Tagged: Ryan Spilborghs

Another Sunday short by a run

8-7-2011

Washington Nationals Vs. Rockies

The Rockies have lost 16 sunday games in a row this streak goes back to April 17.

Going into this Sunday it was only 15 Sundays in a row.

This Sunday like every sunday home game at Coors was autograph Sunday today. Ryan Spilbourghs, Eliezer Alfonso, Jason Hammel and Charlie Blackmon signed. I first went to Spilbourghs line and had him sign a baseball Card, then headed to Hammels line sign a 2011 Topps card. I had Alfonso sign my mini helmet that I have been getting signed by players I don’t have anything else to sign. So far I have 9 autos on it.

After the official autograph session was over I headed over to the right field wall where Rex Brothers was signing. I had him sign a Sky Sox program I got last month. He thought it was cool and had not seen it yet. Since I have a few copies I told him I would bring him a copy.

Esmil Roger also signed and he signed 2 cards for me.

The players then went in and I wandered around the stadium giving a few and “X” and I gave the extra Cargo figurines we got to the deserving friends at Coors. You know who you are and thanks for everything you guys do for us.

The players then came out for warm ups. This is a photo of Nations starter John Lannon heading to the dugout with catcher Jesus Flores.You may be asking where Ivan Rodriguez is, he is on the DL with an oblique strain.

Aaron Cook leads the Rockies to the field for the start of the game.

Aaron Cook Throwing the first pitch to the Nationals Rick Ankiel who he would walk. Cook is 2-6 this season, going into this game.

The next three Nationals batters would get out. Including  Ryan Zimmerman striking out.

The Rockies would send five to the plate in the 1st. Eric Young Jr. Grounded out, Dexter Fowler walked. Carlos Gonzalez flew out The Deuce hit a single and Wiggington grounded out to end the inning.

The Nationals would score in the 2nd on a Jonny Gomes HR after Jayson Werth walked to lead off the inning. (2-0) Nationals.

Gomes and Werth Hi Five after Gomes’ 2nd inning HR.

The Rockies did not score in the second Cook would pitch real well in the 3rd only letting up a run to Ryan Zimmerman.

Eric Young Jr. would lead off the 3rd inning for the Rockies with a bunt.

He would then get doubled up on a Fowler hit to the Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Aaron cook would pitch into the 7th inning. He pitched very well this game  unfortunately did not get the run support. Cook threw 79 pitches, Struck out 5 Nationals and let up 2 runs  Matt Reynolds came in to the game and completed the inning striking out Ankiel.

Aaron Cook heading to the dugout in the 7th inning.

The Nationals would take out there starter Lannon also in the 7th.

The Rockies would finally get some runs in the 7th. Herrera would pitch hit in the pitchers spot and later score on a Young single. Young would score the second run to tie the game at 2.

Herrera score the Rockies first run in the 7th.

Eric Young Jr. scoring the tieing run.(2-2)

The Nationals would score the go ahead run in the 8th. Danny Espinosa lead off the inning and scored the Nationals 3rd. run on a Werth single. That would be the final score 3-2. for the 16th Sunday loss of the season for the Rockies good thing they don’t play tradition Sunday double-header like they use to.

So that is it for this game this week heading to the Spring for Jason Giambi’s rehab and then the Rockies return against the Marlins on Monday.

Also Good news came that Juan Nicasio has been releast from the hospital.

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No Phun against the Phillies!

8-1-2011

Philadelphia Phillies Vs. Colorado Rockies

Got shut out during BP, No big deal. Then I headed over to the 1st base line. Got this shot of

Eric Young Jr. Throwing to Dexter Fowler.

Cole Hamels Pitched for the Phillies and Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rox.

Jhoulys Chacin throwing the first pitch to The Phillies Jimmy Rollins. Rollins and Shane Victorino Both grounded out.  Chase Utley was walked and Ryan Howard Flew out to end the inning. The Rockies went down in order in the Second.

Cole Hamel pitching in the 1st inning.

Hunter Pence at bat in the 2nd inning. he lead off the inning with a fly ball to center.

