Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 25th game of the season at Coors.
Today being a day game meant no batting practice but I does mean there is a good chance to get pitchers autographs. So after the stadium completely opened we headed down to the wall on the Rockies side of the field. There were a few player throwing and getting in their pregame warm ups and work mainly consisting of throwing, running and stretching. the starting pitcher from a few games ago may do a bullpen session. So after they were done Jeff Francis, Tyler Chatwood and Wilton Lopez stopped an signed. before the start of the game Wilin Rosario who did not start this game came out and signed for a while when he got to me I had him sign 2 photos one of him and Juan Nicasio and another of Him, Jerry Weinstein, Tyler Chatwood and Jim Wright. I also had Tyler sign it when he was signing. It was the first photo in the post about Saturdays game. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/05/19/lincecum-fall-and-holds-onto-the-ball/
D.J LeMahieu also came over to sign because I had a photo to give him of a play he made last year. He signed a copy for me and another photo I had taken in the springs a few weeks ago.
Today Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies. He had a very good first inning facing only 3 batters and the last 2 outs were strike outs to Didi Gregorious and Paul Goldschmidt.
Trevor Cahill started for the Diamondbacks. After getting both Eric Young Jr. and D.J. LeMahieu both to fly out to right.
The Rockies would take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
De La Rosa held the Diamondbacks hitless and scoreless in the 2nd. inning. He di walk the second batter of the inning Gerardo Parra, he remained on base as Martin Prado and Wil Nieves got out.
The Rockies and especially Cargo got on Cahill once again in the 3rd inning, D.J. LeMahieu hit a single with one out and Cargo than hit a triple scoreing LeMahieu. Cargo Scored on a wild pitch by Cahill.
Jorge was taken out of the game in the 6th inning after throwing 103 pitches, striking out 5, walking 2 and giving up 1 run in the 4th. The run was after a Cody Ross lead off single he than scored on a Will Nieves single 2 batters later.
Edgmer Escolona came into pitch the remainder of the 6th inning and the 7th.
In the 6th inning Dexter Fowler hit a ball down the line in right Rene Lacheman first questioned the call and then Walt Weiss headed out of the dugout after talking with the 1st base umpire Doug Eddings he went back to the dugout…… and came back out of the dugout and headed to home plate umpire and crew chief Dana Demuth.
The umpires than headed into review the play.
After a few minutes the ump’s headed back out to the field and called it a foul.
Dexter Fowler got on base by hitting a single and than got in Cahill’s head who threw over to first base a few times.
He was called safe as Didi Gregourious threw the ball to second baseman Josh Wilson thinking he was out.
Yorvit Torrealba tried to catch the D’backs off guard and tried to put down a bunt and popped it up to D’backs catcher Wil Nieves.
Another ex Rockies Will Harris came into pitch for the D’backs in the 8th inning.
Cargo also tried the bunt thing, it was fielded by Harris for the second out of the 8th inning. Cargo had a good shot of hitting of hitting another cycle with his first hits were the Home Run and Triple. he just did not finish it but had a great game getting 3 RBI’s and scoring twice. accounting for 3 of the 4 Rockies runs.
Matt Belise and Rex Brothers finished up the game both pitching an inning each. Belise the 8th and Brothers came out for the save. They each faced 3 batters.
Yorvit comes out and hugs brothers after Rex’s 2nd career save and first for this season.
With this win and the Giants losing to the Nationals there is now a 3 way tie for first place in the National League West. All 3 teams had Thursday off and the Rockies will be in San Francisco for a weekend series. The Diamondbacks are playing the Padres in Phoenix this weekend.
So the Rockies won 4-1 and this post is done!
Now Root Sports has recently announced that on July 1, Joel Klatt will be leaving them . We are starting once again the Bring Back Helmer campaign. We are asking everyone to visit there Facebook or twitter feed and kindly ask for them to hire on of the best Postgame announces Tom Helmer. We think it would be great for him to be back behind or as he was known to be on the desk after Rockies wins. We ask if you have a Helmer is my home boy shirts to start wearing them to the games as we try to get them to Re-Hire him.
There is also a Bring Back Helmer page already on facebook. her is it’s link.
and Root Sports Facebook page!
So lets get the ball rolling!!!!
As always see you at Coors!!!!
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 24th game at Coors this year. 25th with the Springs.
This game I headed in and went to the pavilions for batting practice the Rockies did not hit too many out and neither like usual did the diamondbacks I did manage to get a ball. It was hit a few rows back and I got the roll back. It was my 4th ball in the pavilions for the year and my 1st. pick the other 3 were caught. It was the 7th ball of the year 3 being toss ups.
Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies. He went 1,2,3 in the first and second.
The starting pitcher for the D’backs was Ian Kennedy. He also had a 1,2,3 1st inning. Striking out Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez.
Troy Tulowitzki started the 2nd inning off for the Rockies with a double he would score on along with Wilin Rosario on a Nolan Arenado single. Wilin Hit a single to get on base in the inning. The Rockies would take the 2-0 lead. I did not get many photos in the inning because of 2 things one was the sun has been killer on the first base side. The second I had to go find a co worker because this game I brought a bunch of people from work to the game.
As Chacin continued to pitch well the Rockies got another run in the 4th inning. Nolan Arenado scores on a D.J. LeMahieu double. The Rockies had 4-0 lead. Since I was at the game with a bunch of photographers and the sunset was one of the best of the year so far we headed up to the upper deck to get a few sunset photo’s. I was up there about a inning or so and did not get many photos of the game.
Here are a few of the sunset.
It was the middle of the sixth by the time I got back down to the seats.
Chacin did have 3 more 1,2,3 innings in the 4th, 5th and 6th. the only hit the D’backs had was in the 3rd and it was a double by their pitcher Ian Kennedy.
After the D’backs scored 4 to tie the game Walt Weiss headed out to get Chacin. Chacin pitch a very good game up till this inning. Having five innings that he only faced 3 batters. He struck out 2 and walked none till this inning than walked 2 in the 7th.
Josh Outman came into finish the 7th. After Miguel Montero hit a single and he walk pinch hitter Josh Wilson he struck out Gerrado Parra and Didi Gregourious.
Kirk Gibson heads out of the dugout after Parra was called out on strikes.
Side arm righty Brad Ziegler pitched the 8th inning for the D’backs. He did retire the Rockies in order.
Matt Belise pitched the 8th for the Rockies and Rex Brothers came in to pitch the 9th inning. belies faced 5 D’backs batters and Rex 4. Each getting 1 strike out in their innings pitched. Belise let up 1 hit to Eric Chavez and had a second runner on a Charlie Blackmon error. Rex’s only runner was when he walked Gerrado Parra.
Rafael Betancourt came out to pitch the 10th baseball with the game tied at 4 we had some free baseball. Rafael threw 2 pitchers and Walt Weiss, Jim Wright and trainer Keith Dugger came out to check on him.
Here they are watching him take a few throws. I noticed that they were watching his leg as he pitched.
After a few throws he came out of the game. It is said that it was a groin injury.
Wilton Lopez continued the at bat to Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt would ground out and Lopez had a good inning only facing 3 batters also. He has improved a lot in his last few outings.
Ex Rockie Matt Reynolds came into the game to pitch for the D’backs.
After Cargo hit a double they intentionally walked Tulo. wilin Rosario would come up with one out and 2 on….
..he would hit a single to right field and …
… would end up at first…
… Cargo would score from 2nd and that was the game. Cargo and Jordan Pacheco who was on deck head to go celebrate at first.
Wilin as the bench clears and starts running towards him.
Dexter Fowler was the first to get to him.
Cargo would make it from home plate. Now watch him in the rest of the sequence!
He says hello to Dexter’s elbow!
Good thing he had a helmet!
So the Rockies won this one in dramatic fashion and El Torito gets the winning hit. The final score was 5-4.
There is one more game from this series. The Rockies after this game behind the Diamondbacks and Giants in second place.
After the game we headed towards one of the players entrance.
Here is a photo of Adam Ottavino inscribing Amy’s Brooklyn Jersey.
Here is a photo of my crew from work really some of the best people to work with and really, really are the reason I can make all the games I do. Thanks Guys you all really Rock. It was awesome being able to go to a game together and just have so much fun. It was cool for them to experience the reasons I do what I do as far as going to games and writing this blogs.
Here are the 4 of us. It was even cooler is that it was the first game for 2 of them ohh yeah I got them the first Rockies game pin! Well It was a great night for baseball Coors friends and work friends.
That is it for this one and as always see you at Coors.
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Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 23rd game of the season at Coors.
O.K this is going to be my shortest post ever!!! I only took 97 photos all night.
There were not many Highlights.
This photo not even from this game I took it from the last time the Diamondbacks were here!
John Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Diamondbacks went down in order in the 1st.
