July 7,8,9, 2014
Padres vs. Rockies series
The fist game was Monday Night and before the game I hit up batting practice and got 2 baseballs one I got on a bounce and the second I caught both were from the Padres. These were my 17th and 18th baseball of the year. This keeps me on the pace of about 35 to 40 baseballs for the year, that is what I normally will get in a average year at MLB Stadiums.
Tyler Matzek made his 6th MLB start since being brought up in early June from the Sky Sox. He faced only 3 batters in the first. Matzek pitched into the 7th inning giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. he kept it together pretty well for most of his outing only facing 10 Paadres batters in the first 3 innings and striking out 4 in the game. He was taken out in the 7th inning where the Padres got 3 runs to were against Matzek. Matt Belisle came into pitch the 7th the first batter he faced was Chase Headley who hit a triple to score the 2 runs against Maatzek and then he would score to give the Padres a 6-1 lead.
The Rockies run came in the 4th inning on a Drew Stubbs solo home run to tie the game at 1. The Padres first run came earlier in the inning When Headley scored on a Brooks Conrad sac fly to right field.
As the game was being played we pretty much watched a storm roll in and here is a shot I got of lightning before the game went into a 56 minute rain delay.
After the rain delay Chad Bettis came out to pitch for the Rockies. He would pitch the 8th and 9th inning allowing only 2 hits and striking out 2. The Rockies dropped game 1 6-1 and found themselves in soul position of last place in the west and worst record in all of Major League Baseball. Congrats on trying for the first pick in the 2015 draft! Got to spin this positive somehow! They are 37-53 this season.
The jsecond game on Tuesday night saw Franklin Morales start the game. This was his 2nd start after being sent to the bullpen in late May.
After giving up a lead off double to Chris Denorfia he struck out 3 batters in a row. The above is Chase Headley taking a swing for a strike.
Cody Ross started for the Padres and Charlie Blackmon started the inning for the Rockies with a lead off double and then he would get the next 3 batters out also including striking out Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki.
Charlie Blackmon sliding into second for his 1st inning lead off double.
His next at bat was in the 3rd inning and it was a 2 run home run to give the Rockies a lead.
Franklin Morales was taken out of the game in the 6th inning with 2 outs after a Rene Rivera solo home run to cut the rockies lead to 1 run. (2-1) Rockies.
Brooks Brown came into pitch for his second appearance with the Rockies since his call up from The Sky sox last week. He got the Rockies out of the inning.
Drew Stubbs stealing 2nd base after his 1 out single in the 8th inning.
Alex Torres started the 8th inning for the Padres he is the first pitcher to use the new protective hat made for the pitchers. The over sized padded hat looks is a lot larger then a normal game hat and no other pitcher has chose to wear it. It has been compared to the hat that the super Mario Brothers wore in the video games. He it is a good idea but is a little obtrusive looking but it is good that the pitchers do have the option to wear it if they want. I think it needs a little work before it catches on and needs to be slightly streamlined for more guys to wear it regularly.
Seth smith came into pinch hit in the 9th inning for the Padres and did what he was always did late in games and that is get a hit tonight it was a 2 out double for Mr. Late Night, but did not result into a run for the Padres. Denorfia would make the last out of the game and for the first time in a few days we did not have to watch a bottom of the 9th inning as the Rockies won this game 2-1. Who would of thought that a game that Franklin Morales and Tyson Ross would start would be such a low scoring game. Especial with Morales entering the game with a 5.50 ERA.
The Rockies got to celebrate this win and Charlie Blackmon with his 2 run home run was the player of the game. he went 2 for 4 with the 1st inning double and 3rd inning home run. for those living under a Rockies he was selected as a reserve for the 2014 National League All-Star team.
Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies for Wednesdays day game it was his second start since coming to the Rockies from the Reds organization.
He allowed the Padres first batter to get on a base a single by Seth Smith. He would than get the next 3 batters out including striking out Chase Headley and Yasmani Grandal.
The Rockies, mainly Charlie Blackmon would get on the board fast against Padres starter Eric Stultz.
