Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series and of the year!
This being a Sunday there was no bating practice so I still have not gotten a baseball this year! It was the first autograph Sunday of the year and the signers where Chad Bettis, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood and Charlie Culberson. I got Jordan Lyle on both of my team projects the 16 x 20 and the Spring training magazine. Later at the wall I got Chad Bettis in the magazine as well. So making some progress with the 2 projects.
Today Brett Anderson started for the Rockies this was his second start of the season and first at Coors.
He started out well getting the first 2 batters out in the inning he threw 3 pitches between them. Then Paul Goldschmidt hit a single followed by a Martn Prado double, Mark Trumbo was walked to load the bases and Anderson struck out Miguel Montero to end the inning and work himself out of the situation.
The above photo was the first out of the inning A.J. Pollack grounded out to Arenado who tossed to Cuddy at first.
Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks.
Charley (Chuck Nasty) Blackmon started the game off like he has all weekend and that was with a single that he was originally called out and Walt went for the challenge in the first at bat of the game.
Blackmon standing on 1st as the play is reviewed by umpires. The call was overturned and was ruled a single. That was the first review of a play in Coors Field.
He would then be out at second when Michael Cuddyer hit to the D’backs short stop Chris Owings.
The D’backs started getting some runs in the third inning. A.J Pollach started the rally with a lead off single and that was followed by a Aaron Hill single and both scored on a Paul Goldschmidt hit to third that was and error on Arenado and the ball headed to left field. Goldschmidt ended up on second. (2-0) D’backs
The D’backs scored 1 more in the 4th when Wade Miley contributed with a single scoring Owings and 2 in the 5th on a Mark Trumbo home run. This was his 4th consecutive game hitting a homer and his 5th of the year.
The Rockies scored again in the 7th, scored by Troy Tulowitzki on a Nolan Arenado sac-fly to center. They got a third in the 9th (5-3) D’backs
Cargo scored the run. Above he stole second and the ball headed into center field and he would head to third and scored when Rosario would hit into a double play getting Tulo out at second and himself at first. After Arenado flew out the game ended and the 3 runs was not enough to sweep the Diamondbacks this Opening Weekend.
The Rockies will have their first interleague series of the year against the White Sox Monday-Wednesday.
See You at Coors!
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Arrived a little late so did not go to batting practice today. Did go down to get autographs right after gates opened and did not get any Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Culberson and Chad Bettis all signed to day I did not get any autos the only person I had a chance to get was Blackmon but did not have anything for him. The rest signed for awhile but did not make it to where I was.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies and made the game interesting kind of quick. After striking out the first 2 batters you would think he has this…. Then he walked Paul Goldschmidt followed by Martin Prado hitting a double to score Goldschmidt.
The Diamondbacks scored 1 run in the inning. Jorge also walked Mark Trumbo in the inning. He did end the inning with a strike out but he did allow the 1 run and throw 42 pitches in the inning 13 to the first 2 batters and 10 to Miguel Montero before striking him out to end the inning.
Charlie Blackmon lead off the inning with his 7th consecutive hit in this series and is now 7 for 7 at home this year.
Jorge pitching did not improve in the 2nd but he did throw less pitches (19) and the D’backs did get a second run. The implosion continued in the 3rd inning when he gave up 2 more runs and threw 18 pitches for a 3 inning total of a lot! I mean 79 pitches. Which is horrendous on Avg. most pitches get out of inning with 15 or so.
After getting it together in the 4th he only threw 13 pitches and sat the D’backs batter down in order and did not give up another run. But he was now over a 100 pitches after 4. He was removed with 1 out in the 5th after walking Goldschmidt for the second time this game. He threw 101 pitches in les than 5 innings.
The Rockies did get on the bord in the 4th with 3 runs 2 on a Michael Cuddyer home run with Carlos Gonzalez on base and the third on Nolan Arenado’s solo home run 2 batters later. (4-2) D’backs
Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th and retired the 2 batters he faced in the inning. He did continue to pitch the 6th inning and very well only giving up 1 hit to Gerrado Parra.
The Rockies did get it going again in the 5th at the plate and scored 2 to take the lead 5-4. After Kahnle batted for himself and got out, who else but Charlie Blackmon lead the charge. with a single and scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single.
D.J. would then score on a Cargo single (5-4) Rox
Most importantly Cuddy got the call right in the on deck circle!!!
