San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
My 18th and 19th games of the season
Due took lake of photos and time I am doing a combined post for these 2 games against the Padres.
The first was a pitching battle Between Rockies Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and the Padres and former Rockies Eric Stultz.
Jorge De La Rosa throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. Who he struck out after Evereth Cabrera ground out he would also strike out Chase Headley.
Eric Stulzs the did start to bad either he got Charlie Blackmon to ground out, Drew Stubbs struck out and Troy Tulowitzki flew out to right field.
After 3 complete hitless inning for both the Rockies and the Padres Stubbs got a ball down the 3rd base line for a double to break up the No-No for Stultz. The Padres did have 2 base runners in the 2nd Carlos Quentin walked and he got out at second on a Cameron Maybin hit ball which was a fielder choice and Maybin got on first. He would make the third out after a bad jump on a stolen base attempt and end the inning.
Stubbs making the turn at first with Eric Young giving him the O.K. to head to second.
Jorge continued to pitch very well in the 4th still facing the minimum amount of batter to this point 12 up 12 down not with out a base runner but with no hits. The Rockies put together a few hits in the 5th and Jorge got on base because of a Jedd Gyorko error scoring Jordan Pacheco from third to contribute to his cause and get the Rockies on the board 1-0. He did hurt his leg a little running out the play but was O.K. and remained in the game.
Jorge continued is reign over the Padres through 6 innings. Bud Black removed Stultz in the 7th after Blackmon hit a single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. 2-0 Rockies.
Nick Vincent came in for the Padres instead of throwing a pitch is first throw was to first base.
Yonder Alfonso missed the ball and the ball bounced around in foul territory and Blackmon advanced to second.
Denorfia broke up Jorge’s No-No in the 7th with a double. That was the only hit that Jorge would give up till a single by Todd Hundley in the 8th and he was then removed from the game by Walt Weiss.
After arguing a strike 3 call in the 8th someone missed his first half inning of the year. Nolan Arenado was tossed from the game.
LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th with a slight bit of drama Denorfia started the inning with his 2nd double of the game and only the third hit for the Padres of the game. He later scored Headley single but the Rockies still had a 3-1 lead the third run was in the 8th. tulo scored after a lead off single.
Cameron Maybin strikes out to end the game and the Rockies won 3-1. What a great game to watch if you are into great pitching and a low amount of hits which does cut down on action and photos because well how many shots can you get of the pitcher pitching!
Now the second game of the series was not as great from the pitching side of things.
Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and started with a 5-0 record for the year and has pretty much been the Rockies best starter this year. The Padres decide to prove other wise after a strike out to Denorfia he walked Cabrera and Seth Smith who started for the Padres today in right field. The second out was also a strike out this one to Headley but Alfonso hit a double scoreing both of the walk recipients and giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. The first half inning was played with a pretty good rain coming down.
It cleared up in the bottom of the 1st and Robbie Erlin started the game for the Padres Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a typical Charlie Blackmon lead off a single with a head first dive into first base. He would get doubled up at second on a Stubbs hit. Then Tulo hit a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board 2-1 Padres.
Now this game I was just extremely tired and did not photograph too much only taking 65 photos all game and considering most of them were the 5 or 6 of each pitcher who started it really was not that many. The Padres continued the 2 run trend in the 2nd and 3rd inning to give themselves a 6-1 lead. Lyles only pitched 3 1/3rd innings giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Walking 6 striking out 3. he just did not have his stuff tonight and could not find the strike zone. This is what really baffled me because he has been such a consistent and effective pitcher at home and on the road. Patrick Saunders from the post did tweet during the game that Lyles kept looking at his fingers so I wonder if it was a bad grip due to a blister or something to that extent.
The bullpen did do a pretty good job the remainder of the game Chris Martin who pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies did give up a 2 run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quinten. But Tommy Kahnle finished the 4th and pitched the complete 5th. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th.
Bud Black removed starter Erlin in the 6th and once again went with Nick Vincent.
The Rockies did get a run in the 4th and 5th off Erlin. Stubbs lead off the 4th with a single and scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly and Justin Morneau after a lead off double scored a Pacheco single in the 5th. After 5 it was 6-3 Padres.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 6th on a Gonzalez double scoring Stubbs and Tulo to bring the game within 1 run. The Padres still had a 6-5 lead.
Remember the 2 run home run given up by Martin in the 8th well that gave the Padres a 8-5 lead and that was also the final score.
The Padres won this one and the series is split 1-1 with 1 more to go on Sunday!
That is it for these 2 I will be at Coors Sunday as well see you there Go Rockies!
