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Cargo Drops a Bomb on the Bombers!

5-7-2013

NY Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies

My 16th game of the Year.

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Today I finally got my first Batting Practice baseball’s of the year! Yes, that is plural baseball’s. I caught both during the Rockies batting practice and both were hit by Troy Tulowitzki. The Yankees batting Practice was also pretty good but I did not get any from them but did have a chance on a few. During the Yankees batting practice I noticed that Mariano Rivera was signing on the wall in left field I looked at the crowd and realized  I would never make it over and get an autograph so I stayed in the pavilions. IMG_9263

Yes, That is five rows of people pushing, climbing and leaning all to get their stuff signed by the best closer in the history of Major League Baseball. He actually signed 2 different time during batting practice once for 5-10 minutes before he headed out to the field and then for 40 minutes after at the end of batting practice.

After batting practice while Mariano Rivera was still signing I headed to the Rockies side of the field figuring I would never get to the Yankees wall. On the Rockies side Todd did sign and I had him sign my #17 ball that I had David Neid sign when the 1993 guys were here opening weekend. I did this because they are the only 2 # 17’s to play for the Rockies and I am figuring that they will be the only 2 after Helton retires. IMG_9286

Jorge De La Rosa, Yorvit Torrealba and Jim Wright head in from the bullpen.

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Here is Jorge taking the mound and writing in the dirt.

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Here is his first pitch to the Yankees Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro lined out to Jonny Herrera at shortstop. Jorge pitched well and the only batter to get on base was Jason Nix who hit a single.

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Hiroki Kuroda was the starting pitcher for the Yankees. He also pitched well Josh Rutledge did get a hit but was picked off on first base and Kuroda only faced 3 Rockies batters in the inning.

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Chris Nelson who was recently traded to the Yankees made his Coors Field return only after a few game in NY. In the second inning he came to the plate with 2 outs he was hitless since going to the Yankees after this at bat he was still hit less in a twist of irony from the baseball gods he grounded out to his replacement on the Rockies Nolan Arenado.

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Arenado throwing to Todd Helton on first base.

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Nelson running to first.

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Kuroda went a little high on a pitch to Arenado during his 2nd inning at bat. Arenado did end up grounding out to end the inning.

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Ichiro at bat in the 3rd inning. He would hit a single with 2 outs.

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He would steal 2nd base and then was left on second.

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Yorvit Torrealba making contact in the 3rd inning. he did ground out for the first out of the 3rd inning. Jonny Herrera hit a double that looked like may get some get the Rockies a run. De La Rosa did ground out, Dexter Fowler would walk and Josh Rutledge would also ground out to end the inning.

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Before the 4th inning an announcement was made to evacuate the upper deck and rockpile.

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here is everyone leaving the upper deck

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and the empty Rockpile.

They did continue the game without any rain delay. Not much had happened in the next few innings Jorge continued to pitch very well and so did Kuroda. Kuroda struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the 4th. The Yankees Chris Stewart did hit a single in the 5th, but that was the only offence for either team in the inning.

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With 2 outs in the 6th inning Josh Rutledge would hit a single to get on base.

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Carlos Gonzalez would drop the bomb on Kuroda with this 2 run home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton would both get on base in the inning after the Cargo home run and were left on base.

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Cargo high fives Josh Rutledge after his 6th inning home run.

Matt Belise would come in t pitch for the Rockies in the 7th. Jorge went 6 innings not allowing a run, the Yankees only had 3 hits. Jorge struck out 2 and walked 1. Very good outing for him.

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Nelson made contact in the 7th and looked like he may of had his first Yankees hit and well that did not happen he hit into a double play getting Brett Gardner out at second and himself at first. Gardner did come into the game in the 7th for the Yankees.

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Josh Rutledge throwing to Herrera who was covering at second.

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Who throw to Todd at First.

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To complete the double play.

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Brett Gardner taking a swing in the 9th to strike out against Rafael Betancourt to end the game for the Rockies win.

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Torrealba dropped the ball

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Torrealba celebrates the win in his very animated way jumping and flailing as he heads to the mound.

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here he is shaking hands with Betancourt after the win. So The Rockies win TTTTHHHHEEEEE RRRRRROOOOOCCCCKKKKKKIIIIIEEEESSSS WWWIIIIIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!!

Had to do it. Well that is it for this one still have 2 more from this series. It did rain through most of this game. I am so over the bad weather for games this year at least it was not snow. The weather did not get any better the rest of the series either.

See You at Coors!

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Rays Against The Chacin

5-5-2013

Rays vs. Rox

Game 3

My 15th game at Coors this year.

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Today was another cluster of a day at Coors. With it being autograph Sunday and a bobble head give away day, once again we had to get to the stadium way earlier than we would need on a regular Sunday. What really stinks is this year the game time is at 2:10 which seemed like a good idea, till we relized with the promo’s we still have to get to the gate at the same time as in past years when the games started at 1:10.

Today was Vinny Castilla day.

