Giants vs. Rockies
My 12th of the year.
Today was 9 News science and weather day. It was before the game and School kids from all over Colorado came to Coors for this event and the game. Which caused a mess of buses in Lodo and an overall pain in the butt getting around.
Basically they do experiment’s where they blow stuff up and send stuff in the air. Which I never know what they are talking about because you can not hear what the speakers are talking about because of the chatter of the kids.
I then went over to the Giants side of the field.
Javier Lopez a former Rocky signed and stopped and chatted for a few minutes after he did his morning warm ups.
After Science and weather day was over I headed back to the first base side and Charlie Blackmon signed. I also got Michael Cuddyer on my team project and am really making progress on it. I also got a Boone Logan card signed and almost got EY.
It was then time for baseball.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He got the Giants out in order in the inning.
As he does every game Eric Young gave the crowd a high five. Including me as I tried to get this shot!
Matt Cain was the starting pitcher for the Giants.
Charley Blackmon started the game how he has started many this year with a base hit.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Another timely home run for Tulo! This was impressive because it was with a runner on and gave the Rockies the lead in the game.
Michael Morse decided that the Rockies 2 run lead needed to be shortened to a 1 run lead when he hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning.
Brandon Barnes makes a turn at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single in the second. He lead off the inning with a single. He stayed at second on this hit but it was a great shot of showing his hustle.
Tyler Chatwood contributed with a single and D.J. came over from second to shake his hand during a coaches visit to the mound for the Giants.
with bases loaded guess what Charley Blackmon did? He got hit that scored Barnes from third.
And beat out a double play that got Chatwood out at second and advanced D.J. to third. 3-1 Rockies. D.J. scored on a error throw over to first and Charlie scored on a Tulo single and the Rockies had a 5-1 lead.
Unfortunately the Giants tied the game in the 3rd with 4 runs of their own. Brandon Hicks lead the inning off with a solo home run and Michael Morse hit his 2nd a 3 run home run. 5-5
After Chatwood struck out Hicks in the 4th Bruce Bochi argued the strike and was tossed form the game.
In The 4th inning Charlie Blackmon hit his 5th home run of the season to give the Rockies a 1 run lead 6-5. The Rockies held the lead till the 7th inning when the Giants took a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Belt 2 run home run.
Rex Brothers pitched the 7th for the Rockies. He walked Hunter Pence before giving up the Belt home run.
The Rockies tied up the game once again in the 7th after Charlie Blackmon walked to lead off the inning he scored on a Nolan Arenado double. (7-7)
Brandon Barnes grounded out to end the 7th inning.
The Giants and the Rockies both scored a run in the 8th a solo home run by Hector Sanchez for the Giants and the Rockies when the LeMahieu scored on a Charlie Blackmon ground out. LeMahieu lead- off the inning with a single.
The Game remained tied at 8 and went into extra innings. Here is Brandon Crawford heading back to first on a throw over from Boone Logan who pitched the 10th for the Rockies.
Chad Bettis pitched the 11th for the Rockies and really struggled in the inning. He gave up a lead off single to Hunter Pence and then walked Brandon Belt. After getting Juan Perez out (he replaced Morse in the 7th) he intentionally walked Juaquin Arias ( came in for Pablo Sandoval in 7th) Hector Sanchez hit his second home run of the game a 4 run grand slam to give the Giants a 12-8 lead.
With the Giants closure on the mound Sergio Romo Tulo lead off with a single and Justin Morneau hit a 2 run home run the Giants still had a 12-10 led. Drew Stubbs ( replaced Corey Dickerson in the 7th) hit a single and remained on base and the Rockies lost this one 12-10 in a total Coors Field game there where a total of 9 home runs, 22 runs and 30 hits. The Rockies offence was great as it has been all year Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, he walked 4 struck out 5 and gave up 3 home runs. Cain went 6 giving up 7 runs on 10 hits striking out 4 and gave up 2 home runs. That is a total of 5 home runs from the starters.
So that is it for this game the Rockies had another good home stand going 4-2 once again. The should have had one sweep this series and just let the 3rd game in each series get away. The Rockies are now 12 and 11 this year and in 3rd place 1.5 games bach from the first place Dodgers who the face for the first time this year. They will be heading to L.A. and Arizona on this road trip before coming home on May 1 to play the Mets and the Rangers the next home stand I should be there for the whole series.
See you at Coors!!
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies
My 7th Coors Game of the year.