Patrick Corbin started and well lets just put it this way and finished the game for the Diamondbacks in an amazing pitching performance. He sat the Rockies down in order not only in the 1st, but the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th! The first Rockies runner was their own pitcher Jon Garland in the 3rd inning he reached on a fielders error at second baseman Martin Prado. The Rockies first hit was in the 4th inning when Troy Tulowitzki hit a single. The Diamondbacks got 5 runs in the game 1 in the 2nd when Eric Chavez started the inning with a triple and scored on a Miguel Montaro force play at second getting Jason Kubel out at second and Chavez scored.
The Diamondbacks also scored 2 in the 2nd playing a bunch of small ball. Cobined in the inning they hit 4 singles to score the 2 runs. The third they also scored 1 run A.J. Pollock lead off with a double and scored Didi Gregorius on a double. Their fifth and final run was scored in the 6th again with a small ball inning 2 singles and 1 run.
This is a photo of Corbin throwing only his 88th pitch in the 8th inning. In the game he only gave up one run in the 8th inning. Nolan Arenado started the inning with a double with 1 out. Jordan Pacheco who pinch hit for the pitchers than hit a double and Arenado scored.
Troy Tulowitzki batting in the 9th and took this pitch for a ball. This was just one of the few at bats I photographed the whole game.
He than grounded out to Didi Gregourios to end the game. it was a complete game shut out for Corbin. He is now 7-0 on the year with 9 starts he has a 1.44m ERA it was really efficient with his pitch placement and got a lot of ground ball outs besides the 10 strike outs. Fly outs, pop outs and line outs only accounted for 4 outs the entire game.
The Final score was 5-1
That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the series against the Diamondbacks.
See You at Coors.
Giants vs. Rockies Game 4
Today was a Sunday day game, so that means it was a autograph Sunday and They were also giving away a bobble head. Today it was of Dante Bichette.
The Bobble head was of his fist bump after his Coors Field opening game 14th inning walk off home run on April 26, 2013
After we got in of course we had to wait for the 12:40 autograph session. While we were waiting Michael Cuddyer was throwing and running.
He was wearing his Kick Their Ass’s not ours t-shirt!
This is the back of the shirt as he headed back to dugout. The signers today was Jeff Francis, Charlie Blackmon, Wilin Rosario and Tyler Chatwood. I needed 3 of the 4 on my team project. I knew it was going to take work but I was able to get Francis and Rosario during the autograph session with a little help. Than Charlie Blackmon who I also needed signed during warm ups. Then I was informed that Michael Cuddyer was doing an interview on the Root set so I headed over and when he was done I got him on it also so that was 4 guys I needed on my team project. Now all I need is Troy Tulowitzki and D.J. Lemahieu. This is the most successful team project I have had and it is almost done and it is not even June. I know I can get D.J. it is going to probably take the rest of the year to get Tulo! He is usually close to the last person I get on my team projects. Also Cuddy said he was doing well and he is going to be evaluated on Tuesday and then they will know when he will comeback to playing or if he will be rehabbing with the Sky Sox.
Here is Dante Warming up before throwing out his first pitch.
Dante throwing out the first pitch to his Rockies teammate Vinny Castilla.
They are both back working with the Rockies Vinny As the special Assitant to the GM and Dante is the batting coach.
Juan Nicasio throwing first pitch to Angel Pagan. Juan had one of his best outing we have seen in a long time. had 1,2,3 first with the final out of the inning being a strike out to Pablo Sandoval. He was very good with his placement and had many ground ball outs.
Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants Eric Young Jr. led off the game for the Rockies with a single.
Young scored the first run for the Rockies first run.
Cargo handing his shin guard to 1st base coach Rene Lachman after getting his RBI single.
Cargo Advanced to second on a Troy Tulowitzki ground out and after Giants first baseman Brandon Belt tagged first he threw to second baseman Nick Noonan. Cargo than landed on Noonan and seemed to injure his shoulder.
In the 5th inning I took a walk out to the pavilions to Visit the Ranter. Took a few photos along the way. Here is Juan Nicasio pitching to Brandon Belt. Belt would ground out to first fo the first out of the inning.
Juan Nicasio still pitching in the 6th inning. At this point of the game he had 3 strike outs and the giants only had 1 hit. The second Giants hit of the game was in this inning and that was by Gregor Blanco. He also walked Noonan both runners were left on base.
The Rockies got something going in the bottom of the 5th. Dexter Fowler led the inning off with a base hit Cargo would score him for the Rockies second run of the game. Cargo would score on a Jordan Pacheco single. (3-0) Rockies
D.J lemahieu would hit into a force getting Pacheco out at second after Brandon Belt threw to Brandon Crawford who was covering first. Crawford than threw back to first to get LeMahieu out at first and over threw the base.
