Toledo Mudhens vs. Indianapolis Indians
Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Mudhens are the triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
The Indians are the triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
They are in the International League
Game 14 of road trip been forgetting the double header in Burlington!
The game time on the sign said 7:05 but due to a rain storm earlier the game was delayed to a 7:25 start.
This is the 5th time I have been to Victory Field. I have family in Indy so I always go to an Indians game when I am visiting them. This is one of my favorite stadiums along with Durham and Greensboro.
Nick Kingham was the starting pitcher for the Indians this game.
Hernan Perez popped out for the first out of the inning. Kingham faced 4 Mudhens batters in the 1st. I batter did get on base, James McCann hit a single with 2 outs.
Robbie Ray started for the Mudhens he started the game by striking out Starling Marte who was on a rehab assignment from the Pirates. Jose Tabata hit a single and Andrew Lambo hit into a double play to end the inning.
Tyler Collins hit the ball for an out to lead off the second inning for the Mudhens. They would be retired in order in the 2nd.
Indians All-Star 1st. baseman Matt Hague popped up to start the 2nd for the Indians.
He popped up to the Mudhens shortstop Perez. The Indians had some good opportunities in the 2nd after they had 3 runners all getting on by walk and were not able to get a run home.
Blake Davis was the 3rd walk to load the base’s with 2 outs. Robert Andino struck out to end the inning and the Indians left all 3 runners on base.
The Mudhens got things going in the 3rd. Danny Worth hit a double with Wade Gaynor on base.
The ball was hit to the right field corner.
Gaynor scored and the Mudhens took a 1-0 lead.
With Worth on second Perez tried to put down a sac bunt. It was a little high.
It was caught by Kingham for the first out and was probably one of the worst bunt attempts I have seen.
The Mudhens proceeded to score more runs in the inning. McCann was the third run of the inning scored on a Collins single. McCann also had a RBI when he hit a single to score Worth. (3-0) Mudhens
The Mudhens would get a 4th run in the 4th inning a Ben Guez solo home run.
Chase d’Arnaud started the 5th inning off with a double.
The Indians had a few more opportunities in the 6th startingoff with a single by Tabata in the 6th. he did not score
Vin Mazzaro pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Indians he held the Mudcats off base only giving up a single to Mike Hessman in the 8th but got doubled up to end the inning. Indians starter Nick Kingham pitched 6 innings giving up the 4 runs on 7 hits walking 2 and striking out 4.
d’Arnaud started the 7th off with a triple and was stranded there after all 3 batters after him popped out to infielders. 2 of the 3 were in foul territory.
Kevin Whelan pitched for the Mudhens in the 9th.
Davis struck out swinging and tried to run on the dropped ball by McCann, but the game ended with the throw to first.
The Mudhens took this one 4-1. the Indians are now 59-59 on the year and the Mudhens are 58-60.
The Indians are in 2nd place in the International League Western Division 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers. The Mudhens are 4.4 games back in 3rd place.
So that is it for this game.
Since I am writing this the night after the game they are now tied in second 3.5 behind the Clippers because the Mudhens won again against the Indians and both teams are 59-60 for the year.
I still possibly have a game or 2 left on this trip depending on if I decide to go to 2 other stadiums in the area both about 2 hours outside of Indy. I will be heading bck to Denver later this week after almost 1 month on the road.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was another early start for a 2:10 game I arrived at Coors about 9:30, I was not gonna go early since I did not have to because it was not a bobble head day, but since I started the Pirates photo I wanted to see if I could get a few more guys on it. So I waited by the players entrance and got A.J. Burnett and Jared Hughs so for the 3 days I got 9 autographs on it in all. Not bad for an away team. It was an Autograph Sunday and since there was a few guys up that I needed on my team 16×20 I brought it and I was kind of lucky since 2 of the 3 guys I needed that are up signed. I needed both Jeff Manship and Charlie Culbertson. The 2 other signers were Jonny Herrera and Josh Outman. So I have a total of 49 autographs on my team 16×20 almost everybody who wore a Rockies uniform for at least a game. Still missing 4 Mitchell Boggs who is in the Springs and Colin McHugh also in the Springs, Roy Oswalt who is on the D.L. and Chad Bettis who is with the team.