After Heading in I headed towards the pavilions for batting practice and did not get any baseballs. The Rockies had an OK BP and the Phillies was very uneventful. After I went to the wall on the first base side and was able to get Drew Stubs on my team project. Which leaves me with only 8 more guys I need on it including 2 coaches Eric Young and Blake Doyle.
Tyler Chatwood was the staring pitcher for the Rockies he pitched very well in the first he had Ben Revere ground out to start the game and then walked Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley the only player to hit a fly ball off Chatwood to the outfield the whole time he pitched. Ryan Howard also grounded out and the inning was over.
Eric Young came out for the bottom of the 1st. and did he usual high five down the line.
Jonathan Pettibone was the starter for the Phillies.
It did not take long for the Rockies to get to him once again Charlie (Chuck Naszty) Blackmon kept it Nazty with a lead off single he started the game with a .411 batting average and raised he average to .426 by the end of the game.
Drew Stubbs then hit a single, Carlos Gonzalez hit a very hard line drive to Utley at second for the first out of the inning.
After Tulo took a 14 pitch at bat and walked Justin Morneau hit a GRDB to left to score Blackmon and Stubbs for a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Chatwood Struck out both Marlon Byrd and Dominic Brown in the second followed by a ground out to Arenado at third for a very quick inning throwing only 11 pitches.
The Rockies offense stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd with a 4-0 lead and once again Blackmon hit a single and Cargo would score and then Troy Tulowitzki did what he does best hits a homer with a already big lead! It is great that we got tacos in only the second inning but we were up by 4. I would like to see him hit the 3 run homer when we are down by 2 in the 8th or 9th to give the team the lead after being behind. He always performs best when we already have the lead and rarely in the clutch when hits and runs are needed. So TYPICAL TULO!
In another quick inning Chatwood got all three Phillies batters too ground out throwing only 9 pitches. The Rox did not score in the 3rd, but Tulo hit a double to score the Rockies 8th run of the game. Once again TYPICAL TULO. Now it has always been this way with him adds runs to already big leads. He does always have the numbers but it when he gets the numbers that drives me crazy. he also hit a single in the 6th that scored the Rockies 9th run of the game so he did go 3 for 3 with a walk and 5 RBI’s but all 5 were with a lead of 4 or more.
The Phillies did get to Chatwood slightly in the 6th, after we started to notice he had a No- No going. With 2 outs in the 5th and it looking like he would have another great inning Carlos Ruiz hit a ball to Arenado at third that he either kicked or just missed with his glove and hit him for a error and only the 2nd runner for the Phillies of the game. Ruiz then scored on a Jason Nix single and the Rockies had a 9-1 lead.
Former Rocky and current Phillies Jeff Manship came into start the 7th inning for the Phillies. He was the 4th pitcher for the Phillies at this point after getting the first 2 batters Rosario and Arenado out D.J. LeMahieu hit a single and Manship was taken out of the game. D.J. would later score the 10th run of the game for the Rockies, he scored on a Blackmon single.
Blackmon went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored twice, he now has a .426 batting average 3 weeks into the season is very good with 61 at bats.
After Chatwood was taken out of the game after 7 Chad Bettis pitched the 8th and Matt Belisle came out to pitch the 9th.
Belisle would strike out Ryan Howard for the third out in the 9th to end the game. The Rockies went on to win this game 12-1
Tulo was named player of the game which I found as B.S. because of when the runs and hit came but what are you going to do. I thought Morneau or Blackmon could of been it just as well because with out them getting hits and on base in the first we would not of had the 4-0 led when Tulo came up in the 2nd. How about 5 innings of no hit baseball for Chatwood does that not count for anything in this game he held the Phillies to 2 hits and 1 run in 7 innings of pitching. Which is incredible for a Rockies pitcher at Coors since it is such a hitters ballpark( sense the sarcasm)! He pitched a great game way to go Chatty great to see you back with great stuff!!!
That is it for this one I will be at Coors all week, remember to tip your waiters and waitresses!!!!!!
See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rockies vs. A’s
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
So we arrived at Phoenix Municipal about 3:30. We were waiting for the Rockies bus to arrive which did not show till about 6. So I grabbed some photos of the outside of the stadium while we waited.
Smitty said he wanted to be mentioned in this post so see the guy sitting on the bench well that is Smitty!!!!!!
