Tagged: The Deuce

Tulo does what? hmm… it is not that cold, so I know I am not in Hell!

4-19-2012

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

My 7th game of the season.

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The Starting pitchers were Jhoulys Chacin vs. Ian Kennedy

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Here is a photo during the National Anthem. It seems rare that all 7 starters are out there at the same time, so had to take this. Most of the guys are already done warming up before the Anthem starts and are usually already by the dugout.

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Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies tonight in what started off a pitchers duel. Ian Kennedy was hitless Chacin Let up a single to Gerrado Parra but got out of the inning with a double play ball hit by Paul Goldschmidt. The first base runner for Kennedy was a walk to Josh Ruthledge in the 4th.

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Kennedy struck out 5 Rockies in the first 4 innings including Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez in the 1st. Michael Cuddyer and Helton in the 2nd and Chris Nelson in the 3rd.

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Ian Kennedy Pitching in the first inning.

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Before the Game Amy Blake Street Babe / Take from Blake was chosen for one of the promotions it was the Topps match game. She won and got a prize bag with 2 T-Shirts, a hat and 2 packs of Topps baseball cards.

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Rene Lacheman giving what we have named the spiel this in it self is worth the price of admission. If you have a child and sit down the first baseline he may come over and give them a ball. I have seen him do this at the Springs and now it is awesome to see it on a daily bases at Coors this year. He is a very interesting baseball guy loaded with stories of his 50 years in the game of baseball. When we see him we always ask if he has time for one, they are that good. I had mentioned 1 or 2 here before during the Rockies Hot Stove meetings in January.

IMG_7726 Tulo taking a wild swing during his first inning at bat. He did line out to Kennedy this at bat.

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During the inning we did some visiting out in right field. I like sitting out here. The last time I did sit in this area was for a 2009  playoff game against the Phillies. Here is a look at Chacin pitching to Paul Goldschmidt.

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After the Rutledge walk in the 4th inning and Cargo strike out. Kennedy’s 6th of the game. Troy Mister not so clutch came to the plate so as usual we were figuring out how he would end the inning. Who had a pop up to third or such things. He ended up proving us wrong by hitting a 2 run home run to give the Rockies the lead this was his 5th of the year and so far the one that mattered the most. As much of a critic I am of his I like when he proves me wrong. I think he actually yelled who’s clutch now Rox Addict as he ran the base’s. But this is not confirmed! The Rockies took the lead 2-0.

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Michael Cuddyer slides into second base for a double in the 4th. He left on base but he got to second on nothing but hustle, which tends to cause the other tea to commit errors. This happens because of rushed throws or because players are out of position for the unexpected attempt. Great to see him play this way.

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Chris Nelson who is so earning his place at third base leads the 5th inning off with a triple. He has made a few mistakes but also a bunch of great plays at the hot corner and contribute well at the plate.

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Chacin contributes to the effort with a sac fly to center scoring Nelson. (3-1)

Chacin was taken out of the game in the game in the 7th inning after a pitch. He said he had tightness on his side after a pitch. They did give him Ice treatment and eletrostimulation (or what ever it is called, that’s why I am not Dr. Rox Addict) that night and he was feeling better the next night when I saw him but was placed on the 15 day disabled list, Which sucks because he has been pitching real well and had a injury prone season last year.

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Wilton Lopez came into the game to pitch for the Rockies after Chacins injury. Lopez pitched well this inning striking out Cody Ross and A.J. Pollack. This was probably his best performance with the Rockies.

IMG_7806Here is one of those mistakes from Chris Nelson it was a throwing error to Todd Helton at first. It did cost the Rockies a run making the score 3-1, But did not make much of a difference. Parra scored for the Diamond backs on the play from second which he got to on defensive indifference after hitting a lead off single.

This was the Rockies first win of this series 4th of this home stand and 12th win of the season. This is the best start by the Rockies in there history.

Well that is it for this one I am a few game behind in getting post done do to trying to get autographs and finish my team 16×20 which only needs about 9 players on it as I am writing this. Well that is it for this one I have 2 more from the Rockies series coming up and I will be at Coors for all 3 against the Braves weather permitting and I will probably be there if it doesn’t permit anyway!  Love sitting in weather delays. I think that is why I really go to so many games!!!!