Chad Bettis made the start for the Rockies this game. He had a strong 1st inning facing 3 batters striking out 2 Alex Presley who lead off and Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Locke started for the Pirates he did allow a base runner when he walked Troy Tulowitzki with 2 outs. He did get the next batter out Wilin Rosario.
Wilin Rosario hitting into a ground out in the 1st. inning.
Chad pitching in the Second inning Pedro Alverez started the inning with a home run to put the Pirates up 1-0.
The Rockies would score a run in the 2nd inning when Charlie Blackman got hit by a pitch. He than stole second and was moved to third on a balk. After Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu hit to center for a sac fly and Blackmon scored to tie the game at 1. Tulo ended the inning with a fly ball to left. The Pirates once again to the lead in the 3rd. inning After Clint Barmes hit a lead-off double. He scored on a McCuthchen single (2-1) Pirates
Tulo showed his best Jazz hands during his 4th inning at bat! He walked this at bat.
Charlie Blackmon gets back to first after his 5th inning single. Not much happened in the fifth. The Rockies did get a few base runners but failed to score, Blackmon did get to third.
Jeff Locke was removed from the game in the 6th inning. Yorvit Torrealba was on second and Charlie Blackmon on first with 2 outs. Tony Watson came into pitch, Corey Dickerson reached on an error and Torrealba scored. (2-2)
Torrealba scoring the Rockies tying run.
Wilin Rosario hitting a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs.
Rosario scored on a Nolan Arenado double his 20th of the season. Not bad since being called up in late April! along with his 9 home runs, 3 triples and 40 RBI’s. The Rox took a 3-2 lead.
Andrew McCutchen striking out in his 8th inning at bat.
Matt Belisle pitching in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Bettis pitched a complete 6 inning allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits and Striking out 3 and walking 2. Corpas pitched the 7th and Belisle in the 8th.
Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Unfortunately hit into an inning ending double play.
Rex brothers came in for the save and made the game interesting again. He gave up a single to Neil Walker start the inning.
After striking out Russell Martin who pinch hit in the inning for Garrett Jones, Tony Sanchez hit a double Martin went to 3rd. Starling Marte came into pinch run for Sanchez.
(The Brooms started coming out after the first out a little early for my liking)
Jordy Mercer would line out for the second out and Gabby Sanchez was intentionally walked to load the base’s when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Alex Presley would pop out to Arenado at third to end the game and the Rockies got the 3 game sweep o the Pirates it in the first time they swept a first place team since 2010.
It was a great series with three really great games. Things really seemed to change in this home stand.
The Rockies celebrate the sweep of the Pirates.
The Pirates are a strong team and defiantly be my team to root for if they make the play off a bunch of really good guys and they are the Rockies central, so it would be great to see the Clints Hurdle and Barmes do well again.
The Rockies are Currently playing a series with the Padres which I will be getting to all 3 this week.
Well That is it for this game and well see you at Coors.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was interesting in batting practice with in about 30 seconds of getting to the pavilions I had a shot at 2 baseballs one fell short into the first row and the second was to my right and I ran down the Isle and over ran the ball and it skimmed of the top of my head not really not hitting me it just took off my hat! I did get that ball. During the Pirates batting Practice I came close to a few but did not catch any then there was a ball hit about 4 or five rows up on the other side of aisle so I headed towards it, I went to hope the rail between the sections like I have many times and missed the bleacher seat on the other side and landed in the seat hitting my head on the top of the seat, I ended up bruising my shoulder, skinning my left knee, getting a cut under my right eye and getting another cut on my left ankle and the next day had a sore rib, also did not get the ball. I think my pride was hurt more than the injuries!
Andrew McCutchen grounded out to third for the last out of the inning.
The Rockies also went down in order in the 1st inning against the Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. They did get a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead
The Pirates got there first run and tie the game 1-1 in the 4th inning on a Russell Martin double.
