Jason Hammel pitched for the Rockies and Josh Collmenter started for the D’backs.
Today was also the day that most of the September call ups are at Coors. Since the Sky Sox and Tulsa seasons are both over. So 2 of them started today one being Jordan Pacheco who is the starting catcher for the Sky Sox. He started at the revolving door we call third base.
Jordan Pacheco and Dexter Fowler during warm ups.
Also called up and starting today was Willin Rosario. Willin is a top prospect for the Rockies and spent the last 2 seasons as a Tulsa Drillers.
Jason Hammel and Willin Rosario Heading in for the start of the game.
The question as always when Jason Hammel pitches is which Jason Hammel will pitch the dominant throw for strike and make batters cringe or the whoops was that a 4 run inning Jason Hammel.
Hammel got out of the 1st inning letting up a run. (1-0) D’backs
The 1st. inning did not yield any runs for the Rockies neither did the 2,3,4…..
In the second inning the D’backs went down in order including Jason Hammel striking out Chris Young and a great play or maybe a bad running error. When John McDonald hit a ball to the gap in left center and tried to stretch a sure double into a not so quite a triple Seth Smith picked it up and threw it in to The Deuce who than threw it to Pacheco at 3rd. for the out.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 2nd. Giambi grounded out and Seth Smith struck out. The third batter of the game was Willin Rosario for his first Major League at bat. He hit to the warning track in center, but it was caught by the D’backs center fielder Chris Young.
Wilin Rosario fouls a pitch back behind the netting.
Jason Hammel struck out Justin Upton in the 4th. to lead of the inning. Than sat the next 2 down also. In the Rockies 4th Jordan Pacheco would have his first Major League at bat. The result was a little different then Rosario’s. With a 1/1 count he swung and hit to center field for a single. He would advance to third after Hammel would sac bunt and Fowler grounded out, but remain there and not score.
Jordan Pachecos first MLB hit.
Hammel would have another good inning in the 5th Striking out 2 but also walking 1.
The Rockies would have had a productive inning in the 5th. With another first, after Seth Smith lead of with a triple Rosario stepped to the plate and no it wasn’t his first MLB hit he lined out, but Pacheco would ground out Smith scored for Pachecos first MLB RBI!!!! To tie the game at 1.
Seth Smith slid into home plate after Pacheco hits the ball for Pachecos first RBI
The D’backs would than take the lead again in the 7th scoring 1 run, After a Goldschmidt lead off double, Gerrado Parra hit a single to score him 2 batters later.
Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 7th and hit a single.
D’backs Manager Kirk Gibson takes starter Collmenter out of the game in the 7th after Seth Smiths single.
Eric Young Jr. Sliding into home plate and was called out. I think he was safe but my call don’t matter. After seeing the play on TV after I got home it still looked like EYJ was safe.
The D’backs scored one, which on most nights would pretty much all they need to win the game., but not this night. Then there was the Rockies 8th. After Pacheco got out and Kouzmanoff came in to PH for Hammel, Fowler would hit a single. Kouzmanoff would be thrown out at second. Mark Ellis hit a single followed by Cargo single which score Dex to tie the game. Cargo and Ellis would advance a base on a wild pitch with The Deuce at bat. Once again he proved me wrong and hit another prove the Addict wrong 3 run HR.[Love when that happens]. (5-3) Rockies. That was the second time in 2 days he has done that. That was not it Ty Wiggington PH in the fifth spot also hit a single Seth Smith than hit another triple to score Wiggy. (6-3) Rosario walked to get on base for the first time in his MLB career with a walk. Pacheco also hit a single for another RBI his second. (7-3)Rockies. Kouzmanoff came up for the second time in the inning and was hit by a pitch. The next batter Fowler walked and scored Rosario from 3rd.(8-3) Rockies. Ellis ended the inning flying out to center. After 2 out the Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate after their were 2 outs and a total of 13 batters in the inning. Scoring 7 runs this was one of the best innings of baseball I have seen from this team all year, it was great that they were able to put a good rally together.
Dex Scoring the first run in the 8th.
The Deuces HR swing in the 8th
The ball was hit to the near empty pavilions
The Deuce steps on home after the 3 run HR, This time their was no hug for Cargo but a lot of High-Five!!