O.K. see you at Coors!!!

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Photo Day 2012.

7-29-2012

Cincinnati Reds Vs Colorado Rockies

Cincinnati Reds first Place in the National League Central by 3 games the Rockies second worst team in the Major Leagues!

O.K. before I start about the day Just want to give a S/O to the Rock Nation Crew who on Aug. 4th will be holding an Equipment drive.

Here is the info.

O.K. as always on a Sunday I headed to Coors early. I met up with X, Rachel, Julie and the rest of the Sunday morning crew. The gates were a little earlier today because instead of autograph Sunday it was photo day. This is a fun day that you get to hang on the field  and have some fun interacting with the players and coaches. So when the gates opened we headed to the field and decided to head out to left field. While we were waiting for the players we had some fun and took some photos.

Oh Yeah who said short white guys can’t jump!!!

Shortly after the players started heading out and we noticed  Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario heading to the section to our right. So we went over to them.

Here is me with Wilin Rosario.

Carlos Gonzalez and I.

After we headed back to our spot Rafael Betancourt was by the area we had left our stuff and Julie held for us. here is Julie with Rafael Betancourt.

After Betancourt The Deuce was not far behind. Here is Gary X with Him.

Then I got to take a photo with him.

Which was kinda interesting because I have been one of his biggest critics over the last few years and have not always had the best experiences when meeting him.. He was actual not a Deuce today. He was pretty cool, took his time and sociable with the fans. Most asked how he was and when will he be returning to the line up. He is doing well and should be back in early September.

To the left is a photo of Bo McLaughlin The Rockies new Pitching Coach.

 Carney Lansford and Rich Dauer. Hmm in this photo can you figure out who does not have a World Series ring!!

A and X with Big Jim Wright!

To the Left A and X with Matt Belise.                                                                                             

 Josh Roenicke and Rex Brothers.

Brooklyn in Da house. Adam “No Sleep To Brooklyn” Ottavino, Adam grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Matt Reynolds with the card that X made for him with a photo I took.

X and A with Jorge De La Rosa. I asked Jorge when I should be back from having Tommy John Surgery and he said soon it has been about 14 months or so since he had it he said he is feeling good and rehab is going well.

To the left Eric Young Jr.         

                  To the right Rockies first base coach  Glenallen Hill.

Manager Jim Tracy.

Christian Friedrich

I did get a bunch more but this post is long enough others were Jerry Weinstein, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Josh Fields.

It was a fun day with the players. I think it is really cool that the Rockies do this and it is a lot of fun. I also want to thank Matt Belise and Drew Pomeranz for doing a running man!

Drew is the first player to actually do it twice he also did it at fan fest in January.

After photo day was over it was time to get down to the normal business of the day. The pitches came out and did their normal warm ups.

Here is Jorge De La Rosa throwing to trainer Keith Duggar.

Also got a few autos one was Jim Tracy on my photo I have been having everyone sign. Wilin Rosario on a card. Drew Pomeranz on a Tulsa pocket schedule I got on my road trip.

It was then time to play ball. The starter for the Rockies was Jonathan Sanchez. This was his Coors debut. He was recently acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie.

This is his first Coors field pitch to the Reds lead off batter Zack Cozart. Cozart would pop out to second for the first out of the game.

Sanchez would walk the second batter Drew Stubbs. Who would than steal second.

Brandon Phillips would single which scored Stubbs from second, also tried to steal second but was not as succesful as Stubbs. Sanchez would strike out Todd Frazier for the final out of the inning. (1-0) Reds

Dexter Fowler on his quest for his record all-time leader in triples for the Rockies lead off the inning by not accomplishing that record, but reached base by walking. Josh Rutledge batted second.

He would hit his second MLB home run and first one at Coors. He has been a great addition to this team in the past few weeks with and including this game he is batting .379 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 58 at bats. He also has 22 combined hits and 8 RBI’s. (2-1) Rockies

Michael Cuddyer would also reach base with some hard running and a rushed throw from Zack Cozart at short that…

… pulled Miguel Cairo off first.

The Reds started the 2nd off aggressively Chris Heisey  hit a lead off triple he would score on a sac fly by Cairo to center and tied the game at 2.