Roger (Troy Tulowitzki) Dorn argues a strike out looking call once agin. Getting kicked out for it was just not enough. Sooner or later they are just gonna start tossing him more.
Garrett Jones slid into third in the 6th inning for a triple scoring Russell Martin from first and the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. Jones would also score on a Jose Tabata single 3-1 Pirates.
The Rockies fort back immediately in the 6th when Michael Cuddyer got things started with a single and advanced to second on a fly ball hit to center and Cuddy tagged up and reached second great hustle play by him in my opinion this is what really got the motivation for this team up.
Nolan Arenado than hit a double scoring Cuddy (3-2) Pirates. The next batter Jonny Herrera walk to have runners on first and second.
Charlie Blackmon came into pinch hit for Nicasio and hit a double to score Arenado to tie the game at 3.
Herrera and Blackmon both scored on a Dexter Fowler single for a 5-3 lead.
Dexter Fowler at second with the fist bump to Rene Lacheman.
Clint Hurdle would remove Burnett from the game after the Fowler at bat and Tony Watson would come into pitch for the Rockies.
Corey Dickerson hit a single to left field scoring Fowler and advancing to third on a throw from Starling Marte that Pedro Alvarez missed.
Corey Dickerson rounding first.
Fowler sliding into third as Alvarez gets the ball.
but does not hold onto the ball to score Fowler.
Corey Dickerson reaching third.
Josh Outman pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he started the inning by giving up a single to Josh Harrison on the first pitch of the inning. He hit the next batter Starling Marte. Alex Presley came in to pinch run for him. Neil Walker hit into a double play that Clint Hurdle did not agree with!!
He came out and was arguing with 2nd base umpire Adrian Johnson.
He must of said some key words because well Adrian Johnson tossed him from the game. it was awesome to see a manager get fired up!
Rex Brothers came in the 9th inning. He walked Gabby Sanchez to start the inning. Things got rough after he allowed the Next 2 batters Alex Presley and Neil Walker hit singles Sanchez scored on the Walker single which cut into the Rockies 3 run lead.
Walt Weiss heads out to the mound to talk to Rex.
It must have worked!
Brothers than struck out McCutchen and..
Alvarez to end the game and the Rockies won the second against the Pirate 6-4.
That is it for the second game from the Pirates series got another from this series.
So see you at Coors!
Also The Answers for the Roxivus Trivia Contest was Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook and Jason Marque. The winner of the contest was Dominic who answered the Question with Aaron Cook and Ubaldo. When I answered it I answered Ubaldo and Marque.
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of Series
My 51st game at Coors this year.
Since I came directly from work I arrived at Coors early for the 6:40 game. I got to the players entrance at about 2:35 and see if I could get any autographs. Earlier in the morning before I left for work I grabbed a 2012 All-Star ball that I had left from last year I have been meaning to bring it to see who I could get to sign it. After being there about 10 minutes a Car pulled up and it was The Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen who got out which was great because he happened to be the 2012 All-Star for the Pirates and I had him sign the ball. Another 5 minutes or so past when a Taxi pulled up and inside was Starling Marte who is in his first full year with the Pirates was in the Taxi. I have seen him play a few times over the last few years when going to Indianapolis and seeing the Indians play. He stopped and I had him sign what I am going to use as a Pirates team Item a photo of PNC Park in Pittsburgh that I had taken on a road trip in 2010.
this is the photo I had printed as a 11X14.
After doing real good with autographs out there I headed around to the Rockpile Gate and waited about an hour for the gates to open.
Then it was time for the game and I headed over to my usual spot and watched the game.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. At first things did not look like they would go well for Jorge today. Pirates lead-off batter Starling Marte got on base on the first pitch by hitting a single.
He would attempt to steal second while Jordy Mercer was batting and got caught for the first out of the game.
Mercer ended up hitting a single followed by a Andrew McCutchen single that (Roger Dorn) Troy Tulowitzki watched go by.
McCutchen hitting his single in the first.