Wiggington scoring after Seth Smiths 2nd triple of the game.
Pacheco reaching base for his 2nd MLB hit and RBI.
This was probably the best game of the season for Jason Hammel he has pitched consistent occasionally but he was right on keeping his pitch count low for him, not having the blow up inning and striking out (????). Pitching 7 complete innings. In an interview awhile ago after totally falling apart one game he said that is just part of the enigma that is Jason Hammel well this game was a different part. It was the lights out, I am going to get the job done part of the enigma of Jason Hammel. Great game. unfortunately he did not get the win. Matt Belise did, for his 10th win of the season. One more he will be tied for all time wins for the Rockies from the bullpen with 11. Which was done by Gabe White in 2000.
The Rockies won. It really did not make a difference in the standings, But it was agreat game. Hope they can keep this up. If we are not going to win the division or get in the playoffs make it exciting for the rest of the season. Oh and once again we got tacos!!!!!! I Won’t be at the next 2 against the Reds, But will be at Coors on Sunday.
Dinger celebrating the win!!!
The Rockies celebrate the win!
Phillies Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
Starting Pitchers for this game were Roy Halliday for the Phillies and Jason Hammel for the Rox.
This was Halliday’s second start at Coors Field. He is originaly from Arvada Colorado and went to Arvada West High School.
(local guy # 1)
Today during batting practice we got a view of one of the newest Rockies Alex White he was snagging baseballs in the outfield.
He is wearing # 32. He came from the Indians in the Ubaldo deal. He is on rehab assignment and will be with the double A Tulsa Drillers.
Here is Chris Nelson showing the love by tossing a ball to the fans.
After Dan caught a ball he gave it to Emily to give it away. Here she is contemplating who she will give the ball to. to quote Dan “I don’t know why she was having such a tough time giving that one away, she’s done it a hundreds of times.”
Regan Smith from Denver’s Furniture Row Racing threw out the first pitch.
(Honorary Local Guy)
He is the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Nextel Cup Series. The Furniture Row team is the only Nascar team based west of the Mississippi River. Most are based in North Carolina. He is currently rank 25th in points in his series and has recently finished 3rd at the Brickyard 500 in Indianapolis last week. He also has one win, which was at Darlington in May.
The Rockies getting ready to take the field.
Jason Hammel throws the first pitch to the Phillies Jimmy Rollins. Jason would walk Rollins and then the next 2 batters before striking out Ryan Howard. Jason threw 25 pitches in the inning 15 balls and 10 for strikes. The Phillies did score a run in the inning on a Hunter Pence sac-fly to center. (1-0) Phillies. 2 of the 3 outs Strike outs.
The Rockies would battle against Halliday in the first Eric Young Jr.would hit a lead of single, then steal second and scored on a ball that was bobbled by Ryan Howard hit by Dexter Fowler. After Howard picked it up he over threw it to Halliday who was covering first. (1-1)
EYJ scoring the Rockies first run of the game. Dexter would also score on a sac- fly to center by the Deuce (2-0) Rox.
Jason Hammel fields Roy Halliday sac bunt in the 2nd. The Phillies would score 4 in the inning. (5-1) Phillies.
Ruiz, Rollins, Victorino and Howard would all get hits. Rollins and Howards were for double accounting for 3 of the 5 runs.
Ian Stewart would lead off the second with a double and would later score on a Eliezer Alfonzo double. (5-3)
Hammel seemed to gain composure in the 3rd sitting the Phillies down in order and only throwing 11 pitches.
Fowler lead off the bottom of the third with a walk he then stole second. and would score once again on Helton single. (5-4)
Dex diving back to first after his 3rd inning lead off walk.
The Halliday would contribute offensively in the 4th with a lead off single, he would score on a wild pitch to Pence. (6-4) Phillies
The Rockies bats were not there in the 4th. Mark Ellis did lead off the inning with a single but was caught stealing at second. Alfonso and Hammel both struck out.
The Deuce turning a double play in the 5th inning. After Raul Ibanez lead of single, Wilson Valdez would hit a grounder to Ellis who flipped it to The Deuce and then to Helton. This team makes the double play look so easy and it has saved them many time during the season.
