who made an error that scored the 2 runs. Jimenez was then thrown out at home trying for the 4th run to end the first inning.
Now if you noticed earlier I put a photo of Kyle Parker up playing first and then Smalling made the error. It was because during the pitching change Glenallen Hill removed Kyle Parker from the game because he got called up to join the Rockies in L.A. It was interesting to see him come up to bat on T.V. in L.A. when I saw him start a game in the Springs at 12:30.P.M. That night he struck out during his first MLB at bat. The Above photo is Greg Burke trying to get Zach Borenstein out at first after the Smalling error.
Justin Thomas started for the Bee’s he also started the inning with a walk to the first batter he faced Rafael Ynoa.
Ynoa tossing the bat and heading to first.
With 2 runners on Angelys Nina hit a scoring the Sky Sox first run of the game. (3-1 Bee’s)
Jackson William then hit a to score Drew Garcia and Nina to tie the game at 3. Both teams would go down in order in the 2nd.
The Sky Sox would score again in the 3rd. The first run of the inning was on a second Williams single and the 2nd on this bunt by Delta Cleary Jr. that was fielded by the Bee’s pitcher.
Which he flipped with his glove high to the first baseman Grant Green for a bunt RBI single. Ben Paulsen score the Sky sox 5t run and gave them a 2 run lead.
Burke did give up a run to the Bee’s in the 4th inning a solo lead off home run to Brennan Boesch. (5-4 Sox)
Wilton Lopez came into pitch for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning. Grant Green would hit a double and then score on a double by Efren Navarro. That run tied the game at 5.
The bee’s score a second run in the 6th, a Borenstein single that scored on a Luis Martinez single to give the Bee’s a 7-5 lead. Borenstein was tagged out at home for the 3rd out of the inning. In the bottom of the 6th the bee’s brought in relief pitcher Jeremy Berg who was a side arm pitcher which is always crazy to watch I could not imagine trying to hit off the motion of these guys. Berg pitched the rest of the 6th inning and the whole 7th inning. He struck out 3 batters in his 1 1/3rd inning.
Ynoa gets tagged on a Nina hit to Tommy field at short for the second out at 3rd.
Well that answers that Question Scooby-doo where are you?! He was at Security Service field for this game! He also announced the batters during an inning.
The Bee’s scored a 7th run in the 8th inning to extend there lead to 7-5.
Jackson Williams takes a swing in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and a runner on…
That was caught by the Bee’s right fielder Efren Navarro for the final out of the game and the final was 7-5 Bee’s. That is it for this game from the Springs.
The Rockies return home this weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers and next week against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Se you at Coors!
I am also planning my 2014 road Trip which should be interesting!
Check back for where I will be going!
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
The Bee’s are a triple A affiliate of the Angels.
This was the first game of the series.
My 3rd game at the springs this year.
Christian Fredrich was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Christian has been having a rough season on the mound tonight was no different. It did start out very well he struck out the first 2 batters he faced in the 1st and got the 3rd out on a ground ball.
Jarret Grube started for the Bee’s He also sat the 1st 3 batters he faced down in order.
John Hester in the 3rd inning hit into a double play to get Luis Jimenez out at second and himself out at first.
Turning the double play!
Evan Frey attempts a bunt base hit in the 3rd inning, but was thrown out at first.
He wasn’t out by much the ball just beat him to the first baseman Efran Navarro.
Rafael Ynoa Taking a swing during his 3rd inning at bat. seems like all the good photos in this post were outs! But since the 2 pitches did not allow many hits till the 4th inning most were early in the game.
Kyle Parker gets a single during his 4th inning at bat to get the Sky Sox on the board. Drew Garcia who lead off the 4th with a single and stole second during Jason Pridies at bat. 1-0 Sky Sox
The Sky Sox really got things going in the 5th inning. Ynoa hit a single that score the Sky sox second run of the game. Scoring Evan Frey from third. The Sky Sox scored 5 runs in the 5th 2 more from some small ball and 2 from a Ben Paulson home run.
The bee’s stung Christian Friedrich in the 6th after loading the base with 1 out. Efran Navarro hit a grand slam home run to cut into the Sky Sox 6 run lead to 6-4.
Navarro high fives the 3 batters that were on base for his home run.
After facing 4 more batters and giving up 4 more hits including doubles by Brennan Boesch and Luis Jimenez each scoring runs Christian was removed from the game. He gave up 7 runs in this inning on 7 hits just in this inning. For the game he gave up 7 runs on 11 hits striking out Striking out 3 and walked 1 which was also in the 6th inning.
He was replaced by Wilton Lopez. He got both batters he faced out in the 6th and pitched into the 7th. He pitched really well in the 7th got the first batter in the inning to pop out and then struck out the next 2 for a 1,2,3 inning.
