Tagged: New Ballpark

Sell outs and shuts for day 2.

3-11-2014

Day 2

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So today we started off at the Cubs new Ballpark in Mesa. The Rockies were there so I arrived early to check out the complex and see if I could snag some baseballs or get some autographs. IMG_9096While walking from the parking lot to the practice fields which are past the stadium from the parking lot. I took some photos of the outside one display showed the different Cubs logos. Others were of baseball cards of recent players.

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This is the clubhouse. It is a free standing building. It is a couple of hundred feet from the stadium.

the practice fields are on the opposite side of this building from the stadium. It is very spread out here and it takes a little walk from the parking for the stadium to get to the practice fields.

IMG_9107Here is a look at the minor league training area. Some players doing some stretching.

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I like being on the minor league practice fields because you get really close to what is going on.

IMG_9120You can get some detailed shots outside the actual game. Like this creative BnW to show off the mad photo skillz!

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The players walk from the clubhouse to the stadium.

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After checking out the complex I headed over to get tickets for the game and it was completely sold out. So now to figure out what to do. I figure well this stadium will be here a bunch of years and I will most likely be at spring training again. So I had to figure out a new plan.

IMG_9140So I decided to head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and check out the Diamondbacks game they were playing the Indians. So when I headed over to the ticket window there it said there were only lawn tickets left which was fine because that’s what I always get. This whole season has been very busy for the stadiums and they have been having very good crowds. I have not seen this in previous years at any stadium. Especially for day game during the week.

So onto the Indians Vs. the Diamondbacks.

IMG_9139Here is Indians manager and Terry Francona  exchanging lineups and talking to umpire Jim Joyce.

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Trevor Cahill was the starting pitcher for the D’backs.

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The Indians Michael Bourn lead off the inning with a single followed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Jason Kipnis hit into a double play getting Cabrera out at second and himself out at first. Bourn advanced to third. Michael Brantley flew out to end the inning for the Indians.

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Justin Masterson was the starting pitcher for the Indians. He got out of the inning throwing three pitchers, Wow first pitch swing D’backs! He would pitch 4 and 2/3 inning only allowing 2 runners both hit by a pitch.

The Indians would score the first run of the game in the 3rd. Yan Gomes scored on a David Adams sac fly to right field. Which resulted into a double play getting Jeff Francoeur out at first because he did not tag up and that ended the inning.

IMG_9177Mark Trumbo batting in the 2nd inning for the Diamondbacks. He went 0-3 striking out twice in the game.

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Masterson pitching to Shelley Duncan in the 3rd inning. He was the second batter hit by Masterson. He would get out trying to steal second during Matt Tuiasosopo at bat.

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Lonnie Chisenhall hit a 2 run home run this is the ball going out in right field 3-0 Indians.

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Martin Prado gets the Diamondbacks first hit of the game in the 5th inning off the Indians Cody Ryan. The Indians would score 2 in the 5th, Francisco Lindor hit a double to get on base and would score on a Cabrera ground rule double. (5-1) Indians

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He would eventually score the D’backs first run on a Tuiasosopo single.

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Josh Collmenter pitching for the D’backs in the 8th inning for the D’backs.

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I believe this is Chuck Taylor taking a lead at first after walking in the 5th inning.

IMG_9274The Indians would score 2 more runs in the 9th and win the game 7-1. This was a pretty good game with very good pitching by the Indians and 4 no hit inning (except the hit batters!) by Masterson who was announced as the Indians opening day Starter.

So as I was watching this game the Rockies shut out the Cubs 13-0 and hit 4 home runs.

Also if any body is wonder I got 3 baseballs Monday night at the Diamondbacks batting practice on the practice fields, 1 catch, 1 roller and an Easter egg.  I had2 of the autographs by Marc Trumbo and Archie Bradley. Bradley is a very high prospect in the Diamondback organization and is rank as the 25th best prospect in all of baseball.

Well that is it for day 2.

Day 3 I will be back at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for possible 2 games as the Rockies have a split double header. I will definitely be at the day game still pondering the second.

Well See you around.