He hit a lead off solo home run.
Two batters later Troy Tulowitzki would also hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
In his 7th MLB at bat Kyle Parker who started at first this game, got his first MLB hit!
Jurrens was taken out of the game with 2 outs in the 5th inning and Tommy Kahnle would finish the 5th and pitch the 6th inning. He struck out Will Venerable to to end the inning. Jurrens went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking 2.
rex Brothers pitched the 7th and Boone Logan pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would add 3 run to their total in the 8th with a 2 run home run by drew Stubs scoring himself and Charlie Blackmon. To give the Rockies 5-3 lead. Then Tulo would follow it up with his second home run of the game to extend the lead to 6-3.
Yasmani Grandal hit a hi pop fly to left to end the game and get the series win for the Rockies.
Brandon Barnes makes the catch to end the game and give the Rockies their first series win in what seems like forever! The Final for this one was 6-3.
The Rockies celebrate their second win in a row. Troy Tulowitzki was player of the game which I don’t fully agree with he did hit 2 home runs. I do think Drew Stubbs that gave the Rockies the 5-3 lead and broke the tie should have gotten it because he gave the team the lead but I guess 2 RBI’s on 2 solo shots means more then the guy who gave the team the lead in the first place. Well that is it for this one.
I will be at 2 of the 3 games against the Twins before heading out on my 2014 Baseball Adventure. Which I will be at the Triple A All-Star game and then Greensboro, Winston-Salem, I will finally get to the Carolina Mudcats and see the New Charlotte Stadium in Downtown Charlotte before moving on to the Mid-West for a bunch of games more info to follow.
See you at Coors and Around!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
My 18th and 19th games of the season
Due took lake of photos and time I am doing a combined post for these 2 games against the Padres.
The first was a pitching battle Between Rockies Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and the Padres and former Rockies Eric Stultz.
Jorge De La Rosa throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. Who he struck out after Evereth Cabrera ground out he would also strike out Chase Headley.
Eric Stulzs the did start to bad either he got Charlie Blackmon to ground out, Drew Stubbs struck out and Troy Tulowitzki flew out to right field.
After 3 complete hitless inning for both the Rockies and the Padres Stubbs got a ball down the 3rd base line for a double to break up the No-No for Stultz. The Padres did have 2 base runners in the 2nd Carlos Quentin walked and he got out at second on a Cameron Maybin hit ball which was a fielder choice and Maybin got on first. He would make the third out after a bad jump on a stolen base attempt and end the inning.
Stubbs making the turn at first with Eric Young giving him the O.K. to head to second.
Jorge continued to pitch very well in the 4th still facing the minimum amount of batter to this point 12 up 12 down not with out a base runner but with no hits. The Rockies put together a few hits in the 5th and Jorge got on base because of a Jedd Gyorko error scoring Jordan Pacheco from third to contribute to his cause and get the Rockies on the board 1-0. He did hurt his leg a little running out the play but was O.K. and remained in the game.
Jorge continued is reign over the Padres through 6 innings. Bud Black removed Stultz in the 7th after Blackmon hit a single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. 2-0 Rockies.
Nick Vincent came in for the Padres instead of throwing a pitch is first throw was to first base.
Yonder Alfonso missed the ball and the ball bounced around in foul territory and Blackmon advanced to second.
Denorfia broke up Jorge’s No-No in the 7th with a double. That was the only hit that Jorge would give up till a single by Todd Hundley in the 8th and he was then removed from the game by Walt Weiss.
After arguing a strike 3 call in the 8th someone missed his first half inning of the year. Nolan Arenado was tossed from the game.
LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th with a slight bit of drama Denorfia started the inning with his 2nd double of the game and only the third hit for the Padres of the game. He later scored Headley single but the Rockies still had a 3-1 lead the third run was in the 8th. tulo scored after a lead off single.
Cameron Maybin strikes out to end the game and the Rockies won 3-1. What a great game to watch if you are into great pitching and a low amount of hits which does cut down on action and photos because well how many shots can you get of the pitcher pitching!
