Giants vs. Rockies
My 22nd Game at Coors, 24th MLB game and 26th Baseball game overall this year.
Today I broke the streak of no baseballs during batting practice. The first was an Easter egg that I found after the opened the rest of the stadium at 5:00. I was watching that there were a few hit to the seats down the third base line during the Rockies practice and after the seating areas opened I headed over to see if I could find any. The next one was during the Giants BP and it was hit to the very last row of seats before the concourse and I was able to pick it up. So that was 2 on the day my 6th at Coors for the year and 8th ball of the year counting the 2 from Kansas City. The first ball I got I ended up giving away to a friend of a friends son who it was his first baseball game ever.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was somewhat of a low scoring game and there was not much as far as offense especially by the Rockies. Jhoulys did start out well getting the Giants out in order in the first and walking the led off batter and the third batter of the 2nd inning and he got out of the inning with a double play. Once again he faced the minimum of 3 batters in the 3rd. The first hit of the game Came in the 4th inning a solo home run hit by the Giants Hunter Pence.
Matt Cain was the starting pitcher for the Giants. he pitched real well also he did not allow a hit for the 3 innings he pitched he was removed from the game after the 3rd innings and was replaced with Yusmeiro Petit. Cain was taken out of the game with a hamstring injury. The Rockies first base runner was in the 2nd inning when Justin Morneau was hit by a pitch which both teams were warned because of the to hit batters the night before. The Rockies first hit came in the 5th inning a Wilin Rosario single.
In around the 4th inning I headed to the 200 level to meet up with some friends. I have never watched a game from there before. Besides from the lost where the Rio is now and that was years ago. Chacin pitched to the 6th inning. He did give up 5 hits and 3 runs, walked 2 and struck out 4. 2 of the 3 runs came on solo home runs. The Pence HR in the 4th and a Pablo Sandoval HR in the 6th. Michael Morse also scored in the 6th inning after hitting a double after the Sandoval home run.
Here is a look of the whole stadium from section 208.
Matt Belisle pitching in the 7th inning. Belisle did give up a 4th run in the inning to Brandon Crawford to give the Giants a 4-0 lead.
Juan Gutierrez pitched the 7th inning for the Giants after Yusmeiro Petit pitched 3 innings.
He was taken out and replaced with Javy Lopez, Lopez only pitched to Charlie Blackmon and Blackmon hit a single. Santiago Casilla pitched the remainder of the 8th, the Rockies would get 1 run when Michael Cuddyer hit into a double getting Blackmon out at 2nd and himself at first but LeMahieu who lead off the inning with a single scored. Casilla was removed from the game after batting for himself in the top of the 9th and he appeared to have either twisted his ankle or pulled something in his leg.
Tommy Kahnle pitched the 8th and the Giants picked up their 5th run. Boone Logan pitched the 9th for the Rockies and got the Giants out in order.
Jeremy Affeldt pitched the 9th for the Giants and struck out Drew Stubbs, Arenado grounded out and Justin Morneau popped out to Sandoval at third in foul territory to end the game and the Giants won 5-1 this puts the Rockies 3 games behind them in the National League west again.
So that is it for this one!!
See You at Coors.
Giants vs. Rockies
My 12th of the year.
Today was 9 News science and weather day. It was before the game and School kids from all over Colorado came to Coors for this event and the game. Which caused a mess of buses in Lodo and an overall pain in the butt getting around.
Basically they do experiment’s where they blow stuff up and send stuff in the air. Which I never know what they are talking about because you can not hear what the speakers are talking about because of the chatter of the kids.
I then went over to the Giants side of the field.
Javier Lopez a former Rocky signed and stopped and chatted for a few minutes after he did his morning warm ups.
After Science and weather day was over I headed back to the first base side and Charlie Blackmon signed. I also got Michael Cuddyer on my team project and am really making progress on it. I also got a Boone Logan card signed and almost got EY.
It was then time for baseball.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He got the Giants out in order in the inning.
As he does every game Eric Young gave the crowd a high five. Including me as I tried to get this shot!