The Rockies would score again in the 5th on a Helton single scoring for the third time in the game Dexter Fowler. (6-5) Phillies
With 2 outs in the 6th the Phillies woud score 2 more runs. Ryan Howards third HR of the series score himself and Chase Utley. (8-5) Phillies
The Next responce from the Rockies was in the 8th inning when Helton hit a solo HR(8-6)
That was the Final score.
Helton rounds third after hitting his HR. It was his 12th HR of the season. and Career 345th.
The ball was hit to left field and Dan had caught it that was his 81st HR ball at Coors. This series Dan has a better highlight reel then the Rox!!!!He was also interviewed by Root Sports on Monday.
The Phillies Brad Lidge would come in to close for the Phillies in the 9th inning. To get his first save of the year. Brad is also from the area and went to Cherry Creek H.S.
(Local Guy # 2)
Well thats all I got on this one.
Heading to the Springs which will be my next post. Also will be at Coors on Sunday.
Til then Keep #44 in your Prayers. See ya around.
Dodgers Vs. Rockies
Game 4 in Series
Autograph Sunday The signers were:
Eric Young Jr.
I went to Matt Daley’s line 1st Because I had a card for him, I was the first one in his line. After i got his auto I headed over to Jhoulys Chacin’s line. Dex was still not signing by the end of the autograph session so I then got on line for Eric Young Jr’s line but he finished before I could get down for the auto, which is ok because I could actually just stand at the bottom of the line and hand out his autos from my own collection. I think I have 10 to 15 of his autograph. He has been a very generous signer here at Coors and in the Springs. After The autograph session I headed to the Dodgers side of the field to see who I could get over their. During warm ups I got Dee Gordon and Aaron Miles.
This is a photo of The Dodgers during warm ups. Dodgers Starter Rubby De La Rosa is throwing in the out field Aaron Miles and Juan Uribe are in the bottom left . The Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas is in the middle heading out to the bullpen.
To former Rockies Jamie Carrol and Aaron Miles getting some throws in before the game.
Zach and Robert Robert is holding a copy of Zachs book Zach is holding Robert letter that I have named the Manifesto!!!
Ubaldo Jimenez Heading to the bullpen for his warm ups before his start.
Rod Barajas, Rubby De La Rosa and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycut heading in for the game.
Ubaldo Jimenez throwing to the Dodgers lead of batter and former Rockie Jamie Carroll. Jamie abused the Rockies pitching staff in this game besides grounding out in the first inning he went 3 for 4 and walked in the game. He was the first out of the game Aaro Miles would also ground out, followed by Andre Ethier flew out to left. Ubaldo pitched very well in the 1st inning. Retiring the dodgers in order.
The rockies started the 1st inning very aggresive Carlos Gonzalez lead off with a double. He has been batting great since moving to the lead off spot looks just like the Cargo of last season. He went 3 for 5 this game with a double, single and HR, just missing the triple for the cycle. Just hitting a little better!!!!! After Cargo’s double Herrera and Helton would both get out The Deuce ( Troy Tulowitzki) would be walked and seth Smith got up and hit a 3 run HR to left that bounced of the second deck. 3-0 RockiesJonny Herrera attempting a bunt in the 1st inning.
To the right Seth Smith High fives Cargo after his run around the bases.
In the second the Dodgers tried to start their comeback very unsuccessful in the 2nd. Matt Kemp would lead of the inning with an out then James Loney would hit a single aswell as Juan Uribe. Rod Barajas the hit a ball to Herrera at second for the force on Uribe at second. Barajas would the be safe on first. The Dodgers would not score in the inning and Ubaldo would end the Inning striking out Trent Oeltjen.
The Rockie would not be very productive in the second and then the Dodgers would unleash on Ubaldo in the 3rd Jamie Carroll lead of with a single, Aaron Miles would then also single, Andre Ethier would be struck out. Matt Kemp was then walked to get to James Loney who hit a very high HR just above the auxilary scoreboard in right field. scoreing 4 for the Dodgers 4-3 LA. The dodgers would also get another run in this inning 5-3 LA.
Ubaldo was taken out in the 6th. He still wouldn’t get his elusive first home win of the year @ Coors.