Now the second game of the series was not as great from the pitching side of things.
Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and started with a 5-0 record for the year and has pretty much been the Rockies best starter this year. The Padres decide to prove other wise after a strike out to Denorfia he walked Cabrera and Seth Smith who started for the Padres today in right field. The second out was also a strike out this one to Headley but Alfonso hit a double scoreing both of the walk recipients and giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The first half inning was played with a pretty good rain coming down.
It cleared up in the bottom of the 1st and Robbie Erlin started the game for the Padres Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a typical Charlie Blackmon lead off a single with a head first dive into first base. He would get doubled up at second on a Stubbs hit. Then Tulo hit a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board 2-1 Padres.
Now this game I was just extremely tired and did not photograph too much only taking 65 photos all game and considering most of them were the 5 or 6 of each pitcher who started it really was not that many. The Padres continued the 2 run trend in the 2nd and 3rd inning to give themselves a 6-1 lead. Lyles only pitched 3 1/3rd innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Walking 6 striking out 3. he just did not have his stuff tonight and could not find the strike zone. This is what really baffled me because he has been such a consistent and effective pitcher at home and on the road. Patrick Saunders from the post did tweet during the game that Lyles kept looking at his fingers so I wonder if it was a bad grip due to a blister or something to that extent.
The bullpen did do a pretty good job the remainder of the game Chris Martin who pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies did give up a 2 run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quinten. But Tommy Kahnle finished the 4th and pitched the complete 5th. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th.
Bud Black removed starter Erlin in the 6th and once again went with Nick Vincent.
The Rockies did get a run in the 4th and 5th off Erlin. Stubbs lead off the 4th with a single and scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly and Justin Morneau after a lead off double scored a Pacheco single in the 5th. After 5 it was 6-3 Padres.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 6th on a Gonzalez double scoring Stubbs and Tulo to bring the game within 1 run. The Padres still had a 6-5 lead.
Remember the 2 run home run given up by Martin in the 8th well that gave the Padres a 8-5 lead and that was also the final score.
The Padres won this one and the series is split 1-1 with 1 more to go on Sunday!
That is it for these 2 I will be at Coors Sunday as well see you there Go Rockies!
Padres vs. Rockies game 3 of series.
Series tied 1-1
Today being a day game there was no batting practice. so it was a lot of time and try and get autographs at the wall. It was a pretty good day for that because I had a few new photos printed up. So I got Rex Brothers to sign a photo. Then Carlos Gonzalez signed after he was done working out on the field. I had him sign the photo of him being interviewed at Fenway Park by Cowboy and Jenny. I then headed over to the pre game set and got Cowboy and Jenny to sign it. I also had him sign a card.
Here he is signing along the wall. While he was signing Robert asked him if he had a glove for him that he promised him a few years ago. so after he was done signing he ran down to the clubhouse and a few minutes later came out with this…
..and signed it!
Before the game Kurt Bucsh throw out the first pitch.
He is currently the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series They are the Denver area based team and the only Nascar team base west of the Mississippi. I have met him once in the garage in Charlotte when he was driving the Miller car. So it was kinda interesting to see him in Denver throwing a baseball. Other furniture row drivers have also thrown out the first pitch in the past.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He put the Padres down in order in the first and second inning.
Corey Dickerson with 2 outs did it once again he hit a double. This was his 7th since being called up and 3rd this series.
The Padres tied it in the 3rd with a run on a Chris Denorfia single score Ronnie Cedano from second.
dexter Fowler lead-off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Corey Dickerson triple. His second since being called up. Dickerson scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single. (3-1)Rox
The Padres would get one back in the 4th inning to make the score 3-2 Rockies. After Jedd Gyorko hit a one out doubled and scored on a Jesus Guzman single.
After the 3rd the Rockies sat down in order for 4 straight innings. De La Rosa pitched 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking only one batter. Chris Denorfia in the 5th.