Matt Cain was the starting pitcher for the Giants.
Charley Blackmon started the game how he has started many this year with a base hit.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Another timely home run for Tulo! This was impressive because it was with a runner on and gave the Rockies the lead in the game.
Michael Morse decided that the Rockies 2 run lead needed to be shortened to a 1 run lead when he hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning.
Brandon Barnes makes a turn at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single in the second. He lead off the inning with a single. He stayed at second on this hit but it was a great shot of showing his hustle.
Tyler Chatwood contributed with a single and D.J. came over from second to shake his hand during a coaches visit to the mound for the Giants.
with bases loaded guess what Charley Blackmon did? He got hit that scored Barnes from third.
And beat out a double play that got Chatwood out at second and advanced D.J. to third. 3-1 Rockies. D.J. scored on a error throw over to first and Charlie scored on a Tulo single and the Rockies had a 5-1 lead.
Unfortunately the Giants tied the game in the 3rd with 4 runs of their own. Brandon Hicks lead the inning off with a solo home run and Michael Morse hit his 2nd a 3 run home run. 5-5
After Chatwood struck out Hicks in the 4th Bruce Bochi argued the strike and was tossed form the game.
In The 4th inning Charlie Blackmon hit his 5th home run of the season to give the Rockies a 1 run lead 6-5. The Rockies held the lead till the 7th inning when the Giants took a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Belt 2 run home run.
Rex Brothers pitched the 7th for the Rockies. He walked Hunter Pence before giving up the Belt home run.
The Rockies tied up the game once again in the 7th after Charlie Blackmon walked to lead off the inning he scored on a Nolan Arenado double. (7-7)
Brandon Barnes grounded out to end the 7th inning.
The Giants and the Rockies both scored a run in the 8th a solo home run by Hector Sanchez for the Giants and the Rockies when the LeMahieu scored on a Charlie Blackmon ground out. LeMahieu lead- off the inning with a single.
The Game remained tied at 8 and went into extra innings. Here is Brandon Crawford heading back to first on a throw over from Boone Logan who pitched the 10th for the Rockies.
Chad Bettis pitched the 11th for the Rockies and really struggled in the inning. He gave up a lead off single to Hunter Pence and then walked Brandon Belt. After getting Juan Perez out (he replaced Morse in the 7th) he intentionally walked Juaquin Arias ( came in for Pablo Sandoval in 7th) Hector Sanchez hit his second home run of the game a 4 run grand slam to give the Giants a 12-8 lead.
With the Giants closure on the mound Sergio Romo Tulo lead off with a single and Justin Morneau hit a 2 run home run the Giants still had a 12-10 led. Drew Stubbs ( replaced Corey Dickerson in the 7th) hit a single and remained on base and the Rockies lost this one 12-10 in a total Coors Field game there where a total of 9 home runs, 22 runs and 30 hits. The Rockies offence was great as it has been all year Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, he walked 4 struck out 5 and gave up 3 home runs. Cain went 6 giving up 7 runs on 10 hits striking out 4 and gave up 2 home runs. That is a total of 5 home runs from the starters.
So that is it for this game the Rockies had another good home stand going 4-2 once again. The should have had one sweep this series and just let the 3rd game in each series get away. The Rockies are now 12 and 11 this year and in 3rd place 1.5 games bach from the first place Dodgers who the face for the first time this year. They will be heading to L.A. and Arizona on this road trip before coming home on May 1 to play the Mets and the Rangers the next home stand I should be there for the whole series.
See you at Coors!!
Giants vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 11th Game at Coors
Last Year on this date the Rockies played the coldest game in MLB history against the Atlanta Braves. Today it was 72 degrees at first pitch.
This game started pretty well for me I found a Easter egg (Baseball) while walking into the pavilions and then caught a second during the Giants batting practice. I also got Carlos Gonzalez on my 2014 team project now I only need 4 players, Troy Tulowitzki, Corey Dickerson, Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado. I also need 2 coaches EY and Blake Doyle.