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So the autograph signers today were Jordan Pacheco, Juan Nicasio, Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman. So I already had everyone on my team project except Josh Outman so I got in his line. I was the first one in his line. Now another thing that happens now is that the gates open 2 hours before game time but the autograph session still starts an hour and a half before game time so you than have to wait in line for almost a half hour. By the time that they start signing you really can’t get on a second line for another autograph because of the extra amount of people and the 30 minutes of people getting on-line that makes the lines way to long to get a second auto which is not that bad but in the past most of the time you would be able to get 3 or all 4 players signing. So you really have to pick who you get wisely! Luckily I only need 1 player.

After waiting around for the end of autograph session I than headed down to get a place along the wall to see who else I could get. Todd Helton signed and skipped over the ball i had for him to sign. he seemed to only be signing with a black sharpie and was not taking pens and other color markers that fans had. The ball I had for him to sign was actually a ball I also had David Neid sign because I wanted the 2 #17 that played for the Rockies on the same ball. Since most likely their will only be those two once Todd retires. Some days autograph collecting is like fishing some days you leave with a bucket full and others the big one gets away. Not too worried sure I should have more opportunities to get the ball signed.

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So Dinger got all dressed up for Cinco De Mayo and Vinny’s Bobble head day in his Matador outfit.

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For the first pitch they had Vinny and his three son’s come out to the field. His 2 son’s Christian and Daulton stood on the mound with him and his older son Marco who you can see snagging baseballs in the outfield during the Rockies Batting Practice caught the ball behind home plate

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Jhoulys Chacin made his rehab start today wait this wasn’t a rehab start. Ooops!!

Well it looked like a rehab start. The first inning was really rough inning for him and even more rough to watch. It looked like he was having a tough time with the placement and location of pitches. He gave up a single to Desmond Jennings then walked the next batter Matt Joyce. He did get Evan Longoria to fly out to Michael Cuddyer in right field, but Jennings did move up to third. Jennings did go on a score on a Jame Loney single for a 1-0 Rays lead. Then with Joyce on scored on a passed ball/wild pitch not sure oddly enough I really don’t pay that much attention and the flash the official scorers decision on the board so fast I rarely see it. As Wilin Rosario ran and got the ball Chacin covered home and got the ball and tagged Joyce but the ball came out of his glove.  Loney would also score and the Rays would have a 3-0 lead.

Alex Cobb was the starting pitcher for the Rays he started the inning by striking out Dexter Fowler. Nolan Arenado grounded out and Carlos Gonzalez got the Rockies first hit a single, he would than steal second and would be left on base when Troy Tulowitzki struck out to end the inning there is another one of those Tulo outs with a runner in scoring position.

Chacin did settle down a little and only face 3 batters in the inning. The second batter Sean Rodriguez did walk but got out on a double play ball hit by Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb.

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Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the second off with a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.

The Rays continued to hit Chacin in the 3rd but the fielding got them out of the inning. Jennings who leads off the inning hit a single but was out on a fielder’s choice at second hit by Matt Joyce. Longoria hit into a double play to end the inning.

Tulo would hit the second Rockies solo home run to start off the 4th inning. For the Rockies 2nd run. (3-2) Rays

Did not pick up the camera for that one!

 He would also bat in the 5th inning and came up with two runners on base and one out and swung at the first pitch he saw and hit into a double play to end the inning. Once again nice solo shot how about hitting in the clutch a single would have scored two runs but he  swung at bad pitches and hitting into double plays is so efficient. Well if you are the other team it is maybe they should start paying half his salary. So there are 2 more RBI’s he did not get! Once again he is a good player not a timely hitter the thing that makes me mad is he can be a great player if he was more reliable with runners on and in clutch situations, it is understandable that he can’t always be the RBI guy and he does get an ok amount of big at bats but could make some real bad at bats great at bats. I think as the “Team Leader” he should be able to accomplish this.

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The Rockies got another solo home run in the 7th, here is the ball going out as Desmond Jenning climbs the wall to get it.

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Here is Nolan Arenado after taking his third home run stroll around the base’s in his week-long MLB career. This is 7th game and he has hit 3 home runs already. I would say that is a pretty good start.

Things got rough once again for the Rockies in the 6th inning Chacin had a good 5th and fell apart again in the 6th. Walking the leadoff batter Longoria then after striking out Loney the next 3 batters would get on base and 3 runs would score. (6-2) Rays

Chacin would complete the inning.

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Josh Outman came into pitch and the Rays added to their total with 2 more runs in the 8th inning.

That would be the final score and the rays would win the game 8-3 and the series taking 2 of the 3 games.

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Jamie Wright pitched the 9th inning for the Rays. He struck out all 3 Rockies batters in the inning. He has played for 10 different teams in his 17 year career including the Rockies and The Royals twice. He was drafted by the Rockies out of High School in the 1st round in 1993. He has always been a good guy and last year I did a post about him Called doing the Wright thing when he jumped into the crowd when a kid got hit with a baseball and helped him than gave him his glove. Here is a link to that post. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/06/02/doing-the-wright-thing/

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Here he is with catcher Jose Lobaton after the last out of the game.

