Five County Stadium
Wilmington Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats
The Blue Rocks are a High A affiliate of the K.C. Royals
The Mudcats are a High A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
They play in the Carolina League, the same league as the Winston-Salem Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans which I saw last week in Winston-Salem
The Mudcats are 48-52 this year and finished the first half in last place in the southern Division but are currently in first in the second half. Blue Rock was 3rd in the first half and are second in the Northern Division.
This is a stadium and a team I have been trying to get to since I first started doing these road trips to North Carolina. I first heard of this team in Maryvale, AZ when they were with the Cincinnati Reds organization. At the time they were also a Double A affiliate, now they are a High/Advanced A. The first year I came down this way they were not home for the few days I was in this area and last year I had a night planned t see them and it rained so I ended up catching a Durham Bulls game. Finally this I was able to get to Five County Stadium for a Mudcats game this was the last team/Stadium I have not been to in N.C. (Besides the new Charlotte Knights Stadium, but I have seen the Knights at their old stadium)
This was kind of an interesting stadium in the fact that it just makes you think WTF. It has a very cold concrete feel to it and has a crazy seating set up. The field level is only 4 row and as a huge and very steep upper deck. The first base line seats tapper like most stadium and then turn towards the field.
The Dugouts are just big boxes in the middle of the seating area on the field level. As many stadium here in N.C. have the netting that is usually behind home plate is around the entire stadium. It is also like that in Greensboro, Ashville and hickory to name a few stadiums that also have the entire field netted. I am not a fan of this because it makes it difficult to take photos during the game. Which is one reason there are not as many photos in this post. The other well I had a low battery and did not have a charged back up!
Here is a view from the upper deck behind home plate. It seemed like they tried to create a stadium which all the seats were all very close to the field. I am not sure why, because I have never really seen that to be a problem in other stadiums in the Minor Leagues. Also if you noticed I did not take photos of the out side of the stadium because there really wasn’t to much astatically to the outside of the stadium. So enough about the oddities of the stadium onto the game.
The starting pitcher for the Mudcats was Adam Plutko, his night got rough around the second or third pitch of the game when Jack Lopez hit a double to right field. He did get the second batter of the inning out and then things got worse. After giving up a single to Bubba Starling that scored Lopez, He walked Zane Evans and gave up a home run to Jared Schlehuber and the Blue Rocks had a rather quick 4 run lead. Plutko did manage to get the 6th batter of the inning Ramon Torres to ground out the same pattern happened wit the next 3 single walk homer down by 7 top of the first removed from game after facing 9 batters and throwing 33 pitches. He walked 2 and gave up 7 runs on 5 hits. I would say that was a rough day. See Rockies fans it doesn’t only happen to us!
Bubba Starling diving back to first after his first inning single. This is the second time I have seen him play I saw him 2 years ago in Burlington playing for the Royals rookie league team. He was the 1st. round pick for the Royals in the 2011 draft 5th overall that year. He was drafted out of high school and this is his 4th season in pro ball. He missed the 2011 season since he did not sign till the middle of August.
Back to the game…
Clayton Cook would come into pitch for the Mudcats with 2 outs in the inning. Cook did not get out of the inning to cleanly either he gave up a single to Jack Lopez, Lopez’s second hit of the inning.
Raul Mondesi then hit a triple to score the 8th run for the Blue Rocks in the 1st. inning. It also completed the team cycle for the inning being the only triple to go with the 2 homers, 2 singles and the double by Lopez to start the game. It also made him the 8th batter to get on base and 6th hit of the inning. In total the Blue Rocks sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. Scoring 8 runs.
Sean Manaea started the game for the Blue Rocks he only faced 4 Mudacat batters, the only base runner was Yhoxian Medina who walked. Manaea got the next 2 batters in the inning out and the next 9 out in a row counting those to. the next batter was a walk in the 4t inning and he got out of that inning on a double play. he pitched 4 innings of no hit baseball. I did not get a photo of him because of conserving the camera battery I took him throwing his first pitch and because of the nets it was blurry. the Blue rocks did get their 9th run of the game of Cook in the 4th inning to give them a 9 run lead.
The Mudcats brought in their 3rd pitcher of the night Rob Nixon into the game in the 5th inning. cook would pitch 3 1/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 6. After the first inning this game was pretty much a pitchers duel. 7 of the 12 Blue rock hits were in the 1st. and the Mudcats did not have a hit till the 5th. They did also get their first run as a result of that hit in the 5th, a double by Jeremy Lucas. He scored on a single by James Roberts. The score was 9-1 Blue Rocks after 5.
In the 8th inning the blue rocks brought in their second pitcher of the night Zeb Sneed The Mudcats did get a run in the inning there lead off batter Roberts got on first after a error by their 1st baseman Jared Schlehuber. Roberts scored on a double by Todd Hankins to give the Mudcats their second run of the game. Now onto more important things, Sneed has a awesome Rollie Fingers Mustache!
Well close to it, he is only in High A ball and Rollie Fingers is in both the Baseball and Mustache Hall of Fame!
Daniel Stumpf came in and pitched the 9th for the Blue Rocks faced only 3 Mudcats batters.