In the 6th inning Yorvit Torrealba made one of the most interesting double plays I have seen in along time if not ever. With Jedd Gyorko at third and Jesus Guzman at first, Logan Forsythe hit a ball to Nolan Arenado at third who threw home to Yorvit he chase Gyorko back towards third and tagged him while that was happening Guzman started running to third after Yorvit tagged Gyorko he dove in front of Guzman for the out at third. He made an unassisted double play at third base.
This is him after the play. I did not have the camera ready and could not get it fast enough to get the play. Really wish I had the whole sequence.
Tulo giving him the fist bump after the play. People at the beginning of the year asked why we got him back it is plays like this.
Jorge still pitching in the 7th inning.
Matt Belilse Pitched the 8th for the Rockies. Getting all 3 batters he faced out in the inning.
Corey Dickerson trying to stretch a sure double his 8th, into a not so much triple being tagged out at third after a soft hit over Cedano’s head at short. Dexter Fowler did score the Rockies 4th run of the game on the hit by Dickerson.
After a strike out looking to end the 8th inning look who is arguing with the ump?!!
Rex Brothers pitched in the 9th inning for the save his 11th of the year. Rafael Betancourt did return during the road stand and will be the closer again.
The Rockies went on to win this game 4-2.
Corey Dickerson was player of the game going 3 for 4 with 2 double and a triple and 2 RBI’s and was batting .321 after this his game in 33 games with 78 at bats. 12 for extra bases including his 2 home runs.
I think this will not be his only player of the game he seems to have quite a future with this team hope he keeps it up.
So that is it for this home satnd the Rockies were a very good 5-1 in the series with the big sweep against the Pirates and taking 2 from the Padres. They are currently 1-2 on the road trip losing the 3 game series to the Orioles.
Well with the season quickly dwindling see you at Coors when the Rockies are home against the san Francisco Giants next Monday the 26th.
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Padres vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Today I attended the game with someone who I very rarely mention and is actually a very important person to make this all happen. It was my boss because of her awesome ability to juggle schedules and make it possible for me to attend as many of the Rockies home games as possible. So far I have not missed a home game; I have been in town for all year. So if you remember back in May I attended a game with most of the people including my boss to the game this game I brought just my boss, as she says “It is to kiss butt because I let him go on a month vacation”! So it was because she gave me the time to be able to hop in my truck and drive around the country watching baseball games. So this was my thank you to her for being so awesome!!!!! Thanks you for making this happen more than you ever could imagine! You Rock!
So enough Butt kissing there was some baseball to write about.
Jeff Manship was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his second start for him this season. his first start was in NY against he Mets. This photo was a photo during the first inning which means I messed up first pitch which looked like this.
So he started the game with a single to Will Venable.
Venable diving back to first after his single lead-off single. The Rockies would get the next 2 batters out and then Yonder Alsonso hit a single and scored Venable. (1-0) Padres
Eric Stultz was the starting pitcher for the Padres. Eric Stultz was with the Rockies back in 2011 spent most of the year in the Springs and played 6 games with the Rockies. He did not have the best of starts.
Dexter fowler got things going with a leadoff single, D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single and Troy Tulowitzki walked.
Wilin Rosario would get the first RBI for the Rockies, when he hit a single that scored Fowler and LeMahieu. The Rockies took a 2-1 lead. Nolan Arenado flew out to center field and Todd Helton hit a single, that single scored Tulo.
A Charlie Culbertson single would score Rosario Charlie Blackmon popped out to short and Manship the grounded out. The Rockies finished the inning with a 4 runs. (4-1) Rox
The Padres would once again take the lead in the second with 4 runs. Nick Hundley would hit a 2 run home run scoring himself and Jaff Decker who walked before Hundleys at bat. The next 2 were with some small ball Stultz got on base with a single and he scored on a Venable single scored Stultz and a Alexi Amarista single scored Venable for 4 runs in the inning. (5-4) Padres
If that was not enough the Padres Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead.
In the 3rd or 4th inning we headed to the upper deck to see one of her friends who were sitting up there and The boss wanted to test out here new super cool wide angle lens. 10 MM lens gets like the whole stadium in the photo from the upper deck. I got a few shots of the game from up there.
Manship pitching in the 4th inning.
