Rangers vs. Rockies
Game 2of series
My 17th at Coors this year
Another bad batting practice today. Did have a few by me and one knocked out of my glove by a bare hand idiot. This is just something that drives me crazy because you rarely see them actually catch the ball and usually it deflects off there hand and hits someone else. This guy did end up with the ball because after he smacked at it bounce a row behind me and 2 behind him, I duck once it got deflected and he dove over the seats. It was not a bad day for autographs a bunch of guys signed and I got a Brandon Barnes card signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. he got the first 2 rangers batters out and then gave up a 1 run home run to Andre Beltre to give the Rangers a 1 run lead.
The first out of the game was a ground out by Chin Soo Choo to Charlie Culberson who made the start at second.
Prince Fielder struck out to end the inning.
Robbie Ross Jr. Started for the Rangers.
Charlie Blackmon hit a lead off home run for the Rockies to tie the game in the first.
Tulowitzki would get hit by this pitch to get on base. Carlos Gonzalez would hit a single top get Tulo to third.
Nolan Arenado was looking to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. This streak dates back to the White Sox series during the first home stand of the year.
This at bat he flew out to right field and Tulo scored from 3rd. to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game and pitched well. He did pitch till the 5th inning and had thrown 88 pitches in 5 complete innings. Which is over 17 pitches per inning. He control was the issue he only gave up 2 hits. He did walk 5 batters and only struck out 1 batter. The Rangers did only get 1 run on the Beltre homer in the 1st.
The Rockies did get a single run in both the 3rd and 5th inning. Drew Stubs lead off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Cargo single. It was his second hit of the game. The 5th inning run was also started with a Stubbs hit this time a double and scored single by Cargo to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead. This was Cargo’s 3rd hit of the game.
The Rockies bats really came alive in the 6th not that they were not hitting the first 5 innings, but in the 6th 7 of the 9 Rockies in the line up had a hit and most also had an RBI or scored.
Brandon Barnes was the first base runner of the inning. He hit a single and advanced to second on a error at first base.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double scoring him for the Rockies first run of the inning. Drew Stubbs got the second out of the inning a ground out to third then the hits really started coming Tulo hit a double followed by a single by Cargo. Nolan Arenado was walked, Justin Morneau, Charlie Culberson, Jordan Pacheco hit a single his second at bat and the runs kept coming with the men on base. Barnes hit a single his second trip to the plate. In total they had 8 hits and scored 6 runs. The Rockies had a 10-1 lead.
Drew Stubbs decided that 9 run lead wasn’t enough in the 7th and hit a lead off home run. Cargo hit his 5th hit of the game a ground rule double of the fence in left center.
Followed by a Arenado double to score the 1212 Rockies run of the game and extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
Arenado rounding first heading to second as Choo gets the ball in the left field corner.
Matt Belisle came in and pitched the Rockies, he gave up 2 hits and walked Elvis Andrus to load the bases. Both hits and walk came with 2 outs, He got out of the inning when Josh Wilson grounded out.
In an interesting twist the Rangers used Mitch Moreland to pitch he is and infielder and has been the DH this year for them. he was probly the best pitcher for the rangers all game he had the first 1,2,3 inning of the game in the 8th inning. This is a look of the second pitch he threw to Jordan Pacheco.
Andre Beltre sends one deep to center with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
That ball was caught be Drew Stubbs to end the game and the Rockies won the game 12-1 and the home stand with a 5-1 record.
Here are just some batting #’s :
Cargo went 5 for 5, 3 RBI’s
Tulo 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch, 1 RBI
Stubbs 3 for 4 a triple away from the cycle, 1 RBI
Pacheco 2 for 4 with a walk, 1 RBI
Barnes 2 for 2 in the 6th inning as a pinch hitter
What a great home stand for them these bats are just on fire and pitching is keeping them in the game. I think Blake Doyle may be a big factor in the batting, because he is a teacher and was not a player who hit well. After 4 batting coaches over the last few years I think he has really helped in getting the team as a whole batting so well. It is exciting to watch this team play again and you never know who will be the guy who gets the hit in the clutch or get things going not just relying on the middle of the order. From Charlie Blackmon leading off with big hits to the bottom 3rd of the order getting things done as well.