Here is Jeremy Lucas hitting the ball to 3rd base.
Schlehuber making the catch for the out. The next batter would also ground out this time to short and that was the game the Blue Rocks win it 9-2.
The Blue Rocks celebrate their win and that is it for this crazy game and interesting stadium.
not sure what I am going to hit up in the next week the next game I planned on seeing was in Charlotte next Tuesday, but most likely I will find a game or to till then here in N.C. may hit up another Bulls game and possibly head to Burlington for one this weekend.
till then see you around!
Rochester Red Wings vs. Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
The Rochester Red wings are a Triple A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins
The Durham Bulls are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays
They are in the International League The Red Wings are in the North Division and are in 3rd place with a 55-47 record before the game. The Durham Bulls are in the South Division and killing it in first place and have a 55-46 record before the game and have a 10+ game lead over the second place team in their division the Gwinnett Braves.
This was the 3rd time I have been to this stadium in the last week and the 7th time since I have been doing my summer road trip. I headed to this game because their Manager Charlie Montoyo had 613 wins as their manager. That ties the franchise record held by Bill Evers.
Over the last off season the Bulls did some renovations this is the concession stands on the right field concourse that was changed to these wood facades.
They renamed the bar on the right field concourse. I think they are trying to recreate the Party Deck at Coors!
Bulls starter Enny Romero warming up in the bullpen.
Charlie Montoyo and the Red Wings manager Gene Glynn exchange score cards and go over ground rules before the game.
Romero throwing his first pitch to the Red Wings Doug Bernier. Bernier would walk, but Romero would get the next 3 batters out.
Romero pitches with Bernier on first.
Sean Gilmartin started for the Red Wings.
The first batter he faced was Robby Price who he struck out the first of 2 strike outs in the inning. He faced the minimum 3 batters in the inning.
Since I have always sat on the first base line or close to the infield I decided to sit in the right field seats for a few innings. Did not take to many photos there just sat and enjoyed the game. Jeremy Moore tried to stretch a definite double into a questionable triple and the question was answered he was out at third the Bulls did get on the board on the play Mikie Mahtook did score the first run of the game for the Bulls and give them a 1-0 lead. The out at third did end the inning. The Red Wings did get a run to tie the game in top of the 5th. Nate Hanson got on base with a force out at second and he reached 1st. He scored on a Eric Farris single.
Barcelona has the running of the bulls, well in Durham they have the running of the kids!
The Bulls did also get to run in the bottom of the 5th. on a Ali Solis double that scored Vince Belnome to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead.
And remember Rockies fans when you are at the bottom of your fifth…. (don’t get it listen to a Rockies game on the radio)
After the top of the 7th I headed back to the first base line. Along the way I took this photo of the always helpful Durham Bulls staff! More importantly it is the creative BNW to show the mad photo skillz!
After Red Wings starter Gilmartin allowed the first 2 batters of the 7th reach base, Deolis Guerra came into pitch for the Red Wing. In the 6+ innings Gilmartin pitched he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and struck out 9 Bulls batters.
Mike Fontenot hit a ball to left center that went to the wall and score Mahtook and Belnome to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead.
Fontenot makes the turn to second as Belome heads to third.
Belnome slides into home to beat the throw to home.
Hak-Ju Lee hit a ground rule double down the right field line it was a grounder but I think it may have hit the bull pen mound and bounced out or was fan interference. Not sure I was watching the batter threw the camera. But the hit did score Fontenot and give the Bulls a 5-1 lead.
Lee was then caught on a pick off play between second and third base.
It was you typical 1,4,3 caught stealing!
Steve Geltz pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Bulls. Starter Enny Romero pitched 6 complete innings he only allowed 1 run on 6 hits striking out 4 while walking 3. Geltz in his 2 innings gave up 2 hits striking out 3.
Josh Lueke came in to close the game for the Bulls.
After Lueke gave up a run and struck out 2 and got the last out on a fly ball to center, Charlie Montoyo became the most winning manager in Durham Bulls history. Here he is heading out to celebrate the win with his team and his 2 son’s.
Here he is shaking hands with first base coach Dave Myers.
In honor of his historic win as manager he was named player of the game and was interviewed and then got the water dump! It was awesome to be able to be at this game in Durham for such a historic night for the franchise. This is why I these road trips you never know what you may witness. The same is with any other game you may attend, you never know what will happen in the game. This event I did expect and is why I decided to attend this game on a day I was not going to a game.
So the Bulls won this game 5-1 and a 56-46 record for the year.
They also made another change to the front of the stadium adding 2 fountains to the front of the stadium.
That is it for this one it was a great game to experience. The next game I will attend is in Zubulon, N.C. the Home of the Carolina Mudcats this is the only team I have not seen to in N.C. I would say it was the last stadium I have not been to but I now have to go to the new Charlotte Stadium which I will go to next week.
See You Around.
Newbridge Bank Park
Hickory Crawdads vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers
The Grasshoppers are a Single a affiliate of the Miami Marlins
The Crawdads are a single A affiliate of the Texas Rangers
The League they are in, is the South Atlantic League
Hoppers entered the game 63-36
Crawdads entered the game 57-41
Both teams are in the southern division and the Grasshoppers are in first place and the Crawdads are in third 6.5 games behind the Grasshoppers. The Hagerstown Suns are the second place team 1 game behind the Grasshoppers. The Ashville Tourist are also in the south Atlantic League, but they are in the Northern Division and are in first place in their division.