Nolan Arenado started the 5th inning for the Rockies with a triple. He scored 2 batters later on a Charlie Culbertson sac-fly to left. (6-5) Padres
Michael Cuddyer came in to pinch hit for Manship in the 5th inning. He hit back to the Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer for an out at first. Stauffer replaced Stultz in the 5th inning.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch in the 6th inning. The Padres did score a 7th run in the sixth. (7-5) Padres. Jeff Manship left the game giving up 6 runs on 8 hits including the 2 home runs, walk 2 struck out none.
The Rockies went down in order in the 6th inning. Walt Weiss came out after Tulo struck out looking. Now that Tulo is getting a rep for arguing and did get thrown out on the road last week Weiss came out to protect him.
Neither team did anything in the 7th and the Rockies with 2 outs looked like they may get something going.
After the 2 Charlies grounded out Corey Dickerson would hit a triple off of the Padres Luke Gregerson.
After the hit the Padres would bring in ex- Rockies Huston Street. The inning would end and Dickerson did not score.
Dickerson on third with Street pitching after his 8th inning triple off Gregerson.
Wilton Lopez sat the Padres down in order in the 9th and the Rockies also went down in order against the Padres and they would win the game 7-5. It put an end to their 4 game winning streak but they are 4-1 on this home stand.
This was a pretty good game despite the loss. I would like to see the win since they have been playing well since that really bad road trip to the East coast and the not so good home stand against the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers.
Well that is it for this one. Have another to go from this series.
See You a Coors!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of series.
Today I missed batting practice got to a late start and got to the stadium a bit late. There was still about 5 or 10 minutes left but not very productive since the Padres were not hitting.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for this game Will Venerable lead off for the Padres.
Hit a lead off double. here he is after sliding into second.
The next batter Chris Denorfia walked then Chase Headley hit the ball to Todd Helton who threw to Troy Tulowitzki who was covering second, they did not get the double play just Denorfia at second.
They did get the Double play when Yonder Alonso hit the ball to D.J. LeMahieu at second. Venable would not score in the inning.
Edison Volquez was the starting pitcher for the Padres the Rockies immediately got things going against them. Dexter Fowler lead the inning with a single.
Corey Dickerson who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rockies hit a double sending Dex to third. This was Corey’s 5th double since his call up in June.
heading to second base.
Troy Tulowitzki hitting the ball to fly out to center.
Wilin Rosario hit a single that scored Dex from third and Corey Dickerson from second this gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado single and Error by Will Venable.
After another very good inning by Chacin in the second the Rockies kept the hits and runs coming. D.J. LeMahieu got the inning started with this swing for his second home run of the year to give the Rockies a 4 to 0 lead. The Rockies would get 2 more in this inning, Dex walked and Corey Dickerson would hit his second double in as many at bats/innings. This kid is just on fire and it is great to see him doing so well in the Majors. I am glad I have seen him play at almost every level of the Rockies organization and he was just as productive. A walk off in Ashville, an RBI triple in Kannapolis and a 2 run home run to break a tie in Tulsa. So just a few highlight of the few games I have seen him play in the Minors. I did also see him play in the Springs and I am sure he did just as well!
So back to the game Dickerson would than score on a hit by Tulo with a throwing error by Chase Headley at third. 6-0 Rox.
In the 5th inning after 5 Rockies batters got on base in a row Volquez was removed from the game by Bud Black.
Todd Helton started the inning off with a single followed by an Arenado single, Charlie Blackmon reached base, but Helton was out at third on the force. Arenado scored on a Sac Fly by Jhoulys Chacin.
Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu scored on a Dexter Fowler single 8-0 Rockies.
The Padres did get a run in the 7th inning on a Jaff Decker home run his first of his career. 8-1 Rockies
The Umpires meet with the grounds crew in the middle of the 8th.
The field was starting to get very saturated and puddles started forming on the infield and home plate area and the tarp was brought out. Once again we were heading into a rain delay.
The Rain delay was an hour and 3 minutes in length after about 40 minutes into it the grounds crew headed out and took off the tarp and started repairing the field with diamond dry. So I got some photos of the process out of boredom.
