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Todd Heltons Final game at Coors.

9-25-2013

Red Sox vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series

My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.

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Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.

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Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s

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This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.

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Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem

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One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.

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Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!

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The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”

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Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.

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Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.

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He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.

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For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.

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Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.

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David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.

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After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.

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John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.

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With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.

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on the third pitch of the at bat….

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….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.

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He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.

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Taking the turn at second after his home run.

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With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox

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The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.

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Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.

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That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.

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Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.

Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.

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The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.

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From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.

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Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.

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On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.

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With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.

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Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.

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Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.

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Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.

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In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!

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Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.

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As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.

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They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.

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Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.

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Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from  behind the dugout.

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it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.

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The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.

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Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.

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Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.

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The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.

After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.

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Here is most of the team when they were in left field.

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Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!

After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.

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He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.

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Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.

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This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional

on this night you should have not been there.

So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.

Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.

For the last time this years that is it for this one

Thanks and see you around.

15 in the sun, a day game marathon!

9-19-2013

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.

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Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.

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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!

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A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.

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Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.

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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.

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Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.

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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.

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Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.

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Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.

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Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.

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Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.

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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.

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Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.

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Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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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

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Tony Cruz hit a double to Score David Freese. (4-3) Rockies

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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.

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Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.

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Taking a lead at first.

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Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.

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Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.

After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..

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…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.

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Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.

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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.

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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.

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Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.

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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.

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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.

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The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.

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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!

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D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.

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As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.

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The tag with ball rolling away.

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He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.

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He dove back…..

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…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.

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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.

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The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.

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Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.

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He than high-five Tulo

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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.

Chacin dominates the Giants!

8-28-2013

Giants vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series.

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Today got to the game late and missed most of Batting Practice.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He totally dominated the Giants in this game he sat down 6 straight batters in the first 2 inning including 4 strike outs.

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Madison Bumgarner was the starting pitcher for the Giants. he started the game by striking out the Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon.

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D.J. LeMahieu reached base on an error by Brandon Belt at first.

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The Rockies would get the board in the 2nd. Wilin Rosario lead off with a single and he scored on a Nolan Arenado double, it was Arenado’s 24 of the season.

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Wilin Rosario scoring the Rockies first run of the game.

The Giants would get a runner on base in the 3rd. it was Brandon Crawford on an error by Troy Tulowitzki. They would get 2 more runners on in the 4th inning. Brandon Belt  walked to lead off the innings. Buster Posey would reach on an error by Tulo, his second of the game. Belt would advance to third. Belt would score when Hunter Pence hit into a double play getting Posey out at second and himself at first. The game was tied at 1.

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Chacin pitching in the 4th inning to Hunter Pence with Posey on first and Belt on third before the double play.

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Tulo turning the double play at second.

In the 6th inning people started noticing that something special was happening her at Coors despite the run and the 4 base runners Chacin had not allowed a hit in this game.

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Here he is pitching his 70th pitch of the game to Marco Scutaro. Scutaro was the second batter of the inning a Gregor Blanco lead-off with a fly out to center field.

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Buster Posey struck out to end the inning and The No-No was still intact. It was interesting to watch the crowd starting to get into the game as they were realizing what was happening. We actually started talking about the No Hitter in the second jokingly and now it was the end of the 6th inning.

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Posey walking off after the strike out.

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Jhoulys Chacin walking back into the dugout after the 6th inning.

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Madison Bumgarner walking off the field after being removed from the game by Bruce Bochy.

He pitched 5.1 innings giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, walking 1 striking out 6.

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Yorvit Torrealba running to second as Nolan Arenado runs third.

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The double scored Tulo and Rosario to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.

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Torrealba celebrates the double at second.

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Really Like these 2 shots. He just show so much enthusiasm when he makes the big plays.

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Jean Machi pitching for the Giants after Bumgarner was taken out of the game.

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Jhouys Chacin contributed with a RBI on a force out at second to get Culberson out at second and Chacin beat the double play at first Arenado scored and Yorvit moved to third. (5-1) Rox

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Chacin pitching in the 7th inning.