Hunter Pence at bat in the 2nd inning. He lead off the inning with a fly ball to center.He was just traded from the Astros. Chacin also walked a batter in the 2nd Raul Ibanez. The Phillies would not score in the inning.

Chacin threw 29 pitches in the first 2 innings.

The Deuce Troy Tulowitzki would lead off the second with aground out. Ty Wiggington would hit a single and score on a Seth Smith HR. (2-0)

Seth Smith running to home after his 2nd inning HR.

Shane Victorio being called out after being tagged out by Chris Iannetta.

The Deuce swinging wildly to foul off the pitch in the 5th inning. He would later Strike out in the at bat for the third out of the inning. In the Inning Ellis struck out for the second out. Both Ellis and Tulowitzki came up with the bases loaded. This was a situation that all they needed was a base hit for 2 runs and were swinging for the fences. I know Tulo wants to be the hero but striking out is not going to produce. I am still not familiar with Ellis swing but I know when Tulo is swinging for the fence instead of getting a hit. He defiantly was not looking for the single which would score a run or 2 which can always be needed for this team the way they have been playing of late. These runs would be very significant in the later innings.

These 2 photos are of Hunter Pence scoring the Phillies first run in the 7th inning. (2-1) Rox

Bob Apodaca comes out to talk to Chacin in the 7th inning.

Chris Iannetta crosses the plate after his 7th inning lead off HR.

Chacin remained in the game and grounded out for the 1st out. Young pop out to the catcher. Fowler would walk than be caught stealing at second with Ellis at the plate for the 3rd out of the inning.

Fowler being caught at 2nd to end the 7th inning.

Ty Wiggington giving Chacin some props as he left the game in the 8th. Chacin once again pitched well striking out to letting up 5 hits and 1 run. walking 2. He threw 101 pitches.

Matt Reynolds would come in to pitch to Utley and Howard. Rafael Betancourt would finish the inning.

Rafael Betancourt striking out Pence to end the 8th.

Huston Street warming up before the 9th inning.

The Rockies went into the 9th with a 3-1 lead and looked like they had the game. Huston Street would strike out Ibanez and Placido Polanco would fly out to Dex in center. street would need one strike to also K Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz would hit a double and then John Mayberry would hit a 2 run HR to tie the game in the 9th. Rollins would strike out to end the inning, Remeber those significant runs back in the 5th. That would have been the game either 4-3 or 5-3 for a Rockies win to start of the series against the Phillies. But that was not the case. The game is tied in the 9th. Smith would lead off the 9th with a single. The next 2 batters would go down in order in the 9th.

John Mayberry hitting the tieing HR in the 9th inning.

So the game headed to extra innings. Rex Brothers pitched in the 10th. Shane Victorino would lead off with a solo shot to make the score 4-3 Phillies. That’s all that was need for the Phillies the Rox came up in the 10th and went down in order to end the game. The game looked promising but end on a series of bad pitches and luck for the Rockies. So how important were those runs that did not happen in the 5th, I would say very.

That’s it for this one.

I will be at the next 2 in the series. See Ya at Coors.

All Photos in this post are property of the Rox Addict Blog and MCS Photography any reproduction of any kind is illegal.

What a Mess against the Mets

5-10-2011

NY Mets Vs Colorado Rockies

Game 2
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This little guy was hanging out by the rockpile gate when I arrived. I arrived about 45 minutes before the gates opened and was the first person in.

After heading in I ran straight for the pavillions for batting practice. It started a little slow and I did not get anything from the Rockies. With in the first few minutes of Mets BP I picked up my first ball that rolled landed in a section with out many people. Then I got my second on a catch. I also caught the last ball of BP off the Mets, it was the first BP that I had gotten 3 bp balls from a single team and the third time I have gotten 3 balls in a single BP. That is 4 for the series all four from the Mets but I have always done well when the Mets have been in town.

So once again I headed to the Mets side of the field for autos. I headed down with a couple of friends I knew from NY who had never been down to the wall before. I ended up getting a Jose Reyes card signed. The above photo is of the Rockies during the National Anthem.

Ike Davis and David Wright throwing before the game.

Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie during warm ups

The Rockies Take the field to start the game. The Starters for this game was Jason Hammel for the Rox and Mike Pelfrey for Da Mets!!!