After the field was fixed it was time to start the game again the came out like it was a new game.
Colt Hynes was the pitcher for the 8th inning for the Padres.
Corey Dickerson started the inning with a walk, followed by a Jonny Herrera single. Herrera came in at short for Tulo after the rain delay.
The runs started coming on this Wilin Rosario hit scoring Dickerson 9-1 Rockies.
Corey Dickerson crossing the plate for the first run of the inning.
Charlie Culbertson hit a single scoring Jonny Herrera from second.
The ball passes the infield as Rosario runs to second and Herrera makes the turn at third on the Culbertson single. (10-1) Rockies
Nolan Arenado hits his 8th inning single scoring Rosario
Wilin crossing the plate for the Rockies 11th run of the game and a 10 run lead. (11-1) Rockies
Chad Bettis came into pinch hit for Chacin’s spot in inning.
He reached on a missed catch by yonder Alfonso at first loading the bases. The next 2 runs would score on a Dexter Fowler double he would be out at third on the play and Dickerson popped out to end the inning in all the Rockies hit 6 single, 1 double and 1 walk in the inning for 6 runs.
Jeff Francis came in from the bullpen for the Rockies in the 9th. Faced 4 batters.
Getting Chase Headley to fly out to right and Alonso to ground out to LeMahieu who switched to first base. Things got shaky for Francis with the next batter Jedd Gyorko who hit a solo shot to right for the Padres 2nd run of the game 14-2 Rockies.
The last out was a grounder to Herrera at short hit by Logan Forsythe to end the game.
The Rockies won this first one against the Padres and the 4th win of this home stand which has been great for the fans. It may be a little late but it is nice to see them not give up and keep playing well. it has not always been too easy to watch this team but games like this make it worth it. The best part is the rookies and younger guys being so productive in these games D.J. LeMahieu has been playing incredibly in the field and with the bat, he was 3 for 4 this game with a home run and a double. He also walked in the 5th. Corey Dickerson has been a great addition since his call up from the Springs which I talked about earlier this game he reached base 4 out of his 6 at bats with 2 doubles. Can’t forget about Dexter Fowler this game with 4 RBI’s 3 hits and 2 walks getting on base every at bat and scoring 2 times.
That is it for this one.
Catching up on games for this series.
See you at Coors.
Padres vs. Rockies Game 3
My according to posts this is my 33rd game of the year. Still need to really figure this out!
This game was a nationally televised game on Fox. It was also Military Appreciation day. so the Rockies worn special Camo caps. Here are a few of the guys in the special hats.
So I have noticed that some players don’t leave the field until The Colors are taken off the field or are pretty close to leaving the field Michael Cuddyer is known for doing this. This is Matt Belise waiting after the National Anthem.
As you can see he is the only one still standing as everyone else gets ready for the game.
Jim Wright along with Wilin Rosario and Jeff Francis head in from the bullpen. Jerry Weinstein was also with them but off to the right. As he went by he tossed out a few baseballs and he threw one to Jared who missed it I was able to retrieve the ball from the warning track with my camera lens by knocking it back to the wall and grabbing it! I did give the ball to Tanya who was with use at the wall.
Here is Jeff Francis throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. The Padres got a run in the inning on a Chase Headley base hit to right scoring Evereth Cabrera from second. Cabrera walked to get on base and stole 2nd for his 27th stolen base of the year.
The Rockies did not score in the 1st and the Padres and Rockies did not score in the 2nd. The Rockies tied the game in the 3rd. Dexter Fowler single and moved over to third on a Eric Young Jr. single. he scored the run in the inning on a throwing error by the catcher Yasmani Grandal to second on the play Carlos Gonzalez struck out and EYJ stole second and Dex went home on the error.
Cameron Maybin dives back to 1st after walking to get on base in the 4th. Kyle Blanks started the inning for the Padres with a home run to take a 2-1 lead.