Tommy Fields (yes, former Rocky) started the 8th inning with a triple and he would score on a Boesch single to give the Bee’s a 8-6 lead.
That would be the final score as well and after a good start Friedrich would continue with is not so good year. That is it for this one from Security Service Field.
I have another one from the final game of this series to come.
After the game like the do every Friday night they had fireworks!
Oklahoma City Redhawks Vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
The Redhawks are the triple A Affiliate of the Houston Astros.
This was my first game to the Springs this year.
This day started really early for me I left my house at 7:15 in the morning to go snowboarding at Keystone. After 19 lift rides and 30,000+ vertical feet and 5 hours of snowboarding I took the 135 Mile drive from Keystone, Colorado to Colorado Springs. I took about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
It being Jackie Robinson Day I got on chair 42. It took about 4 runs to sink up and be able to get on this chair 3.
After arriving and getting my ticket I did some early Easter Egg hunting out behind Security Service Field!
found 10 Baseballs Most Minor League Practice balls and a few Pacific Coast League baseballs.
After waiting for Jared to arrive we headed in to the stadium.
Christian Friedrich was warming up in the bullpen. I was able to get Wilton Lopez on my Rockies team project since he was sent down a few days ago. It was then time for the game to start.
Christian Friedrich throwing the first pitch to the Redhawks Austin Wates.
He struck out swinging.
Friedrich would give up 2 hits before getting the second out of the inning also a strike out to John Singleton. After a Error by Ryan Wheeler at third and 2 more singles the Redhawks scored 3 runs and Friedrich got out of the inning after facing 8 batters. 3-0 Redhawks
The starting pitcher for the Redhawks was Michael Foltynewicz. He also started the game with a strike out his was looking to Jason Pridie.
Tim Wheeler would hit a double but would not score, the Sky Sox did get a second base runner on base it was Matt McBride who walked. The Redhawks got the best of Friedrich in the second Ronald Torreyes started the inning with a single followed by a Wates single. Friedrich walked the bases loaded, walking Gregorio Petit. The fourth batter of the inning was George Springer who hit a grand slam to give the Redhawks a 7-0 lead. Springer was called up to the Astros the next day and made his MLB Debut he went 1 for 5 with a walk in the game against the Kansas City Royals. In this game he went 3 for 4 with a walk.
After the Springer homer Friedrich settled down and got the next 3 batters out to end the inning. he then pitched well the next 2 innings sitting down 9 Redbirds batters in a row. He would give up a lead off double to singleton in the 5th who would score and the Redhawks had a 8-0 lead.
Mike McKenry got things started for the Sky Sox in the 5th with a double. He would score on a Tim Wheeler single.
Wilton Lopez came into pitch for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning.
Christian Friedrich left the game after 5 innings giving up 8 hits, 8 runs, walking 1 and striking out 4. After settle in and falling behind the 5 runs he did then have 2 good innings. It still looks like he needs some work but looks like he will be back to the way he pitched 2 years ago soon.
Matt McBride led off the 6th for the Sky sox and here he is diving back to first. He would get out at second on a ball hit by Ben Paulsen. The Sky Sox did go on and score 2 runs in the inning.
1 on a Kyle Parker triple that scored Paulsen. Parker then scored on a McKenry single 8-3 Redhawks.
The Redhawks scored another run to give them a 9-3 lead in the 7th. The Sky Sox then had a very good inning in the 7th. The first 2 on a Tim Wheeler 2 run home run, ben Paulsen then hit a homer of his own with McBride on base. Kyle Parker hit one for him self to go back to back with Paulsen. 9-8 Redhawks.
Rudy Owens came into pitch for the Redhawks in the 6th and was responsible for 5 of the Sky Sox runs the 2 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th. Chia-Jen Lo pitched the rest of the 7th inning for the Redhawks and was responsible for the 2 other runs in the 7th.
The Redhawks scored 2 more in the 9th and the Sky Sox scored 1 more in the bottom of the 9th. They also had some base runners in the 8th but were unable to score them. That was it for this one the Sky Sox lost 11-9. This was a pretty good game and the Sky Sox did have a few opportunities to get the lead in this game and like the Rockies had trouble getting the timely runs. Tim Wheeler did come up a triple short of the cycle going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Mike McKenry also hit well also going 3 for 5 and he had 1 RBI.
After the game I took the hour and a half drive back home, in total I drove about 300 miles and spent 5 and a half hours just driving this day. But it was a great day doing 2 of my favorite things to do in Colorado Snowboarding and Baseball.