I am going to try to make this one brief the Reds would than score a run in the 3rd. The Rockies would not produce in the third Cuddyer and Rutledge would both get hits but would not score. The starting pitcher for the Reds Matt Latos would sit the Rockies down in order in the 4th.

Jonathan Sanchez would get really roughed up in the 5th. Cozart lead off with a single Stubbs hit a 2 Run home run. (5-2) Reds 2 batters later Jay Bruce would hit a solo shot. ( 6-2) Reds. After that  Sanchez was removed from the game by manager Jim Tracy.

Here he is leaving the mound.

Carlos Torres would come into pitch for the Rockies and would strike out the first 2 Reds he faced in the 5th to get out of the inning. he would pitch the complete 6th and 7th ining. Facing 9 Batters in his  2/3rd innings. Striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit. The hit was a double by Ryan Hannigan.

Dex sent one for a ride in the 5th which looked like it may have gone out but fell short and was caught by Jay Bruce on the right field track.

Mike Ekstrom pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did not have a great outing but he did  let up an additional run on 2 hits and a Rutledge error at short.  (7-2) Reds

Matt Reynolds pitched the 9th for the Rockies  Striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He did let up one hit to Stubbs.

The Rockies would attempt a 2 out rally in the bottom of the 9th, After Andrew Brown would get a single when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot. Josh fields who was brought in a double switch in the 6th would hit a single. Dex then grounded out to end the game. The Reds won 7-2 and swept the Rockies this weekend. It looks like my days of seeing home team walk off wins have ended now that I am back home. It is just something we are getting use to at Coors. Well that is it for this one besides the Rockies loss it was a great day hanging at Coors today. Once again thanks to the players and coaches for having a photo day for the fans.

Here is a few others from our time on the field.

Mary O and Me.

Me waiting for my marker back that Jim Tracy was signing with.

Then these to girls had this sign that said show me how to Tulo. So read their definition!

O.K. so now my Tulo dig for the post yes I have to go there. I thought Tulo-ing would be when there is 1 out with 2 runners on and he pops out to the first base or third base line. Now I only say this because I have seen several time this year. Maybe after this injury things will turn around for him with him.

Well that’s it for this one I should be at Coors most of the week as they face the Cardinals and Giants in the next week.

I may also have a surprise post mid-week. Covering something I normally would not cover!

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Local guys do well and I am not talking about the Rockies!

8-3-2011

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.

Here’s Chris Iannetta giving him the ball after his throw which was over the plate but high, Hey he did not bounce it!!

 

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.

Jimmy Rollins Dives back to the bag after his lead off walk.

Bob Apodaca heads out to the mound after Hammel walked Shane Victorino.

Jimmy Rollins Crossing hame after Pences sac-fly.

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.

Roy Halliday pitching in the 1st. Inning.

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.

What a Mess against the Mets

5-10-2011

NY Mets Vs Colorado Rockies

Game 2
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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.

                             Carlos Beltran takes a ball before walking in the first.
 David Murphy scoring the second run with Jose Reyes already at home after the Davis single making the score 2-0 Mets

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.

Iannetta is the man!

5-9-2011

NY Mets Vs. Colorado Rockies

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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
to sign.

 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.

 

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                         Mets Catcher Josh Thole heading to the Bullpen.

 

 
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                               The hosers from the opposite side of the field.

 

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                  Rockies Jhoulys Chacin long tossing in the outfield before the game.

 

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Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie, 1st baseman Ike Davis and Shortstop Jose Reyes during warm ups.

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                       Jose Reyes taking some swings during warm ups.

 

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                       A look at the Rockies during the National Anthem

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                                      Another look across the field

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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.

 

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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.

 
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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.

 

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                 Jose Reyes grounds out to Jonny Herrera in the 3rd inning.

 

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               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. 

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                             Jason Pridie catches a Ian Stewart fly to center in the 7th.

 

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Taylor Buchholz heading to the mound for his first appearance since leaving the Rockies late last season.

 

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                Taylor Buchholz pitching to Dexter Fowler in the 8th inning.

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                                       Heading to the mound in the 9th inning

 

 

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                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.

 

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        The Rockies running to the field to celabrate their win. Love the Iman fist pump.

 

 
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           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.