Jason Hammel Pitching to the lead off batter Jose Reyes who hit a double.
 It took a while for Hammel to settle in after letting up a hit to Reyes, Daniel Murphy hit a single David Wright got out and Carlos Beltran was walked. Ike Davis would hit a single and score both Reyes and Murphy.

                             Carlos Beltran takes a ball before walking in the first.
 David Murphy scoring the second run with Jose Reyes already at home after the Davis single making the score 2-0 Mets

Jason Hammel pitching to Jason Bay, with Ike Davis on 1st and Carlos Beltran on 3rd. He would then strike out Bay and the catcher Ronny Paulino to end the inning. The Rockies would go down in order in the 1st.

Mike Pelfry pitching to Dexter Fowler.

Carlos Gonzalez taking a strike. It is time to play where is the ball in the photo!

The 2nd inning Hammel seemed to settle down very well striking out the first batter Jason Pirdie. Pelfry would ground out and Reyes hit one to Seth Smith to end the inning.

The Rox would come up in the second and The Deuce would lead off the  inning with a solo shot to right. Helto would grund out and the Seth Smith would hit a solo shot of his own to tie the game 2-2.

The Deuce heading to third after his 2nd inning lead off Homerun.

2 Batters later Seth Smith doing the same.

The 3rd inning both teams went down in order Hammel struck out Wright and Pelfry struck out Dex. In the 4th inning jaso Hammel was hit in the leg by a Ronny Paulino grounder which got him on base and would later score on a Mike Pelfry double. Yes, you did read that correct the pitcher got a double. 4-2 Mets. Hammel did complete the inning but did not pitch as well after being hit.

This is the coaches and trainers checking out Hammels leg.

Taking a practice throw while Manager Jim Tracy and Bob Apodaca look on to evaluate if he was ok to stay in the game.

In the 6th inning Cargo hit a solo HR of his own. Which was his first at Coors this year. Hopefully this is the end of his hitting slump. 4-3 Mets.

THEN THE RAINS CAME

 

In The 7th With 2 out Dexter Fowler was at the plate when it started to pour he had 2 balls 2 strike when the rain delay was called all in all it was a 50 something minute at bat.

Dexter right before he waits for the last pitch.

Mike Pelfry throws the last pitch to Dexter Fowler.

The Coors Field growns crew pulling the tarp.

  After a while they removed the tarp and it was time to play ball once again. During the rain delay I hung out under the Rockpile knowing it was going to be less crowded then the concource. Then we headed back to our seats or should I say where we were sitting. While I was down at the wall before the game one of my friends ran into someone he worked with who had 2 tix in section 142 so I stayed their figuring I would leave when the section filled in since my seats where just a few sections away. Well the section did not fill in, so I watched the full game from there.

After the delay Dexter Fowler returned to the plate and fouled a ball of his knee and then Ryan Spilbourghs pinch hit for him. Coming up with the count Dex left before the rain delay. He then walked but was left on base when Jonny Herrera struck out.

 

Matt Lindstrom pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies

After Ingringhaus pitch for the Mets after the rain delay, Tim Byrdak came in to pitch in the 8th.

Closer Francisco Rodriguez pitches to Jason Giambi in the 9th

second basmen Justin Turner throws to Daniel Murphy for the final out of the game the Mets won 4-3. Turner  came in when Ike Davis Colided with David Wright turning his ankle. Daniel Murphy went to 1st and Turner played 2nd.

It was along night at Coors Between a rough loss and a rain delay. The 3rd game of the series has been also delayed 1 day as of now and is scheduled for the 12th at 1:10. Hopefully I will make it but I am scheduled to work. Maybe it will be delayed long enough so I can get their after 2 to see the game. If not then I will be at sundays game against the San Diego Padres.

Rockies with a Giant Win!

4-20-2011

Rockies Vs. Giants

Starters: Jorge De La Rosa

             Matt Cain

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Today I got to go down to the first row thanks to Robert who had an extra ticket by him for this game. During Batting Practice I did get one ball from the Giants it was a Ground Rule Double off the warning track.

 

 
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Despite the rain over night the hosers still need to do their thing. The tarp they cover the infield with may of help their job security for the day.