Maybin stole second during Grandal’s at bat. He would score on a Evereth Cabrera double scoring Maybin and Denorfia. (4-2) Padres
Francis did not pitch terribly in the game but he created a lot of traffic and ran a high pitch count. Throwing 93 pitches in just 4 inning. That is over 23 pitches and inning averaged out. The 4th inning he pitched I believe over 30 pitches.
Adam Ottavino came into pitch the 5th and 6th inning. He pitched well giving up 3 hits but no runs.
Manny Corpas pitched the 7th and 8th for the Rockies he struck out 3 and gave up 1 hit and 0 runs. Once again the bullpen kept the Rockies in the game after the starter gave up runs.
Tyler Colvin came into in a double switch in the 7th inning. Batting 9th for the pitches spot. in his first at bat since being called up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox he grounded out but did score the Rockies 2nd run of the game. D.J. LeMahieu scored from third he hit a triple to get on base.
D.J. sliding into 3rd.
During the 9th inning there was an awesome sunset happening over the mountains here is the photo I got of it I would normally head to the upper deck for sunset photos but since it was the bottom of the 9th in a close game I did not want to take my attention away from the field.
As the sun was setting and the Rockies Jonny Herrera tried to get things going with a lead off single and Nolan Arenado walked.
D.J. LeMahieu set down a sacrifice bunt to advance them both. Now with runners in scoring position and only one out things were looking good for the Rockies a base hit would tie the game. Tyler Colvin would come up for his second at bat since being called up and he would line out to second base and was not able to advance the runners.
With 2 outs and the runners still at 2nd and third Dexter Fowler came to the plate. This is a roll he is usually very good in runners on and the game on the line. He also could tie the game with a single. Now over the years I have seen him tie the game and hit many walk off hits. Unfortunately that did not happen this night he would strike out swinging and the game would be over. This wasn’t that bad of a game as far as pitching Francis could have pitched better and reduced a lot of traffic and pitched more efficiently. He did get him out of situations and the score could have been a lot worse. On the offensive side there were many missed opportunities the last inning was a prime example of that but in the game the Rockies were 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position(RISP). They left 8 runners on base. The Padres starter came in the game with almost a 4 ERA and we only scored 2 against him and he stayed in the game for 7 innings. The bullpen held this game together for 5 innings and have really kept the Rockies in many games this year excluding the game on Friday. This will only last so long because you can’t over use them to carry the game for more innings than your starter. I would be great to see Francis and all our starters go 7 inning like Stultz did and so many other pitchers that the Rockies face. Even when they are pitching well they get removed in the 6th.
Well that is it for this one. Got another from the weekend to get done before the Nationals are in town Tues. Wens. and Thurs.
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Padres vs. Rockies
Sometime in the near future I have to figure out how many games this is for me this year! I am thinking 33 or so.
After being delayed in getting into the stadium on Thursday everything worked fine at the gate and I immediately headed to the pavilions. The Rockies were hitting and a few balls were hit out, with the group that was hitting when we arrived. Shortly after the second group started hitting. A few batters into the group we noticed that Rockies special assistant to the GM was taking batting practice. After a few go rounds he showed he still had it sending baseball into the seats of the Pavilions. So I watch where he was hitting and set my self up to snag this rarity and I guessed right and one of his last homeruns were hit directly to my waiting glove! It is always cool to catch a ball but that it was a hit by Vinny was even cooler.
Jorge De LA Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this game. After Chris Denorfia grounded out to Troy Tulowitzki, Evereth Cabrera hit a single to right field. During Chase Headleys at bat he would be caught stealing second base. Headley would go on and pop out to D.J. LeMahieu at second to end the inning for the Padres.
Dexter Fowler started the 1st off with a triple to his Padres doppelganger Cameron Maybin, his 2nd triple of the season. He would get tagged out between 3rd and home on a Eric Young Jr. bunt down the 3rd baseline.
Eric Young Jr. would advance to second on the play.
Tulo would hit a single to score EYJ and send Carlos Gonzalez who walked to get on base to second.