Franklin Morales pitched this pitchers battle for the Rockies. He struck out the Giants first batter Angel Pagan. The Giants did get 1 runner and that was Buster Posey who hit a single.
Troy Tulowitzki got the first run o the game in the 4th a solo home run in the 4th. It is nice to see him hit a somewhat timely homer. Usually his homers are solo when we already have a lead!
Morales contributed offensively in the 4th as well getting on base on a Brandon Belt error at first.
In the 5th Hunter Pence did the same to get the Giants on the board and the game tied at 1.
Nolan Arenado then hit the third solo homer of the game in the 5th to lead off the 5th inning and the Rockies would take a 2-1 lead. This was a very low scoring game and there were a total of 17 hits by both teams but just the 3 runs so that is about hit for this one. Morales pitched well and kept working out of innings and preventing runners from scoring. Bumgarner pitched all 8 innings for the Giants the Rockies used 4 pitches, Ottavino and Brothers in the 8th and Hawkins in the 9th.
So that is it for this game, short sweet and a win can’t ask for anything more!
S.F. Giants vs. Rockies
My 10th of the year at Coors
Gonna make this one short. I was debating not doing a post for this game. But well I was there and I got some photos.
This was the first time Wilin Rosario caught for Jorge De La Rosa since the Opening Day melt down in Miami.
Jorge was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he threw a lot of pitches in the 1st inning but kept the Giants from scoring. He threw 27 pitches 10 to lead off batter Angel Pagan.
Ryan Vogelsong was the pitcher for the 1st inning for the Giants! O.K. he was the starter but he was gone in the second. The Rockies scored 4 in the 1st. Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario both hit homers Arenado a solo shot and Rosario a 3 runs shot. Blackmon hit one in the second to start the inning. The Rockies had a 5-1 lead when Vogelsong left the game.
David Huff pitched the rest of the 2nd and Yusmeiro Petit 3rd through 7th. Huff came out with a leg injury after the 2nd.
The Rockies would get 2 more runs in the 3rd inning on a Corey Dickerson homer and this is D.J. LeMahieu walking into second with a double after the homer. He was left on base.
Jorge pitched 5 full innings. He gave up 5 hits 1 run, he did walk 3 and struck out 5. His pitch count was at over 100 pitches in the 5 innings. The 1 run against Jorge was a on a Posey ground out scoring David Huff who lead off the inning with a single.
Tommy Kahnle did pitch the 6th and 7th for the Rockies he struck out 3 in the 6th and the first batter Crawford in the 7th for 4 strike outs in a row and it was 5 for the Rockies going back to Michael Morse striking out against Jorge in the 5th.
He also struck out Pagan in the 7th and Pagan did not like the call he was ejected immediately and this and the next photo was after getting tossed.
Hunter Pence pulls Pagan away from home-plate Umpire John Tumpane as Bruce Bochy heads out of the dugout and Umpire Crew chief Bob Davidson heads over from first.
They say the 27th out ids the hardest and this game was no exception with Brandon Belt on third, Gregor Blanco hit back to Chad Bettis who tossed it to Justin Morneau at first.
Morneau dropped it and Belt scored and Blanco reached the 27th out was made by the next batter Hector Sanchez and the game was over and the Rockies won 8-2.
Charlis Blackmon hit his second homer of the game in the 8th and Corey Dickerson who hit a homer and was 3 for and a triple away from the cycle with 2 RBI’s.
That is it for this one.
I will be back for the next 2 against the Giants.
See You at Coors.
Giants vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
Today got to the game late and missed most of Batting Practice.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He totally dominated the Giants in this game he sat down 6 straight batters in the first 2 inning including 4 strike outs.
Madison Bumgarner was the starting pitcher for the Giants. he started the game by striking out the Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon.
D.J. LeMahieu reached base on an error by Brandon Belt at first.
The Rockies would get the board in the 2nd. Wilin Rosario lead off with a single and he scored on a Nolan Arenado double, it was Arenado’s 24 of the season.