That is it for this game and this series. Next Up 3 against the Yankees.

See You at Coors.

A home debut and the Rockies did not come through!

5-3-2013

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Colorado Rockies

My 13th Game at Coors this year.

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This was the first inter-league game for the Rockies this season. It was also the first game that Nolan Arenado was in the line up at Coors Field after making his MLB debut in Arizona last week and playing in the series against the Dodgers in L.A.

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Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he pitched the first 2 innings really well. The only base runner he allowed was a when he hit Kelly Johnson in the second inning.

 

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Nolan Arenado made his Coors debut which I mentioned earlier. His first Coors at bat was not his best of the night. He grounded out to third for the last out of the 2nd inning.

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Out at first in his first at bat.

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Here he is throwing a Evan Longoria hit to first.

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It was a little high of a throw but Jordan Pacheco took flight to grab the ball.

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Landing on the bag.

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For the out. Nice save by Pacheco at first.

The Rockies did take the early lead in the first inning on a Michael Cuddyer Home run and scored a third run in the 2nd on a Josh Rutledge solo shot. (3-0) Rox

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Josh Rutledge after hitting his 2nd inning home run.

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Arenado hit a double for his 2nd at bat in the 3rd inning and also in the 5th inning. He finished the night hitting 3 for 5 not a bad Coors debut!

Francis pitched 5 innings. He let up 5 runs including a 2 run home run to Desmond Jennings in the 5th. Which gave the Rays a 4-3 lead. The Rockies did score a run to tie the game at 4 in the 5th. and that was on Arenado’s second double in the 5th.

Francis pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. Not to bad of an outing but not quite his best start. Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 6th and 7th. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th and Rex Brothers the 9th.

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Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and started the inning walking Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez hit a single. Wilin Rosario stops Longoria from scoring on a Kelly Johnson hit back to Lopez.

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Longoria out at home.

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Arenado strikes out in the 8th inning for the first out of the inning. 

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Troy Tulowitzki pinch hit in the batters spot in the 8th and was walked with Herrera and Rutledge on base.  Tyler Chatwood would come in to pinch run for Tulo. The Rockies did leave the base’s loaded to end the inning.

The Game went to extra innings and the Rays scored 3 in the 10th off of Matt Belise. Who has been pitching very well from the bull-pen this year and this ended a 30 something inning scoreless streak by the Rockies bull-pen. The rays 10th inning runs were scored on a Longoria single which score Ben Zobrist who lead the inning off with a double and then Kelly Johnson hit a 2 run home run scoring Longoria and himself. That gave the Rays a 7-4 lead.

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Fernando Rodney pitched for the Rays in the 10th inning.

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Eric Young Jr. struck out to end the game on a questionable strike call to end the game.

This is a game that defiantly got away from them and there were plenty of opportunities to get runs in this game the Rockies stranded many runners on base and 12 on base in the game and were 0 for 9 in at bats with runners in scoring position.

With the Giants and Diamondbacks both winning this night the Rockies are now tied with the Giants for first place with the Giants and the Diamondbacks are just one game back. This game was a game the Rockies really needed they would have remained 1 game over the Giants and 2 over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are now 17 and 12 this season and 10 and 4 at home this season.

That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the Rays series and all 3 against the Yankees next week.

See You at Coors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorvit is playing where, Who’s on First?

4-24-2013

Braves vs. Rockies

3rd game of Series  my 12th of the year at Coors.

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This game was a lot warmer than the double-header the day before. It was about 50 degrees for most of the game and sunny. It was great to watch a game not wearing 5 layers of clothes for the cold.

Today being a day game that means there was no batting practice, but I did get my second ball of the year a toss-up from Chris Nelson. It was the first 20th Anniversary ball I had gotten.

Tyler Chatwood made his Rockies debut for the year after starting in the year in Colorado Springs. He was called up after Rob Scahill who came up because of Jhoulys Chacin going on the disabled list got optioned back to Colorado Springs.

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Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.

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Chatwood takes the mound for his 2013 Rockies debut. The first batter he faced was the Braves Ramiro Pena It was a shaking looking start after he walked. B.J. Upton hit into a Double play and Justin Upton hit a single, Chatwood got Freddie Freeman to fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field.

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Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for the Braves. He face 3 Rockies batters in the 1st. After Eric Young Jr. popped out to Juan Francisco at third. Dexter Fowler would walk and then got into Hudson’s head during Carlos Gonzalez’s at bat Hudson threw over to first a few times during the at bat. Cargo would hit into a double play getting himself out at first and Dex at second.

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The Rockies with one out would go back to back with  Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge both hit homers to give the Rockies 2 runs.

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Josh Rutledge running to first after his home run in the 2nd inning.

The Braves would score 3 runs and the lead in the 4th inning on a series of hits. (3-2)

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The Rockies would tie the score at 3 in the 4th inning. Chris Nelson started the inning with a triple and scored 2 batters later on a Tyler Chatwood single.