As Lemahieu advanced to second Crawford than booted the ball off his glove away from the base LeMahieu successfully reached second. Rutledge would than strike out to end the inning.
I headed back to my spot on the first baseline and got Tulo hitting this single in the 6th inning scoring Young and Fowler. The rockies were now up 5-0 over the Giants.
Matt Belise pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies. Juan Nicasio pitched 6 complete innings. He struck out 5, walked 1 and only allowed 3 hits and no runs. This was a really good start for the struggling Nicasio great to see him do well. This really needed to be a great start for him and it was.
Rex Brothers finished up the game pitching in the 9th. He struck out Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt grounded out and than he struck out Gregor Blanco. The Rockies won this game 5-0 and it was the first time Zito has lost to the Rockies. The Rockies had 5 runs on 11 hits and he walked 5 batters.
That is it for this game and this series. The Rockies took the series 3-1 and is the first time the Rockies won a series against the Giants since I think 2010 or so. Nice to see them beat a team above them in the division. Giants errors did help and the Rockies used them to there advantage through the series.
Next up at Coors 3 against the Diamondbacks I will be there for the whole series.
See you at Coors!
Giants vs. Rockies game 3 of the series.
My 22nd game at Coors this year!
After Friday Nights Win it was great to be back at Coors. With the series split the Rockies need this one against the 2 time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Tyler Chatwood was called back up from Colorado Springs after being up for a 2 starts one against the Braves at Coors and one against the Dodgers in L.A. it was a very good start for Tyler. The Rockies did win both games he pitched this year.
Here is a photo of Jerry Weinstein, Wilin Rosario, Tyler Chatwood and Jim Wright coming in from bullpen. Really like the contrast in the photo and I don’t mean of the BNW, I mean how Tyler is in Game mode with his coach and Wilin and Jerry are just have a good time laughing and smiling.
he would get out at second when Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play. That ended the first inning for the Giants.
Tim Lincecum who has been one of the coolest away player to the fans signing a lot throwing his first pitch of the game to Dexter Fowler.
He than stole second and advanced to third on a really bad of the mark by Buster Posey that Marco Scutaro could just not get to and it headed to center field.
Troy Tulowitzki would ground out to Brandon Crawford at short.
Crawford throwing to first to get Tulo at first.
Buster Posey get caught stealing at third in the 2nd inning this was an important out. It would have resulted into a second run in the inning. Posey would have scored on a Brandon Belt double. Belt did score on a Gregor Blanco single for a Giants 1-0 lead.
Posey being called out by third bas umpire Bob Davison.
Troy Tulowitzki does the cross body throw to first.
To get Hunter Pence out at first in the 3rd inning.
The Rockies did take the lead in the 3rd inning. The scored 3 runs on good old fashion small ball it is amazing that it actually works a lead off walk to Charlie Blackmon, he would advance on a Tyler Chatwood sac-bunt and would score on a Fowler double to left field. Fowler scored on a hit ball by Josh Rutledge to Tim Lincecum who had a bad throw to first and advanced to third base. It was a real rough night for Tim he had a few footing issues while pitching once just slipping and the second in the 4th when he pretty much fell off the mound held onto the ball and it was called a baulk. It did advance Nolan Arenado who was at first after he hit a single. After the 4th inning the Rockies had a 4-1 lead.
Here is Josh Rutledge sliding into third after the Lincecum error in the 4th inning.
After a very good start for Tyler Chatwood after the pinch hitter Nick Noonan was announced the Rockies made a switch of their own. Bringing in Josh Outman. The Giants than pulled Noonan and had Joaquin Arias pinch hit. So after a good outing where Chatwood only allowed 1 run in 5 2/3rd innings on 7 hits and walking and striking out 4 batters. It is great to see he held the base runners from 7 hits from not scoring.
The Rockies did score 2 runs in the 5th inning when Wilin Rosario hit a 2 run home run to get just a little more insurance runs. (6-1) Rox
Dexter Fowler getting into the head of Giants relief pitcher Jean Machi in the 7th inning. Who was called up from their triple A affiliate Fresno Grizzly’s that day. He did go on to steal second and score 1 more run on a Rosario single. That was Rosario’s 3rd RBI of the game. The Rockies went on to score 3 more runs in the 8th inning. Before the Rockies got their 3 the Giants did manage a run also in the 8th. Hunter Pence scored on a Brandon Crawford single. Pence lead off the inning with double.