Wilin Rosario scoring the Rockies first run of the game.
The Giants would get a runner on base in the 3rd. it was Brandon Crawford on an error by Troy Tulowitzki. They would get 2 more runners on in the 4th inning. Brandon Belt walked to lead off the innings. Buster Posey would reach on an error by Tulo, his second of the game. Belt would advance to third. Belt would score when Hunter Pence hit into a double play getting Posey out at second and himself at first. The game was tied at 1.
Chacin pitching in the 4th inning to Hunter Pence with Posey on first and Belt on third before the double play.
Tulo turning the double play at second.
In the 6th inning people started noticing that something special was happening her at Coors despite the run and the 4 base runners Chacin had not allowed a hit in this game.
Here he is pitching his 70th pitch of the game to Marco Scutaro. Scutaro was the second batter of the inning a Gregor Blanco lead-off with a fly out to center field.
Buster Posey struck out to end the inning and The No-No was still intact. It was interesting to watch the crowd starting to get into the game as they were realizing what was happening. We actually started talking about the No Hitter in the second jokingly and now it was the end of the 6th inning.
Posey walking off after the strike out.
Jhoulys Chacin walking back into the dugout after the 6th inning.
Madison Bumgarner walking off the field after being removed from the game by Bruce Bochy.
He pitched 5.1 innings giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, walking 1 striking out 6.
Yorvit Torrealba running to second as Nolan Arenado runs third.
The double scored Tulo and Rosario to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Torrealba celebrates the double at second.
Really Like these 2 shots. He just show so much enthusiasm when he makes the big plays.
Jean Machi pitching for the Giants after Bumgarner was taken out of the game.
Jhouys Chacin contributed with a RBI on a force out at second to get Culberson out at second and Chacin beat the double play at first Arenado scored and Yorvit moved to third. (5-1) Rox
Chacin pitching in the 7th inning.
With 2 outs Brandon Crawford got the first hit of the game a bloop to shallow center to break up the No, No. It was great to be able to see this game. Chacin pitch unbelievable and is really starting to show how good of a pitcher he is and what he could accomplish in the future.
Chacin pitched a complete 7 innings, he only gave up the 1 run to Crawford and 1 run in the 4th because of the errors. He struck out 9 and walked only 1. Wilton Lopez came into pitch in the 8th, Who pitched to 3 batters getting 1 out and giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Josh Outman came in to pitch to Brandon Belt who hit a ground rule double scoring Gregor Blanco. That was 1 of the runs that Lopez was responsible for. Matt Belisle Came in and faced 3 batter giving up a single to Hunter Pence scoring Belt for the 3rd Giants run of the inning. (5-4) Rox
Rex brothers show above came in to the game in the 9th inning and struck out Joaquin Arias and Brett Pill. Arias came in for Crawford and Pill for Roger Kieschnick.
Hector Sanchez grounded out to second to end the game and The Rockies would get the win and win the series against the struggling Giants 5-4. What an incredible game for Chacin and the Rockies it was nice to have some excitement on the pitchers side of the game usually it is cheering for a lot of offence.
Rex Brothers and Yorvit with a big hug after the win and Rex’s 14th save of the season.
That is it for this one.
The Rockies take on the Reds this weekend and I miss an Important game. Check out the excitement in the next few post’s.
See You at Coors!
Giants vs. Rockies
Game 2 of Series
After a beer at Jackson with the incognito Rockpile Ranter it was time to head in and see how batting practice would pan out. It was another day of almost immediately baseballs heading out into the pavilion. one landed a section in front of me as I was heading in and someone else just edged me out of picking it up. After putting down my bag I did get one pretty soon afterwards. It was a bouncer that I was able to pick up in the first row. With the Rockies still batting I got a second bouncer. After I got that one I said to someone:” that I have been getting baseball but have not caught one in a while”. Within about 2 minutes I got my 3rd ball of the day a catch! It was my first catch in over a month. The Rockies then ended their batting practice and the Giants started, with a small crowd and knowing how the first Giants group did the day before I thought I was going to have a record day. I have gotten 4 baseball once before and was looking to tie that or break it. Unfortunately this day it was not going to happen beside a few close calls I did not get any more baseballs.