Due to a slow start and a long line at the ticket window I missed the top of the 1st. inning.
I will start this post in the bottom of the first because well the Crawdads went down in order in the top of the 1st.
Here is a look at the starting line ups for both teams.
Slightly after I started watching the game the Grasshoppers scored 3 runs on a Home run by Felix Munoz.
The starting pitcher for the Crawdads was Akeem Bostick.
Nomar Mazar started the 2nd inning with a hit to second that got past the Grasshoppers second baseman Brian Anderson.
The starter for the Grasshoppers was Jose Adams. The only run he would give up was later in the 2nd inning when Evan Van Hoosier hit a single that scored Mazara. The Grasshoppers had a 3-1 lead in the top of the second.
Rehiner Cordova making contact during his 2nd inning at bat he flew out to left field for the second out of the inning.
A look at Newbridge Ball Park from behind home plate between innings.
Mazara getting held up between second and third in the 6th inning, it was the second out of the inning.
The Grasshoppers did get another run in the 5th inning, a solo home run by J.T. Riddle. 4-1 Grasshoppers.
The Crawdads took Akeem Bostick out after 5 innings and Jose Monegro came in and pitched the 6th. In Bosticks 5 innings he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits walked 1 and struck out 2. Monegro gave up a hit in the 6th and faced 4 Grasshoppers batters.
The Grasshoppers also had a pitching change in the 6th. After giving up 3 hits in the inning the took out their starter Jose Adam and replaced him with Esmerling De La Rosa, who struck out the firs batter he faced Ronald Guzman to end the inning he continued pitching through the 8th inning.
Travis Demeritte got on base after being hit by a pitch and was throw out trying to steal second for the second out of the inning. In the bottom of the 7th the Grasshoppers scored 2 more runs to extend their lead to 6-1. The 2 runs came on a Austin Dean single scoring Rehiner Cordova and Yefri Perez.
The Grasshoppers ended up winning the game 6-1. Here are the outfielders celebrating the win. The Grasshoppers are now 64-36 on the year.
Once again there were fireworks after the game so I am 4 for on events that had fireworks after the game.
This was also the 4th time I have been to Greensboro and the 4th time I have seen fireworks there.
So that is it for this one got a day or 2 without a game before I head back to Raleigh to finally catch the Carolina Mudcats and Possible a another game at the Durham Bulls. after that there will be a few days off till I head to Charlotte to check out the Knights new Stadium in downtown Charlotte.
See you around.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs. Winston – Salem Dash
The Pelicans are the High A team for the Texas Rangers and the Dash are the white sox High A affiliate
Game 2 of road trip.
This is the second game I have attended at BB&T Park, I came here on my trip in 2012. For more on this Ballpark, check out that post: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/07/01/grabbed-the-keys-and-dashed-to-winston-salem/
Before the game the Pelicans were 59-37 on the year and the Dash were 44-53. The pelicans won their division with a for the first half with a 44 and 24 record and the Dash finished 14.5 game behind them with a 14 and 39 record. They Both play in the Carolina Leagues Southern Division.
This game we sat on the third base side, near the Pelicans Bullpen. This is their starter Chad James warming up before the game.
Tyler Danish was the starting pitcher for the Dash.
With 2 outs in the first inning the Pelicans Nick Williams hit a triple. It could have resulted in a run if the batter before him Edwin Garcia did not hit into a double play. The first batter of the game Chris Garia got on base because of an error to the Dash’s second baseman Joey Demichele.
Pelicans Chris Bostic fouling a ball of during his second inning at bat. This photo really has no relevance to the game but was pretty cool with the bat on the ball! The pelicans did get their first run of the game in the top of the second on a Kevin Torres single that he tried to stretch to a double but was out at second. Since the run did score before the out The Pelicans took the lead 1-0.
Bosics second at bat in the 5th inning was a little different it was a inside the park home run for the 2nd run of the game for the Pelicans. The Pelicans took the 2-0 lead in the 5th.
In the bottom of the 5thwith 2 out the Pelicans starter Tyler Danish got into trouble after a walk to Cleuluis Rondon, who scored on a Jacob May double to cut the Pelican lead to 1. (2-1) Pelicans after 5.
..and when You’re at the Bottom of you 5th..!! (Just doing that to humor anyone who listens to the Rockies games on the radio!
Jefferson Olacio came into the game for the Dash in the 7th inning. Danish who pitched 6 complete innings only giving up 2 runs, on 6 hits striking out 6 Pelicans batters.
Chris Bostic once again got on base in the 7th this time a single that bounce off of pitcher Olacio ..
…and Dash shortstop Rondon made a great play on the grass and preventing it from going to the out field.
Things started getting really bad in the 7th when the dash tried to pick of Bostic and he got to second on a error by the first basemen Keon Barnum.
Bostic end up on second.
Nick Williams tosses his bat after walking in the 7th. Olacio seamed to loose all control of his pitches he was hit batter Luis Mendez, walked Chris Garia and Williams in the inning.