Russell Martin also hit a single and load the base’s. Jorge turned it up and struck out Pedro Alverez and then Gaby Sanchez grounded out and ended the inning Jorge managed to get himself out of a tough inning very nice work by him. Jorge threw 26 pitched in the inning.
For those who do not get the Roger Dorn reference go rent Major League!
The Pirates starter was Francisco Liriano who came into the game with a 12-5 record for the year and a 2.83 ERA in 17 games. Dexter Fowler started the game of with a hard-line drive out to Mercer at short and it seemed like OK so this is how the game is going to go It will be a quick inning for the Rockies which has been somewhat the norm lately. But the next batter D.J. LeMahieu got and incredible inning started with a single, (RODO) Tulo managed to scrape together a walk. Michael Cuddyer hit a single which scored LeMahieu from second and (Rodo) Tulo advanced to third.
Wilin Rosario hit a double to right scoring Tulo and Cuddy who was on first.
Jose Tabata chases the ball into the right field corner.
Cuddy crossing the plate after Rosarios double. (3-0) Rox
Rosario scored on a Todd Helton single to make it a 4-0 game.
Jorge De La Rosa was the ninth batter of the inning for the Rockies he hit a pretty good shot to left and flew out. For a pitcher it was pretty good contact.
Neil Walker started the 2nd inning off the same way Marte did with a single he didn’t do it on one pitch, instead it was 3 but he got on base. As shown above he would eventually score the Pirates first run of the game. Jorge did walk 2 batters and give a single again to Marte. Walker scored on a sac-fly to center. (4-1) Rox
The Rockies and Wilin Rosario did not hold back in the 2nd inning. Fowler singled to start the inning and then LeMahieu flew out and Tulo would strike out looking for the 5 run game winning home run, oohhh wait we were already up by 3 nevermind! With 2 outs Cuddy hit a single scoring Dex who advanced to second on a throwing error on his single and tagged up to 3rd on LeMahieu fly out. (5-0) Rox Wilin Rosario did not let it end there he hit a 2 run home run to put the Rockies up 7-0. Yeah we got Tacos and it is only the second inning! It still did not stop Helton singled and scored on a Nolan Arenado single.
Arenado came home on a Charlie Culbertson double (9-0) Rox unfortunately the 2 out rally ended with the third out of the inning a hit back to Liriano by de La Rosa for the out. Once again the Rockies sent 9 guys to the plate in an inning.
Liriano was taken out off the game in the 3rd inning with 1 out and Vin Mazzaro came in to pitch for the Pirates. So Lirianos ERA jumped 3.14 after his 2.1 inning and well not to give away the ending he also recorded his 3rd lose of the year. The Rockies did get a 10th run in the third Fowler lead off this inning with a walk and scored on a Michael Cuddyer hit a ball to Mercer who tossed to Walker at second to get the hustling Tulo at second. Who am I kidding even if he was hustling he would have been out but Cuddys hustle did beat out the double play.
Alex Presley pinched hit in the pitchers spot in the for the Pirates in the 6th inning. He is another guy I have seen a few times in Indy. He was actually with them last month when I was there.
Jorge was taken out of the game after 5 innings. with a high pitch count and a 9 run lead. he pitched 106 pitches striking out 3 and walking 3, he gave up that 1 run on 8 hits he managed to work him out of 2 rough innings and pitched well the last 3 he pitched. I am sure run support helped his performance.
Clint Hurdle removes his third pitcher of the game Jared Hughs from the game with 2 outs and replaced him with infielder Josh Harrison.
Harrison faced Corey Dickerson who came into pinch hit in the for the pitchers spot and flew out to left.
Rex Brothers closed the game in the 9th for the Rockies not without a little drama but did get the 3 outs and ended the game.
Jonny Hererra tried to turn a double play after getting Marte out at second. Mercer got on first.
The third out was a hit to Jonny again to get Tony Sanchez out at first to end the game. Yorvit Torrealba was playing first in the 9th for the Rockies. He did bat in Heltons spot in the 8th inning.
The Rockies won this one 10-1.
Great way to start a home stand lets keep it going guys.