The Braves once again took the lead in the 6th inning scoring 2 runs Evan Gattis lead the inning with a double and scored. Dan Uggla who scored also reached on a Jonny Herrera error. The Braves took the 5-3 lead.

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Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino took the mound for the Rockies in the 7th. He had another very good inning facing 3 Braves batters and finishing the inning by striking out Justin Upton.

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The score remained the same till the Rockies made it get interesting in the 9th inning. Jordan Pacheco started off the inning pinch-hitting in the 7 spot which was the pitchers spot after a double switch in the 8th inning. Pacheco flew out to left. Jonny Herrera would redeem himself for the error in the 6th inning. He would score on a Dexter Fowler double scoring Jonny and Troy Tulowitki who hit a single to get on base as a pinch hitter. That tied up the game at 5.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.

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Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.

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Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.

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Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.

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Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.

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Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.

With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.

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Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.

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In the most interesting move was putting catcher Yorvit Torrealba at first base. Yorvit pinch hit for the pitches spot in the 10th inning. he did fly out in that at bat but was kept in the game for his offence. He seemed like he could handle playing there well. He did seem a little nerves but he was only involved in one out in the 11th inning which was a ground out.

Eric Young Jr. hit a triple with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th and it looked like the Rockies had the win.

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he ran home on a Fowler hit to first and Freeman threw to catcher Gattis.IMG_8664

Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.

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Eric Young Jr. being called out at home after the throw to Gattis.

After the Rockies did not score in the 11th and the Braves did not score in the 12th. The score remained tied at 5.

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Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.

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It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.

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Matt Belise pitched for himself because nobody was left on the bench. He did make a few bunt attempts before striking out for the first out of the inning. Now Yorvit Torrealba who remained in the game at first base for his offense, paid off…..

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He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.

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The ball was coming in as he started his slide.

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Gattis did not tag him and he was safe at home and the Rockies would get the 6th and winning run. So the Gamble at first base paid off for the Rockies Torvit hit the game winning single in the bottom of the 12th for the Rockies. The cool thing was that his catching partner was the winning run. IMG_8718Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.

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the dugouts than emptied and the team celebrated this dramatic come from behind win. It is so awesome to see the drive and motivation to win this team has and then it seems like you never know who will hit the winning run or come through when needed. Reminds me of the 2007 and 2009 playoff years, not saying that is where this is going but sure would like to see it be a possibility. It is stile early in the season but it is just great to see great baseball being played by the Rockies at Coors.

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Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.

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Yorvit and Walt Weiss both with awesomely huge smiles. Great move keeping Yorvit in the Game Walt. If he had gave up an error at first that lost the game it would of been a bad decision, but since he hit the walk of single score the winning run it was genius!!!!

The Rockies Played 4 in Arizona since this game was played I just have been busy and can’t get these done as quick these days. But they lost 3 of 4 against the D’backs and are currently tied for first in the National League west with them at 15 and 10. The are starting a 3 game series in L.A. against the Dodgers. The Rockies also designated Chris Nelson for assignment during this week on the road which is kinda sad he was really cool to the fans and was always joking around with us and was just a fun guy to have around. Wish the best for him hope he gets picked up by a good team if he doesn’t stay in the Rockies organization. In his place the Rockies have brought up Nolan Arenado to play third base. In his first game in AZ he went 0-3 with a walk, but I know he is a lot better with a lot of power I have seen him play in Tulsa and the 2 years he has been in big league camp at spring training. This year in Colorado Springs he batted .364 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s.

Well That is it for this one the Rockies return home against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and than take on the Yankees next week. I should be there for all 6.

So See You at Coors!

Coldest Game in MLB history!

4-23-2013

Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies

my 10th and 11th game of the season it was a split double-header.

After snow and cold temps it was time for colder temps and baseball.

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This was the coldest double-header in MLB History and the first game was the Coldest first pitch in MLB history.

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Yes, that is the temp right after Jeff Francis’ first pitch to Andrelton Simmons.

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So for game one Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was by far not his best game. His first inning wasn’t bad beside the Juston Upton solo home run. He only faced 4 batters getting the Braves lead off batter Andrelton Simmons to pop out to Wilin Rosario and B.J. Upton to ground out to Chris Nelson at third base. Freddie Freeman flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field. He got out of the inning with 19 pitches a little high for an inning but not horrible.

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Mike Minor was the starting pitcher for the Braves got all 3 Rockies he faced out in this inning. He got out of the inning throwing 8 pitches now that is really good.

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In the 2nd inning he did walk lead off batter Troy Tulowitzki. He scored from third on a Wil Rosario single. He moved to third on a Michael Cuddyer double.

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Michael Cuddyer running to second as Tulo runs to third.

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Cuddy dives into second.

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Wilin Rosario hitting his single to score Tulo from third base.

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Tulo scoring the tying run (1-1)

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Jordan Pacheco than hit a single to score Cuddy and for a brief moment they lead the Braves (2-1) Rox

The Braves would score 2 in the 2nd inning on a Dan Uggla home run.