Olacio was taken out of the game. In the inning he gave up 5 runs on 2 hits 2 walks and 1 hit batter. Not what I would say was a great inning. This game was a slight pitchers duel till this inning. It was kind of like watching the Rockies bullpen implode.
Brad Goldberg came into pitch for the Dash.
The first batter he faced was Jorge Alfaro who tripled 3 runs did score on that triple which were 3 of the 5 charged to Olacio. Goldberg would give up an additional 2 runs in the 8th inning and the Pelicans would extend their lead to 10-1.
Cody Ege the 3rd Pelicans pitcher of the game came in in the bottom of the 8th. Their starter Chad James was removed from the game after 5. he gave up 1 run on 4 hits. Josh McElwee pitched the next 2 and gave up no runs and no hits.
Zach Isler pitching for the Dash in the 9th inning. if you were wondering what happened to The Rockies low A affiliate Ashville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik well that is him coaching 3rd base and he is now the Manager of the Pelicans. I wonder if it had to do with the restructuring of the managers in 2013 when he was taking off the field for some half ass job created by our front office that removed the guys who were managers off the field and they were more of advisers and were replaced with different field managers.
Well it looks like Joe is doing a good job with his new team they have a pretty good record this year and won this one 10-1.
Once again there were fireworks after the game this is my 2nd game and 3rd baseball event I attended this week and 3rd time I have seen fireworks.
So that is it for this one. The Next game will be in Greensboro for a Grasshoppers game vs. the Hickory Crawdads.
See You around.
Triple A All-Star Game
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
1St. Game of the road trip.
You may ask why travel to Durham from Denver to see a triple a All-Star Game. Well One is I wanted to see a Triple a All-Star game and two I have relatives here in The Raleigh – Durham area that have a plan for the Bulls Stadium so that gives you the opportunity to get tickets for the All-Star Game. I pretty much have been coming here every year for the last 4 years to check out stadiums in North Carolina and the east coast for the past 5 years, so I figured I have seen the stadium but have not seen an All-Star Game so this would be a great addition to this years road trip.
I arrived at Durham Bull Athletic Stadium slightly before the pre-game festivities kicked off. The First thing they did to pay tribute to the Armed Forces was have an Army tactical group repel down one of the buildings in the outfield that are connected to the park.
Shortly After the did player introductions. Here is the lone representative from the Colorado springs Sky Sox First Baseman Ben Paulsen. It was cool seeing a player I knew of from the springs in the game.
By the time they were announcing the International League team I was in my seat, he is a shot while they are being introduced.
Both teams on the field during the National Anthem. Pacific Coast League along the third base line and the International League long the first base line.
Charlie Montoya Manager of the 2014 International League Team and the Durham Bulls threw out the first pitch. He has the most win as a manager for the Bulls with 611 in his 7 years there.
Liam Hendricks started for the International League, he plays for the Buffalo Bison the triple A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He got the first 2 batters out that he faced for the PCL Paulo Orlando from the Omaha Storm Chasers flew out to right field and Joc Pederson from the Albuquerque Isotopes struck out looking for the second out.
With 2 outs Chris Taylor from the Tacoma Rainiers hit a double to left field. The batter after him Mike Jacobs who now plays with the Reno Aces and former Sky Sox player struck out to end the inning.
Elih Villanueva from the New Orleans Zephyrs started for the PCL. he got the inning started well getting Ezequiel Carrera (Toledo Mudhens) to fly out to center. He than walked Jose Pirela from the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
With 2 outs Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers hit a double.
Wilson Betemit from the Durham Bulls hit a single Pirela and Aguilar.
Jesus Aguilar crosses home plate for the IL second run.
The PCL failed to score in the 2nd, going down in order including 2 strike outs. In the bottom of the second Jhonathan Solano catcher for the Syracuse Chiefs came up with Gwinnett Brave Phil Gosselin lead off the inning with a single on base. This gave the IL a 4-0 lead.
Here is the Solano ball flying out over the score board in left field. It is just to the left of the flag pole.
Here he is high-fiving a teammate. Can’t look like he is having more fun then this.
The IL could have scored more runs off this hit by Pirela with one runner on base.
The PCL’s center fielder Paulo Orlando made a great catch for the 2nd out of the inning. I definitely saved a run.
Spencer Patton from the Omaha StormChasers came into pitch in the Came into pitch for the PCL in the 2nd after Villanueva walked Steven Souza from the Syracuse Chiefs. Patton Struck out Aguilar to end the inning.
In true all-star fashion there were a lot of pitching changes and Mike Montgomery from the Durham Bulls came into pitch the 3rd inning for the IL. Facing only 3 batters striking out 1.
Between the top and bottom of the third inning it was time for the race. They don’t have creepy dental products here, they have 3 characters from the movie Bull Durham. The First Crash Davis who has a 34-32 on the year, the second Annie she is 32-24 on the year and the third is Nuke LaLoosh who is 0-66.
With heavy training for this all-Star race and help from fellow Lollygagger, from the Washington Nationals Presidents race Teddy.
LaLoosh won the race for his first win!