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With 2 outs Brandon Crawford got the first hit of the game a bloop to shallow center to break up the No, No. It was great to be able to see this game. Chacin pitch unbelievable and is really starting to show how good of a pitcher he is and what he could accomplish in the future.

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Chacin pitched a complete 7 innings, he only gave up the 1 run to Crawford and 1 run in the 4th because of the errors. He struck out 9 and walked only 1. Wilton Lopez came into pitch in the 8th, Who pitched to 3 batters getting 1 out and giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Josh Outman came in to pitch to Brandon Belt who hit a ground rule double scoring Gregor Blanco. That was 1 of the runs that Lopez was responsible for. Matt Belisle Came in and faced 3 batter giving up a single to Hunter Pence scoring Belt for the 3rd Giants run of the inning. (5-4) Rox

Rex brothers show above came in to the game in the 9th inning and struck out Joaquin Arias and Brett Pill. Arias came in for Crawford and Pill for Roger Kieschnick.

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Hector Sanchez grounded out to second to end the game and The Rockies would get the win and win the series against the struggling Giants 5-4. What an incredible game for Chacin and the Rockies it was nice to have some excitement on the pitchers side of the game usually it is cheering for a lot of offence. IMG_4427

Rex Brothers and Yorvit with a big hug after the win and Rex’s 14th save of the season.

That is it for this one.

The Rockies take on the Reds this weekend and I miss an Important game. Check out the excitement in the next few post’s.

See You at Coors!

We will call this the Corey Dickerson Show with special guest Jorge and Yorvit!

8-14-2013

Padres vs. Rockies game 3 of series.

Series tied 1-1

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Today being a day game there was no batting practice. so it was a lot of time and try and get autographs at the wall. It was a pretty good day for that because I had a few new photos printed up. So I got Rex Brothers to sign a photo. Then Carlos Gonzalez signed after he was done working out on the field. I had him sign the photo of him being interviewed at Fenway Park by Cowboy and Jenny. I then headed over to the pre game set and got Cowboy and Jenny to sign it. I also had him sign a card.

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Here he is signing along the wall. While he was signing Robert asked him if he had a glove for him that he promised him a few years ago. so after he was done signing he ran down to the clubhouse and a few minutes later came out with this…

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..and signed it!

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Before the game Kurt Bucsh throw out the first pitch.

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He is currently the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series They are the Denver area based team and the only Nascar team base west of the Mississippi. I have met him once in the garage in Charlotte when he was driving the Miller car. So it was kinda interesting to see him in Denver throwing a baseball. Other furniture row drivers have also thrown out the first pitch in the past.

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Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He put the Padres down in order in the first and second inning.

Corey Dickerson with 2 outs did it once again he hit a double. This was his 7th since being called up and 3rd this series.

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The Padres tied it in the 3rd with a run on a Chris Denorfia single score Ronnie Cedano from second.

dexter Fowler lead-off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Corey Dickerson triple. His second since being called up. Dickerson scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single. (3-1)Rox

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The Padres would get one back in the 4th inning to make the score 3-2 Rockies. After Jedd Gyorko hit a one out doubled and scored on a Jesus Guzman single.

After the 3rd the Rockies sat down in order for 4 straight innings. De La Rosa pitched 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking only one batter. Chris Denorfia in the 5th.

In the 6th inning Yorvit Torrealba made one of the most interesting double plays I have seen in along time if not ever. With Jedd Gyorko at third and Jesus Guzman at first, Logan Forsythe hit a ball to Nolan Arenado at third who threw home to Yorvit he chase Gyorko back towards third and tagged him while that was happening Guzman started running to third after Yorvit tagged Gyorko he dove in front of Guzman for the out at third. He made an unassisted double play at third base.

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This is him after the play. I did not have the camera ready and could not get it fast enough to get the play. Really wish I had the whole sequence.

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Tulo giving him the fist bump after the play. People at the beginning of the year asked why we got him back it is plays like this.

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 Jorge still pitching in the 7th inning.

Matt Belilse Pitched the 8th for the Rockies. Getting all 3 batters he faced out in the inning.