 
 

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Jorge De La Rosa and Pitching Coach Bob Apadaca heading to the bullpen.

To the right Catcher Jose Morales on the walk to the bullpen for pre game warm ups.

 

 

 

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                  Glenallen Hill looks on as the players warm up before the game.

 

 
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                                          Dexter Fowler and Glenallen Hill

 

 

 

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         The creative BNW to show off my mad photo skillz during the National Anthem

 

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                          Ubaldo heads over to the crowd to sign autographs

 

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Before the game the Rockies Remembered Keli McGregor. After amoment of silence his children threw out the first pitch.

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             The pitches were thrown to The Deuce, Ryan Silbourghs and Todd Helton

 

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Matt Belise heads out to the bullpen with the rest of the bullpen staff. Clayton Mortenson has the pink princes bag for this game.

 

 
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                Jonny Herrera gets a few sprints in before the start of the game

 

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                                          Cargo signing autographs

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                  Jorge De La Rosa and Jose Morales heading in to start the game

 

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Jorge throws first pitch to the Giants Aaron Rowand for a first pitch single. He would later be thrown out at second on a Aubrey Huff hit to The Deuce. Which should of been a double play. Thanks for the missed call Ump. Karma would then catch up with Huff as he was thrown out at 3rd by a throw from Cargo from left hit by buster Posey. The Giants would score a run this inning . Freddy Sanchez scored the run he was walked by De La Rosa and advanced to on Huff single and scored by Posey’s hit. The Rox went down in order in the bottom of the 1st. Dex K’d, Herrera Pop out to 3rd and Cargo grounded out to second.

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                                        Aubrey Huff thrown out at 3rd.

 

In the second The Rox came back with vengence The Deuce lead off with a doubl, Helton got hit by a pitch The Deuce scored on a seth Smith single. (1-1) Ty Wiggington was the 4th batter to head to the plate in the second and he hit his first Rockies Homerun which also was his 1000th career hit.

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         Pat Burrell can only watch as Ty Wiggingtons homer sails over his head.

 

 

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                        1000th Career hit and his 1st Rockies Homerun.

 

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             Wiggington Hi Fives 3rd base coach Rich Dauer. The Homerun scored 3 runs

                                             making the score (4-1) Rox

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               Dan caught the Wiggington HR. It was Dan’s 79th HR ball in Coors.

                       The Rockies would send 10 batters to the plate in the inning

After the Giants sat down in order in the Top off the 3rd. Helton hit a lead off double. He would then be stranded at 3rd after he advanced from a Seth Smith Sac Fly to center.

 

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              Helton slides into 3rd after tagging up on the Smith sacfly in the 3rd. 

 

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  A view of Coors from section 155 these seats are right above the 390ft in Left               

                                                    Center.

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                                        Dex makes a catch in center.

 

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Giants starter Matt Cain only lasted 4 2/3 innings with a 100 pitches letting up 4 runs on 6 hits. Giants relief pitcher Dan Runzler heading to the mount in the 5th.He would then strike out Jorge De La Rosa for the 3rd out of the inning. The Rockies would score 2 runs in the inning (7-1) Rockies.

The Giants would the score a run in the 6th (7-2). Sanchez would lead off with a single he would advance to 2nd on a baulk. He would then advance to third on a Huff flyout. and score on a Posey ground out to The Deuce.

The Rockies would score 4 more runs in the 7th inning The Deuce lead off the inning with a single he advanced to 3rd on a bad throw for a pick off attemp at 1st. Then scored on a Wiggington ground out. Ryan Spilbourghs would pitch hit for De La Rosa and hit a 3 run HR scoring 3 runs.(10-2) Rockies that is all that the Rockies would need and avoided the sweep by the Giants. The Rockies are now 3 games ahead of the Giants in the National League West. De La Rosa pitched 7 innings. He was replace by Betancourt in the 8th and Huston Street came in the game in the 9th. It wasn’t a save situation but he was brought out for some work since he has not pitched in  3 days.

 

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Spili rounding 2nd after his 3 run pinch hit HR in the 7th. This was Spili’s 2nd career pinch hit HR.