The International league only sent 3 batters also to the plate in the 3rd against the Iowa Cubs Kyle Hendricks.
At the end of the third like most stadiums the grounds crew came out and dragged the field, but in Durham the grounds crew dances in-between second and third base and then first and second.
Chris Taylor got his second hit of the night in the 4th inning.
Jesus Aguilar made a great stretch to make the play but Taylor was still safe.
Indianapolis Indians Casey Sadler pitched the 5th. inning for the IL. The PCL did get 2 runners on base a single by Shane Peterson (Sacramento Rivercats ) and Gabriel Noriega (Tacoma Rainers) struck out swinging on a wild pitch and got on first base. The PCL did not score any runs in the inning.
Jose Pirelli making a great of balance cross body throw for an out in the fifth inning.
Then there were a ton of pitcher Heath Hembree pitched for the PCL in the bottom of the 5th. He Plays for the Fresno Grizzlies.
And when you’re at the bottom of your 5th!!!!!!!
A.J. Achter from the Rochester Red Wings pitched the 6th inning for the IL. The PCL got their first run in the inning a solo home run by Shane Peterson. After Chris Taylor got his 3rd hit of the night a double Achter was replaced by Tommy Layne from the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The first batter he faced was the Sky Sox Ben Paulsen. Paulsen hit into a fielder’s choice and got on first and Taylor was out at 3rd.
The revolving door of pitcher continued for the PCL in the 6th as well, The Fresno Grizzlies Paul Smyth started the inning for the PCL and then the Nashville Sounds Mike Fiers pitched after the IL scored 3 runs off of Smyth. The first 2 on a triple by the Louisville Bats Felix Perez and the 3rd that scored Perez a double by Steven Sousa for a 7-1 IL lead.
Ben Paulsen stayed in the game and played first in the 6th inning.
Souza slides into second for a double in the 6th.
Juan Jaime from the Gwinnett Braves pitched the 7th for the IL. He struck out 2 PCL batters. On the radar gun he was hitting up to 98 MPH on his pitches.
Andy Oliver started the 8th for the IL. He is from the Indianapolis Indians.
Stephen Pisotty from the Memphis Redbirds hit a lead off single for the PCL. The next batter Joc Pederson walked.
Ben Paulsen hit a double and scored the PCL’s 2nd run of the game to cut into the IL’s lead (7-2) IL
After Bobby Korecky started the 9th inning for the IL the Bulls Merrill Kelly came in to finish the game for the IL. The PCL did pick up a 3rd run in the inning a single by Jonathan Galvez from the El Paso Chihuahuas scored Nick Franklin. (7-3) IL
Stephen Piscotti would be the last batter of the game. He hit a ball to short..
…that was fielded tossed to second for the force out on Galvez and the game was over. The IL won 7-3.
Merrill Kelly and Josh Phegley shake hand after the final out.
In total the PCL used a total of 8 pitchers and the IL used 11.
The International League players celebrate their victory.
This was a pretty cool experience, to see this game and at a very cool stadium. This is one of my favorite stadiums to go to and this time they once again did not disappoint. I would have like a Pacific Coast League win but it was still a fun game. It was kind of hard to keep tract of pitcher which is why not all 19 were shown in the post. The game was a little anti climatic even with the 19 combined hits and 10 runs, but it was nice to see all these players playing a game together and many of these guys you will be seeing in the MLB soon.
I would recommend attending a Triple A All-Star game. Next year it will be in Omaha Nebraska and yes, I am already trying to find out to get tickets to it.
So that is it for this game and My road trip continues this week I will be heading to Winston-Salem and Greensboro this weekend before returning to Raleigh to attend a Carolina Mudcats game and possibly will be hitting up another Bulls game.
after the game there were Fireworks and here is 2 photos.
That is it for this one see you around.
Triple A Home Run Derby
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham, North Carolina
I left Denver about 9:30 A.M. MDT on Sunday and arrived in Raleigh at 5:30 P.M. EDT. So After 31 hours in the Truck I stopped at my relatives house showered and headed to Durham Bulls Athletics Park for the triple a home run derby. This was the 4th time I have been to the DBAP. I have been there 3 times for Durham Bulls games. we Arrived just in time for the start of the Derby around 7:15.
The above photo is the front of the stadium, which is a lot more open then it use to be. They remodel parts of the stadium last winter including moving the front gates of the stadium adding a bleacher section on the first base side, A large LED Board on the Blue Monster, LED board along the right field fence, resurfaced the field and changed the drainage system under the field.
This is a look at the front of the stadium from 2011.
There were many promotion around hitting the Bull during the home run derby. One was the first hit everyone would win a steak taco from Moe’s South West grill. The next 14 times the Bull would get hit a fan would win $100.00 If it was hit 15 times 1 fane would win $15,000 lets just there was no money one. The Bull was only hit once during the home run derby.
One thing that each participant was able to do was after the 7th out they were able to use a composite bat for ass long as they did not get the 8th out.
There were 6 players in the home run derby the first was Francisco Pena who plays for the Omaha StormChasers. He hit 5 homers in the 1st. round.
Next up was from the Indianapolis Indians Matt Hague he hit 2 in the 1st. round.