Tulo and Cargo scored on a ToddFather Todd Helton double, his 4th of the year and his 574th of his career. This now has him tied with HOF Charlie Gehringer on the all time doubles list at #20. 4 more to tie Wade Boggs at 19th all time. Todd is keeping some good company on his life time lists.
The Padres scored 2 in the 2nd inning on a Kyle Blanks 2 run home run scoring Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko got on base with a 1 out single. (3-2) Rox
The Rockies did not let the 1 run difference hold for long they went on a 2nd inning hitting spree started with a 1 out single by Jorge De La Rosa. Dexter Fowler hit a bunt single to move Jorge to 2nd. Jorge would get out on at third on a EYJ hit back to Padres pitcher Edison Volquez. Cargo hit a triple to right to score Dexter and EYJ. (5-2) Rox
Todd hit a single scoring Cargo from third.
Nolan Arenado hit a single scoring Tulo who was hit by a pitch before Todd hit his single. The above is a photo with Todd at third and Nolan on first while Volquez pitches to D.J. LeMahieu. D.J. would walk to fill the bases and Yorvit Torrealba would score Todd from third. that was 5 runs in the 2nd and a 8-2 lead for the Rockies.
D.J. LeMahieu at bat in the 2nd inning.
The Padres picked up 1 run in the 3rd. (8-3) Rockies
After Cargo hit his 2nd triple of the game scoring Dexter the Padres Bud Black took Volquez out of the game. Dex led the inning off with a single.
Tyson Ross would come into pitch for the Padres and get them out of the inning. He would pitch through the 5th inning.
Todd watches one go by during his at bat in the 3rd inning.
In the 4th inning Jared and I headed out to the pavilions to check out the Rock Social event. Took a few shots during the trip out there here is Ross squaring to bunt he would end up striking out on a bunt foul.
Todd grabbed the foul ball but Ross was already out.
Jorge pitch 5 innings for the Rockies I am not sure why they took him out I wasn’t fully paying attention after we got to the pavilions we met up with EB, James from 5280 Shirt Shop and a few others. I thought it may have been because of pitch count but now that I checked he was only at 88 pitches which is not that high for 5 innings and probably enough to go at least 1 more. The Padres did lessen the lead scoring one in the 5th the Rockies still had a 5 run lead. (9-4) Rox
Edgmer Escolona pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies Yasmani Grandal started the inning with a single but was left on base. Edgmer struck out the next 2 batters Will Venable and Chris Denorfia. Evereth Cabrera grounded out in the to D.J. LeMahieu at second to end the inning.
Rob Scahill would come out to pitch in the 7th. inning. I may have left Edgmer in after pitching well in the 6th. He threw 19 pitches in the 6th. Edgmer and Rob Scahill are both righties with Chase Headley who could switch hit, Jedd Gyorko and Carlos Quinton batting both righties. The inning started with Headley being hit bay a pitch followed by a Quentin hitting a home run followed by a Gyorko home run which quickly lessened the Rockies lead. (9-7) Rox.
Scahill was taken out of the game after allowing a single to Kyle Blanks who scored on a Cameron Maybin single.
Jonny Herrera came into the game to play left in a double switch that did not change places in the batting order.
The Padres did tie the game at 9 in the 7th inning. Wilton Lopez would finish the the 7th for the Rockies and Matt Belise pitched the 8th and 9th. Belise struck out 2 and did not allow a single runner.
Nolan Arenado was the first batter and last batter of the 9th for the Rockies, he hit a third pitch solo home run to end the game with the Rockies 10-9 win.
Nolan running the bases as the team runs from dugout and gathers at home.
Nolan approaching home.
and the pile up ensues!!!
The Rockies won this one in dramatic fashion with Air-enado sending one out, but it was a game that should of not really gotten a way from them this game was some what sealed with a good lead in the 6th. This is Coors and there really is no safe lead but it also their home field and this is the Padres who have been playing better lately, but I don’t fully agree with the switch in the 7th inning. Well with that this is it for this game 2 more against the Padres left in this series and it is now tied 1-1.
I was at both and as I try to catch up with the off day I will be posting more on the games against the Padres.
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See You At Coors!