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Dexter Fowler tried to get things going in the 3rd inning. with a lead off triple. Josh Rutledge scored Dex to once again tie the game at 3. Cargo struck out and Tulo flew out to shallow center and Rutledge did not score there is another lost RBI and opportunity for Tulo. That is approx. 10 runs that were not scored with runner in scoring position during his at bats.

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Tulo swinging at the pitch that he hit to center for the out.

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Rosario grounds out to Braves third baseman Chris Johnson who through to Freddie Freeman at first to end the inning.

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Rob Scahill came into pitch in the 5th inning for the Rockies. He pitched really well he got out of the inning throwing only 5 pitches in the inning. That was to the middle of the Braves line up starting with Justin Upton then getting Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson out. Scahill pitched 3 inning throwing a total of 29 pitches now that is really good pitching. He faced a total of 10 batters striking out 2 and only allowing 1 hit a single to Freeman.

Before leaving the game Francis did let up a 4th run a home run to Evan Gattis. (4-3) Rockies.

Not much happened at the rest of the game it was cold it warmed up to about 28 degrees by the end of the game.

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With a 4-3 lead the Braves brought out there very affective and intense closer Cole Kimbrell. He started the inning by striking out Michael Cuddyer, Rosario hit a single, Jordan Pacheco also struck out and while Chris Nelson was batting Rosario was thrown out in a very questionable play. He was stealing second base. The question is was it a not so well executed hit and run or was it a steel attempt. This was the third out of the inning and ended the game. The Rockies lost this one and the Braves now have the best record in baseball. So it was time to empty the stadium. We had about an hour and a half to wait for the opening of the gates for the second game of this split double-header. The first game I was the only one of the our regular group to be at the game. Carlos was there for an inning or 2 and Robert was in his post in the pavilions. In total there were only about 1000 fans at this game.

Game 2

The start of this game was 30 degrees.

Slightly warmer from game one but not much better.

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John Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.

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Julio Teheran started for the Braves.

Gonna keep this short and sweet it was cold, I did not take many photos the Rockies lost this one also. The Rockies took a 1 run lead in the 3rd the Braves answered with 3 in the 4th.

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Here is Eric Young Jr. scoring that run in the 3rd.

John Garlnd got roughed up he did pitch 6 innings. Let up the 3 in the 4th 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th.

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The Rockies went into the bottom of the 9th down 10-1. the Braves scored 4 in the top half of the inning . Josh Outman allowed  got touched up in the 9th inning allowing 4 runs. Some of those were after Wilton Lopez came in to pitch, but were runners that Outman had put on base. Wilton did not get as shelled as in Sundays game but something does need to be done with his inconsistency.

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The Rockies made an effort to get back into the game but were only able to get 1 run in the inning. they had a mini 2 out Rally but it was way to little to late. This was there 3rd straight home loss after starting the season with 8 consecutive wins to start the season. The final in this one was 10-2. The temp at the end of this game was 27 degrees. It was not to bad till about the 7th inning and then I got to the point of I can’t handle the cold. Despite the loss and the cold it was a fun night hangin with the crew at Coors.

Well that is it for these two games got another one to post about from the exciting Thursday day game.

This Post was brought to you by Jackson of Lodo without getting warm and eating there between games I would have never made it through the second game!!!!!

Another Cold one at Coors, but was a great day in the sun.

4-18-2013

Mets vs. Rockies Game 3

My 6th game at Coors this year.

When I entered the stadium the score board temp said 25 degrees. It was 11 degrees colder than the first game of the double-header, but felt a lot warmer because the sun was out.

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I thought maybe since there has been no batting practice all week they may take it even know it was a day game. Not what happened there was no batting practice. So I waited for the rest of the stadium to open and headed over to the first base side of the field figured just hang by the wall and see if I could get any autographs. Vinnie Castilla stopped and signed  few but I was not ready and did not get him to sign anything. Jordan Pacheco came over and I gave him a copy of a photo I had printed from last year and he did sign a different photo I had printed.

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This is the photo I gave him.

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The field was warming up in the sun and the temps were still in the upper 20’s here is steam coming off the infield dirt.

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Jon Garland who came into the game with a 1-0 record was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with “Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario.

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Garland throwing a pitch in the 1st inning. I missed the first pitch because Tom Goodwin was in my way but after someone I was sitting with asked if he could take a step to his left he did. He was actually very fun for the 3 games as the Mets first base coach interacting and talking to the fans. He was an ex Rockie, he played for them in 2000. He played for 13 years and was with 7 teams including The Rangers, Dodgers and Cubs. He also played for the Atlantic City Surf an Independent league team in the Atlantic League the same League that the Long Island Ducks play in.

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So Garland was pitching to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out on a bunt attempt back to Garland. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on a David Wright single. The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead.

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Murphy did advance to 3rd because of a bad throw when stealing 2nd base. Josh Rutledge tried to dive for it but was unable to get it and it rolled into the out field. IMG_7510

Josh and Tulo could just watch as it heads to the out field. The Mets would only score the 1 run in the inning.