Las Vegas 51′s Allan Dykstra was the third up. As he was batting I headed towards the out field to see if I could snag a ball. he hit 3 in the round.
Next up was Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers. he hit 3 homers in the first round.
Former Sky Sox player Mike Jacobs, now with the Reno Ace’s did not hit any homers.
The 6th guy was Mikie Mahtook from the Durham Bulls who was a late add and replaced Mike Hessman from the Toledo Mudhens.
4 of the 6 returned to the second round and I returned to my seat. Pena, Hague, Dykstra and Aguilar competed in the second round.
Pena added 3 to his total for 8 homer in the 2 rounds.
Hague added 2 to his total for 6 home runs.
Dykstra added 3 for a total of 7 and Aguilar 3 for a total of 6. Pena and Dykstra advanced to the finals.
Clay Council, who pitched to Josh Hamilton in Josh Hamilton in the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby in Yankee Stadium. That was when Hamilton hit 28 home runs in a single round.
Clay Council throwing to Francisco Pena in the final round.
Pena did not hit a homer in the final round.
So Dykstra only needed to hit 1 and he did to win.
The 2014 triple A Home Run Derby Champ Allan Dykstra displays his Championship belt.
That was it for the Triple A Home Run Derby. it was pretty cool to be able to see this event and I will be at the Triple A All-Start Game Tonight.
After The All-Star game I will be heading to Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
Minnesota Twins vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 & 2
Despite all the baseball games I have seen this is the first time I am seeing the Twins play. Their are only a few teams I have not seen the others are the Detroit Tigers (which I will see later this month in Detroit) and the Baltimore Orioles (they have just not been to Coors since I have been attending games) I was suppose to see them once in Shea Stadium playing the Mets, but for some reason we were not able to go.
Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies this game. He faced 3 batters in the inning Brian Dozier made a quick out grounding out on the second pitch to him. Kurt Suzuki hit a single and Kendrys Morales hit into a double play to end the inning.
Jorge looks to first base during the Morales at bat with Suzuki on first.
Carlos Gonzalez was back in the Rockies line up after being on the D.L. for almost 2 months. He started in right field.
Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs helped to get the Rockies on the board in the first against Twins starter Kris Johnson 0 lead in the first. The Twins did get 1 back in the second, Trevor Plouffe started with a double and scored when Eduardo Nunez grounded out. Plouffe reached third on a wild pitch during Oswaldo Arcia at bat. The Rockies extended their lead in the bottom of the 2nd, Nolan Arenado started it off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario single. (3-1) Rox In the 3rd inning they extended their lead with 2 more runs on a Troy Tulowitzki home run with Cargo on base. (5-1) Rox
Samuel Deduno came into the game in the 5th inning for the Twins. Deduno was with the Rockies organization from 2004 – 2010 and played in 4 games for the Rockies in 2010. Johnson went 4 innings, the Rockies scored 5 runs on 8 hits against him. He struck out 2 and did not walk anyone. This was his second MLB appearance.
Jorge went 6 innings and only allowed the 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. The Rockies won this game 6-2. The 6th run was a solo shot by Brandon Barnes in the 7th inning.
Was also the Rockies photo day which is always a fun time. Here are some photos…
Me with Rene Lachman.
Cargo was the first player to come over to our section.
E.B. and Smitty with Dinger!
The crew with Charlie “Chuck Cobra” Culberson
This was the first year I brought my Mom to Photo day and here she is with Charlie Culberson.
Smitty with Morneau
Los with Morneau
X takin a selfie with Mike McKenry
I also took photos with other players and coaches I just put more of the recent additions to the team on here. Photo day is one of my favorite days at Coors. It is a lot of fun to just hang out with friends and interact with the players and coaches. This year I actually delayed my road trip till the day after when I should have left Denver Thursday or Friday.
Tyler Matzek started for the Rockies. The Twin immediately started getting hits off him the first batter Brian Dozier hit a ball back at Matzek that hit him on the mound and deflected into foul territory down the 3rd base side. Dozier ended up getting to second on the play. The 3rd batter of the inning Kendry Morales hit a double to score Dozier and Eduardo Escobar to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Dozier slide into second for his lead off double.
Being called safe.
Escobar trying to put down a bunt in the first inning. He did get on base by a fielders choice play.
Morales running to first while Dozier runs home for the first run for the twins and Morales ended up on second.
Escobar also scored on the double by Morales.
Kevin Correia started for the Twins. Charlie Blackmon started the game off with and single and was left on base as Correia got the next 3 Rockies batters out.
Cargo loses the bat during his first inning at bat. He did fly out to right for the first out of the inning.
Tulo flew out to center for his 1st inning at bat.
Cargo making contact during his 4th inning at bat. He would line out this at bat.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th inning on a Charlie Blackmon single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. The Twins had a 4-2 lead. They scored 1 in the 4th and 5th. The 4th inning was a lead off solo home run by Escobar and the 5th was a Double by Correia double scoring Josh Willingham.
Brandon Barnes pitch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th inning.
Blackmon trying to get things going with this 9th inning single with Josh Rutledge on first. Ruthledge would score on a Cargo double and Blackmon would score on a Tulowitzki ground out. The twins won this game 9-3. they scored 2 in the 8th and 9th inning.