 

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This guy definatly has the best hair of the game. Tottally forgot his name but see himm at a lot of games.

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                                      Tom Helmer firing up the crowd.

 

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                           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.

 

It only took a Second in the Second

 4-30-2011

Pirates Vs. Rockies

Starters: Jason Hammel

              Paul Maholm

 

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                                Jason Hammel heading to the bullpen for warm ups.

 

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Seth Smith either just scored a touchdown for the Jets or he is doing is best Laura Ingles impersonation!

 

 

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                    Jhoulys Chacin and Rafael Betancourt in the Rockies Dugout!!!

 

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                          Chris Iannetta and Jason Hammel Heading in for the game.

 

 

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        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.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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          Dexter Fowler puting down the bunt in the 1st inning he was thrown out at first.

 

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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 with a Giant Win!

4-20-2011

Rockies Vs. Giants

Starters: Jorge De La Rosa

             Matt Cain

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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.

 

 
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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.

 
 

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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.

 

 

 

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                  Glenallen Hill looks on as the players warm up before the game.

 

 
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                                          Dexter Fowler and Glenallen Hill

 

 

 

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         The creative BNW to show off my mad photo skillz during the National Anthem

 

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                          Ubaldo heads over to the crowd to sign autographs

 

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Before the game the Rockies Remembered Keli McGregor. After amoment of silence his children threw out the first pitch.

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             The pitches were thrown to The Deuce, Ryan Silbourghs and Todd Helton

 

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Matt Belise heads out to the bullpen with the rest of the bullpen staff. Clayton Mortenson has the pink princes bag for this game.

 

 
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                Jonny Herrera gets a few sprints in before the start of the game

 

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                                          Cargo signing autographs

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                  Jorge De La Rosa and Jose Morales heading in to start the game

 

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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.

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                                        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.

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         Pat Burrell can only watch as Ty Wiggingtons homer sails over his head.

 

 

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                        1000th Career hit and his 1st Rockies Homerun.

 

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             Wiggington Hi Fives 3rd base coach Rich Dauer. The Homerun scored 3 runs

                                             making the score (4-1) Rox

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               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.

 

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              Helton slides into 3rd after tagging up on the Smith sacfly in the 3rd. 

 

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  A view of Coors from section 155 these seats are right above the 390ft in Left               

                                                    Center.

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                                        Dex makes a catch in center.

 

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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.

 

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Spili rounding 2nd after his 3 run pinch hit HR in the 7th. This was Spili’s 2nd career pinch hit HR.

 

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                 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.

 

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                    The Deuce hi fives Jonny Herrera after the Rockies Win.

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                                     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.

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                                 The Crowd behind the Root Sports Desk.

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                 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Even The Losers win Sometimes!

 4-16-2011

Cubs Vs. Rockies

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Starting Pitchers: Jason Hammel for the Rockies, Casey Coleman for Da Cubs.

 

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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!

 

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                        Ty Wiggington before the game heading out to the field.

 

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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.

 

 
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                              The Deuce catching a throw from Stewart.

 

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 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.

 

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               The Norad & US Northcom Leaving the field after the National Anthem.

 

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                                              An Here it is The BNW….

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                                    …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.

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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.

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                              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.

 

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Cubs outfielder crashes into wall on the Deuces triple to the wall to lead of the second.

 
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                          The Deuce heading to third with his stand up triple.

 
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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.

 

 
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Seth Smith rounding first on his way to second for his lead off double in the 4th inning.

 
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                       Ty Wiggington after the ball plunked him in the left elbow.

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         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.

 

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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.

 

 
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seth Smith can only watch the ball head to the Rox bullpen onSoriano’s solo HRin the 5th.    
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                                 Chris Iannetta grounding out in the 6th.  

 

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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.

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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!!!!

Chacin = Money Completly !

4-15-2011

Cubs Vs. Rockies

 

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                      Starting Pitchers: Chacin for the Rox, Garza for the Cubs

 

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Kinda a slow day in Batting Practice, But 1 of the few hit out by the Cubs my friend Mike Murphy caught it was his first ball ever and it was a great catch.

 

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Like always we headed over to the first baseline. Jhoulys Chacin long throwing in the outfield.

 

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                                          The Rockies starters warming up.

