Padres vs. Rockies
Game 3 of Series
My 20th game at Coors, 22rd MLB game with K.C. 23rd with the Springs.
The Starter for the Rockies was Juan Nicasio. The Padres got a quick run with their second batter Seth smith who hit a solo home run with 1 out. Juan allowed 2 other hits in the inning a single to Carlos Quientin and a Jedd Gyorko double. The Padres lead 1-0.
Yonder Alfonso argues a called strike in the 1st. He argued it for a good amount of time and was not tossed. This was just the beginning of a lot of inconsistent strike calls through out the game. Which has been a trend with this umpiring crew all series.
He was called safe originally and after a review was called out the view they showed at the stadium it was kind of inconclusive which means the call should stand but it was reversed by the umps in New York and Charlie was called out.
After Corey Dickerson also walked and attempted to steal he was called safe also. After the second review that was also overturned. Now my question is if the ump at 2nd got 2 in a row wrong should he remain a ump in the Major Leagues. This is also the ump with the bad strike zone on Friday night that ejected Nolan Arenado and got even D.J. LeMahieu to start arguing strike calls.
The Rockies did something that has only happened 2 other time in their history and that was a triple play. The play started with Carlos Quintin hitting to Nolan Arenado at third who threw to D.J. LeMahieu at second and to Justin Morneau at first. the original call was safe at first but the second base umpire called interference on Seth Smith who reached out and hit D.J. in the leg with his hand for a 5,4,3, triple play.
Nicasio continued to pitch well and the Rockies scored their first run of the game in the 3rd inning. A Charlie Blackmon single scored Wiin Rosario who lead off the inning with a single. This was his first at game back after being on the 15 disabled list with the flu. D.J. also scored on Blackmon’s hit. The Rockies took a 2-1 lead. Corey Dickerson hit a 2 run home run to left to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead.
Later in the inning Carlos Gonzalez was hit in the knee with a pitch to get on base the inning did end on a double play hit by Arenado.
The Padres did pick up 2 runs in the 4th and they switched pitchers in the bottom of the 4th a Tim Stauffer came into pitch for them.
Roach pitched 3 innings giving up 4 runs, 4 hits and walked 2 with no strike out.
The Rockies got a 5th in the 5th with a lead off solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki. He also scored in the 7th inning on a Cargo single. The Rockies had a for a 6-4 lead. The Padres scored 2 in the 4th and 1 in the 6th. The 6th inning run was a Rene Rivera home run.
LaTroy Hawkins came into the game in the 9th and the game got interesting! After a Wil Venable lead off double, Evereth Cabrera hit a home run to tie the game. This was Hawkins 960th appearance and first blown save of the year.
Nick Masset pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies. He was the Rockies 5th pitcher of the game. Nicasio pitched 6 innings giving up 6 runs, 9 hits, walking 1 striking out 2. He threw 99 pitches. so Masset sat the Padres down quickly and in order on 6 pitches.
Dale Thayer came into pitch for the Padres in the 10th and did not fare as well. After striking out Mr. Clutch Troy Tulowitzki. Cargo hit a single and Arenado flew out to left.
Justin Morneau came up with 2 outs and after going to a full count he hit the 6th pitch a 92 MPH fastball.
That pitch went about 425 feet over the centerfield wall. Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin gave it a good go at a catch but it was just to far and high and the Rockies Won 8-6 on this Morneau walk off homer his first walk off with the Rockies and 8th walk off of his career and I believe the 6th walk off home run of his career.
So that was it for this one, nothing beats a walk off home run.
The Rockies are now 25-20 this year in second place in the West 3 games behind the Giants who are at Coors for 3 this week. Let’s hope for the sweep!
See You at Coors!
Mets vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series
My 15th Coors Game of the year.
Before the game Justin Mornea was awarded his watch for being the National League player of the week.
It was presented to him by the Rockies Hitting Coach Blake Doyle.
He was the second Rockies to get it this month, Charlie Blackmon won the earlier in the month of April.
Franklin Morales was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He started the game with Juan Lagares flying out to left field. Then things started to get real ugly for him and the Rockies. Daniel Murphy hit a triple followed by a David Wright double, he walked Chris Young. By the time he got out of the first inning he faced 7 Mets batters and they scored 3 runs.
Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets he struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. He then walked Drew Stubbs and Carlos Gonzalez flew out, Stubbs made a interesting third out and that was he ran to and past 2nd base on the Cargo fly out and after the catch by Chris Young in left field he ran back to first but was said that he never stepped back on second before returning to first and was doubled up at first base.
Neither the Mets or Rockies scored in the 2nd and both did not have a base runner. The Mets kept scoring in the 3rd. David Wright got his second hit of the game a single and then stole second base. Curtis Granderson hit a single followed by a Anthony Recker double his second hit of the game. The Mets got an additional 3 runs and had a 6 run lead.
They kept that 6 run lead till the 5th inning when the Rockies fought back with a huge inning lead by a Ryan Wheeler solo home run to start the inning.
After a series of single and walks Nolan Arenado came to the plate with bases loaded and proceeded to hit his 2nd Grand Slam of his career to give the Rockies a 8-6 lead. After Arenado’s homer the Mets replaced Meija with Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Arenado celebrates at home-plate with his teammates that were on base when he hit his home run.
In the 6th inning the Mets would score 2 runs with Chris Martin on the mound. Martin was replace with Rex Brothers after the first run scored on a Chris Young double. Rex gave up a single to Curtis Granderson to Score Young. The score was now 8-8.
The Rockies took the lead in the 7th inning on a Jordan Pacheco sac fly to center field and Tulo scored from third. Tulo got on base in the 7th with a single and it was his 1,000 hit of his career. So congrats to him. Even know I am not the biggest Tulo fan I do have to give credit when credit is due! This year he seems to finally be hitting timely and is performing the way the regular fans had expected him too for the last few years. This is probably the best start to the season he has in the past 3 or 4 years now lets hope he stays healthy and keeps it up before he gets traded to the Yankees!! Had to get a dig in somehow! The Rockies had a 9-8 lead at the end of the 7th.
on the same play Tulo scored on Corey Dickerson advanced to second in a close play after tagging up at first.
The Mets would tie the game in the 8th at 9 and take a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the 9th.
Then with Tulo on second after getting on base after his 1,001 hit of his career, Charley Culberson and his .111 batting avg. came in to pinch hit for the pitcher La Troy Hawkins. On the 1-2 count he took a 96 mph fast ball thrown by the Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth for a 2 run walk off home run it was awesome to see Charley come through with this huge homer for his first of the year. He was brought back up to the Rockies from the Springs because of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list. He was originally sent back to the Springs because he was not hitting for the first month of the season.
Charlie (Chuck Cobra) runs the base as the Coors crowd goes absolutely crazy after his home run.
I filled my card while he ran the bases and missed him stepping on home but got him as he came back to the 1st base side. Celebrating with Michael Cuddyer. La Troy Hawkins picks him up and carried him towards the dugout after getting him the win!
What a incredible game that looked like it was going to be a rough lose early and in true Coors fashion and the fight that this team has this year they won it 11-10.
What a great night of baseball
Tomorrow the Rockies will be facing the Mets for the 4th time and Jhoulys Chacin will make his 2014 debut as he come off the disabled list and the Rockies go for the series sweep. Unfortunately I will not be at this game because of scheduling issues at work and this will be the first Sunday game I have missed while in town in over 3 years. I do miss a Sunday game while on my road trip in the summer.
So that is it for this game.
I will be back at Coors for the 2 games Monday and Tuesday when the Texas Rangers are in town.
See you at Coors!!!
Padres vs. Rockies
Sometime in the near future I have to figure out how many games this is for me this year! I am thinking 33 or so.
After being delayed in getting into the stadium on Thursday everything worked fine at the gate and I immediately headed to the pavilions. The Rockies were hitting and a few balls were hit out, with the group that was hitting when we arrived. Shortly after the second group started hitting. A few batters into the group we noticed that Rockies special assistant to the GM was taking batting practice. After a few go rounds he showed he still had it sending baseball into the seats of the Pavilions. So I watch where he was hitting and set my self up to snag this rarity and I guessed right and one of his last homeruns were hit directly to my waiting glove! It is always cool to catch a ball but that it was a hit by Vinny was even cooler.
Jorge De LA Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this game. After Chris Denorfia grounded out to Troy Tulowitzki, Evereth Cabrera hit a single to right field. During Chase Headleys at bat he would be caught stealing second base. Headley would go on and pop out to D.J. LeMahieu at second to end the inning for the Padres.
Dexter Fowler started the 1st off with a triple to his Padres doppelganger Cameron Maybin, his 2nd triple of the season. He would get tagged out between 3rd and home on a Eric Young Jr. bunt down the 3rd baseline.