Rubby De La Rosa was then taken out of the game after throwing 1 pitch in the 6th with a cramp in his throwing arm.
The Rockies would set up for a comback of their own in the 7th Jose Morales lead off the inning with a ground rule double. Then Cargo would hit a HR scoring himself and Morales. 9-5 LA , I forgot to mention the Dodgers scored to in the top of the 7th. Back to the Rockies 7th!!! Pinch hitter Ryan Spilbourghs then hit a double and was then advanced to third on a wild pitch or passed ball. He then scored on a HR by The Deuce 9-7 LA.
Cargo high fives third base coach Rich Dauer after his HR in the 7th.
The Dodgers would score 1 more in the 8th. 10-7 LA
The Rockies would not go down with out a little fight after cargo and Spilli both got out to start the 9th Todd Helton would hit a solo HR 10-8 The Deuce woukd then hit a single. The game would end on a Smith hit to James Loney at first. The game would end 10-8 LA they would split the 4 game series with 2 games a piece. The Rox bats have picked up in the last week or so they just need to get the pitching rolling again. They are now 5.5 out of first place in the west and only one ahead of the Dodgers in 3rd.
Brad Hawpe and The San Diego Padres would come into town for 3 here at Coors.
See you there!!!
My east coast road trip begins next week I will be in NY for 2 games against the Yankees missing one for a friends wedding. Then I will be heading south to NC for a week of minor league baseball around NC. Finishing up when the Rockies return to the east coast against the Nationals.
Maybe I will see you There!!!!!!
La Dodgers Vs. Co. RockiesStarting Pitchers for this game were
Jason Hammel For the Rockies and Ted Lily for The Dodgers
Like always I got to the game early for BP for this game they gave out Rockies Cooler Bags Sponsored by Coors Light. So after I entered I headed out to the pavillions like always. I got 3 Bp balls, the 1st from the Rockies that landed 2 rows behind me, so I hopped the 2 rows and got it. The 2nd was hit high and 2 sections to my left so I scurried over and got the ball as it rolled down the section. The third landed jus short of me and i hooped the row again and got that one. It was hit By Juan Uribe. These balls were #17, 18 & 19 of the year at Coors. Not to forget the 10 I have also got in the Springs(Not Counted towards my MLB avg). Which is about .80 balls caught per game attended. .8260869565217391 per game!!!
This was my 3rd 3 ball game this season and 4th 3 ball game ever. I am feeling a 4 ball game soon(I Hope)!
So after BP Zack Hample signed my copy of “The Baseball….” Today he also got 3. 1 was his 400th of the year and he finished BP @ 5066 lifetime.
As Zach and I were talking Dodgers starter Ted Lilly was getting a little running in.
I then headed over to the first place line. Here are a few photo along the way. Jason Hammel getting a couple of long tosses in before heading to the bullpen.Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta Heading into the bullpen.The Deuce, Ty Wiggington and Chris Nelson throwing during warm ups.The Bullpen staff as always heading out with the Rookie carrying the pink backpack. I think his is a Disney Princess backpack. The Rookie is Rex Brothers. Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta Heading in from warming up in the bullpen. The Rockies taking the field fro the game.
In Photo: Charlie Blackmon, Eric Young Jr. and Carlos GonzalezEric Young Jr. Fielding a Andre Ethier single in the first. Beside this single the lead off batter Dee Gordon grounded out for the first out Jamie Carroll lined out to Chris Nelson and then this single by Ethier. Matt Kemp would then ground out. The Rockie half of the inning was almost the same. Cargo Grounded out, Young grounded out and Giambi hit a single before The Deuce poped out to third.
The Deuce looking at a pitch during his at bat in the 1st.
The Dodgers got another hit in the 2nd with no result. The Rockies came up in the 2nd with fire in the eyes of Ty Wiggington who hit a lead off HR. which would be the Rockies only run of the inning. 4 of Wiggy’s last 5 HR were solo shots. He has 6 with the Rockies this season. Besides a Chris Nelson single the HR was the only other hit in the inning. Eric Young Jr. Catches a long fly ball to right field hit by Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas “Hey Rod Barajas Remember that time you were a Met”!!!