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Corey Dickerson trying to stretch a sure double his 8th, into a not so much triple being tagged out at third after a soft hit over Cedano’s head at short. Dexter Fowler did score the Rockies 4th run of the game on the hit by Dickerson.

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After a strike out looking to end the 8th inning look who is arguing with the ump?!!

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Rex Brothers pitched in the 9th inning for the save his 11th of the year. Rafael Betancourt did return during the road stand and will be the closer again.

The Rockies went on to win this game 4-2.

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Corey Dickerson was player of the game going 3 for 4 with 2 double and a triple and 2 RBI’s and was batting .321 after this his game in 33 games with 78 at bats. 12 for extra bases including his 2 home runs.

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I think this will not be his only player of the game he seems to have quite a future with this team hope he keeps it up.

So that is it for this home satnd the Rockies were a very good 5-1 in the series with the big sweep against the Pirates and taking 2 from the Padres. They are currently 1-2 on the road trip losing the 3 game series to the Orioles.

Well with the season quickly dwindling see you at Coors when the Rockies are home against the san Francisco Giants next Monday the 26th.

Thanks for reading and Follow me on twitter @RoxAddict

WOW, I AM SO RUNNING OUT OF TITLE NAMES!!!!!!!

The Rockies sweep the Pirates!

8-1-2013

Pirates vs. Rockies

Game 3

Today was another early start for a 2:10 game I arrived at Coors about 9:30, I was not gonna go early since I did not have to because it was not a bobble head day, but since I started the Pirates photo I wanted to see if I could get a few more guys on it. So I waited by the players entrance and got A.J. Burnett and Jared Hughs so for the 3 days I got 9 autographs on it in all. Not bad for an away team. It was an Autograph Sunday and since there was a few guys up that I needed on my team 16×20 I brought it and I was kind of lucky since 2 of the 3 guys I needed that are up signed. I needed both Jeff  Manship and Charlie Culbertson. The 2 other signers were Jonny Herrera and Josh Outman. So I have a total of 49 autographs on my team 16×20 almost everybody who wore a Rockies uniform for at least a game. Still missing 4 Mitchell Boggs who is in the Springs and Colin McHugh also in the Springs, Roy Oswalt who is on the D.L. and Chad Bettis who is with the team.

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Chad Bettis made the start for the Rockies this game. He had a strong 1st inning facing 3 batters striking out 2 Alex Presley who lead off and Andrew McCutchen.

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Jeff Locke started for the Pirates he did allow a base runner when he walked Troy Tulowitzki with 2 outs. He did get the next batter out Wilin Rosario.

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Wilin Rosario hitting into a ground out in the 1st. inning.

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Chad pitching in the Second inning Pedro Alverez started the inning with a home run to put the Pirates up 1-0.

The Rockies would score a run in the 2nd inning when Charlie Blackman got hit by a pitch. He than stole second and was moved to third on a balk. After Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu hit to center for a sac fly and Blackmon scored to tie the game at 1. Tulo ended the inning with a fly ball to left. The Pirates once again to the lead in the 3rd. inning After Clint Barmes hit a lead-off double. He scored on a McCuthchen single (2-1) Pirates

Tulo showed his best Jazz hands during his 4th inning at bat! He walked this at bat.

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Charlie Blackmon gets back to first after his 5th inning single. Not much happened in the fifth. The Rockies did get a few base runners but failed to score, Blackmon did get to third.

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Jeff Locke was removed from the game in the 6th inning.  Yorvit Torrealba was on second and Charlie Blackmon on first with 2 outs. Tony Watson came into pitch, Corey Dickerson reached on an error and Torrealba scored. (2-2)

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Torrealba scoring the Rockies tying run.

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Wilin Rosario hitting a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs.

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Rosario scored on a Nolan Arenado double his 20th of the season. Not bad since being called up in late April! along with his 9 home runs, 3 triples and 40 RBI’s. The Rox took a 3-2 lead.

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Andrew McCutchen striking out in his 8th inning at bat.