After the game we headed out to the players entrance again and got Pirates player Neil Walker on my 11×14 and Walt Weiss stopped and he signed 2 cards for me.
Gwinnett Braves Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Vs Indianapolis Indians Triple A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This was the 15th game of my road trip. This was the 2nd game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
After taking a few laps around the Ballpark area looking for parking since the parking lot we parked in sunday was for employees of the building during the week and others were full. I found a parking lot across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. Still think this looks like an airplane hangar. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl XLVI (46 for the roman numeral challenged) in February. I took the short walk to Victory Field.
This is a look at the Center Field entrance at the corner of West Maryland Street and South West Street. After getting my ticket and taking some photos outside. I looked across S.West St. and noticed this….
… yes that says 104 degrees. This was about 50 minutes before first pitch.
Despite the temperature I still took a walk around the stadium. This photo is of the grounds crew putting down the foul lines. This was the first time I have seen this proceed use it is a box with a filter on the bottom the place them on the ground and tap them with mallets these with baseballs on the end of a hammer handle. Somebody at the game said they do this at Great American Ball Park and in Columbus at Huntington Park. That is where the Columbus Clippers play.
Ex Rockie Jose Morales was the starting catcher for the Indians.
Here is a look of the indians stretching before the game with the J.W. Marriott and the Indianapolis skyline in the background.
Indians starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera throwing in the outfield.
I then noticed this easter egg under a seat along the left field line. This ball looked very used had no logos or other marks. This was the first ball I have gotten at this stadium and the first of the day.
Cabrera throwing in the bullpen.
Jose Morales catching in the bullpen.
Starling Marte signing autographs for fans. I had him, Chase D’Arnaud and Anderson Hernandez to sign my program. While i was by the wall for autos I met a fellow road tripper David who was also doing a road trip his Included Columbus, Cincinnati, The Louisville Bat factory, The Football Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll H.O.F. and other places. He was the person who told me about the boxes the were using for the lines.
Cabrera throwing the first pitch to the Braves Jose Costanza popped out to third. For the first out. Josh Wilson flew out to center. Felix Pie would hit a double. (pronounced PeeYea). The next batter Ernesto Mejia grounded out to end the inning.
Mejia taking a swing in the first. I walked to me seat in the process of the inning. Today I got a seat in the second deck on the first baseline. Both times I have been to this stadium I sat on the 3rd base side in the lower seating.
Almost immediately after the Braves 3rd out it started to pour. It was a slight rain during Mejia’s at bat, but before the first pitch could be thrown for the Braves the grounds crew pulled out the tarp.
So I headed to the concourse on the lower level to escape the rain. Here are a few photos during the rain delay.
Here is the water running down the steps while more drops fell.
I than looked up one of the stair cases and caught these to enjoying the rain. This was a well needed storm in the area. The Indianapolis area has been in a severe draught the whole summer. With many water restrictions in effect.
I think this security guard should be the highest paid person to step on the field for this afternoon because he stood there the whole rain delay. Major props to him.
Rowdy had some fun with the rain and the tarp, while entertaining the crowd!
A look of the field with the tarp and a rain-soaked Indianapolis in the background. The odd thing was that this rain delay was 2 hours and 27 minutes of almost continues rain and my relatives that live about 8 miles away did not see a single drop.
Jose Morales and Daniel Cabrera waiting in the dugout during the first slow down of the rain it would come down hard again and the rain delay continued. During the rain delay I met back up with David and we talked about our road trips. I was really cool meeting with someone else actually doing a trip. I have met many Rockies fans at away stadiums, but not someone doing a full road trip to many stadiums in a single trip like I do.
After about 2 hours the tarp was removed and they started working on the field.
The Braves finally took the field to resume the first inning. Here is there starting pitcher Eric Junge throws the first pitch to the Indians Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud lead the inning off with a single. He and Yamaico Navarro were the only 2 base runners for the Indians Navarro walked.
Chris Leroux came into pitch the second inning because of the long rain delay. The Indians did not bring Cabrera back out. Leroux sat the braves down in order. The Braves did the same in the 3rd.