The Next runs were nt score til the 5th inning when the Dodgers tied the score 1-1
Matt Kemp diving back to 1st in the 3rd inning after he hit a single. I believe Hammel threw to first 4 times during James Loney’s at bat.
Don Mattingly goes to the mound Lily got into trouble in the 6th inning. Charlie Blackmon hit off a single to lead of the inning. Iannetta would then walk Jonny Herrera would pinch hit for the pitcher spot. cargo then walked. The Dodgers brought in Blake Hawksworth who got them out of the inning. Herrera pinched hit for Matt Reynolds who was brought in after Jason Hammel left in the 6th with tightness in his lower back.
In the 6th inning the Dodgers would score 3 runs in the inning. making the score 4-1 Dodgers. They would also score 3 runs in the 7th on a bunch of hits and good fundemental baseball.
The rockies would make a game of it in the 8th Cargo lead off with a double young hit a single, Giambi would walk to load up the bases for the Deuce who also hit a single scoring Cargo and Eric Young Jr. 7-3 Dodgers. A Wiggington would then fly out to center and Seth Smith hit a 1 run pinch hit triple to score Giambi and The Deuce. 7-5 Dodgers. Blackman then hit a single scoring Smith and the Rockies would Come within 1 run of the Dodgers 7-6 at the end of the inning.
The Deuce Running to first after hitting his single in the 8th, that scored Cargo and EYJ.
The Dodgers responded in a big way in the bottom of the 9th scoring 4 more runs making the score 11-6. Once again proving that fundemental baseball works for scoring runs. This latly has been a important thing that the Rockies have been having trouble with this last few weeks. When they do play for the hit instead of the long ball the Rockies score runs when they fall behind and start over swinging they become very unproductive.
The Rockies Would Score a single run in the 9th with 2 outs. After Cargo lead off with a double he was called out after Eric Young Jr. hit a very hard ball back to the Dodgers pitcher and Cargo was doubled up after running off 1st. If it got past the pitcher he most likely would of scored. Giambi would then hit a single and would score on Wiggington 1b. Nelson would then walk and Blackman would hit a fly to Tony Gwynn Jr. that he made a fantastic catch for the final out.
The Rockies finished this four game series sunday afternoon See You There!!!!
Once again thanks to the undisclosed person who lets me sit down low to get some of these photo’s.
NY Mets Vs Colorado Rockies
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.
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.
NY Mets Vs. Colorado Rockies
This game I got to the stadium even earlier than normal. Gary X and I showed up about 1 O’Clock to see if we would be able to get some autographs out by the players parking lot no Rockies stopped. The only autograph I was able to get was former rockies relief pitch Taylor Bucholtz. NY Met Jose Reyes took a taxi to the field and was dropped off at the gate but did not head over
After about an hour and a half there we headed up to get our tickets neither of us had tix for this game previously. Then we headed to gate E to head into the stadium. When the gates opened we headed for the outfield to try to snag some BP balls. It was kind of a slow batting practice not to much was hit out I had a shot at one of the Rockies that I think went threw my glove or tipped of the top. Then I got a bouncer off the track during the Mets BP. Within about a minute of getting that ball I noticed Mookie Wilson signing autographs by centerfield so I headed over and had him sign the ball it was realy cool meeting him since I grew up a Mets Fan during the mid 1980’s. You may remember Mookie Wilson was the player who hit the slow roller to Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. After BP I changed up alittle bit and headed to the Mets side of the field to see if I can get some autos since the Rockies haven’t signed much before games this season. Only a Mets coached signed but I did not get his autograph. Geoff also headed over to the Mets side to try to get a ball signed that he caught last season. The ball was hit by David Wright and it was his 143rd career HR. Neither of us got any autographs.
Mets Catcher Josh Thole heading to the Bullpen.
The hosers from the opposite side of the field.
Rockies Jhoulys Chacin long tossing in the outfield before the game.
Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie, 1st baseman Ike Davis and Shortstop Jose Reyes during warm ups.
Jose Reyes taking some swings during warm ups.
A look at the Rockies during the National Anthem
Another look across the field
Looks like the Mets have pinkies also. Having the Rookie member carry a pink backpack to the bullpen. The Rockies have them also do this usually with a Dora the Explora backpack.