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Matt Belisle pitching in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Bettis pitched a complete 6 inning allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits and Striking out 3 and walking 2. Corpas pitched the 7th and Belisle in the 8th.

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Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Unfortunately hit into an inning ending double play.

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Rex brothers came in for the save and made the game interesting again. He gave up a single to Neil Walker start the inning.

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After striking out Russell Martin who pinch hit in the inning for Garrett Jones, Tony Sanchez hit a double Martin went to 3rd. Starling Marte came into pinch run for Sanchez.

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(The Brooms started coming out after the first out a little early for my liking)

Jordy Mercer would line out for the second out and Gabby Sanchez was intentionally walked to load the base’s when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.

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Alex Presley would pop out to Arenado at third to end the game and the Rockies got the 3 game sweep o the Pirates it in the first time they swept a first place team since 2010.

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It was a great series with three really great games. Things really seemed to change in this home stand.

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The Rockies celebrate the sweep of the Pirates.

The Pirates are a strong team and defiantly be my team to root for if they make the play off a bunch of really good guys and they are the Rockies central, so it would be great to see the Clints Hurdle and Barmes do well again.

The Rockies are Currently playing a series with the Padres which I will be getting to all 3 this week.

Well That is it for this game and well see you at Coors.

Who needs a title this home stand took a while!

7-28-2013

Brewers vs. Rockies

Game 3.

My 50th Game at Coors this Year. 63rd including Road Trip and The Springs. I believe this is the correct #’s seems like I always miss a game somewhere when counting think I totally got it!

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Another fun Sunday at Coors said slightly sarcastically by the blogger who hates amateur days at the stadium. As usual it was a bobble head day and also autograph Sunday which the combination of the 2 is just horrible which I have mentioned before. I will repeat what I have said before about having to get to Coors at the same time on bobble head Sundays with a 2 PM game as we use to for the 1 PM games last year, because of parking and the demand for bobble heads. thrown in the mix is the usual autograph Sunday which become a cluster because the signs and lines are not set up when gates are opened or who the signers may be. Today it was announced that the signers were Charlie Blackmon, Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers and TBA. So when we got in the signs were not posted for the line for who is where. So I got into the 4th line hoping that the TBA would be there and someone I would need. So for the 40 minutes that we had to wait in line the TBA was announced and it was to be Wilin Rosario he was going to be in the first line which was already very long Rex Brothers was the second line, Adam Ottavino would third and Charlie Blackmon would be the 4th. So I did not have anything for Charlie, but stayed in his line anyway and had him sign a 8X10 of the same photo that I have the 16×20 of that I am using for my team project. I was unable to get anyone else so I just waited around. In another twist the first lined ended up being D.J. LeMahieu. Thankfully that was the last Sunday with a Bobble head and it will return to normal autograph Sunday set up for the remaining Sundays. Not to forget the bobble head today was Ellis Burks.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he immediately got to work striking out Rickie Weeks. Norichika Aoki grounded out and Jonathan Lucroy flew out to left field. he got the inning over quick and with just 11 pitches.

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Donovan Hand started for the Brewers. After getting Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson out Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot to get the Rockies on the board. now this is a good time to hit a solo home run, early in a game to get your team on the board!

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Tulo watches as the ball heads to left field. (1-0) Rockies.

The Brewers than proceeded to score a run in the 2nd third and 4th. (3-1) Brewers.

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This guy had a pretty good seat for the game!

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Yes you see this correctly that is Todd Helton making the turn at second for a triple in the 4th inning!

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Todd at third base. This was his first this year and only the third in the last 5 years, he did also have 1 last year! In his career he has a total of 37 and had 3 seasons with 5 that being a career high for a season. The 5 Triples came in 1999, 2003 and 2006.

The Rockies or the Brewers scored again till the 6th inning. The Rockies picked up 2 runs in the 6th.

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Corey Dickerson hit his first MLB home run to lead off the inning and 2 batters later Michael Cuddyer hit a solo shot to tie the game at 3. The Rockies would regain the lead on a third solo home run in the 7th inning. That one was hit by Dexter Fowler and gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.