Colorado Rockies @ Kansas City Royals
Kauffman Stadium, K.C., Missouri
My 18th game of the year
1st away game!
This was my first time to Kauffman driven by it many time on other road trips. I decided to go to this stadium because it is actually the closest stadium to Denver. The Rockies have not been there for a few years and will not be there for at least another 3 years. So we arrived at the stadium very early to get players and coaches arriving. It is a very good stadium to get away teams autographs. The players have to walk from the parking lot to a entrance about 100 or so feet away and also have to walk from the bus to entrance to the stadium. This day I was able to get Walt Weiss on a baseball card, Eric Young, Carlos Gonzalez and Franklin Morales on a 8×10.
After entering the stadium with the early bird tour I was able to get Nick Masset and Corey Dickerson on my team project so I figured I would then head out to the outfield to see if I could shag a baseball and I did I got a ball that bounce off the track threw the gate for the bullpen and up into my glove. The ball was hit by Cargo or Justin Morneau. While I was out in right field Nolan Arenado signed and Jared grabbed my team project and got him on it. Now I only need Troy Tulowitzki on it and Rene Lachman. I did not realize I needed Lach till earlier that day after he walked past me when he arrived. I did try getting him at the wall before going out to BP but did not get him.
While waiting by the dugout I saw this sitting on the rail of the dugout. It is Nolan Arenados with the Gold Rawlings patches on it, Because he was the Gold Glove 3rd baseman last year. The early bird ticket was O.K. but I thought there would be a little more to it then just being able to get in 1 hour earlier than the regular gate time. I thought it would be a stadium tour then go down to dugouts or BP before the gates open but basically it just brought you down to the dugout you chose and was able to stay behind that dugout.
The Rockies stretching before batting practice. It was cool to be in the stadium early because we very rarely see much of the Rockies warm up and batting practice at Coors. So before the game was a pretty productive because I got a bunch of autographs and a batting practice ball.
James Shields was the starting pitcher for the Royals. He started with a quick 1,2,3 inning against the top of the Rockies line up.
Franklin Morales started for the Rockies and Nori Aoki hit a lead off single. He then walked the third batter of the inning Billy Butler. The Rockies got out of the inning with a double play hit by Salvador Perez.
The Game was relatively un eventful and there was not much action the Royals scored a run in the first on a Alcides Escobar single that scored Johnny Giavotella. The Rockies did get a second double play in for the first 2 outs of the inning Alex Gordan at second He walked to lead off the inning) and Danny Valencia at first. Aoki ended the inning by flying out to center. The Royals took a 1-0 lead.
In the 4th the Rockies got a run by playing a little small ball Tulo scored on a Morneau single to get the Rockies run and tie the game. The Royals scored 2 more on a Lorenzo Cain home run to give the Royal a 3-1 lead.
In the 4th I decided to take a walk around the stadium. To get a few photos from a different vantage point and see the stadium. This is a photo of the Royals second home run of the game off Morales a solo shot to right by Salvador Perez in the 5th inning extending the Royals lead to 4-1
Alex Gordon stealing 2nd in the 5th inning. He walked after the Perez homer but did not score.
Between inning they put the fountains on and I was trying to capture this unique feature of this park.
I just could not get a photo really showing them the way I wanted but it is probably the most unique feature of the stadium a other wise it is a very basic design of 70’s architecture. It does have a mostly open concourse like Coors. In left field they do have the Royals Hall of Fame and around the stadium the do have a few things to do with the Royals history. Also the have 3 statues on the concourse one is of the Kauffman’s, the second Frank White and the third Geaorge Brett.
Shields pitching to Cory Dickerson in the 6th inning. Cory would strike out. Tulo would also strike out for the second out of the inning and Shields’ 1500 strike out of his career. He would also get 1501 in the inning striking out Cargo to end the inning.
Tommy Kahnle warming up in the bullpen in the 6th inning.
Kahnle came into pitch for Marales in the bottom of the 6th. Morales Pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 homeruns and walked 4 and lets just say Shields had more strike out in 1 at bat then Morales did all 5 innings! Kahnle would pitch a full 2 innings only allowing 1 runner a walk to Billy Butler in the 7th.
After 7 complete innings Shield was taken out of the game. He gave up 1 run on 5 hits striking out 8 Rockies batters. Wade Davis replaced him in the 8th. The Royals scored a 5th run in the 8th inning and taking a 5-1 lead. The run came on a Escobar fielder choice scoring Pedro Ciriaco.
Nolan Arenado argues the called strike out to end the game. The Umpire did have the most consistent strike zone this game and it looked very frustrating to the batters. The Royals pitching was very good but I think there should of been a few less called strike 3’s for them but when you are pitching well it shows you will get the call. But when Guys who are batting well over .300 and pretty much seeing beach balls being pitched it is hard to believe the are not seeing the ball well or not swinging at good pitches.