So that is it for this one I will be back at Coors on Friday when the Rockies return from there road trip to San Fran and San Diego.
See You Their!
Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians
Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana
Columbus as you may know from the other game I have seen them is a triple A affiliate of Cleveland Indians and The Indianapolis are the Pirates affiliate. This seems like It became a Columbus Clippers trip.
This is my 9th and last game of the road trip. This is also the 4th game I have seen at Victory Field since family lives in Indy it is always a great day.
The center field entrance for Victory Field.
Since this is my 4th trip to Victory Field I am not doing to much of a write-up about the stadium.
Here are old posts that include Indianapolis.
Last year the Indians Also played the Clippers.
Graham Godfrey was the starting pitcher for the Indianapolis Indians. Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera who would hit a single to get on base. Carrera would steal 2nd and advance to third on a Ryan Rohlinger ground out.
Tim Fedroff also hit a ground out in the inning for the 2nd out but it would score the Clippers first run of the game, scoring Carrera.
This was the first game this trip that Daisuke Matsuzaka did not start both the game I saw in Columbus and the game in Durham he had started. Todays starter was T. J. House. The Indians lead-off batter Darren Ford also got on base with a single.
Matt Hague also hit a single in the first and would score the tying run for the Indians.
Ford got caught stealing between second and third.
Matt Carson would hit a one out single and then score the Clippers go ahead run in the 2nd inning on a Luis Hernandez single. Nate Spears scored the second run of the inning as show above on a Godfrey wild pitch. On the wild pitch Hernandez was stealing and got caught trying to get to 3rd. (3-1) Clippers
He was tagged out by the Indians Russ Canzler. This was Canzlers first game with the Indians. He was traded from the Orioles organization, he was playing with the Norfolk Tides for Tim Alderson. He also played for the Durham Bulls in 2011 and I have seen him play with them that year.
He would leave the field. It looked like it was a leg issue but not sure. He would leave the game pitching 3 complete innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits striking out 2 and walking none.
T.J. House pitching in the 4th inning.
Lucas May watching a pitch go by at his 4th inning at bat.
Somewhere around the end 6th inning I did my wander around the stadium here are some photos from then. Jared Hughes came in the game to pitch for the Indians in the 7th inning.
Roberto Perez gets out in the 7th for the second out of the inning.
Here is a look of the field and skyline from behind home plate.
I then headed up to the second deck behind home plate. Ivan De Jesus put down a bunt single.
Blake Wood who came into pitch in the inning for the Clippers was unable to field it and throw to first.
De Jesus taking off for 2nd, He would reach second with no throw. He would remain at second and the Indians would not score in the inning.
Juan Diaz making contact for a single in the 8th inning for the Clippers.
The ball rolling to the outfield.
Perez at first base. He would get out at second on a ball hit by Jeremy Hermida to first, Matt Hague would throw to short stop Brian Bocock back 2 first for the double play really nice play by the 2 of them.
Clippers short stop Juan Diaz throwing to second base for the out at second. Jerry Sands was out at second.
The Clippers had a second chance at the double play and this time….
Making it on a ball hit by Lucas May to end the inning.
Lucas May catches a pitch that went past Luis Hernandez in the 9th inning. After the Indians would end the 9th inning with a double play of their own!
Ivan de Jesus flew out to Matt Carson in right field for the first out of the 9th inning.
Darren Ford did not put it that far into the field he popped out to the Clippers second baseman.
The third out of the 9th was on this swing by Jared Goedert,
Goedert did not even try to run to first and was tagged out. That was the end of the game it was a very anticlimactic end to the game nobody realized that the game was over for a second or 2 after the tag. The players were just standing there and the crowd did not move. The Clippers won this one 6-1 over the Indians and that concludes the 2013 road trip I will be heading back to Denver o Monday and will miss the Home Run Derby but will be back home for the All-Start game really wish I was going to be at the game but something don’t work out the way you want.
Can’t wait for the second half of the season and Coors should be real interesting.
Glad I got this game in victory Field is one of my favorite stadiums and is why I always try to make a game there when I am in Indy.
Well that is it for this game road trip and 1/2 of the 2013 season.
Thanks to everyone who makes this trip what it is from letting me stay with the, driving with me on legs of the trip getting me tickets and just being there for me during this grueling trip. A real special thanks to my awesome boss and staff I work with. Who cover at work for me while I am on these baseball adventures. So far I have traveled over 4000 miles and still have about 1100 back to Denver
Well have a great break for the next few days See You at Coors.
Thanks again to everyone who follows my blog and adventures!
July 5, 2013
Kingsport Mets Rookie League Affiliate of the NY Mets vs. The Johnson City Cardinals Rookies Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Howard Johnson Field
Johnson City, TN
My 7th game of the road trip.