Chad Bettis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his 6th start at the major league level. He came into this game with 0-2 record. Before coming up he was 3-4 in Tulsa this year. This game he started with 2 quick outs getting both Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro to ground out. Brandon Belt was then got on base with a single and then the runs started coming in first Hunter Pence hit one of the longest home runs I have seen hit at Coors for 2 runs. Pablo Sandoval continued scoring with a solo home run to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.
Yusmeiro Petit was the starter for the Giants This was his second start for them. As others have said it was a strong start he allowed 1 base runner in the first 2 innings. D.J. LeMahieu in the first but Troy Tulowitzki hit into a double ply to end the inning. He did also get Corey Dickerson to strike out in the first and Wilin Rosario to end the second inning.
Todd Helton hitting a ball in the 2nd inning trying to get 1 hit closer to the 2500 career hits. This one was actually a fly out to Hunter Pence in right field. I have been trying to photo graph all of Todd’s at bats this week so I can get his 2500 hit I just hope if I do get it looks like the above photo with the ball still in frame! He is just 3 hits away.
The Rockies did get some hits and a run off of Petit in the 3rd inning. Nolan Arenado started it off with a single and scored on a Charlie Blackmon double. (3-1) Giants
Tulowitzki started the 4th inning off by hitting a single and after scoring it brought the Rockies with in 1 of the Giants (3-2)
the Giants added a run in the 6th Brandon Belt scored on a Hector Sanchez single (4-2) Giants
Helton trying to once again get a little closer to 2500! This one was a fly out to right field in the 6th inning. He also had a chance in the 4th but was walked.
With 1 out in the 6th Wilin Rosario tried to get things going with a single, here he is clapping at first. He did not score after Arenado grounded out and Charlie Blackmon popped out to end the inning. Wilin was 3 for 4 with a double this game and 1 RBI.
Ex- Rockies Javier Lopez came into pitch for the Giants in the 8th inning. He struck out Helton and was than taken out of the game and replaced by Santiago Casilla. Yusmeiro Petit pitch 6 complete innings. Giving up 6 hits 2 runs walking 3 and striking out 6. A very good outing for only a second start in the Majors. The Rockies did seem to waste a bunch of opportunities to score only scoring 1 in the 4th leaving 3, a Rosario double in the 8th that was with 1 out and he did not score and a few other innings that could have amounted to a run or 2 more throughout the game. They did score a 3rd run in the 7th and so did the Giants. (5-3) Giants
Sergio Romo pitched the 9th for the Giants and put the Rockies down in order to end the game with the 5-3 final.
That was it for this game got 1 more left in this series and will be at Coors all week-end for the Reds Series.
After the game I took a photo of the banner that Alise had signed before the game by Todd Helton. It is a large banner he gave a great autograph on it.
So once again see you at Coors and thanks for reading.
San Fransisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Today was the first gae of what seemed to be the never-ending road trip. It was 3 series on the east coast which means I missed a lot or most of the games played with the earlier start time. It was 12 days that they were away but it seemed like an eternity, So I was more than glad to be back at Coors. As I headed into batting practice a ball immediately flew out to the pavilions landed a few rows behind me and took a big bounce to the concourse. I ran up the stairs and grabbed it as someone was running down the concourse to also get it. I grabbed it and the dude was like really you are going to take it? As many of you guys know I hate when people think that the ball is theirs because they were within 10 feet of getting the ball and did not. So I tossed him the ball, I am kinda over arguing with these people about a ball so I figured I would give it up. Just don’t expect this to become a habit! So that was my first one, within a few minutes another headed my way and landed a few rows from me and I was able to snag it for my second ball of the game. This day was turning out to be a great batting practice. I was in the stadium not even 10 minutes and had already snagged 2. The Rockies were than done and I thought I may get a ball or 2 from the Giants their first group was right heavy and it included Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. They did hit a few out and I did not snag any more this batting practice. In the process of running around trying to get a ball from the Giants I ended up losing the ball I kept. Later on someone told me how they found a ball in the first row and gave it to a kid. So well I got a few to add to my numbers but not to my collection!