Jose Constanza at bat in the 3rd inning. He hit the ball to second and was thrown out at first.
d’Arnaud strikes out for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would actually walk this at bat.
He was thrown out trying to steal second.
Billy Bullock pitched for the Braves in the 4th inning. Here he is warming up in the bullpen.
Starling Marte hits to third for ground out to lead off the 4th for the Indians once again they would go down in order.
After hitting a single and advancing to third Ruben Gotay gets caught between third and home in the 5th inning. The Braves scored 2 in the inning 2 solo shots by Jordan Parraz and J.C. Boscan. (2-0) Braves
Leroux got pulled out in the 5th. Brian Morris would come into pitch for the Indians.
With runners on in the 5th Morris contributes offensively for the Indians. move 2 runners over. The Indians did not utilize the 2 runners in scoring position and Chase d’Arnaud popped out to short to end the inning for the Indians.
Morris getting out in the 5th inning.
Starling Marte takes a swing in the 6th to get on base. He got on base but Anderson Hernandez was out st second.
Anderson breaking up the double play at second.
Yamaico Navarro takes a swing in the 6th inning.
Matt Hague safely slides into second on a Navarro single.
Adam Russell came in to pitch for the Braves with bases loaded in the 6th.
Jose Morales would hit a single to score Marte and Matt Hague to tie the game at 2.
Marte crossing the plate for the Indians first run.
Eric Fryer would than hit a single to score Yamaico Navario to take the lead 3-2.
Terry Tifee pinch hit for the Braves in the 7th here is d’Arnaud turning a double play to end the 7th.
d’Arnaud slides into third for his 7th inning lead off triple. He would score on a Hernandez fly out (4-2) Indians.
Josh Wilson grounds out for the Braves first out of the 8th inning. Morales was the only runner for the Indians in the 8th he got on base on a walk.
Stephan Gartrell lead off the 9th for the Braves with a single in this photo he is swinging for a strike but did get a single.
Tifee steps on second as the pinch runner for Boscon, Luis Durango scores at home.
Jay Chapman warms up in the bullpen for the Braves with hopes of the Braves taking the lead and he would pitch in the 9th for the Braves. The Braves did send 9 batters to the plate and score 4 runs to take the lead 6-4.
He did get to pitch the 9th.
Anderson Hernandez swings at a pitch for a strike. He was the last out he grounded out to second.
Chapman would sit the Indians down in order in the 9th and the game was over after a 2 hr. 27 min. rain delay and the game taking 3hrs and 24mins. to play the game ended the Braves Won 6-4. That was the end of the game and my road trip. I hung around a few minutes to see if I could get a ball while they were cleaning the dugout and did not get one. Everyone I asked said they could not touch them including a bat boy. Josh Wilson was the player of the game after he did a post game interview he signed some autographs.
Here he is grabbing a ball from David to sign.
So that was it for the game and my road trip. This was the 4th home team loss I have seen on this trip so the home record was 10 win 4 losses for my trip. Saw some great games. Met many cool people. Like always i would like to thanks everyone that let me stay with them including Amy’s Aunt, Uncles and cousins for getting ticket’s in Arlington and staying with them. To My family all over for letting me stay with them and everything else involved, Eating, driving going to games help with my truck and supporting this trip.
So you ask? I did mention I got 2 baseballs this game and only mentioned one well after I exited the stadium I walked down S. West street as I was walking I saw something in a bush in the median…
… and there it was the second ball. Who said baseballs don’t grow on trees. It must have been from BP who knows how long it was there but it was my second easter egg of the game. It was a very faded International League ball.
I am now home and after a long 16 and a half hour drive from Indy I got in about 10:30 last night. It took so long today to write this post because ontop of un packing and settle into being home. It was a rough day in Denver and I would like to send my condolences, my heart and prayers for the victims, family, friends and the whole Denver Community that was affected by the shooting during the night at The Aurora Town Center.
Well that’s it for this post and my road trip to use the home record of my trip to sign off 10-4 over and out. I will be back at Coors next week see you there!!!
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