Tonight my seats where at the top row of the pavillions but I stopped and chatted with Judy and Anna who had seats in section in the 2nd row of 152. This is a photo of the Rockies heading to the field.
Chacin throwing to Jose Reyes in the first inning, Reyes tried to bunt on this pitch but unsuccesfully. He ended up grounding out to Chacin. in the 1st the Mets went down 1,2,3. The Rockies 1st looked promising, Dex leadoff with a walk. Followed by a Herrera single then Cargo’s batting woah’s countinued when he struck out. The Deuce did hit a single then Helto hit into a double play. The Mets sent 5 batters up in the 2nd resulting in no runs and Chacin iwho did not have his best performance walk 2 in the inning. Both teams went down in order in the 3rd.
Jose Reyes grounds out to Jonny Herrera in the 3rd inning.
Cargo makes a catch in the 4th inning of a David Wright hit to left center.
The game was very uneventful for most of the game the first run wasn’t scored until the 5th inning. Chris Iannetta lead off the 5th with a double. Ian Stewart stuck out Chacin growneded out to short. With 2 outs Dex hit a single scoring the Iman from 2nd. Herrera the ended the inning with a hit to the Mets 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy that got Dex out at 2nd.
The Mets would responed with a run of their own 6th. When Carlos Beltran lead off with a walk and later scored after a very sloppy inning by the Rox Chacin walked 2 in the inning andIan Stewart had a throwing error to first which pulled Helton off the bag. Chacin managed to get out of the inning that could of been alot worse. That run tied the game at 1 of piece.
Then after a Seth Smith ground out to 2nd Chris Ianneta stepped to the plate with the swing he has when he is trying to accomplish something. The Mets have seen this swing before when he hit a walk off against them last year at Coors. Well this year it wouldn’t be a walk off HR but a game winning HR in the 7th. Making the game 2-1 Rox and that was all that was uneeded for the night. The Mets went down in order in the 8th and 9th.
Chacin ended up pitching 6 and the bullpen back him up well for the last 3. Reynolds and Belise got threw the 7th well and Bettancourt was on his game in the 8th.
Jason Pridie catches a Ian Stewart fly to center in the 7th.
Taylor Buchholz heading to the mound for his first appearance since leaving the Rockies late last season.
Taylor Buchholz pitching to Dexter Fowler in the 8th inning.
Heading to the mound in the 9th inning
The Deuce making the final out of the game hit by Daniel Murphy. Diving after the graound ball then got up to throw it to Helton for the final out of the game and the Rockies won 2-1.
The Rockies running to the field to celabrate their win. Love the Iman fist pump.
Once again the Rockies Fans celabrate at the Root sports post game desk. Gary X and I got to toss out the T-Shirts for Helmer again i was late so Gary threw out most of them but left one for me to toss out.
This guy definatly has the best hair of the game. Tottally forgot his name but see himm at a lot of games.
Tom Helmer firing up the crowd.
Banner Jack was out celabrating the win this night also. It was cool to learn he is also from NY when I watched the replay of the game later that night.
After the game Gary X and I headed out to the players exit and Ian Stewart stopped to sign a few for the fans out there. It was cool of him to stop glad to see him back and would love to start hitting like the 2009 Ian Stewart. As i write this he is hitting .064 for the season and has already been down to Triple AAA, where he was totally Rocking in his games with them.
Well thats it for this one. Check back for Mets game 2 and possible the rain postponed game 3 if I can get out of work!!! Also maybe the lost may 1st post will magicly appear. sometime soon some great photos in that one with a special guest photographer who will that be? bTill then See you at Coors.
Pirates Vs. Rockies
Starters: Jason Hammel
Jason Hammel heading to the bullpen for warm ups.
Seth Smith either just scored a touchdown for the Jets or he is doing is best Laura Ingles impersonation!
Jhoulys Chacin and Rafael Betancourt in the Rockies Dugout!!!
Chris Iannetta and Jason Hammel Heading in for the game.
Jason Hammel throws the first pitch to Pirates Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen.
The second pitch wasn’t as good McCutchen hit a lead off solo HR. Thta was the second night he homered against the Rockies in this series. Hammel held it together well and keeping his pitch count low for him through the game. He ended up pitching 7 innings. Lettimg up 7 hits and only 1 run. He threw 105 pitches, averaging about 15 pitches per inning. The 4th was his only high pitch inning where he did walk 2 batters but got himself out of the inning.