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                        Jonny Herrera throwing to Jose Lopez and Todd Helton

 

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If you noticed the 42’s on all the uniforms, It was because it was Jackie Robinson Day.Every year MLB has every player  wear #42 on this day. It is the only number retire in the entire league for all teams. Except for the Yankees Mariano Rivera because he had the number before the league retired it. This day the Rockies and all of the Major League baseball teams commerate Robinson for being the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in 1947.

 

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                              The starting line up during the National Anthem.

 

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                  Jhoulys Chacin Throwing first pitch to the Cubs Starling Castro for a Strike. Chacin pitched a quick 1,2,3 inning. Catro Grounded out, Barney K’d and the 3rd out was hit to Helton for a unassited out. The Rox went down with Garza striking out Fowler and Gonzalez and Herrera grounded out. The Cubs started the 2nd with a lead of single by Ramirez the chacin got his 2nd strike out of the game then allowed a second single to Soriano who was double up on a 4,6,3 double play hit by Colvin. 

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               In the top half of the 2nd Umpire Jerry Layne was hit by a Carlos Pena line drive in the right shine. It look a lot worse then it was and he did come out of the game.

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He did walk off the field on his own. The remaining 3 ump’s completed the game Minor League style.

 

 The Rockies second was the most eventful of the game and pretty much all that was needed Tulo and Helto both hi singles. Garza then walked Seth Smith to load the bases and Iannetta hit a triple to deep to centerfield it was thrown into the cubs dugout and Iannetta also scored 4-0 Rox. Lopez did strike out between the Smith walk and the Iannetta triple. The Rockies sent 9 batters to the plate in that inning.Lopez, Chacin and Cargo where the outs. 
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               The Deuce Tulo scores first run of the game off the Iannetta triple.

 
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                             Helton score with Seth Smith close behind 3-0 Rox

 

 

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                        Iannetta scoring the 4th run after the bad throw to 3rd.

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              Chacin grounding out in the bottom half of the 2nd inning for the 2nd out.

 

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A look towards homeplate slightly after sunset Coorsfield has some of the best view during sunset. Definatly makes sitting sitting in the upperdeck worth it. Between the sunsets you see from rightfield to the reflected light on the clouds after the sunset it make for a great experience.

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                    Looking to the mountains to the west. With a cool lens flare.

         Not much happened between the bottom of the 2nd til the bottom of the 5th when Jonny Herrera scored on a Todd Helton double which was Helton’s 528th career double, which has him by himself 33rd on the all time list for double. 1 more will tie him with Al Oliver, 5 more will tie him with H.O.F Yankee Lou Gehrig for 32nd on the all time list.

 

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                                     Helton stepping on 2nd for double 528      

 

Jhoulys Chacin pitch a shutout for his first career complete game. He struck out 7, walking 1, letting up only 6 hits. Also pitched 4 innings facing only 3 batters. Chacin is money for the Rockies and I hope he continues pitching like this and has a break out year. Chacin has great controll and nasty movement on his pitches. He is 3 and 0 for the season with 14 strikeouts, pitched 114 pitches and a 1.64 ERA.  

 

                   It was the Rockies 7th win in a row and they now have a 11-2.

 

                                  More posts to follow from the Cubs series

     

BEAT LA!!!!!!!!Sweepness!!!!!

 4-6-2011

Dodgers Vs. Rockies

Starters: Hammel for the Rox

             Billingsley for Dodgers

 

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Before the game the Colorado Rapids soccer team celabrated their MLS Championship with the Rockies fans, Yes Colorado has a Soccer team and yes they won it all last year.

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                           The Rapids brought along some hardware The MLS Cup.

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              Dinger was having fun with the whole soccer theme before the first pitch.

 

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                             The Colorado Rapids Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni

 

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Championship MVP Connor Casey, Connor Scored the game tieing goal in the final game.

 
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                       Right Pablo Mastroeni Left Connor Casey throwing the first pitch.

            For more on the Colorado Rapids and Schedule http://www.coloradorapids.com/

             Thanks to Mary and the Ushers that allowed me to be fieldside for this.

 

 

                              Now I Belive their was a Baseball Game!!!!!

 

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                                   Like always the hosers were there!!!!!