That is it for this game the Rockies last. They faced the Twins on Sunday which I was not at the game because I was heading east for my road trip. I did get to hear the first 2 innings on the radio before loosing the signal in the middle of Kansas. The Twins scored 5 runs in the first off of Brett Anderson who made his first start after being on the D.l. since April with a broken hand. He had pitched well in both his rehab starts. The Rockies lost 13-5.
I am Currently in Raleigh for the Triple a All-Star game in Durham. My next post will be about the Triple A home run derby which was last night.
See you Around!
July 7,8,9, 2014
Padres vs. Rockies series
The fist game was Monday Night and before the game I hit up batting practice and got 2 baseballs one I got on a bounce and the second I caught both were from the Padres. These were my 17th and 18th baseball of the year. This keeps me on the pace of about 35 to 40 baseballs for the year, that is what I normally will get in a average year at MLB Stadiums.
Tyler Matzek made his 6th MLB start since being brought up in early June from the Sky Sox. He faced only 3 batters in the first. Matzek pitched into the 7th inning giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. he kept it together pretty well for most of his outing only facing 10 Paadres batters in the first 3 innings and striking out 4 in the game. He was taken out in the 7th inning where the Padres got 3 runs to were against Matzek. Matt Belisle came into pitch the 7th the first batter he faced was Chase Headley who hit a triple to score the 2 runs against Maatzek and then he would score to give the Padres a 6-1 lead.
The Rockies run came in the 4th inning on a Drew Stubbs solo home run to tie the game at 1. The Padres first run came earlier in the inning When Headley scored on a Brooks Conrad sac fly to right field.
As the game was being played we pretty much watched a storm roll in and here is a shot I got of lightning before the game went into a 56 minute rain delay.
After the rain delay Chad Bettis came out to pitch for the Rockies. He would pitch the 8th and 9th inning allowing only 2 hits and striking out 2. The Rockies dropped game 1 6-1 and found themselves in soul position of last place in the west and worst record in all of Major League Baseball. Congrats on trying for the first pick in the 2015 draft! Got to spin this positive somehow! They are 37-53 this season.
The jsecond game on Tuesday night saw Franklin Morales start the game. This was his 2nd start after being sent to the bullpen in late May.
After giving up a lead off double to Chris Denorfia he struck out 3 batters in a row. The above is Chase Headley taking a swing for a strike.
Cody Ross started for the Padres and Charlie Blackmon started the inning for the Rockies with a lead off double and then he would get the next 3 batters out also including striking out Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki.
Charlie Blackmon sliding into second for his 1st inning lead off double.
His next at bat was in the 3rd inning and it was a 2 run home run to give the Rockies a lead.
Franklin Morales was taken out of the game in the 6th inning with 2 outs after a Rene Rivera solo home run to cut the rockies lead to 1 run. (2-1) Rockies.
Brooks Brown came into pitch for his second appearance with the Rockies since his call up from The Sky sox last week. He got the Rockies out of the inning.
Drew Stubbs stealing 2nd base after his 1 out single in the 8th inning.
Alex Torres started the 8th inning for the Padres he is the first pitcher to use the new protective hat made for the pitchers. The over sized padded hat looks is a lot larger then a normal game hat and no other pitcher has chose to wear it. It has been compared to the hat that the super Mario Brothers wore in the video games. He it is a good idea but is a little obtrusive looking but it is good that the pitchers do have the option to wear it if they want. I think it needs a little work before it catches on and needs to be slightly streamlined for more guys to wear it regularly.
Seth smith came into pinch hit in the 9th inning for the Padres and did what he was always did late in games and that is get a hit tonight it was a 2 out double for Mr. Late Night, but did not result into a run for the Padres. Denorfia would make the last out of the game and for the first time in a few days we did not have to watch a bottom of the 9th inning as the Rockies won this game 2-1. Who would of thought that a game that Franklin Morales and Tyson Ross would start would be such a low scoring game. Especial with Morales entering the game with a 5.50 ERA.
The Rockies got to celebrate this win and Charlie Blackmon with his 2 run home run was the player of the game. he went 2 for 4 with the 1st inning double and 3rd inning home run. for those living under a Rockies he was selected as a reserve for the 2014 National League All-Star team.
Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies for Wednesdays day game it was his second start since coming to the Rockies from the Reds organization.
He allowed the Padres first batter to get on a base a single by Seth Smith. He would than get the next 3 batters out including striking out Chase Headley and Yasmani Grandal.
The Rockies, mainly Charlie Blackmon would get on the board fast against Padres starter Eric Stultz.
He hit a lead off solo home run.
Two batters later Troy Tulowitzki would also hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
In his 7th MLB at bat Kyle Parker who started at first this game, got his first MLB hit!
Jurrens was taken out of the game with 2 outs in the 5th inning and Tommy Kahnle would finish the 5th and pitch the 6th inning. He struck out Will Venerable to to end the inning. Jurrens went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking 2.
rex Brothers pitched the 7th and Boone Logan pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would add 3 run to their total in the 8th with a 2 run home run by drew Stubs scoring himself and Charlie Blackmon. To give the Rockies 5-3 lead. Then Tulo would follow it up with his second home run of the game to extend the lead to 6-3.