Jose Tabata swinging at a pitch in the 1st inning. he was taken out of the game after the first for somereason not sure or havent heard why.
The Deuce making the off balance throw to 1st he makes this look so easy. Kids don’t try this at home!!
Well MLBLOGS is F’d up once again trying to finish this post for 2 days still can’t load photo’s The Rockies won 4-1. Rox Fans celabrated from at the Root Sports Desk and Gary X and I Tossed out the Helmer Is My HomeBoy T-Shirts. Chris Iannetta hit a 3 run HR in the 2nd after Cargo scored on a Smith single. making the score 4-1 and thats all that was scored or needed. for the game. Way to Go Chris hope things pick up for him they seem like he has coming around. Hammel pitched a great game he went 7 innings including 3 1,2,3 innings.
OOOOHHHH its working.
Dexter Fowler puting down the bunt in the 1st inning he was thrown out at first.
Todd Helton rounding first for a double it was his 533 double bringing him 1 away from catching Lou Gehrig on the all time list. he is currently 32 on the all time list with Bobby Abreu right behind him on the all time list with 531.
WELL I WAS ON A GOOD RUN WITH MLBLOGS WORKING NOW IT IS MESSED UP AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!3 DAYS AND STILL CAN”T FINISH THIS POST.
Well til next time I may complete this post, I may Not, I possibly may even attempt a post for the May 1st game against the Pirates. If Not see you at Coors next week when the NY Mets come to The 5280 on May 9,10 and 11th. I will see you their!
Rockies Vs. Giants
Starters: Jorge De La Rosa
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.
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.
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.
Glenallen Hill looks on as the players warm up before the game.
Dexter Fowler and Glenallen Hill
The creative BNW to show off my mad photo skillz during the National Anthem
Ubaldo heads over to the crowd to sign autographs
Before the game the Rockies Remembered Keli McGregor. After amoment of silence his children threw out the first pitch.
The pitches were thrown to The Deuce, Ryan Silbourghs and Todd Helton
Matt Belise heads out to the bullpen with the rest of the bullpen staff. Clayton Mortenson has the pink princes bag for this game.
Jonny Herrera gets a few sprints in before the start of the game
Cargo signing autographs
Jorge De La Rosa and Jose Morales heading in to start the game
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.
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.
Pat Burrell can only watch as Ty Wiggingtons homer sails over his head.
1000th Career hit and his 1st Rockies Homerun.
Wiggington Hi Fives 3rd base coach Rich Dauer. The Homerun scored 3 runs
making the score (4-1) Rox
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.
Helton slides into 3rd after tagging up on the Smith sacfly in the 3rd.
A view of Coors from section 155 these seats are right above the 390ft in Left
Dex makes a catch in center.
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.
Spili rounding 2nd after his 3 run pinch hit HR in the 7th. This was Spili’s 2nd career pinch hit HR.
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.
The Deuce hi fives Jonny Herrera after the Rockies Win.
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.
The Crowd behind the Root Sports Desk.
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.
Cubs Vs. Rockies Game 3
Ubaldo Bobble Head Day!!!!!
Oddly enough I do take a new one of these for each game.
This is a view from the concource for the line for a Ubaldo Jimenez autograph. I got both my bobbleheads signed by Ubaldo.
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.
Alan Johnson long throwing with Jose Morales in the outfield. This was Alans first major league start.
Alan Johnson warming up in the bullpen.
Rockies starters stretching on the first baseline before the game.
Alan Johnson and Jose Morales heading from the bullpen.
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.
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.
“D”, Lil Ranter Hunter, Allanah X and Gary X sitting in the front row of the Rockpile above the word solar.
During the 6th inning I headed over to the section directly behind homeplate to take a few photos.
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.
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.
Jim Tracy handing over the ball to Betancourt.
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.
The scoreboard at Coors while the Rox were ralling in the 8th.
Rockies outfielders celabrating the Rockies 9-5 victory over the Cubs. The Rockies are 12-3 on the season.
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!!!!!