 

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                 Huston Street strikes out Pat Burell to end the game. The Rockies are now 13-5. They are now heading out on the road for 3 games in Florida against the Marlins and then 3 in Chicago against the Cubs. They will return home to Coors on the 29th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

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                    The Deuce hi fives Jonny Herrera after the Rockies Win.

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                                     The Team celabrates the win.

Like always after a Rockies win i headed over to the Root Sports Post game Desk. I got some face time on the post game show!!!! Here are a few photos.

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                                 The Crowd behind the Root Sports Desk.

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                 Tom Helmer, Jeff Huson and Mark Stout at the post game desk.

 

Thats it for this one. Once agians thanx for checking out the post. Coming this week we will be heading to the Springs for a Sky Sox game on Tuesday and then will be at Coors at some point during the Pirates series.

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Who?

4-17-2011

Cubs Vs. Rockies Game 3

Ubaldo Bobble Head Day!!!!!

 
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                      Oddly enough I do take a new one of these for each game.

 

 

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This is a view from the concource for the line for a Ubaldo Jimenez autograph. I got both my bobbleheads signed by Ubaldo.

 

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Starting Pitcher for the Rockies Alan Johnson. The odd thing is usually the crowd will cheer and applaud when the starter emerges from the dugout. Not today he just took the long walk out with out acknowledgment. I think I may of been the only person who knew who he was. Alan was in the Springs last year and I have seen him pitch before. I also believe I have his autograph somewhere. The Coors crowd will know who he is soon enough.

 

 
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Alan Johnson long throwing with Jose Morales in the outfield. This was Alans first major league start.

 

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                                   Alan Johnson warming up in the bullpen.

 

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                  Rockies starters stretching on the first baseline before the game.

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                      Alan Johnson and Jose Morales heading from the bullpen.

 

                                                      Play Ball!!!!

 

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Johnson Throwing his first big league pitch to the Cubs Starlin Castro for a strike. Nice way to start a MLB career. Castro would end up hiting a single and scoring the first run of the game off of a Darwin Barney single. The Rox would double up the Cubs on a hit by Byrd to The Deuce for a double play getting Barney at 2nd and Byrd at 1st. Ramirez would the ground out to end the inning.

      The Rockies would give Johnson some run support in the bottom half of the 1st. After Fowlers lead of strikout. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster would then walk Jonny Herrera who scored on a Carlos Gonzalez double. Tying the game at 1-1 The deuce would then flyout to center Helton singled and Seth Smith hit a homerun for the Rockies to take a 4-1 lead. So the offence realy helped him with run support.

        In the 2nd inning Johnson would walk the lead of batter for the inning Carlos Pena. Then he would get his first strikeout with the next batter Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs would score one hin the 2nd making it a 4-2 Rockies lead. The Cubs would go on to score 2 in the 3rd. and one in the 4th. tying the game at 5-5. Johnson would pitch 4 innings with 3 strike outs, 3 walks (which all 3 would result in runs), throwing 93 pitches. Letting up 5 runs. Over all he did pitch well for a first start.
IMG_4421.JPG                Cubs Shortstop catches The Deuce pop up in the 3rd inning. 

The Deuce’s next homerun will be his 100th of his carrer as of the time I am writing this he has yet hit it.

 

 

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“D”, Lil Ranter Hunter, Allanah X and Gary X sitting in the front row of the Rockpile above the word solar.

 

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During the 6th inning I headed over to the section directly behind homeplate to take a few photos.

 

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The Rockies Then Rallied in the 8th 2 score 4 more runs sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning Smith singled Lopez doubled, Fowler and Herrera also doubled. All 3 outs were on strike outs Jose Morales, Ty wiggington and Spilli all K’d.

 

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Rockies Manager takes the ball from Matt Reynolds in the top of the 8th. Rafael Betancourt would come into the game to pitch the rest of the inning.

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                                 Jim Tracy handing over the ball to Betancourt.

 

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Rafael Betancourt getting ready to pitch. This photo was taken by my Mom who attended the game with me. This photo is to show where I get my mad photo skillz!! Ok maybe not but it was pretty good.

 

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                 The scoreboard at Coors while the Rox were ralling in the 8th.