In the Brewers half of the 8th the brewers would once again get the lead with 2 runs in the inning. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a home run with Carlos Gomez on third, he reached third after hitting a double and stealing the base the Brewers now had a 5-4 lead.

Matt Belilse came into pitch for the Rockies in the 8th inning. Chacin pitched 7 giving up the 3 runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. He gave up 8 hits walked 1 and struck out 4.

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Cuddyer hitting a double in the 8th inning. Scoring Tulo who lead off the inning with a double to once again tie the game.

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The Cuddy hustle down the first base line.

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Tulo rounding third and heading for home.

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Cuddy taking out short stop Jeff Bianchi as the ball goes past second base.

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Tulo stepping on home to tie the game at 5.

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Bianchi gear looked like a garage sale,(Snowboard/Ski term for losing your Sh!t on a fall) yes that is his glove about 10 feet behind second.

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John Axford started the 8th inning for the brewers, here’s a hint he did not finish it!

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Cuddy stealing third base.

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Here he is scoring after a Arenado single. This gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead.

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Khris Davis pinch hit in the 9th for the Brewers,

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he lined out to Cuddy in right.

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Rickie Weeks gets a piece of this Rex Brothers fast ball.

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Weeks running for first.

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The ball was hit back to Brothers and he made a throw to Helton at first.

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He threw the ball high and Helton made a great save pulling this one out of air.

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But did not land back on the base in time and Weeks got a single. I think when Helton landed he did not hit the bag.

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Aoki ended the game with a fly ball to Dexter Fowler.

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The Rockies would win this game 6-5 and the series 2-1 and go 5 and 5 this home stand. They really needed wins this home stand. Playing against the Cubs, Miami and the Brewers. The should have won at least to or even 3 more games against these teams. They are 3 of the 4 worst teams in the National League.

Well that is it for this one, It was a win before they hit the road. I finally caught up and they return from the road trip against the Pirates on Friday.

See you at Coors.

Thought I was gonna get some games in at the Spring and Grand Junction this week, but looks like it is not happening. Guess I got to get some hiking and me time in before they return home!

Rockies pitching keeps Marlins under water!

7-24-2013

Marlins vs. Rockies

game 3.

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Jorge de La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He struck out the Marlins first batter Adeiny Hechavarria He then walked Christian Yelich this was the 4th time in 5 MLB at bats he was on base. After the walk to Yelich he struck out Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton gave up a single to Ed Lucas who got out at second on a Placido Polanco hit to Rockies third base man Nolan Arenado who threw it over to D.J. LeMahieu at second for the third out of the inning.

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In the Rockies first Dexter Fowler would fly out to left field and LeMahieu hit back to Miami’s pitcher Jacob Turner who threw to first for the second out Carlos Gonzalez hit a single but was caught stealing at second. I think he was safe but can’t fully tell but by where his left hand is and the ball is I think the left hand hit the bag before the ball hit the glove.

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For a few days people were mentioning that they have not seen Roy Oswalt around well there was a siting he was in the dugout for this game.

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The Rockies scoring began in the 2nd inning after Todd Helton hit his 579th double of his career with 2 outs. He than scored on a Nolan Arenado double. The 579th double now puts Helton in soul position of 19th passing Wade Boggs who he was tied with at 578. Next on the list is H.O.F Cap Anson. Played from 1871 (his career started 102 years before Helton was born) Anson played for 26 years with the Rockford Forest City’s, Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Stockings/Colts. He also managed during his playing career for the Athletics in 1875 and 1879-1897 for Chicago. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939, 17 years after his death at the age of 69.

Now back to the game.

The Rockies got the lead 1-0

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Not Much happened till the 5th inning when they scored their 2nd run of the game. When Yorvit Torrealba scored on a LeMahieu sac-fly to center. Torrealba got on base with single advanced to third on a Fowler single. (2-0) Rox

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No this is not #580 it was a single that resulted into an extra base when the Marlins Hechavarria made a throwing error to first. Michael Cuddyer did get out at second but Todd was not doubled up and advanced to second.