Here he is with Ryan Wheelers gloves. That were given to him signed before the game. We waited for the Rockies to show up and got a few autographs including Larry Walker on a ball and Ellis Burkes on card. We than headed to the wall and I got Brandon Barnes on a card.
After we entered the stadium we waited by the Rockies dugout for a little bit. This is one of the few photos I took of details around the stadium they had banners of there Hall of Fame members it was Rollie, Ricky Henderson, Catfish Hunter and a few others.
A.J. Griffin was the starting pitcher for the A’s. He started the game by hitting Brandon Barnes.
Brandon Barnes being hit by the pitch.
Charlie Culberson took advantage of the runner on base by hitting a double to put the Rockies on the board with a quick 1 run lead and scored a second run when Culberson scored on a Corey Dickerson single.
After a ball hit by Jed Lowrie that was called a out at first for a double was reviewed via replay and over turned for only a out force out at second. This was the first review I have seen in person. The A’s scored a run in the inning.
Wilin Rosario hit a solo home run to tie the game for the second Rockies run. Above is Barnes sliding into third in the 3rd inning. The A’s did take the lead in the 2nd with a run. (3-2) A’s. Barnes did score in the inning to tie the game at 3.
The A’s scored 4 runs in the 4th inning and here are 3 of them which happened on a Lowrie double. Scoring Nick Punto from 3rd, Coco Crisp from 2nd and Josh Donalson from first. (7-5) A’s after 4 innings. The Rox did score 2 in the 4th on a Tim Wheeler home run.
Rockies 2013 1st round draft pick Jonathan Gray pitched He pitched the 5th and 2/3rds of the 6th inning. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Chatwood left after the 3rd and he gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and walked 2.
In the bottom of the 8th there was a second review of a double play. This again at first and the call on the play remained as called on the field.
A’s player sliding into home for an out at home in the 7th inning.
Jonathan Gray being removed from the game in the 7th inning.
the Rockies pitching and a few in field mess ups did not help.
So that was it from Phoenix Municipal this was the last night home game for the A’s in this stadium before they move to Hohokam next year.
Me and Smitty were on the T.V. Photo Courtesy James from 5280 shirt shop thanks man!
I will be at the Friday Night game at Salt River Fields when the Mariners play the Rockies.
See You around.
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San Diego Padres Vs. Colorado Rockies
Spring Training 2014 Game 1
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick.
After Flying from Denver and arriving in Phoenix I headed straight to Salt River Fields. I headed over to the field where player were doing batting practice. I met up with EB and Smitty. I was also surprised to see Gary and Ophelia who I know from Coors. They are down here for the first time. Got a few autos on my 2014 team project which is a 16×20 of the outside of Coors. Jorge De La Rosa was the first person I got on it. Within minutes I had gotten 4 more player Chad Bettis, Jhoulys Chacin and Rex Brothers. After the player left the field we headed into the stadium after a batting practice in the stadium I got Justin Morneau, Charlie Blackmon, D.J. LeMahieu and Walt Weiss. So I had gotten 9 players on it. I also Got Eddie Butler and Jonathon Gray on baseballs thanks to EB because I left my case of baseballs in the car. Both of them in scripted them with first round draft pick.
This year I brought my Mom to spring training, it is the first time she has ever been to spring training.
While Jorge was signing autographs and noticed that Jorge had a bat that was in his bag and broken. So he ask what he was going to do with it and then asked if he wanted it and EB got the bat. Here he is inside the stadium taking a photograph of it.
So after getting some autographs out of the way it was time for some baseball!!! Franklin Morales started for the Rockies here he is throwing the first pitch to the Padres Evereth Cabrera. Cabrera swung at this first pitch and grounded out to second. The next batter Will Venable also took a swing at the first pitch and grounded back to Morales for 2 outs on 2 pitches. The 3rd batter of the inning Chris Denorphia swung at 3 pitches and missed to strike out it was a five pitch inning for Morales and I was impressed by the quick work he made in the inning.
The Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon lined out to short and Michael Cuddyer grounded out to third for a quick 2 outs for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez hit a double and Troy “The Deuce Tulowitzki came through in the clutch and ……oh wait no he grounded out to second to end the inning.
After giving up 2 runs in the 2nd a home run by Ryan Jackson. The third a wild pitch by Morales scoring Rene Rivera from third.
So after the very good first inning and the really bad 2nd inning Morales was taken out of the game with the Rockies down 3-0
Gregg Burke would come into the game to finish the inning. He face Xavier Nady and got him to ground out on 1 pitch to end the inning.