Well that is it for this one beside the score it was a good day at the ballpark.
Got another one from the K and then back to Coors on Friday night.
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!!!!
Mets vs. Rockies
My 14th Coors game of the year.
Today was another bust for me at batting practice just not doing well this year what stinks is I usually do well during Mets batting practices. Before the game I bought a Corey Dickerson bat that was broken in L.A. on April 25th by a pitch thrown by the Dodgers Jamie Wright.
He was he because this is his last year as commissioner and he is doing a farewell tour of the parks. After he did a on field appearance and photo ops. He with Dick Monfort headed down the tunnel behind the dugout so a few of us headed over there and he stopped and signed.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies He gave up a lead off double to Juan Lagares who scored 2 batters later on a David Wright single. The Mets had a 1-0 lead.
Lagares’s lead off double.
Daniel Murphy’s first inning running error running to third before Jorge was in his wind up and got out at third for the first out of the inning !
Corey Dickerson making his best Cargo impersonation with this great catch to get Chris Young out in the first inning.
Zach Wheeler was the starting pitcher for the Mets. I have actually been waiting to see him pitch in person for about 2 years and this outing was not worth the wait. Charlie Blackmon lead off with a single followed by a walk by Nolan Arenado and a Tulo single.
Here is Charlis Blackmon running home on the Tulo single to tie the game at 1.
Tulo high five eric Young at first base after his RBI single. It is nice to see Tulo hitting and playing the way we have been expecting him to for the last few years.
Zack Wheeler came inside on Corey Dickerson during his 1st inning at bat. The Rockies would score 4 in the inning.
The Rockies went on and scored 2 more runs in the second and 1 in the fourth. wheeler was removed from the game after the 4th he gave up 7 hits and 7 runs. Only striking out 1 and that was Arenado to end the 4th. Jeurys Familia pitched the 5th and Ex Rockie Carlos Torres came into pitch the 6th and 7th for the Mets.
Chris Martin made his Coors debut in the 7th. the Mets did score 2 runs in the 6th. Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run home run. Rox still had a 8-3 lead.
The Rockies scored 3 in the 7th the first a lead off solo home run by Charlie Blackmon the next 2 on a series of single by Arenado, Tulo and Morneau. With his hit in the 7th Arenado has a 22 game hitting streak.
Daniel Murphy takes a swing that was hit to the pitcher tommy Kahnle.
He took it to the bag himself and that ended the game and the Rockies won 10-3 for the second win of the series.
The Rockies celebrate the win and Charlie Blackmon once again was player of the game with his 3 for 5 night with 2 RBI’s and scored 3 times.
That is it for this game and the Rockies are now 10-4 at home this year. and are 1 game behind the Giants and a half behind the Dodgers in 3rd place.
So after the game I went to the players entrance and had Keith Hernandez sign a copy of his book and also a Shea Stadium baseball so it was a very good day at the ballpark for autographs.
That is it see you at Coors.
S.F. Giants vs. Rockies
My 10th of the year at Coors
Gonna make this one short. I was debating not doing a post for this game. But well I was there and I got some photos.
This was the first time Wilin Rosario caught for Jorge De La Rosa since the Opening Day melt down in Miami.
Jorge was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he threw a lot of pitches in the 1st inning but kept the Giants from scoring. He threw 27 pitches 10 to lead off batter Angel Pagan.
Ryan Vogelsong was the pitcher for the 1st inning for the Giants! O.K. he was the starter but he was gone in the second. The Rockies scored 4 in the 1st. Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario both hit homers Arenado a solo shot and Rosario a 3 runs shot. Blackmon hit one in the second to start the inning. The Rockies had a 5-1 lead when Vogelsong left the game.
David Huff pitched the rest of the 2nd and Yusmeiro Petit 3rd through 7th. Huff came out with a leg injury after the 2nd.
The Rockies would get 2 more runs in the 3rd inning on a Corey Dickerson homer and this is D.J. LeMahieu walking into second with a double after the homer. He was left on base.
Jorge pitched 5 full innings. He gave up 5 hits 1 run, he did walk 3 and struck out 5. His pitch count was at over 100 pitches in the 5 innings. The 1 run against Jorge was a on a Posey ground out scoring David Huff who lead off the inning with a single.
Tommy Kahnle did pitch the 6th and 7th for the Rockies he struck out 3 in the 6th and the first batter Crawford in the 7th for 4 strike outs in a row and it was 5 for the Rockies going back to Michael Morse striking out against Jorge in the 5th.