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De La Rosa pitched a great game he pitched 6 scoreless innings and gave up 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 5. Edgmer Escolona came in and pitched in the 7th. He let up 2 singles and hit pinch hitter Gregg Dobbs.

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Josh Outman then came into pitch to Yelich and after striking him out was replaced by Wilton Lopez.

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Wilton pitched to Stanton and he hit to third and Arenado touched the bag to get out Jeff Mathis.

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After walking in the 8th Michael Cuddyer stole second base.

The Rockies were only up by 1 in the 8th The Marlins picked up a run with a little small ball off of struggling reliever Matt Belilse. Besides the run he gave up 3 hits. He did strike out Justin Ruggiano to end the inning.

Rex Brothers came in for the save in the 9th besides the walk to Stanton who would end up being the last out of the game on a force at second he pitched well striking out Hechavarria and Yelich grounding out. Yelich did not have as good of a game as his debut the only time he was on base this game was on the 1st inning walk he was 0 for 4 his next 4 at bats.

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LeMahieu tossing to Tulo for the last out of the game.

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Torrealba and Brothers high-five after the out and that was the game. The Rockies won this one 2-1.

Well that is it for this one as I continue to play catch-up with this home stand I have 1 more from this series and the 3 against the Brewers. Check back to see those photos.

Also remember I am doing a contest, Answer the question besides Jason Jennings who are the other 3 Rockies pitchers to record 10 wins before the All-Star break. Name 2 of the others. email: Rox_addict@yahoo.com with answer there is a under score between the x and a.

Arenado hits a inside the park home run/Single?……he was robbed!!

7-22-2013

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!!!!!

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The ball Charlie hit to left for his double.

The Next batter after Charlie was Troy Tulowitzki

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Swinging a little wildly at a pitch he made contact and grounded out to Cubs short stop Starling Castro.

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castro throwing over to first base to get Tulo out.

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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.

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Edwin Jackson was the starting pitcher for the Cubs.

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Cuddy heading to second for his double.

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Nolan Arenado popped out to end the inning.

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Here he is watching the ball go up in the air.

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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.

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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.

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Michael Cuddyer scoring.

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Nolan Rounding third.

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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.

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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!

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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)!

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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.

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Edgmer pitching in the 7th inning.

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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.

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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.

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Junior Lake swing for the final out of the game.

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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/

Cuddy is on a streak and the Rockies get beat!

6-26-2013

Rockies vs. Red Sox

Fenway Park

Game 2

Game 4 of road trip.

Today I was able to get to Fenway early and able to walk around the stadium outside.

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I walked around the stadium a few times while I was waiting for will call and the gates to open. Once again the will call windows open the same time the gates do, so I first had to get my tickets and then get on-line to get into the stadium.

I took a bunch of photos of the statues and other things the red Sox had around the outside of the stadium. it is a cool festive atmosphere with food venders and merchandise venders.

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This is a look of a statue outside the B gate. It is a statue of Ted Williams giving a kid his hat.

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Here is another called “Teammates” The 4 players are Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johny Pesky and Dom Dimagio.

The plaque is interesting and tells some interesting stats about the 4 of them one is they played together for 7 years. They played a total of 52 years together. As teammates they were 653 and 424 with 104 of the wins in 1946. 36 times combined they were all-stars.

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A look down Yawkey Way which is closed during the games and is fenced off and  is part of the stadium.

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These are banners displayed along Van Ness St. The are the names of all the Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Here is the creative BNW for this post to show off the mad photo skillz. It is of a kid getting ready to get some snacks for the game.

The gates than opened I got my tickets and headed inside. Today I really got to also walk around inside the stadium.

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This is a look from right field by the bull pens.

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The Green Monster looking from right field also.

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The Pesky pole which is the right field foul pole Named after Johnny Peske.

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A look at Fenway stands down the right field line.