 

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                           Behind the Rockies Dugout during the National Anthem

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                             Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta heading to the field 

 
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                          Rockies taking the field for the last game of this homestand

 

 

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 Jason Hammel throwing first pitch to the Dodgers Rafael Furcal. Furcal would get out, then Casey Blake hit a single and Andre Either would hit into a 3,6,3 double play a unconventional DP but executed perfectly by Helton and the Deuce.

       The Rockies had a very aggresive first inning dispite Fowlers groundout to Dodgers first baseman James Loney.

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                              Seth Smith was batting second this game

 

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in this photo he takes a pitch for a ball, But a few pitches later he rips one to the outfield for a double.

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Smith rounding first and heading for second. Cargo hit a Double of his own scoreing Smith for the first run of the game. After The Deuce popped out to short, Helton walked and Lopez hit in Cargo from second this brought the Rox up 2-0. Lopez has been a great addition to the team so far batting .364 at this point with a homerun. We will miss Barmes but I think this may pan out for the best. 

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                                   Cargo taking a pitch for a strike 

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                    Seth Smith scoring the Rox first run after the Cargo Double. 

 

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                              Jose Lopez during his at bat in the 1st inning.

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The Dodgers Matt Kemp lead off the second inning with that very Familiar 6,3 groundout. Followed by a James Loney solo Homerun that was hit one section to the left from where I was standing. After Uribe and Paul both GO I headed up to my seat in 307.

    The Rox second started with a Chris Iannetta walk followed by a Jason Hammel Sac Bunt.

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                       The inning ended by a Smith and Fowler each striking out.

The Dodgers would score 3 runs in starting off with a Rod Barajas HR which was caught by Dan. Nice Catch!  Hey Rod Barajas remember that time you were a Met!!! Then got 2 more on a few walks and hits. Hammel had his notorious bad inning but got out of it a lot better then in the past the Dodgers were up 4-2 and then the Rox came up for the bottom half of the 3rd.

    With Cargo leading off with a walk and a Tulo’s first hit that was not a HR Todd Helton stepped to the plate he hit a 3 run HR. that bounce off the top of the auxilary scoreboard in rightfield. Scoring 3 runs and the Rox taking the lead back from the Dodgers 5-4 Rockies.

 

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Fans reacting to the Helton Homer as it bounces past them. You can see the ball over the first row third seat in.

After Hammel faced 4 batters in the forth the Rox came up and scored 2 more in the bottom of the 4th. On the Deuces third homer of the season and third consecutive game with a HR. 7-4 Rox.

 

        The rest of the game was somewhat uneventful with only the Dodgers scoring 1 in the 8th. Hammel pitched 5 letting up 6hits, 4 runs, 2 homers, walking 3 and striking out 2.

Morales came in for the 6th and 7th. Facing 7 batters striking out 2 in the 2 innings. Lindstrom pitched the 8th letting up a DB to Kemp who later came around to score. 7-5 Rox which would end up being the final score. 

 Street closed the game in the ninth, letting up 2 basehits to Barajas and Carrol. He then retired Furcal with a flyout to left and ended the game with 2 incredible strike outs. First to Dodgers pinch hitter Gimenez and then Either for the final out of the game.
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                  Huston Street strikes outs Andre Either for the final out of the game.  

        Rockies win 7-5 and are now 4-1 on the season. After this game they headed to Pittsburgh. The first game they won, The Deuce hit another HR in that game. Making it 5-1 on the season then friday night the played a 14 inning marathon which they lost. 5-2 on the season and one of the best starts for the Rox in their history. As I am writing this the Rox are 6-2 on the season after yesterdays win against the Pirates.

 On Wenesday during Batting Practice I finally got my first ball of the year at Coors a bouncer of the track hit by the Rockies. Then went on to catch to clean on the fly off the Dodgers. making it three balls for the year. This was only the second time I got 3 and also only the second time I got balls from both the Rockies and the visiting team. 

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My take on the day the top 2 were from the Dogers the bottom was the first of the year from the Rox.  

 

Thanks for taking a look. Go Rockies. I am the Rox Addict and I will see you at Coors on Friday when the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs.

 

           Now for the creative shot of the game to show off my made photo skillzs!!!!

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                           and for the first time not in BNW “Roberts Glove”