After Tommy Kahnle pitched the 4th and Tyler Matzek pitched the 5th Matt Belisle pitched in the 6th inning.
While walking around we notice one time all time saves leader (601) Trevor Hoffman was in the S.D. Padres bullpen. So EB had a baseball signed and later on Smitty had him sign a Padres hat. I already got him at Coors a few years ago. He is now 2nd on the list to Mariano Rivera. The guy in 3rd is Lee Smith (478) who played for the Cubs.
Wilton Lopez pitching in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would give up 2 more runs in the 8th inning. The first when Rymer Liriano hit a double scoring Reymond Fuentes and the second when Kyle Blanks also hit a double scoring Liriano. (5-2) Padres. Brookes Brown was pitching the 8th for the Rockies.
Rosell Herrera playing short stop late in the game at short stop.
Yohan Flande pitching in the 9th inning for the Rockies.
That is it for day one of spring training next up I go and check out the Cubs new spring training facility in Mesa.
See you around!!!
Me and EB sending props to the Rockpile Ranter! Miss ya Brotha!
Photo Courtesy of E2theMNFN B!
Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies
My 71st Coors Game of the year. 84th with Road trip and the springs!
Not sure how or if I will ever be able to top this many games in a season again. Also with these numbers I have not counted spring training games.
This is the last series of the year at Coors.
Before the game I went to the pavilions for batting practice and got my last ball of the year from the Red Sox. hat was my 35th ball of the season in an MLB park. 34 were at Coors and 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It was a ball I should have caught but dropt and it bounced back to me for the pick up. The Red Sox had one of the best batting practices I have seen from any team in a very long time they have a lot of power and these guys can hit everywhere.
Todd takes the field first for his second to last time. I took a similar shot a few days ago and really liked it so had to do it again.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He had an interesting first inning not what we are used to see from him after getting Shane Victorio out he hit Daniel Nava. and with 2 outs walk David Ortiz he did get out of the inning with just the 2 batters reaching but not a normal inning for him.
Victorino taking a swing in the first inning for his ground out for the first out of the game.
He we go Jarrod Saltalamacchia (hardest name to spell ever) grounded out to end the first inning.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox.
Charlie Blackmon wasted no time getting the Rockies on the board, he hit a lead off home run on the third pitch thrown by Lackey. After D.J. LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki both got out Michael Cuddyer hit a double. He would score on a Todd Helton single and the Rockies had a 2-0 lead.
Between innings they gave away the Toyota that has been on top of the Tundra sign in left field all season. Someone won it don’t know who, but if the person that did ever stumbles upon this congrats.
Chatwood settled down in the second and third and was nearly floor less getting all 6 out in those 2 innings. He threw only 20 pitches in the 2 inning combined.
The Rockies scored a third run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run in the 3rd. inning.
The Red Sox got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning a lead-off single by Dustin Pedroia.
Corey Dickerson hit a home run of his own in the 4th. The Rockies had a 4-0 lead after 4.
David Ortiz makes contact in the 6th inning, which was an out to center field.
Charlie Blackmon making the catch from Ortiz that ended the inning.
Todd Helton hits a single to right field in the Bottom of the 6th.
Tyler Chatwood who had a great start pitching in the 7th inning.
Tyler Chatwood fields a ball tossed by Todd Helton he missed the catch for the out. The ball was hit by Jackie Bradley Jr.
He did throw the ball home as Bill Middlebrook ran from third.
Bradley Jr. slides into first after Pacheco got and tossed the ball back to Chatwood at home. Bradley Jr. slides into home and was called out.
That ended the 7th inning.
LeMahieu takes a swing for a single in the 7th inning. Scoring Pacheco and Ruthledge. (6-1) Rox
That would give the Red Sox 3 runs for the game and make the final score 8-3.
Mike Carp would make the final out of the game, striking out.
The Rockies celebrate this win over the Red Sox.
One more left to write about. It is Todd’s last game at Coors.
It will be a huge blog post so check back hopefully I will have it up soon!
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Cardinals vs. Rockies
My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.
This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.
So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.
Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.
Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!
A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.
Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.
Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.
Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.
Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.
Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.
Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.
Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.
Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.
Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.
Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.
Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
3 runs to tie the game in the inning.
Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies
Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies
Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with single.
Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.
Taking a lead at first.
Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.
Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.
After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..
…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.
Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.
Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.
Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.
Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.
Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.
After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.
D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.