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While walking around I bumped into Douglas who is a Coors regular and a long time Red Sox fane. Besides the Red Sox hat and Rockies shirt he could not figure out which teams colors foot wear he should wear, so how bought one of each!

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http://www.openstance.com

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Here is a look of the concourse on the first base side.

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This is a look at the concession stands out by the right field concourse.

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Red Sox starter John Lackey warming up in their bull-pen.

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Here is a look at Lackey throwing a pitch in the first inning. I did not head to my seat because I was waiting for Chris to get to the stadium and had to give him his ticket at the B gate which is in right field so I watched a little out there. He arrive shortly after and we headed to our seats in the State Street Pavillions. The Rockies scored a run in the 1st. The run was scored after Carlos Gonzalez hit a single and he scored on a Wilin Rosario single (1-0) Rox. Rosario was the designated hitter this game with Torrealba starting behind the plate.

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While I was heading to my seat I stopped at a spot on the lower concourse to see Oswalt pitch. Here is his first pitch to the Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury who hit a double to start the inning. The Red Sox did not let the Rockies lead to last long he would then score on a Shane Victorino single to tie the game. The red Sox scored a second run on a David Ortiz double he then scored on a Daniel Nava single. (3-1) Red Sox

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Former Red Sox player Dwight Evans was at the game this day here he is being introduced between innings. He played from 1972-1990 for the Red Sox and 1 year in 1991 for the Orioles.

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David Ortiz batting in the 3rd inning taking a pitch for a ball. He did walk in the inning. The Red Sox scored an additional 2 runs to take a 5-1 lead. Not much happened in the game for either team in the 4th,and 5th inning. I just watched and enjoyed watching baseball at this amazing ballpark .

Michael Cuddyer in the 6th inning would hit a lead off home run which would bring his hitting streak to 23 games to tie the all time hitting streak record held by Dante Bichette. As I am writing this he is at  26 games in this hitting streak.

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Michael Cuddyer attacked the Green Monster a second time in the 8th inning for a second solo home run. (5-3) Red Sox

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D.J. LeMahieu turning the 8th inning double play.

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Koji Uehara  pitching for the Red Sox in the 9th.

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Here he is pitching to Tyler Colvin, Tyler struck out in the inning.

The next 2 Rockies would get out to end the game. The Rockies did not win one at Fenway. Besides the Losing both games this was a great trip in an awesome ballpark. I was glad I got to see this ballpark and the Rockies play there.

If you were thinking about going to Fenway to see a game I would defiantly recommend it. It is an experience in itself.  The fans are passionate about their team and has pride to root for their team and were very cool to us away fans. The staff was very friendly and helpful from helping with getting my tickets to the ushers inside the stadium. It was just a great experience. I want to thank Mary O from Coors who helped get the tickets for these game. She was supposed to be there and was unable to make it. I also want to thank the Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino who gave us these awesome seats for these games. That was above and beyond by him to do for away team fans.

So that is it from Boston I will be taking a few days off from baseball in NY and then I will be heading south to North Carolina to go to the only stadium I have not been to. I will also be in Greensboro for the 4th of July and going to a bunch of games in the Appalachian League which last year was some of the best baseball I have seen.

Till then see you around and thanks for following.

The Rockies Rockin Against The Phillies!

6-15-2013

Phillies vs. Rockies

Game 2

My 39th of the year at Coors.

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I came directly from work and made it to the stadium about 20 minutes before 1st pitch I heard the batting practice was really good once again!

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Here is starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood heading out from the bull-pen with the starting pitcher entourage! Wilin Rosario, Pitching Coach Jim Wright and Jerry Weinstein. I take this photo almost every game I go to, but this group always has the best ones. Very animated and lively with a lot of interaction.

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Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch to the Phillies Ben Revere. Now over this weekend I met and sat by a lot of Phillies fans and most of them have been complaining about this guy. He doesn’t hit home runs! Well he is the leadoff man. Another he is never on base well the three game I have seen him play he hit a bunch of single not to be a spoiler for my own post but he went 3 for 5 this game.  Not what they were saying about him must be Coors!!!! Another did say has never hit a home run and well he still has not. I thought everyone hit home runs at Coors! Oooh wait the Phillies haven’t hit any this series yet. Yes, this is sarcasm having to do with that conversation everybody always has about Coors Field and why we hit well which I had with a Phillies fan this weekend.