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Jon Niese was the starting pitcher for the Mets. The Rockies would score a run also in the 1st. inning. Dexter Fowler would score the first Rockies run, after hitting a single he advanced to second on a bad pitch and would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single. Tulo came up to bat and it was time to place your bets on how he would get out with a runner on and this one was a pop out to the Mets first baseman Murphy in foul territory. So that was 3 plays in this series he did not advance or score a runner. Which could have resulted in his 20th RBI of the year, That is if all runner scored that were on base during his at bats against the Mets.

The Rockies would take a lead in the 4th inning on a Rutledge solo home run. (2-1) Rox

The Mets would tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning with this interesting play. David Wright would hit the ball back to Jon Garland who tipped the ball and Josh Rutledge got the ball threw home to try to get Murphy at the plate and threw high.

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 Rosario than threw it to Tulo who was at second because Wright started for second than threw to Todd Helton at first after

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 Wright turned around and then tossed back to Tulo. So it was a 1,4,2,6,3,6 play.

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Than after the out Wright complained that Tulo Obstructed him and Terry Collins came out to dispute the call.IMG_7558

Here is Wright arguing with second base umpire Mike Dimuro.

The Rockies and Mets kept the game tie at 3 both scoring a run in the 6th inning.

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The Rockies than opened the game up in the 7th. inning. it started with Jordan Pacheco leading off pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. He grounded out. Eric Young Jr. hit a single but was out on a Dexter Fowler hit to Reuben Tejada for the out at second.

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With 2 outs Cargo hit a single Troy Tulowitzki  walked and Rosario would hit a hit to center field scoring Dex and Cargo. Tulo would go to third. (5-3)Rox. Rosario stole second and Todd Helton would hit his 573 career double scoring Tulo and Rosario (7-3). Todd moved into 20th on the all time double’s list. Passing Ivan Rodríguez and 1 behind Charlie Gehringer the next 4 people on the list are all Hall Of Fame members including Gehringer, Wade Boggs, Cap Anson and Robin Yount. Back to the game. He and Rutledge would also score for a total of 6 Rockies runs in the inning and a 9-3 Lead.

The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. A really odd thing happened in the inning. Jordan Pacheco lead off the inning pinch-hitting in the pitchers spot. When the spot in the line up came back up Reid Brignac pinch hit for Pacheco the pinch hitter. Now most of us were wondering why they pinch hit the pinch hitter. One was that since they had such a lead to just get some at bats for Brignac who has been hitting well. Two for a right on left situation since the Mets changed a few pitchers in the inning and now had a righty on the mound. so we all where not to sure what the situation is so after the game we asked a player what was the reason for the pinch hit and it was because Pacheco was sent to the bull pen after his out and no one thought about the line up turning over and he could not get back to the dugout quick enough. So they pinch hit for the pinch hitter we are working to find out if this has been done before and when it may have been done before. Any help would be appreciated

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Chris Volstad would enter the game for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Jon Garland went 7 with 4 strike outs allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He now has a 3.32 ERA for the season. The Rockies only used Garland and Volstad to pitch in this game I can’t remember the last time they only used 2 pitchers in a game. This year they used 3 pitchers in two other games I think.

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Chris Nelson made a great play diving to his left to get a ball hit by Collin Cowhill.

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Than tossed it over to Helton on first.

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 It was a great play by him for the out and  he is doing a really well at 3rd.

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The Rockies added 2 additional runs in the 8th inning. Dexter Fowler led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season. Which puts him in 2nd in all of MLB behind Justin Upton who has 9 with the Braves. He is on the path to hit over 70 at this point all the best to him. He is really doing well and a great person.

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Wilin and Volstad shake hands after the Rockies 6th home win of the season and there 11th of the season. They are 11-4 on the season and now leads the National League west by 2.5 games. I know it is early in the season but is a great feeling to have them in this spot.

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Troy Tulowitzki high fives Dante.

 After the game we headed over to Dex and friends at Jacksons. Which is on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Today it was more like Dex since he was by him self with the broadcasters. Usually there is a second player with him that changes from show to show.

On a side note at first pitch the temperature was 28 degrees which tie the record for coldest game ever played at Coors Field.

Well That is it for this one.

This weekend the Diamondbacks come to town and the return of Matt Reynolds and Will Nieves both for Rockies. See You at Coors!!!

Snow shovels, delays and a walk off.

April 16, 2013

New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 4 and 5 of the Year at Coors.

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Today they had a double-header because of the snow that cancelled the game on Monday April 15th.

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As most baseball fans know April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day. So all players in baseball wear the #42 which is retired in MLB. Except for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera who still gets to wear it because it was his number before MLB retired it and he will be the last once he leaves the game.