 

 

 
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Rockies outfielders celabrating the Rockies 9-5 victory over the Cubs. The Rockies are 12-3 on the season.

 

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The Post game celabration at the Root Sports Desk. I realy like this photo it has a bunch of The Rantics in it Judy is holding the Root, Root, Root for the Rockies sign my Mom is standing to the left of the sign and “D” and Hunter are standing in the top center to the right of the BIG L sign!!!!!   Great day at the ballpark. A Rockies win and a Ubaldo Bobblehead.

 

As I am writing this the Rockies have lost their second game in a row to the Giants. I did not attend either game. They are now 12-5 but still 2 games a head of the Giants in the West.Ian Stewart has been optioned to the Springs and Ubaldo made his first start since Opening Day. Unfortunatly it was also his first loss. An if you didn’t know who Alan Johnson is you do now. If you still don’t learn it!!  I will be at Coors for tomorrows day game against the Giants. Thats all I got see you at Coors!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHA-CHING, Rox Win & Someone Gets a Hit!

4-5-2011

Starters:

            Rox: Jhoulys Chacin

            Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw

After a shutout BP where I still have not caught a ball making me 0-3 games this season which is a slight slumb when snagin’. We then headed over to the 1st base line to see if we could get a auto or 2. I only got a Ryan Spilbourghs on a Ticket stub from a game last year that he Cargo and Seth Smith hit Back to Back to Back Homers against the Diamondbacks on May 27th.

 

IMG_3078.JPGThe L.A. Dodgers and Rockies this is the new LCD board under the Mountain Ranch Club.

IMG_3084.JPG                Jhoulys Chacin  heading to the Bullpen for his start.       

IMG_3090.JPG                                    The Deuce stretching before the game    

 

IMG_3103.JPG                          The Rockies during the National Anthem

 
 
IMG_3159.JPG                       Spilli signing autographs before the game.

 

IMG_3112.JPG                       Today I sat in section 153 with Gary and Lil’ X

                   Here’s the Rockies taking the field against  the Dodgers.

 

IMG_3121.JPGJhoulys throwing the first pitch to the Dodgers Rafael Furcal. furcal would go 0-4 this game grounding out at each at bat. Chacin pitched a really good game letting up 5 hits, striking out 3 holding the Dodgers to no runs in 7 innings. 2 of the strike outs were in the4th against Uribe and Barajas.      

Now normaly I would not post so many photos of one play but this is a double play in the second inning. The ball was hit by Uribe to Wiggington at third Lopez gets Loney out at second throws to Helton to get Uribe incredible play.   
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                      Hey Rod Barajas, Remember that time you were a Met!!

 

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                        Rod Barajas as a catcher for the Mets Last April

 

             In the 4th someone finally got a hit ! After going 0-9 He hit a big one for a Homerun.
IMG_3238.JPG            The Deuce Troy Tulowitzki rounding the bases after his 4th inning homerun. Which raised his batting avg. to .100 Whoooo Hoooo.

 

        The 4th inning Homerun by the Deuce was the first run of the game. The Rox also scored a run in the 5th when Chris Iannetta also hit a solo Homerun. Then they went on to score in the 6th. With Dex hitting a lead off 2b, he later scored on a Lopez single. making the score 3-0 Rockies. the Rockies after this game are now 2-1 for the 2011 season Jhoulys got the win and Street jith the save.

 
 
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                  Huston Street pitching to the last batter of the game in the 9th inning. Much better pitching performance from Street this game 3up 3 down and he did it in under 15 pitches. Way to go Huston ! 

 

 

     Like usually we headed over to the Root Sports post game desk to celabrate the victory.

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     Tom Helmer, The Cowboy Tracy Ringolsby and George Frazier at the post game desk.

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                        Once again great night hangin with the Rantics @ Coors.

                                                   See you at Coors.

Thanks to everyone who checked out the 5 additions of this post that were posted incomplete with out my knowing.

 

Long Way to Go But it Ended with a Solo.