Marc Stout interviewing Cargo after the game.
That is it for this one the Rockies are playing the next 2 in Texas before heading to Cincinnati for 3 this weekend and then to Kansas City for 2 that I will be at.
So see you at Kaufman!!!!!
Mini road trip!
Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies
1st game of series.
My 16th game at Coors this year.
Before the game I headed in and went to the Pavilions for batting practice within a few minutes. Tommy Kahnle picked up a ball from the warning track and said high and he tossed it up to me. This was only my 4th ball of the year. It was pretty cool because I usually do not get to many toss ups. Then I head over to the first base wall to see if I could get some autographs and Brandon Barnes was one of the first to sign and I had just got a photo of him printed of his triple on opening day. Charlie Blackmon and Mike McHenry signed. So while I was standing there Marc Stout from root sports came up to me and asked about the 2 photos of photos I took of Charlie Culberson on Saturday night. He said that Charlie really like him and I said I had extra copies of them on me and he said he would send him over. Charlie then came over and I gave him a the photo of his swing and the black and white of him running to second from first. He also signed a copy of each for me.
both photos appear in my post about Saturdays game:
I thought that was cool that he saw the photo’s on twitter and I was able to get copies of them to him.
Jordan Lyle started the game for the Rockies he had an incredible outing He got the first 6 batters out, that he faced and the Rangers did not get a hit off him till the 3rd inning, it was a double by Elvis Andrus.
Martin Perez started for the Ranger he has been pitching very well this year and then he came to Coors!! After a pretty efficient 1st inning, where he struck out Brandon Barnes and got drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki to ground out. The second inning things changes as Carlos Gonzalez started the inning with a a double and Nolan Arenado he a 2 run home run to left field to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Before this game Perez went 46 inning without having a homer hit against him and went 26 inning without giving up a run.
with 2 outs D.J. LeMahieu hit a ball to Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. who threw to Prince Fielder at first and it thrown high and Princed got the ball and tagged D.J. the ball fell out of his glove and the umpire called him out. Walt Weiss came out and used his challenge and the call was overturned. here’s the link to the play :
With the challenge that brought up Jordan Lyle who has been hitting well, but did strike out in the at bat. Someone said it was weird to do that to get to the pitchers spot. I thought it was a good idea, because Lyles can hit and if he got out which he did it flips the line up so Brandon Barnes would hit lead off in the 3rd. inning. Barnes did lead off the 3rd and it benefitted the Rockies when he hit a lead off double and would score the Rockies 3rd run of the game, on a Cargo sac out.
The Rockies scored 2 additional runs in the 5th and 7th inning both the same way Drew Stubbs got the first hit of each inning a double and both were followed by a Troy Tulowitzki home run. Tulo has been hitting like crazy lately batting almost .600 at home and over .400 for the year. Once again it is great to see him hitting and playing the way we knew and expected him to hit over the past few years. He must be seeing beach balls being thrown by the pitcher. He also just won the April MLB player of the month and is making a case to get it in May as well.
The Rangers did score a run in the 6th inning. Shin-Soo Choo started the inning with a double and advanced on a Drew Stubbs error in center. Choo then scored on a Josh Wilson ground out to Tulo at short stop. The Rockies had a 7-1 lead.
This is what a Rockies pitcher looks like pitching in the 9th inning, he almost went the distance. He also batted, hit a single and scored the Rockies 8th run in the 8th inning. Like I said earlier he had an incredible game and kept the Rockies in this game.
He was removed in the 9th after Beltre hit a lead off single in the 9th. He gave up 7 hits and 2 runs the second was Beltre in the 9th. He struck out 5 and only walked 1 in his full 8 innings he pitched He pitched 104 pitches 71 for strikes.
Nick Masset pitched the remainder of the game. Masset was just called up from Colorado Springs, the first batter he faced was Prince Fielder who he walked then Alex Rios hit into a double play. He then gave up 2 single and the second Rangers run scored. The run really did not matter when you are up by 6. I would have left Lyles in till he was in a little more trouble then just giving up a single. But the Rockies got out of the inning and took he game 8-2.