Yasmani Grandal hit a hi pop fly to left to end the game and get the series win for the Rockies.
Brandon Barnes makes the catch to end the game and give the Rockies their first series win in what seems like forever! The Final for this one was 6-3.
The Rockies celebrate their second win in a row. Troy Tulowitzki was player of the game which I don’t fully agree with he did hit 2 home runs. I do think Drew Stubbs that gave the Rockies the 5-3 lead and broke the tie should have gotten it because he gave the team the lead but I guess 2 RBI’s on 2 solo shots means more then the guy who gave the team the lead in the first place. Well that is it for this one.
I will be at 2 of the 3 games against the Twins before heading out on my 2014 Baseball Adventure. Which I will be at the Triple A All-Star game and then Greensboro, Winston-Salem, I will finally get to the Carolina Mudcats and see the New Charlotte Stadium in Downtown Charlotte before moving on to the Mid-West for a bunch of games more info to follow.
See you at Coors and Around!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
If picture are worth a thousand words here are 14 photos to do as you wish. These are from the Rockies game from Sunday!
Yohan Flande pitched!
So did Josh Beckett !
D.J. LeMahieu threw a ball!!
Juan Uribe was safe!
Flande was taken out of the game after the Dodgers scored runs!
Brooks Brown came into pitch. Brooks who? yeah another call up from the Springs.
Arenado made a off balance throw.
Adrian Gonzales was tagged by Wilin Rosario.
was called out. The play was reviewed the Dodgers scored another run.
I found Sasquatch! It may just be Dodgers relief pitcher Chris Perez.
Take what you will from this photo!
Their was some good news!
The Rockies got their ass’s handed to them and lost this game 8-2.
Can’t wait to see good baseball next week when I start the 2014 Road trip starting in Durham at the Triple A All-star game!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
This game I missed the first few batters of the game because I was on field holding the big flag that was on the field for the National Anthem. Unfortunately I could not find photos of it. So because of that I missed the first few batters. The first batter I saw was the second Dodgers batter of the game Yasiel Puig who hit a home run with Dee Gordon on first base.
Then Hanley Ramirez hit a double.
Jair Jurrens started for the Rockies. He was recently picked up from the Reds organization he was once with the Braves and has not pitched in the bigs this year.
With Ramirez on second Andre Either hit a triple to score the Dodgers 3rd run of the game (inning). After the 3 runs in the first he settled down a little and had a 1,2,3 second inning.
Clayton Kershaw started for the dodgers and well treated the Rockies like his bitch! The Rockies did not get a hit till the 3rd inning and that was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 3rd. The Rockies did do better against him then the last game the faced him, they got 2 hits instead of being no hit. He hasn’t just been abusing the Rockies in his last 4 starts, he has been knocking everyone around. He has not given up a run in 30+ innings I think it was 35 innings.
Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch from Jurrens in the 5th inning which was a horrible inning for Jurrens and the Rockies. The Dodgers scored 5 runs on 6 hits, Jurrens walked 1 in the inning and was pretty much hung out to dry. Most of the runs did come with 2 outs. Jurrens was taken out after Kershaw single to give the Dodgers a 8-0 lead.
Jair Jurrens being removed from the game in the 5th inning.
Chad Bettis came into finish the inning and after giving up a hit got the third out to end the inning. The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning. Ramirez was removed after the inning.
I could have just posted this photo from the 6th inning and tell most of the story of the game just look at the line score on the big screen while Kershaw pitches!
After 8 inning pitched by Kershaw, Don Mattingly replaced him with Jamie Wright. After Walking Blackmon he struck out Josh Rutledge and then Arenado hit into a double play to stop the misery! I mean end the game. Now if it was not a fireworks night I think this is a game I may have left early. It is just painful to watch this team play.
Then it was time to watch what everyone was really there to see and that was the fireworks!
Now the Rockies won the Saturday July 5th game that I did not attend because I had to go to work. It actually worked out well because I did noy have a ticket for the game which is extremely rare for me. But since I was not sure when my road trip was I did not buy tix for some July games.
So about my road trip I will be leaving Denver on July 12th and once again heading east this year the first game I am attending is the Triple A all-Star game in Durham, N.C. before hitting up some of my North Carolina favorites Greensboro Grasshoppers and may even get the last stadium I have not been too in N.C. that is the Carolina Mudcats stadium. I will also be checking out the New Charlotte Nights Stadium That I have been following the process of being built. I was there 2 years ago when they broke ground and put in home plate and saw the stadium being built last year. After North Carolina I will be heading to Cleveland where I will be checking out Progressive Field and then Heading to a Lake City Captains game before heading to Detroit to see the Rockies for 2 games there. I will then head to Indy to catch my yearly game in Indianapolis and am also thinking of checking out Ft. Wayne Tincaps game and possibly the Dayton Dragons as well. So it should be a adventure once again and getting to see a bunch of new stadiums for me and also visit many of my favorites. I will hve a better schedule of when and where I will be later in this home stand.
Well till then see you at Coors I should be there all week till I leave for my trip.