FIRST GAME AT SALT RIVER FIELD AT TALKING STICK

My day Started with seeing a post from the Rockpile Ranter that he was first in line to enter the new stadium. Later on there was a phone call from Robert saying he had not caught the first batting practice ball at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick, But Did get the second that he caught from Troy Tulowitzki. An was the 1st Rockies fan to catch a BP home run. I was unable to get to Scottsdale for this game so I did watch the entire game from home on FSN soon to be Root Sports. During the whole game you were able to feel the excitement from phone call and post from friends that were there, to the chatter between a bunch of us before and during the game.

Finally after months of watching the count down on The Salt River Fields @ Talking stick website. The time had come and a new Era for the Rockies has started.

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The First Pitch was thrown by Arizona’s  Aaron Heilman to the Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler. It was a taken strike. Then Dex hit along flyball to the Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young. On another day it would have been a Home Run, even though it was an out for the Rockies.The crack of the bat said that baseball is back. After a quick 1,2,3 inning, that saw Seth Smith and Cargo both grounding out.The Rox took the field behind their Ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Ubaldos first pitch was a ball. He then walked Johnson. Parra got the first hit. After that, J.D. Drew hit into a double play, the first double play. Tulo to Lopez and then to Wiggington for the double play. The Rox came up in the 2nd. Another 3 up 3 down inning But Tulo had the Rox first hit for a single. Then Ian Stewart hit into a double play getting Tulo out at 2nd and Stewart at 1st. Ty Wiggington made his Rockies debut with a pop out.

              Now to the D-Backs 2nd inning. where Geoff Blum flew out to Cargo an up came Pena who hit a single off of Ubaldo for the first hit in the history of Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick. The first run was scored off of the Rockies 2nd Pitcher of the day Gregg Reynolds, after the HR he really improved and pitched a very good 3rd and 4th with 2 strike outs and only a base hit allowed besides the HR. in the Rockies 4th the Rockies scored their first run when Cargo hit a single that scored Seth Smith from 2nd. After the Rockies 3rd inning most of the Rockies starters left the game. It was time to see the minor league players prospects and invitees. One very notable performance was Jonny Herrera who went 3 for 3 with a walk. Their were no other runs till the Rockies 6th inning. When Sky Sox left fielder Cole Gardner hit a single with 1 out. Followed by a Pop out by Gomez and a walk by Chris Nelson then a double by Mike Jacobs scored them both, making the score 3 to 1 Rockies. In the Top of the 7th the Rockies scored 4 runs which they sent 9 batters to the plate. The Diamondbacks did respond in the 7th when Brandon Allen scored off of some bodies double (Trying to keep track of opposing teams with not very known players yielded to be difficult). The score at this point was 7-2. It looked like the game was well out of reach, BUT as many people know you never leave a game early and in baseball anything is possible and especially in spring training. The Diamondbacks came back in the 9th with 5 runs including a 3 run HR by invitee Paul Goldschmidt, tying the game at 7 a piece. The game went into the 10th inning. At first the Diamondbacks did not come out to the field thinking in Spring Training fashion the game would be called. Not in this one, they were going to the 10th, and, after a Mike Jacobs fly out to center Charlie Blackman came up with a long solo shot to the berm in right field. I was actually on the phone with Robert who was at the stadium and heard the homer over the phone before i saw it on the 7 second delay on TV. The D backs came up in the with an un productive inning and the Rockies won the game 8-7. Andrew Johnston Pitched very well in the 9th and 10th inning an even got an at bat for a walk in the 10th. So The game was a great first game for a new stadium. With exciting come backs and extra innings and was won in total Rockies style.

During the game FSN showed the new Rockies Commercials which as always were very entertaining. My favorite was the Metal detector which featured Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton.

Even though I was not there it was fun and exciting to watch. Had a great time chatting with other Rockies fan who were also watching from their homes. Gary X, Joy and Dan. And hope this will be a frequent tradition during away games.

As I am writing this 9 News in Denver has reported that the Rockies Lost this game in 10 innings 8-7. Maybe they should watch the games or maybe even read one of the MLB Blogs.

For More Coverage from this game Check out the Rockpile Rant baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com  who was their live and I’m sure will share the experience and photos from the game like only the Ranter can.

I can’t wait for my trip to Scottsdale on March 18th when I will be blogging nightly from the games at Salt River Field at Talking Stick and Rockies away games.

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