It was another great start for Lyles who has been pitching great since his call up in early April for an injured Tyler Chatwood and kept himself in the starting spot and is now 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA. The Rockies are now 20-14 and 2 games back of the first place Giants.
So that is it for this one and the Rockies have another game at home before heading to Texas for 2 and then continue on a road trip to Cincinnati and Kansas City. I will be in Kansas City for that 2 game series first mini road trip of the year!!!
See you at Coors and Kaufman!
I also have to Thank E to the MNF’n B Yo for getting 5 guys on my 2014 team project since I was not able to make Sundays game he brought my 16×20 to the game and got me Ryan Wheeler, Chris Martin, Eric Young and Mike McHenry. Then this game got Blake Doyle while I was waiting for Charlie Culberson thanks E to the MNF’n B Yo!!!!
Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
First Game of Road Trip.
I drove from Denver to St. Louis the day before stayed the night in St. Louis and headed downtown about noon for this 7:15 game. I got downtown and to the stadium area about 1:30 after a stop and bad directions from the hotels front desk guy. They never seem to know where to go. Same thing happened 2 years ago in Washington D.C. So since I had almost 6 hours before the game I decided to do a little urban hiking around St. Louis. I found a place to park a few blocks north west of the stadium and started heading towards the Arch located by the Mississippi River took some photos along the way.
This is the Old Court House with the Arch in background. There is a park with a lot of art work and fountains that spans a few blocks leading up to the court house. More photos of those in a bit.
I then got to the park where the Arch is located it is really interesting to see in person I have driven by it a few times but have never really stopped. The first time I saw it was when I was driving west when I first moved from N.Y. to Denver. I think I took a photo of it as I drove by or something. Here is a few i took while walking around the park.
After going by the Arch and the Mississippi River I headed over and checkout Busch Stadium.
This is a photo by the left field side of the stadium. It is where the team store is located and many statues of players from the history of the St. Louis teams. The statues include Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean, Ozzie Smith, Red Schoendienst, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, “Cool Papa” Bell, George Sisler and Roger Hornsby.
Here are a few photos of the statues.
“Cool Papa” Bell
You can see behind the statue that they are building a new structure where the old stadium was located. This is the third Busch Stadium.
Along the walkways they have plaques in the ground commemorating different milestones in the team’s history, Including their 11 World Series Championships, Numerous National League Pennants, No Hitters and batting milestones such as Mark McGuire 1998 Home run race with Sammy Sosa.
Here is the one for the 1926 World Series win. I choose this one because this night he gave a way a commemorative stein.
Here is a look at the walk way along the 3rd base side. They also had them down the first base side side walk as well.
Also around the stadium in the brickwork they had many variations of the Cardinald logo Cardinals birds.
After walking around the stadium I decided to head back to my truck. I once again walked through the park with the fountain’s and art here are photos from earlier and this trip.
This is another look at the left field corner of the stadium from when I headed to the third base entrance to go into the stadium. It was still about an hour before the gates opened at 5:15. The gates at Busch Stadium open 2 hours before game time.
I headed back to the stadium to get ready to go in. I went to the third base entrance.
About 30 minutes before the gates opened I got in line.
After getting my Stein I headed out to left field for batting practice. The Rangers where batting and a few baseballs had already gone out there.
Here is a look of the in-field from between third base and the left field foul pole.
This is a look at the end of the seats. I always find it interesting the amount of detail that they put into this in most stadiums,
Not even 10 minutes into the stadium and I caught a ball hit by the Rangers. I am not sure who hit it but it was pitched by Ron Washington there manager who was throwing batting practice.
When batting practice ended I took a walk around the inside of the stadium to check it out.
These next 2 scoreboards were intresting I first looked at them and tried to figure out what they were. It was not of the games that happened or were happening this day.
Then I realized that they were the out of town scoreboards from the old stadium. This is from the National League games. There was another for the American league games.
The above is the one form the Cardinals game that day against the Reds. It was as they froze the day in time. The Rockies do the same thing at the end of the year they leave the out of town scoreboard as it was at the end of the last game of the season.
I decided to head up to my seat on the upper concourse. There were views of the arch from there also.
I walked around up there as well, here is a look from the right field side.
I noticed that at the top of the stadium they had the flags of all the teams in baseball and at the top of my section was the Rockies flag. Cool coincidence. They were in order of standings with in the division.