After Bp like any other day I headed over to the wall to see if I could get any autographs and i ended up getting a Todd Helton photo I recently printed up signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies, his first pitch to the Giants Gregor Blanco was a ball. Juan did strike him out for the first out of the inning. The next batter Marco Scutaro hit a double.
Nicasio then struck out Brandon Belt for the second out and really seemed to have his stuff. He then did walk Buster Posey but came back to strike out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning. He worked out of the 2 runners on and struck out 3 great first inning performance by Juan.
Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants. Dexter Fowler started with a lead off single and was then out at second after trying to steal. It was close but he was called out.
He was removed from the game in the second because of something wrong with his knee which happened during the steal attempt.
Michael Cuddyer than hit a hard-line drive to right field which Hunter Pence had a run on till the wall got in his way, no it was not a homer it stayed in and Hunter hit the wall pretty hard and did not make the catch.
This is a photo from immediately after hitting the wall.
The Giants trainer and manager came running out to see if he was OK, he was down a while. He did stay in the game. I think it was the magic trainers towel that cured him of what ever injury he had. We always joke about how the trainers run out with the towel but what is it really for if there is not a cut or something.
With Cuddy on third Wilin Rosario came to bat and he grounded to Sandoval at third for the third out of the inning.
Nicasio then had another good inning in the second. He struck out Brandon Crawford, followed by a pop out by Francisco Peguro and struck out Zito for the third out. 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings.
Helton would get the Rockies on the board in the second with a 2 run home run for his 2497 hit of his career. Arenado lead the inning off with a single. Todd is now 3 hits away from #2500.
Nicasio faced 4 Giants batters in the 3rd walking Scutaro and giving up a hit to Brandon Belt. Posey hit into a double play to end the inning.
Charles Blackmon who replaced Dexter Fowler in the second inning started the third inning off with his 4th home run of the year. To give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
Another one of those great Coors sunsets.
Nicasio had another 1,2,3 inning in the 4th and struck out 2 more Giants batters.
In the 4th inning with Arenado on third, Helton on second (reached base on a walk) and Charlie Culbertson on first Jonny Hererra hit a line drive over Brandon Crawfords head that caught Helton off guard looked like it was going to left for a single. Crawford grabbed it and threw back to second where Scutaro was covering the bag.
Helton made it back safe on the high throw.
Juan Nicasio added to his cause in the inning with one out and base’s loaded he hit a single to score Arenado from third to give he and the Rockies a 4-0 lead.
Arenado crossing home for the Rockies 4th run.
Zito pitching with Todd on third and Nicasio on first. Culbertson was also on second, but not in photo. Helton went on and scored in the inning. To give a 5-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario hit a double with 1 out in the 5th. He was picked of at second for the second out and Arenado flew out to left to end the inning.
Wilton Lopez came in and pitched in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
Nicasio pitched 6 complete striking out 9, walking 2, hitting 2 batters on 5 hits giving up no runs!
Lopez struck out Scutaro to end the 7th facing only 3 batters and recording 2 strike outs in the inning.
Jeff Francis cam into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th to make things interesting!
Sandoval lead off the inning with a fly out to right.
Looks like Cuddy misplayed it slightly but came up with the catch! After getting the 1st 2 batters out he had a tough time with out #27 of the game.
Peguero got a single and advanced to second on an offense indifference (stole the base without anyone caring)!
Joaquin Arias hit a pinch hit double to score the run.
Peguero scoring the Giants first run in the 9th inning 6-1 Rox
Then the 27th out came Finally came when Blanco flew out to Blackmon in center to end the game.
The Rockies 6th run came in the 7th, just incase you were wondering how the score was 6-1!!!
So that is it for this first game back at Coors for this home stand.
Well See you at Coors.