The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.
The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!
D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.
As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.
The tag with ball rolling away.
He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.
He dove back…..
…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.
The Dugout emptied quickly!!!
Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.
The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.
Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.
He than high-five Tulo
and the crowd caught up with him!
It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.
The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.
So that is it for this one.
I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.
Cardinals vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
My 65th game at Coors this year.
Got 2 baseballs this game at batting practice. bringing my total for the season to 34. The first today was a bouncer off the track and the second was a roller that I picked up both were from the Cardinals.
Tyler Chatwood made the start for the Rockies. He retired the cardinals in order in the first.
He hit a single through the infield to right.
D.J. LeMahieu hit a double sending Dickerson to third.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a single to score both Dickerson and LeMahieu. To give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Todd Helton would hit into a double play in his first at bat this game
Tyler Chatwood pitching in the top of the 4th inning as I took a little wander around Coors, have not really done that this year too much. The Cardinals scored 4 runs between the 3rd and 5th innings. 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 5th. (4-2) Cardinals
Once again the Rockies let a game get away from them. Chatwood pitched 6 complete inning giving up 4 runs and 8 hits walking and striking out 1.
in the 6th inning Helton hit his 17th double of the season and 588 of his career. He would score on a Charlie Blackmon double his 15th of the year.
Todd Sliding into home for the Rockies 3rd run of the game, from the Blackmon double.
Jon Jay striking out in the 9th inning.
Dexter Fowler came in to pinch hit in the pitchers spot in the 9th. He lead-off the inning with a single. The Rockies would have the base’s loaded and Todd Helton would come to the plate. unfortunately he would strike out to end the game it would have been great to see him hit a walk of homer or single in this his last week at Coors. The Rockies lost this one 4-3 and they did not play to bad, but a few lost opportunities where runners could not score which is kinda the theme to this season. A run short with 11 runner left on base.
So that is it for this second short post from the Cardinals series.
Got the last one from this series and the Diamondbacks series.
See You at Coors.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies
Today I got to the game a little later than usual since I came from work and got out a little late so BP was a bust and I than headed over to the wall.
Todd Helton announced his retirement after the season before the game and he signed autographs.
Colin McHugh was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his second start with the Rockies and only his 5th appearance of the year. Matt Carpenter started this game against McHugh with an infield single.
The single was on this deflected ball by troy Tulowitzki.
Lance Lynn was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the game by walking Corey Dickerson, who scored 2 batters later on a Tulo single. (1-0) Rox
Todd Helton came to the plate to a standing ovation from the Coors crowd. he would strike out to end the second inning for the Rockies.
The Cardinals scored a run in the 5th to tie the game at 1.
Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete innings giving up , run 4 hits, striking out 2.
The Rockies got out of the 6th inning with a double play, Matt Holliday hit a ball to….
…to Helton at first. Nolan Arenado was taken out of the game in the 3rd, D.J. LeMahieu moved to third and Josh Rutledge came into play second. Nolan was taken out because of an injury to his finger.
Rutledge getting on base with a single in the 7th inning. The Rockies would score their second run of the game this inning when Wilin Rosario scored on a Charlie Blackmon single (2-1) Rox
Lance Lynn was taken out of the game in the 7th. he pitched 6 1/3. Giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4.
After Drew Pomeranz pitched after McHugh and was then replaced by Matt Belilse Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th.
Matt Carpenter hit a double in the 8th to score Pete Kozma.
That would tie up the game at 2.
During a pitching change or middle of an inning they did a Todd Helton plays on the score board.
Batting in the 8th he had one of his not so great plays running into an out at home. The Rockies scored a run on a Wilin Rosario single scoring Tulo that advanced Todd to third.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double to score Tyler Chatwood . Chatwood was pinch running for Rosario. (4-2) Rox
John Axford pitching for the Cardinals in the 8th inning with some snazzy retro high sox. just had to try to work the word snazzy into this post!
Charlie Blackmon scouring after a Ryan Wheeler single that also scored Rutledge. (6-2) Rox
Ryan Wheel giving Rene Lacheman a fist bump after his 2 RBI single.
That is it for this one from the first game of the Cardinals series. The Rockies won this one 6-2.
I was at all 4 of these games and will be getting up the rest of the games and all the remaining games at Coors for the season.
Thanks for checking out the blog and see you at Coors!
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of series.
My 48th game at Coors this year. 60th with the Springs and road trip.