There were a bunch of first pitchers from people from different groups before this game this is the lead driver for the St. Louis Clydesdale Team representing Budweiser the sponsor of the nights Stein give away.
This is the view of the stadium and the St. Louis from my seat. It is why I sat there. It was the second to last row and had a great view. I took this photo many times during the night to get different looks as the sun set. You will see them scattered through the rest of this post.
This is the Cardinal starting pitcher ????? Lyons throwing in the first inning. He did not have a bad first inning facing 4 Rangers batters he did walk Elvis Anrus. He also struck out Andre Beltre to end the inning.
Derrick Holland started for the Rangers. He had a very shaky start. The Cardinals Matt Carpenter started with a double followed by a Carlos Beltran double scoring Carpenter. Matt Holiday walked.
Carpenter crossing home for the Cardinals first run of the game.
Yadier Molina was the first out in the inning he was the 5th batter of the inning.
Allen Craig got thrown out at home on a David Freese hit for the second out of the inning. Beltran and Holliday also scored in the inning. (3-0) Cards. A.J. Piezynski started the 2nd for the Rangers with a GRDB in left center.
Matt Holiday was only able to watch as the ball bounced into the stands. The Rangers scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning. The rangers sent 9 batters up in the inning, besides the Piezynski GRDB Mitch Moreland also hit one down the left field line. (4-3) Rangers
Another look at the view beyond the outfield.
Tyler Lyons was taken out of the game in the second inning. Lyons would pitch only 1 2/3rd innings. He was responsible for all 4 runs and 3 hits he walked 3 and struck out 1.
Joe Kelly would come into the game.
Ian Kinsler who Lyons walked scored on a Cruz single. The first batter he faced. That was the fourth run that Lyons was accountable for.
Once again another view of the outfield.
The Cardinals did tie the game at 4 in the 2nd inning Pete Kozma started the inning with a double and scored on passed ball from third.
Another Yadier Molina swing I seemed to get good shots of him, unfortunately he kept getting out on good photo this time he popped out to third in the 3rd inning.
This is the last view of the outfield. After it got dark you were not able to see the Arch in photos anymore!
Jon Jay making contact in the 6th inning. He did line out to second to end this inning. St. louis did not get another hit off Holland till the 8th inning. After Holland settled down he pitched very well and kept the Rangers in the game. He pitched 7 innings. Letting up the 4 runs in the 1st and 2nd. He walked 3 and struck out 4.
Neil Cotts replaced Holland for the Rangers in the 8th.
For the Cardinals Randy Coates came into pitch for the Cardinals with 2 outs and Adrian Beltre on first. Kelly pitched 5 innings giving up 5 hits and no runs he held the Rangers very well through these five inning.
Elvis Andrus hit a sac bunt in the 9th for the Rangers moving Kinsler to second on the play and then Kinsler got to third on a wild pitch by Trevor Rosenthal who pitched for the Cardinals in the 9th.
Andrus at first he got on base do to a Rosenthal throwing error to first.
Nelson Cruz hit a single that scored Kinsler and Andrus giving the rangers the lead (6-4).
Elvis Andrus with the 6th and final run for the Rangers.
Matt Carpenter walked with 2 outs in the 9th for the Cardinals. Bringing Carlos Beltran to the plate.
Beltran flew out to left center to end the game. The Rangers took this game 6-4.
This was a nice stadium; I would probably go back to this one again. The area around the ball park is developing and is very nice as you saw with the nearby park. I did like the history of the team they had around the stadium including the scoreboards and statues. The one thing that I did not like is it was not an open concourse like Coors and many other stadiums have. Their flex pricing kinda stinks and some game including this one are priced really high. $40 for the seat I was in. If I went a night earlier the seats were $20. Since it was only one game I really did not care as much about the price. If I was to go there regularly it would be very difficult to go to many games like I am able to at Coors. I do recommend if you have not been to Busch Stadium I would definitely recommend it.
The Rangers did go on and sweep the Cardinals in this series. I only went to this one game.
That is it from St. Louis I have another game in Columbus, Ohio after this as I make my way east to Boston for the 2 games the Rockies have against the Red Sox.
See You around.
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