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So I arrived at Coors around 11:30 the time that it was announced that all gates would open. After I arrived at the gate they said they were waiting for word if or if not would the games be played. There was about 8 to 10 inches on the field that needed to be removed and nobody really knew how long this task would take. As I did get to enter the stadium I took this photo from the right field line most of the snow was removed from the field, but remained in piles along the out field and first baseline from just about home plate to the right field foul pole. Worker’s were working on the pile in center field when we entered. Now it was not just grounds crew members removing the snow it was promotions people, office workers,The Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Dan O’Dowd, Bill Gievett, T.V Broadcasters and coaches. I do believe that the Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

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Bill Geivett with shovel in hand and he also had a throwback theme going rocking a Montreal Expos long parker. The second game of this double-header is a throwback game the Mets and Rockies will be wearing uniforms from 1993.

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This is some of the progress about an hour and a half after the gates were opened. Here are the workers bringing snow from the large piles to the bullpen where they were tossing it over the wall into a walk way between the bull pens.

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Here is a look into the bullpen.

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Here is Marc Stout helping in the effort. He is part of the Rockies Broadcast crew. Also in the background is one of the Rockies promo people Harper in the purple jacket and snazzy boots!

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First base coach Rene Lacheman helps out.

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Catching coach Jerry Weinstein also flung some snow. As well as tossing the snow into the bull pen they were filling the grounds crew trucks and bring that out behind the stadium.

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After almost 2 and a half hours being in the stadium and 8 hours of removing snow, they finished removing the it and it was time for some baseball. Here is Juan Nicasio, Jim Wright, Wilin Rosario and Jerry Weinstein heading in from the bull pen.

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Here is Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out to Josh Rutledge at second. At first pitch the temperature at Coors field was 39 degrees. The 39 degrees tied for the 10th coldest game at Coors Field. Nicasio than walked Daniel Murphy and David Wright does what David Wright seems to do a lot when he is at Coors and that is hit a Home Run! His power is not just limited to Coors but seems like he always hits one here. I have also seen him hit a Grand Slam Home Run in Chase Fields during the USA’s win over Italy.

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John Buck at bat in the 1st. he hit a single in the inning.

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The Mets scored 2 runs in the 1st and the Rockies first 2 batters got out Carlos Gonzalez hit a triple. With Carlos on third troy Tulowitzki came to the plate and does what he does best and that was pop up to the Mets third baseman David Wright. I know he hits Home Runs and gets RBI’s but just seems like not in the clutch. IMG_6956

In the second inning Nicasio saw 4 Mets batters and struck out 2. This is Michael Cuddyer sliding into home in the second inning after getting on base with a double.

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The throw was on time but Cuddyer snuck by the tag.

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He was safe and scored the Rockies first run of the game. (2-1) Mets

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Chris Nelson would also hit a single in the inning.

Nicasio only face 3 batters in the 3rd inning. Sending Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Ike Davis down in order. Pretty good inning by Nicasio!

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Cargo would send one for a ride in the 3rd for the Rockies tying run with a home run to the second deck. (2-2)

The Mets would once again take the lead getting a run in 4th. (3-2)Mets

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David Wright once again haunts us with his long ball and hit his second home run of the game in the 5th inning. This a solo shot to center. His first was hit to the Rockies bullpen. (4-2) Mets

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After Eric Young Jr. Got on base and Cargo walked Tulo was hit in the left elbow with a pitch. It look like it hurt. Here is Walt Weiss and Kieth Dugger checking it out after he took his base. He, Cargo and EYJ would all score in the inning. (5-4) Rockies

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Cuddy came to the plate took this pitch for a strike. He as Cargo did would be walked.

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Carlos Gonzalez crosses home for the 2nd run of the inning.

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Tulo also scored.

The Rockies scored an additional run in the 6th inning. Chris Nelson lead off the inning with a double and scored on a EYJ single. (6-4) Rockies

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EYJ would hit a triple in the 8th inning scoring Jordan Pacheco from 1st. (7-4) Rox

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here is EYJ’s triple going over Valdespin in right field.

At that point they were still removing snow in the upper decks and in the Rockpile.

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Crew shoveling the Rockpile late in-game 1.

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Jonny Herrera throws to first for the last out of the first game the Rockies would win this one 8-4 Cargo also scored in the 8th inning.

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Rockies celebrate their win in the first game.

So it was announced that this would not be a split doubleheader during the first game so we did not have to leave the stadium. They were going to start the second game a half hour. So we headed to the game used booth to pick up a Name Plate Amy wanted from Opening Day.

We than headed back to our seats and it was time for game 2.

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It being a throwback game to 1993 the Mets wore the Uniforms they wore at home in 1993 and the Rockies wore their Grey Away uniforms that each team had worn on April 5, 1993. The first Rockies game ever. They also used the old graphics on the LED boards around the stadium.

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Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies in-game two. Collin Cowhill started the game with a single, he would be thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice play hit by Daniel Murphy. David Wright hit into a double play to end the inning.

Eric Young Jr. lead the 1st inning with a single.

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He would advance to third on a Josh Rutledge single.