Eric Young Jr. would advance to second on the play.
Tulo would hit a single to score EYJ and send Carlos Gonzalez who walked to get on base to second.
Tulo and Cargo scored on a ToddFather Todd Helton double, his 4th of the year and his 574th of his career. This now has him tied with HOF Charlie Gehringer on the all time doubles list at #20. 4 more to tie Wade Boggs at 19th all time. Todd is keeping some good company on his life time lists.
The Padres scored 2 in the 2nd inning on a Kyle Blanks 2 run home run scoring Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko got on base with a 1 out single. (3-2) Rox
The Rockies did not let the 1 run difference hold for long they went on a 2nd inning hitting spree started with a 1 out single by Jorge De La Rosa. Dexter Fowler hit a bunt single to move Jorge to 2nd. Jorge would get out on at third on a EYJ hit back to Padres pitcher Edison Volquez. Cargo hit a triple to right to score Dexter and EYJ. (5-2) Rox
Todd hit a single scoring Cargo from third.
Nolan Arenado hit a single scoring Tulo who was hit by a pitch before Todd hit his single. The above is a photo with Todd at third and Nolan on first while Volquez pitches to D.J. LeMahieu. D.J. would walk to fill the bases and Yorvit Torrealba would score Todd from third. that was 5 runs in the 2nd and a 8-2 lead for the Rockies.
D.J. LeMahieu at bat in the 2nd inning.
The Padres picked up 1 run in the 3rd. (8-3) Rockies
After Cargo hit his 2nd triple of the game scoring Dexter the Padres Bud Black took Volquez out of the game. Dex led the inning off with a single.
Tyson Ross would come into pitch for the Padres and get them out of the inning. He would pitch through the 5th inning.
Todd watches one go by during his at bat in the 3rd inning.
In the 4th inning Jared and I headed out to the pavilions to check out the Rock Social event. Took a few shots during the trip out there here is Ross squaring to bunt he would end up striking out on a bunt foul.
Todd grabbed the foul ball but Ross was already out.
Jorge pitch 5 innings for the Rockies I am not sure why they took him out I wasn’t fully paying attention after we got to the pavilions we met up with EB, James from 5280 Shirt Shop and a few others. I thought it may have been because of pitch count but now that I checked he was only at 88 pitches which is not that high for 5 innings and probably enough to go at least 1 more. The Padres did lessen the lead scoring one in the 5th the Rockies still had a 5 run lead. (9-4) Rox
Edgmer Escolona pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies Yasmani Grandal started the inning with a single but was left on base. Edgmer struck out the next 2 batters Will Venable and Chris Denorfia. Evereth Cabrera grounded out in the to D.J. LeMahieu at second to end the inning.
Rob Scahill would come out to pitch in the 7th. inning. I may have left Edgmer in after pitching well in the 6th. He threw 19 pitches in the 6th. Edgmer and Rob Scahill are both righties with Chase Headley who could switch hit, Jedd Gyorko and Carlos Quinton batting both righties. The inning started with Headley being hit bay a pitch followed by a Quentin hitting a home run followed by a Gyorko home run which quickly lessened the Rockies lead. (9-7) Rox.
Scahill was taken out of the game after allowing a single to Kyle Blanks who scored on a Cameron Maybin single.
Jonny Herrera came into the game to play left in a double switch that did not change places in the batting order.
The Padres did tie the game at 9 in the 7th inning. Wilton Lopez would finish the the 7th for the Rockies and Matt Belise pitched the 8th and 9th. Belise struck out 2 and did not allow a single runner.
Nolan Arenado was the first batter and last batter of the 9th for the Rockies, he hit a third pitch solo home run to end the game with the Rockies 10-9 win.
Nolan running the bases as the team runs from dugout and gathers at home.
Nolan approaching home.
and the pile up ensues!!!
The Rockies won this one in dramatic fashion with Air-enado sending one out, but it was a game that should of not really gotten a way from them this game was some what sealed with a good lead in the 6th. This is Coors and there really is no safe lead but it also their home field and this is the Padres who have been playing better lately, but I don’t fully agree with the switch in the 7th inning. Well with that this is it for this game 2 more against the Padres left in this series and it is now tied 1-1.
I was at both and as I try to catch up with the off day I will be posting more on the games against the Padres.
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See You At Coors!