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Ben Rever diving back to first base after his first inning single. He did go on and steal second and advanced to third on a error and scored. I would say he did his job. It would have saved time if he just hit the home run! What does everyone think their leadoff man is like Dexter Fowler.

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Carlos Gonzalez Throwing the Ryan Howard hit ball to left.

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Wilin Rosario grabbing the ball and tagging out Michael Young at home.

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The Phillies scored 1 run in the first and avoided a 2nd on a great throw by Cargo.

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Jonathan  Pettibone was the starting pitcher for the Phillies. After Josh Rutledge popped out to first for the first out of the inning the Rockies got all over Pettibone.

So the second batter of the game Jordan Pacheco hit a single.

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Followed by a Cargo double.

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Scoring Pacheco. Pacheco making the turn at third before scoring the Rockies first run of the game/inning.

The next batter Michael Cuddyer hit a single. Scoring Cargo. (2-1) Rox

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Rosario hit a triple, here he is after sliding into third base.

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Tyler Colvin than sent one Opposite field for his third home run since his return to the Rockies. (5-1) Rox

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Tyco and Rosario after Tycos 2 run home run.

The Rockies were not done just yet Nolan Arenado hit a single he did get out at second on a D.J. LeMahieu single.

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D.J. then stole second base.

He scored on a Tyler Chatwood single. Chatwood has to be one of the best hitting pitchers in the game currently. If he is not he has to be pretty close to it. He is batting.438  (7 for  16) with 5 RBI’s.

Chatwood advanced to third on a really bad throw showed by a really bad photo!

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The ball got passed third base man Michael Young and Lemahieu scored as the ball rolled. So he did not really score on the Chatwood single it was on the bad play after it!

Here is what happened: Chatwood grounded to Ryan Howard who throw home D.J. turned back to third and Catcher Umberto Quintero over threw 3rd.  D.J. scored Chatwood moved to 3rd.

The Rockies score 6 in the first with great hitting by most of the lineup in this inning. They did have 10 batters in the inning.  Rutledge ended the inning lining out to second.

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It was visit Rapid City Day at Coors when we arrived they gave us poster with  Dante Bichette, Andre Galarraga, Todd Helton and Vinny Castillia on them, looking like Mt. Rushmore. The other side had a photo of the real Mt. Rushmore. Then they had the president from the Rapid City South Dakota State tourism there as well they were giving way trips to Rapid City.

The Phillies did pick up a run in the 2nd. On a Ben Revere single scoring Umberto Quintero from 1st. The Rockies did not score in the second (6-2) Rox

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Rosario followed his first inning triple with a 3rd inning double and again doubled in the 4th. Scoring in both innings.  The Rockies only scored one in the 3rd. but it got us tacos (7-2) Rox

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Chatwood hit another single in the 4th once again contributing to the offence.

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Chatwood beating the throw from Jimmy Rollins to Ryan Howard for the single! (10-2) Rox

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The pitchers continued to contribute offensively in the 6th when Adam Ottavino got on base on an error. He ended up on second. He would remain there as Josh Rutledge struck out for the second time in this game and his fifth time not getting on base. He ended up 0 for 6 on the day. The pitchers were 3 for 3 with a sac bunt!

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Ryan Howard striking out to end the game. The Rockies won this one 10-5. The Phillies got 3 runs in the 8th off Chris Volstad.

Well That is it for this one. The Rockies tie the series with the Phillies at 1 apiece. Got one more game from this series to go and It was a great one. A Phillie Phinally hits a homer.

Also looks like the first stop on my road trip will be in St. Louis!

Remember to follow me the whole trip on twitter @roxaddict.

Now with the presidents theme they made the players look like presidents. Here are the photos they had on the board during their at bats!

Here are the photos!

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