The Brewers had some heavy hitters in Batting Practice unfortunately I was unable to snag anything today. Seems like I get shut out more than I get anything these days. I have been to 51 MLB games this year and have 21 baseballs. Most people would think that is pretty good, but for someone who is out there at BP everyday it is not the best of numbers. In past years I have done a lot better in batting practice.
Todays starting pitcher for the Rockies was Tyler Chatwood. He had a incredible outing more on that in a bit. But he did strike out 3 of the 4 batters he faced in the 1st. Tyler had 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings. At first I wondered if the Umpire just had a huge strike zone or if he was really pitching that well.
I first wondered about the strike zone because the Brewers starter Wily Peralta also struck out 2 in the first inning. Then I did realize that the strike outs were mostly swinging and there were not many called strikes There were only 4 called strikes between the 3 batters that Chatwood faced in the first and only Dexter Fowler struck out looking during his at bats. So it was defiantly a very good start for Tyler.
The Rockies got some runs in the 2nd inning, it started with Michael Cuddyer walked to lead off the inning followed by a Todd Helton single. Wilin Rosario would also walk to load the base’s.
The fourth batter of the inning was Charlie Blackmon who popped out to Jean Segura at short.
Nolan Arenado would take a swing and drop the ball and it would deflect off Peralta.
Arenado running to first as the ball rolls slowly towards Ricky Weeks at second.
Weeks fielding the deflected ball hit by Arenado. That would score Cuddyer from third.
Helton and Rosario at home after scoring on the Chatwood double.
D.J. LeMahieu would get the hit to score the Rockies fourth run of the inning. Arenado scored on this hit to short that would get Fowler out at second, but still allow Arenado to score 4-0 Rockies.
Tulo would hit to short to get LeMahieu out at second to end the inning. Tulo was the ninth batter of the inning.
Not much happened in the 3rd. Chatwood got all 3 Brewers he faced in the inning to ground out and would then strike out an additional 2 batters in the 4th. That was his 6th and 7th of the game.
The Rockies had another productive inning in the 4th scoring 4 runs. Charlie Blackmon started the inning with single and Arenado followed with a single both of them and LeMahieu would score. Dexter Fowler would be tagged out at home on a Tulo single trying for the third run of the inning. But that did not happen till Michael Cuddyer hit a single to short and LeMahieu scored.
Chatwood would give up 2 runs in the 6th but stayed in the game and pitched the 7th inning. He would only give up the 2 runs and 6 hits striking out 11 and walking no batters he really attacked the strike zone and kept the ball low which resulted into many ground outs when he was not striking out the Brewers. There was absolutely no fly outs to the out field. The only 2 outs that were in the air was a line out to Helton in the 5th and another to Arenado in the 7th.
Manny Corpas came in and finished the game for the rockies he also pitched well he struck out 2 and allowed a run on a 9th inning solo home run to Carlos Gomez. he did allow a hit in the 8th but worked his way out of it with a force out and a double play to end the inning.
The hit was by Rickie Weeks.
He was out at second on a Norichika Aoki hit to Tulo at short. Weeks came in a little hard and Tulo did not throw to first but got the lead runner. Tulo did have a second opportunity for a double play on a Segura hit which did result into a inning ending double play.
Manny Corpas came up for his own at bat in the 9th but struck out swinging on 3 Pitches.
Burke Badenhop pitched the 8th and 9th for the Brewers. He was the Brewers third pitcher of the game for the Brewers. He only faced 6 batters in the 2 innings. Peralta was taken out of the game in the 4th inning and replaced by Rob Wooten.
The Rockies won this one 8-3 in this incredible performance by Tyler Chatwood 11 strike outs and 2 RBI’s and pitching through the 7th. Not a bad night for him.
The Rockies celebrate this win against the Brewers still playing catch up with this home stand that won’t seem to go away the Rockies have been on the road 4 days and I still have 2 games to go!!!
The Rockies have been in Atlanta and it has not been a great series they got swept losing all for and head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates who are playing very well.
Lets hope it goes a little better for the Rockies against them then in Atlanta.
Well that is it for this one. Got some games coming up with Minor League affiliates while the Rockies are on the road!
See you around!
Cubs vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
Ok I think I got this my43rd game at Coors, 52nd with road trip and 55th with Colorado Springs! Just a little baseball!!!!!