Nolan Arenado added an additional run with a second homerun in the 6th. (6-4) Rox
The D’backs Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched the 7th inning. Brandon Barnes who pinched hit for the pitchers spot is on third with Charlie Blackmon on first. (I use pitched lightly considering most of his throws in the inning was to Goldschmidt at first It was close to eight throws to first in the inning) Barnes would eventually score and the Rockies lead would increase to 7-4.
The play that Barnes scored on was a ball hit deep to right by D.J. LeMahieu which looked like it was going to get out but was caught Charly Blackmon was about 1/3 of the way between 2nd and 3rd when the ball was caught and tried to beat the ball back to first, he did not quite make it back and was doubled up. Can’t complain since he was 8 for 9 in the last 2 games at this point.
Justin Morneau crossed the plate for the 8th Rockies run of the game in the 8th inning on a Arenado double. So Arenado was 3 for 4 tonight with 2 homers, a double and 3 RBI’s
LaTroy Hawkins came in for the close in the 9th.
With 2 outs A.J. Pollack hit a ball to Arenado at 3rd…
…he than threw across the field to Morneau at first….
..which bounced and…
.. got away from Morneau. Pollack got and base.
LaTroy was able to get Aaron Hill to fly out to left to end the game and the Rockies won 9-4. Nice start to the home season. The Rockies are still 3-3 on the year. Today if they sweep the D’backs they will be a over .500 team for the first time since mid last season!Nolan Arenado who was the player of the game high-five manager Walt Weiss after the win!
Also Tommy Kahnle got the win which was his first in the Majors Congratulations to him for getting the game back in control and his first win.
That is it for this one.
See You at Coors.
Another against the Diamondbacks!
My 59th game of the year.
Do I really need a photo of the Helmets or scoreboard. I think not it is the 4th game of this series!!!!
Today I arrived a little late to batting practice but missed nothing. The Rockies stopped as people entered the pavilions. So I got there as the Diamondbacks got started. They hit a bunch of home runs to the pavilions. I had a bunch hit close but not close enough. I finally got the last ball of batting practice which bounced of the bleachers and I bobbled but got it! It was not a pretty snag but it was a snag. This was my 26th of the season.
So I headed by the Diamondbacks dugout.
Mike and his son. They are regulars on the weekends at Coors they travel from Aspen every week the Rockies are home.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch once again to the Diamondbacks Adam Eaton.
Chatwood sat the D’backs down in order just as Jeff Francis did the game before.
Instead of the lead off batter Josh Rutledge getting hit he flew out but then Trevor Cahill hit Charlie Blackmon.
Time out to play can you find the Rockpile Ranter!!!!
Jordan Pacheco hit a single and ended up on second on an error. Blackmon advanced to third.
Tyler Colvin crash’s into second after a Chris Nelson hit.
Nelson getting doubled up at first to end the inning.
He took a pretty good hit but remained in the game. Tyler hit a single to get on base which scored Charlie Blackmon, for a quick Rockies lead.
Ryan Wheeler grounded to Tyler Chatwood. Wheeler reached on a throwing error to first.
Josh Rutledge flips one to D.J. Lemahieu to get Wheeler at second for the final out of the second.
After the third inning I headed out to where the Rockpile Ranter was. Jason Kubel hit a 2 run home run in the 4th. The D’backs took a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies made sure they did not hold the lead long. The Rockies would also score 2 in the inning and take the lead back 3-2.
Matt McBride slides into second on a Andrew Brown single in the 4th inning scoring Colvin from third.
Tyler Chatwood moving the runners in the 4th.
D.J. Lemahieu moved to second and Brown moved to third.
Chatwood pitched 5.2 innings and Josh Outman came into the game for the Rockies. Chatwood pitched very well probably one of his best starts in a while. He struck out 3, let up 2 runs on three hits. Kept the ball on the ground very well for 10 in field outs, of the 14 outs he was in the game for.
Charlie Blackmon in left field.
Here he is making a catch in the 8th inning.
Andrew Brown hit a home run for a insurance run for the Rockies in the 8th inning. this was his 4th home run since being called up.
he hit it out above the auxiliary scoreboard in right for his first opposite field home run. here he is turning at third and high fiving Rich Dauer.
Josh Rutlegde throw to Lemahieu to attempt a force at second. Jason Kubel was safe on this Ryan Wheelers hit.