Cubs Vs. Rockies
Starting Pitchers: Jason Hammel for the Rockies, Casey Coleman for Da Cubs.
The crowd asking or screaming for baseball from Cubs players. Hunter just got one!
Today I had access to the front row did not catch anything once again not haveing a good year for snagin’. Hunter the D’s son has 4 more than me in 3 less game way to go. The catch is I can’t ask players for them I need to catch them on my owns as well as the rest of us adults that are having a rough year!
Ty Wiggington before the game heading out to the field.
Ian Stewart stretching or trying to audition for a medic alert commercial not sure. “My batting average has fall and I can’t get on base” after this game he was batting .080 2 for 25 in 11 games this season.
The Deuce catching a throw from Stewart.
Today was Dingers 17th birthday, So they celabrated it by spraying him silliy string in the pavilions and his father Dug was there to share in the celabration.
The Norad & US Northcom Leaving the field after the National Anthem.
An Here it is The BNW….
…to show off my mad photo skillzs!!!!
Took this as i was heading to my seat. For this game I sat up in the Rockpile with “D” and The lil’ Ranter Hunter.
Jason Hammel throwing the first pitch to the Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro for a strike Castro would end up hitting a single, but Hammel would end up striking out 2 and getting a Darwin Barney to fly out. He pitch 22 pitches in the 1st. The Rox went down in order in the 1st with Dex striking out, Herrera flewout to center and Giambi grounded out to second.
Here is a look at Coors from the Rockpile.
The Cubs would score 1 run in the top of the 1st from a Alfonso Soriano double which scored Castro. The Rox would respond with 1 of their own. The deuce lead off with a triple, he then scored on a Seth Smith sac fly to center.
Cubs outfielder crashes into wall on the Deuces triple to the wall to lead of the second.
The Deuce heading to third with his stand up triple.
Jason Hammel pitching to Carlos Pena. After the 3rd it was time to wander a little so we headed to the concource to get some closer photos.
Seth Smith rounding first on his way to second for his lead off double in the 4th inning.
Ty Wiggington after the ball plunked him in the left elbow.
The Deuce throwing to Jason Giambi for a 6,2 ground out of Cubs Marlon Byrd.
The Cubs would score a run in the 5th and 6th inning. keeping the game well in reach for a Rockies comeback. In the 6th Hammel hit Ramirez to start off the inning, maybe a little pay back for Coleman hitting Wiggington in the 4th and Giambi in the 5th Hmmm. Or was it just an elaborate plan to get Pena to hit into a double play as he did. Then it was followed up by a Alfonso Soriano Solo HR . The Cubs now up 3-1.
Speaking of Byrd’s Dex come in for a landing at second for his lead off double in the bottom of the 5th inning. he would be strande there as the Rox scored no runs in the 5th.
In the seventh the Rox brought in Felipe Paulino who got (for the lack of a better explanation) shelled by the Cubs. He let up 4 hits including 3 run HR to Castro making the score 6-1 Cubs. He also walked Pinch hitter Blake Dewitt one batter before the homer.Not quite a stellar performance. Just to shake things up a little more they went to the bullpen once again and brought in Franklin Moraleswho let up 2 hits scoring 2 runner which was left on base by Paulino now 8-2 Cubs.
seth Smith can only watch the ball head to the Rox bullpen onSoriano’s solo HRin the 5th.
Chris Iannetta grounding out in the 6th.
Cubs third base coach Ivan De Jesus stops Koyie Hill at 3rd in the top of the 7th. Hill would be one of the 5 runs to score in the inning.
Kosuke Fukdome one of the coolest names in baseball hits a single in the 7th. he was the 9th batter that inning and the Rox faced 10.
The Rockies did score 2 in the 8th.on a Iannetta HR. That was all the runs the could get this game and they lost for only the 3rd time this season. Their record is now 11-3.
I first questioned the use of Paulino and Morales but then relized that the were saving the bullpen knowing that Alan Johnson would be making his MLB debut and starting the sunday game against the Cubs which they would need some of their stronger arms if he gets in trouble early in the game. Hammel went 6 innings letting up 3 runs 6 hits striking out 3.
Still one more game to go in this Cub Series and then the World Champ Giants come to Coors for a 3 days series.
Til Next time see you at Coors!!!!