He also struck out Pagan in the 7th and Pagan did not like the call he was ejected immediately and this and the next photo was after getting tossed.
Hunter Pence pulls Pagan away from home-plate Umpire John Tumpane as Bruce Bochy heads out of the dugout and Umpire Crew chief Bob Davidson heads over from first.
They say the 27th out ids the hardest and this game was no exception with Brandon Belt on third, Gregor Blanco hit back to Chad Bettis who tossed it to Justin Morneau at first.
Morneau dropped it and Belt scored and Blanco reached the 27th out was made by the next batter Hector Sanchez and the game was over and the Rockies won 8-2.
Charlis Blackmon hit his second homer of the game in the 8th and Corey Dickerson who hit a homer and was 3 for and a triple away from the cycle with 2 RBI’s.
That is it for this one.
I will be back for the next 2 against the Giants.
See You at Coors.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Arrived a little late so did not go to batting practice today. Did go down to get autographs right after gates opened and did not get any Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Culberson and Chad Bettis all signed to day I did not get any autos the only person I had a chance to get was Blackmon but did not have anything for him. The rest signed for awhile but did not make it to where I was.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies and made the game interesting kind of quick. After striking out the first 2 batters you would think he has this…. Then he walked Paul Goldschmidt followed by Martin Prado hitting a double to score Goldschmidt.
The Diamondbacks scored 1 run in the inning. Jorge also walked Mark Trumbo in the inning. He did end the inning with a strike out but he did allow the 1 run and throw 42 pitches in the inning 13 to the first 2 batters and 10 to Miguel Montero before striking him out to end the inning.
Charlie Blackmon lead off the inning with his 7th consecutive hit in this series and is now 7 for 7 at home this year.
Jorge pitching did not improve in the 2nd but he did throw less pitches (19) and the D’backs did get a second run. The implosion continued in the 3rd inning when he gave up 2 more runs and threw 18 pitches for a 3 inning total of a lot! I mean 79 pitches. Which is horrendous on Avg. most pitches get out of inning with 15 or so.
After getting it together in the 4th he only threw 13 pitches and sat the D’backs batter down in order and did not give up another run. But he was now over a 100 pitches after 4. He was removed with 1 out in the 5th after walking Goldschmidt for the second time this game. He threw 101 pitches in les than 5 innings.
The Rockies did get on the bord in the 4th with 3 runs 2 on a Michael Cuddyer home run with Carlos Gonzalez on base and the third on Nolan Arenado’s solo home run 2 batters later. (4-2) D’backs
Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th and retired the 2 batters he faced in the inning. He did continue to pitch the 6th inning and very well only giving up 1 hit to Gerrado Parra.
The Rockies did get it going again in the 5th at the plate and scored 2 to take the lead 5-4. After Kahnle batted for himself and got out, who else but Charlie Blackmon lead the charge. with a single and scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single.
D.J. would then score on a Cargo single (5-4) Rox
Most importantly Cuddy got the call right in the on deck circle!!!
Nolan Arenado added an additional run with a second homerun in the 6th. (6-4) Rox
The D’backs Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched the 7th inning. Brandon Barnes who pinched hit for the pitchers spot is on third with Charlie Blackmon on first. (I use pitched lightly considering most of his throws in the inning was to Goldschmidt at first It was close to eight throws to first in the inning) Barnes would eventually score and the Rockies lead would increase to 7-4.
The play that Barnes scored on was a ball hit deep to right by D.J. LeMahieu which looked like it was going to get out but was caught Charly Blackmon was about 1/3 of the way between 2nd and 3rd when the ball was caught and tried to beat the ball back to first, he did not quite make it back and was doubled up. Can’t complain since he was 8 for 9 in the last 2 games at this point.
Justin Morneau crossed the plate for the 8th Rockies run of the game in the 8th inning on a Arenado double. So Arenado was 3 for 4 tonight with 2 homers, a double and 3 RBI’s
LaTroy Hawkins came in for the close in the 9th.
With 2 outs A.J. Pollack hit a ball to Arenado at 3rd…
…he than threw across the field to Morneau at first….
..which bounced and…
.. got away from Morneau. Pollack got and base.
LaTroy was able to get Aaron Hill to fly out to left to end the game and the Rockies won 9-4. Nice start to the home season. The Rockies are still 3-3 on the year. Today if they sweep the D’backs they will be a over .500 team for the first time since mid last season!Nolan Arenado who was the player of the game high-five manager Walt Weiss after the win!
Also Tommy Kahnle got the win which was his first in the Majors Congratulations to him for getting the game back in control and his first win.
That is it for this one.
See You at Coors.