The safe call being called by 2nd base umpire Jim Joyce and Eric Young!!!
Rafael Bettancourt came in for the save. He got the first 2 batters out and let it get interesting giving up 2 singles to Kubel and Wheeler. The final out was to Tyler Colvin who moved to left when Dexter Fowler came into the game in the 7th for Andrew Brown. The Rockies avoided the sweep with this 4-2 win. It was nice not to see a bottom of the 9th. inning. This does not happen to much these days. It was really cool because of the last 3 games. The Rockies are now 59 and 94 and 6 games away from 100 lose’s. They are 1 lose away from their all-time most lose’s of 95. That was done twice 1993 and 2005.
This was the fastest game at Coors of the season 2 hours and 30 minutes.
For anybody wondering we did not get a Kirk Gibson autographs. I actually gave up and stopped caring. If he don’t want to give one after so many trys I don’t want one. Amy did try after batting practice and he said he did not have time and headed into the dugout. So much for “I only sign inside”. I don’t mind not getting autos, but when someone says they only sign inside 2 days in a row and don’t do it, it kinda sucks.
Three more games against the Cubs left at home.
See You at Coors!
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia
My 36th MLB game of the year. 42nd including Minors.
After leaving New Orleans at about 9 A.M., We were on our way to Atlanta for a 7P.M. game it is about an 8 hour drive and we lost an hour with the time zone change. We arrived at the stadium about 5P.M. Eastern time.
Lets just start this out with Wow, really like this place from the get go the staff was really nice. The screen was in center field was huge. The stadium also showed a lot about the history of the team which is the longest continues franchise in baseball.
Here was my first look at The inside of Turner Field.
A look at the outfield.
They had these signs with the different years that they won title either Division, League and their 1995 World Series win.
I found these signs interesting I am not sure what the significance or purpose of them are but they have them all over the center field area with different distances.
So we headed to left field for BP the Diamondbacks were hitting an it was not to productive. We did not get anything.
A look from behind home plate while the grounds crew prepared the field.
Before the game they have a competition, Three people had to see who could hit a golf ball closer to the pin they set up in center.
Here is the guy running with the measuring wheel.
Craig Kimbrel hit one and was closer than the contestants.
Exchanging of the line ups and going over the ground rules with the umps.
Here is a look at Turner Field from our seats in section 207. 1st Row. These were cool seats with a great line of sight to the field.
Tim Hudson throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist, who grounded out. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both hit singles before Justin Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt struck out.
Justin Upton watching the ball as it lands for a single.
Chipper Jones at third.It was great to see him play at home in his final season. It is amazing how people are coming from all over to see him play one last time. Most with signs saying where they came from and how long they have watched him play. Teenagers that don’t know what a Braves roster looks like with out the name Chipper Jones on it.
Daniel Hudson throwing to the Braves Michael Bourn, Bourn wasted no time putting a run on the board as he hit a lead off home run. (1-0) Braves. Jason Heyward than hit a single but was left on base as the next 3 batters went down in order. Including 2 strike outs. Nelson Prado and Dan Uggla.
Bourn taking the home run swing.
Chipper Jones throws over to fist for the first out of the 2nd inning. Miguel Montaro lead off the 2nd with a single. Roberts hit to Jones for this out. The Braves would get the D’backs out of the first with no runs. Daniel Hudson get into double trouble in the third 3 consecutive Braves hit double in 2nd inning. They sent 9 to the plate and scored 4 runs(5-1) Braves.
Simmons called safe at second.
In the 5th inning it was time to take to the stadium and check out the stadium and view the game from different locations around the stadium.
Hudson pitches to Josh Collmenter who came in for Daniel Hudson.
The Diamond backs turn a double play in the 5th inning.
A look from left field.
The Braves fan doing the Tomahawk Chop. Ok so when 4 drunk idiots are doing it at Coors it is annoying but when you get a stadium of Braves fans doing it is kinda cool or at least interesting!
Here is a giant piece of art depicting the history of the Braves.
Aaron Hill dive into first for a single in the 9th inning.
Atlanta had Anthony Vavaro pitch in the 9th inning it was his 4th appearance with them.
That is it for the first one from Atlanta there is 1 more in Atlanta before I head north to North Carolina for a few minor league games.
This is a really cool stadium with a lot of history, tradition and passionate fans.