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Cargo would hit a sac fly to center and Eric Young Jr. would scored the first run of the Throwback game which was an interesting case of history repeating it self, since his Dad Eric Young Sr. scored the first Rockies run at home in 1993.

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EYJ scoring the first run of the game. Not quite an Opening Day home Run but still the first run in the Throwback uniform. I think it would have been cool if he wore the #21 for the game his dads number in 1993. That would be the Rockies only run of the inning. The Mets would respond with a run in the 2nd inning.

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Jeff Francis throwing to the Mets Rueben Tejada. Tejada would hit to Cuddyer in right field which scored Lucas Duda to tie the game at 1.

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Tejada would try to stretch the hit into a double and was tagged out at second.

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Tejada at second with Tulo covering.

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The Mets would take a lead in the 3rd scoring 2 runs. David Wright would walk in the inning here he is on first while Jeff Francis pitches in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco at bat in the 3rd inning with the throwback graphics on the board along the third base line.

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Michael Cuddyer who got on base with a single was caught stealing for the second out of the inning.

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Mets starting pitcher Aaron Laffey in the 4th inning.

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Yorvit Torealba hits a foul during his at bat in the 4th inning. He would walk in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco with his bare hand in his pocket before the pitch. He was looking really cold. It was cold this game also first pitch was 36 degrees which is in the top 5 of coldest games played at Coors. Thanks Stout for the Stoutistics! about these cold games. It was even colder at this point in the game.

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Tejada gets brushed back with a high fastball.

The 5th inning was a rough inning for the Rockies the Mets scored 5 runs in the inning.

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Daniel Murphy crossing the plate for the first Mets run of the inning. It was a long inning with the Rockies out in the field for over a half hour.

Walt Weiss would take Jeff Francis in the inning after facing 7 batters in the inning with only 1 out. the Mets hit 4 base hits, he walked 1 and hit Lucas Duda.

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Francis walking off the field.

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Tejada on first after his single in the 5th inning. Francis pitched 4.1 innings letting up 9 hits, 8 runs, walking 4 and striking out 4. He has a 8.25 ERA. He did not pitch terrible but his bad innings were really bad most of the hits and walks were from the 5th inning.

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Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino  came in to pitch. He pitched the remainder of the 5th inning and all of the 6th.

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Cargo hitting his double in the Rockies half of the 5th. Cuddy and Pacheco both walked, Rutledge who was on third scored on Pacheco’s walk. Chris Nelson sac fly to Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd, scoring Cargo from 3rd. The Rockies would score 4 runs in the inning. (8-6) Mets

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Josh Edgin pitching in the 5th inning. The Mets used 7 pitchers in the game and Edgin and Latroy Hawkins in the inning.

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Yorvit Torrealba hit a double in the 5th which scored Cuddy and Pacheco.

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Pacheco crossing the plate. And 2 BNW photos with a pan to show off the mad photo skillz or did a setting change and I was lucky I panned the runners!

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Matt Belise Pitching in the 7th inning he pitched both 7th and 8th inning. He faced 6 batters and struck out 2 and let up only one hit to Ike Davis who pinch hit in the 8th but was doubled up on a Daniel Murphy hit to Jonny Herrera, Davis was out at second.

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With bases loaded and 2 outs they brought out Troy Tulowitzki to pinch hit for Reid Brignac. Not a decision I may have made, As many home runs and RBI’s he gets it seems like many are not in late inning clutch situations when the Rockies are down a few runs. This is the second time today he could not come through in this type of situation. I know most people are saying he is  2nd on the team in RBI’s, but my question is imagine how many he could have if he hit in the clutch? It would have been 4 to 6 more just in these two games. He started the games today with 11 and finished with the same amount.

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Miguel Tejada throwing to first or well attempting to throw to first.

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David Wright hitting to Rutledge at second for the first out of the 9th inning for the Mets.

Rex Brothers pitched for the rockies in the 9th faced 4 batters the only base runner was Mike Baxter who came in the game in the 5th inning for the Mets replacing Lucas Duda in left.

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 Rafael Betancourt pitched for the Rockies in the 10th inning ohh yes like it wasn’t cold enough the human rain delay came into pitch. He struck out 2 walked 2 and 2 batters flew out in the inning.

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Pacheco came up in the bottom of the tenth with Cargo on third and Cuddy on 1st and 2 outs. Cuddy advanced to 2nd on a none contested steal. Pacheco hit a ground ball single to right field scoring Cargo for a walk of hit.

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The Rockies win 9-8 in this game.

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 They are now 10-4 on the season and are undefeated at Coors. As I am writing this they are 1.5 games ahead of the Giants and leading the National League West. The 3rd game of this series has been postponed and they are scheduled to play what would have been the 4th game tomorrow afternoon. No date has been posted for the make up of the Wednesday game. There are a few off days that both teams have but most are with the Mets on the east coast and Rockies away.

That is it for this very interesting day at Coors. I was at the stadium for 12 hours from the time I arrived at the gates till I left after the second game.

That’s it for this one see you at Coors when the snow melts!