This being a Sunday and a bobble head day the day started early the parking even with the free Sunday parking was difficult. Even with getting to Coors around 10:15 AM it was already limited and I had to park a few blocks further than normal. The lines were already starting this early. Todays Bobble head was Troy Tulowitzki’s so that brought out a lot of people to get his bobble head.
I did not care that it was his I just need it to get the whole collection. If I did not need it for the set it is not a must have. Not my favorite player and I think it looks like he is dropping a deuce!!
Instead of throwing out the first pitch he caught the first pitch which confirmed my theory that he is a catcher!!
It being a Sunday it was autograph Sunday the signers today were Jhoulys Chacin, Drew Pomeranz, Josh Rutledge and Josh Outman. I had my Mom get on Drews line and she got him on my 16×20 and I got a card signed by Jhoulys.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is throwing the first pitch to the Cubs Luis Vilbuena. Chatwood faced 6 Cubs batters in the first inning Valbuena grounded out, he did walk Nate Schierholtz and struck out Junior Lake to end the inning.
Charlie Blackmon started in right field today and batted second for the Rockies. Dexter Fowler started the game striking out, but Blackmon would hit a double and Score on a Carlos Gonzalez single.
The ball Charlie hit to left for his double.
The Next batter after Charlie was Troy Tulowitzki
Swinging a little wildly at a pitch he made contact and grounded out to Cubs short stop Starling Castro.
castro throwing over to first base to get Tulo out.
Anthony Rizzo making the catch at first.
Carlos Gonzalez hit a single and scored on a Michael Cuddyer double for a 2-0 Rockies lead.
Edwin Jackson was the starting pitcher for the Cubs.
Cuddy heading to second for his double.
Nolan Arenado popped out to end the inning.
Here he is watching the ball go up in the air.
Darwin Barney Making the catch just past the infield grass.
After a few innings we decided to get a different vantage point for the game some place the group normally doesn’t watch a game and that is in the 3rd level.
With moving and not too much happening I did not get to many photos this is from Cargo scoring in the 6th inning on a Nolan Arenado inside the park home run wait triple no wait I mean double. OK confused yet I was also! Nolan Arenado hit a ball to Junior Lake in centerfield on the throw in the ball passed the infield and hit of the wall Cargo and Michael Cuddyer scored and the ball rolled into the Rockies dugout.
Michael Cuddyer scoring.
Nolan Rounding third.
Nolan at third while the umps discuss the play.
Now why was he not aloud to go home and how did he end up back on second? Well he had to go back to the base which the Cubs last had control of the ball. Which means he had to go to second because the place he was at the last time the Cubs had control of the ball. That was at second when Lake threw the ball. So he had to go back to second. So basically the rule allows you to throw the ball away if you think there will be a inside the park home run. What really confesses me is that if Arenado had to go back 2 bases how does the 2nd run count. Shouldn’t Cuddy have to go back to third base also. Not that I don’t want the Rockies to get the run but the rule makes no sense and is slightly confusing.
Walt Weiss comes out to talk to the Umps about the call. I think he needs to get a little bit more animated when he goes out to argue calls. The tough guy arm cross is not working I think he has to go out there with a little fire in the eyes!! I think he has to you tube Earl Weaver or Billy Martin!
Nolan returning to second base.
I think if he should of got the cycle just because he got a home run, triple and a double which was ruled a single with advancement on the throw all in one at bat!!!! (Embrace the Sarcasm)!
After Tyler Chatwood pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs both in the 6th inning Josh Outman came into pitch in the 7th. Antony Rizzo hit a solo home run and Nate Schierholtz scored on a Darwin Barney sac fly to left. Schierholtz got to third an a bad throw to second on a pick off attempt. After facing 3 batters in the inning Outman was taken out and Edgmer Escolona came into the game.
Edgmer pitching in the 7th inning.
James Russell came in to pitch for the Cubs in the 8th. He only pitched to Charlie Blackmon and then the Cubs made another pitching change and put in Matt Guerrier.
With Rafael Betancourt on the DL because of an Appendectomy Rex Brothers came in to pitch in the 9th and got his 5th save of the year.
Junior Lake swing for the final out of the game.
The Rockies went on to win 4-3.
That is it for this series at Coors.
I have the Marlins series coming up. So far They have played 3 in that series.
Well See you at Coors!!!!
Remember sometimes this week I will be announcing the prize for the trivia contest!!
If you want to see the question check out this post from earlier in the week: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/07/23/roxivus-whatever-that-means-and-game-one-of-the-cubs-series/