With a stadium named Howard Johnson Field you would think that it was the Mets home field it was not. The field was named after a former Park & Recreations
After a Late start from Greensboro we drove to Johnson City a drive a little over 3 hour drive from Greensboro. We got to this stadium about 5min. to 7 with a game start of 7 P.M. While we waited a few minutes for tickets we got into the stadium it was about 2 or 3 batters into the top of the first inning. So I quickly head toward the field and tried to get my score sheet set up and find where they post the line ups.
When I got to the field there were 2 outs and to Mets on base. Champ Stuart who is the Mets leadoff batter was on second and Victor Cruzado was at first.
Luis Perdomo was the starting pitcher for the Johnson City Cardinals.
Corey Oswalt was the starting pitcher for the Kingsport Mets.
Here is a look as I headed a little higher in the bleachers on the 1st base side. I took some photos of the stadium. The above photo is the grandstand located behind home plate.
This is a look at the field during the 1st inning from behind home plate.
While I was there I noticed people had roster sheets that I was not able to find at the entrance or anywhere else so I asked the usher where I could find them and she said I can see if I can you one. She came back about a minute later with one and said sorry it took so long. So the staff was courteous and very helpful.
They are in the process of renovating the grandstands area and these are what the entrance is going to look like.
The first inning I watched the game and between batters I checked out the stadium and tried to get my score sheet correct. The stadium was not to big but I checked out some of the plaques and things they had hanging in the tunnel between the concourse and field in the grandstand.
The Mets scored a run in the 3rd inning Champ Stuart scored on a Victor Cruzado doubled this photo was not of the run this is the next play which was a Jon Leroux hit to third base and Jeff McNeil tried scoring from third.
McNeil was called out at home for the second out of the inning.
Corey Oswalt pitching in the 3rd inning.
Richy Pedroza hitting a single in the 3rd inning.
Pedroza would score the Cardinals first run. On a Kenny Peoples-Walls hit a double.
Luis Pedomo pitching in the 4th inning.
Bradley Marquez taking a swing and fouling off a pitch in the 4th. he would strike out to end the inning.
Brett Wiley slides into third after hitting a 4th inning leadoff triple for the Cardinals.
He was safe at third. Wiley scored on after the next batter Lance Jeffreys Jr. hit a single.
Lance Jeffereys making contact to get a single
He stole second base.
Corey Oswalt pitching to Yoenny Gonzalez with Antobelli on first base.
Runners on second and third.
Yoenny Gonzalez takes a swing and pops up to Short.
The Mets short stop Amed Rosario making the catch for the first out of the inning.
A rainbow over the stadium.
This was a cool little ballpark on of the things I did not like was that they had chain link fence surrounding most of the field. This is a photo of Luis Pedomo pitching in the 5th inning.
The Mets Jeyckol De Leon hit a 2 run home run. The Mets scored 2 runs before the home run and now had a 5-2 lead.
In the 5th inning they brought in a pitcher that has one of the highest leg kicks I have seen in a while Yoan Gonzalez.
Ronnierd Garcia hitting a single in the 5th inning. He would score the Cardinals 3 run of the game on a Brett Wiley single.
A very cool sky above the field.
The Cardinals hard 2 relievers pitch a very good 6th and 7th. Zach Loraine pitched the 6th inning and allowed only 1 batter on base and that was a double hit by Jeff McNeil and ended the inning the next batter. He did strike out one in the inning. The 7th was pitched by Michael Holback who struck out 3 of the Mets in order all swinging.
The Mets pitching also did not give up any runs after the 4th.
Bradley Marquez getting checked out after being hit by a pitch in the 8th inning by Cardinals reliever Michael Holback.
He then got caught in a run down between first and second for the final out of the 8th inning.
The Mets did go onto win the game with a final of score of 5-3.
The Mets celebrate their win against the Cardinals. This was a very cool local stadium and I met a bunch of really friendly people that really have an interest in the game of baseball. Some have never seen a big league game others have traveled to some of the closest stadiums to here to see games. Overall it was a very cool environment to watch a game. Maybe not the best to take photos but I did get a bunch of good ones.
After the game they had fireworks, Like many of these ballparks they were small fireworks and lit on the field.
Here are the fireworks set up in center field. They were actually lit by to guys caring flares to light them.
Here a few photos of the fireworks from this game. Just a note this is the 3rd fireworks game I have seen on this trip which is normal for this time of year.
This is a look from the concourse behind the grand stand.
I than moved back towards the field.
That is it from this one in Johnson City. I have another from this Appalachian League in Greenville and hopefully will get a few more games in as I stay around North Carolina the next few days.
So til than see ya around.
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