Todd Helton flips the ball to Wilton Lopez to end the game. Lopez replaced Outman in the 8th. He finished the 8th and pitched well enough to only face 3 batters. the Rockies won their second game in a row against the Giants and is the first time they won 2 in a row in about 3 weeks. great to see the bats start to come alive again. The Giants throwing errors and miss played balls helped but we had to hit them to the right spot for those to make the difference and using them to the Rockies advantage. The Rockies 1 this game 10-2 and out scored them 20-11 in the last 2 games. After this game the Rockies are now 2 games behind the 1st Place Diamondbacks and 1 game behind the Giants in the National League west. This week will only keep getting more interesting as we face the Diamondbacks for 3 games.
There is one more from this series a Sunday game and a Dante Bichette bobble head day!
See You at Coors!
Giants vs. Rockies game 2 of series.
My 21st game of the year.
I got down to Coors after 5P.M. which is rare for me but I headed in and The Giants were taking batting practice and it was their 2nd or 3rd group. So I was just hanging around in the pavilions and I caught my 3rd baseball of the year.
This one is going to be quick.
After Brandin Pill hit a double to start the 2nd inning for the Giants he advanced to third on a Andres Torres fly out to center field. He would score along with 2 other runs in the inning. (4-0) Rockies The Rockies got 1 back in the bottom of the 2nd and they would tie the game at 4.
Wilin Rosario scoring the run in the 2nd.
Dexter Fowler sliding into 3rd after and than would score on a bad throw from Angel Pagan to third. This must of a scary moment for Dex as Sandoval took to the air!
The Giants took a 5-1 lead in the 4th.
Rosario at bat in the 3rd inning. he would strike out in the inning, but could not pass up the shot!
Jordan Pacheco came up in the 5th inning with bases loaded and 2 out. I was like wow this should get us a run or 2 since he hits well under pressure and is good for a single or double which can get the Rockies 2 or 3 runs and would take the lead. Instead he hit a home run to left field scoring Cargo, Rosario and Lemahieu as well as himself to give the Rockies a 9-5 lead. Fowler also scored earlier in the inning.
Pacheco steps on home plate with the 3 base runners standing at home. The Rockies got one more run in the 6th when Cargo hit a solo home run. (10-5) Rox
The Giants did get 3 runs in the 7th and an additional 1 in the 8th. They did fall short of the win by 1 the Rockies took this one 10-9 as the final this was a much needed win for the Rockies and it was great after the disappointing lose the night before.
Rosario points to the sky after Rafael Betancourt struck out the sides in an incredible save for him. This was Gregor Blanco make the final out of the game. This broke a 10 game losing street for the Rockies against the Giants. That’s it for this one still got 2 games against the Giants this weekend.
See You at Coors.
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San Francisco Giant vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of a 4 game weekend series.
Today I headed down to the Stadium from work and arrived outside Coors around 2:30. As I was walking down the street I ran into a few of the autograph people who get to the stadium early and they were heading to the Hotel to see if they could get a couple of Giants players. After about 45 minutes standing in front of the Motel 6 Tim Lincecum headed out towards the bus and stopped and signed for us I got him on a baseball. Andres Torres also came out but I did not have anything for him to sign and he took a few photos with a few people. Who would of thought a MLB team would stay at a Motel 6. and it was not a team bus it was really a magic carpet! Ahhh sence the sarcasm.
After the team magic carpet left I headed back to Coors to wait on-line at the Rockpile Gate. While I was waiting I decided to play around with the camera and the clouds that were floating by.
The gates than opened at 4:30 and it was time to head into Coors for batting practice, as I headed up the steps I found it interesting that the Rockies were not taking batting practice not sure if they took it and were done or did not take it at all. After about 30 minutes the Giants headed out and took their swings. I came close to a few but did not get any. Rockpile Ranter did snag is first of the year and Amy got her first out in the Pavillions for the year. Amy had a good grab that was just missed by Ranter, I think there was a elbow thrown but can’t confirm. (once again sarcasm) It was a good catch. Ranters friend Scott also caught his first ball ever and that was the last ball hit during batting practice. Between BP and the game we headed by the wall and Todd Helton signed, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. I got Nolan on my 11×14 I took last series of his grand slam. I did not have anything for Charlie and did not get Todd. I really don’t have anything that needs to be important for him to sign.
Before the game Geoff, who won a 20 days of the Rockies contest got to bring out the lineup card to home plate with Walt Weiss.
While I was over their I took this shot of the Rockies warming up. Not that I don’t have photo’s the Rockie warming up but I don’t have a phoo of the Rockies warming up from behind the dugout!
Geoff meeting Walt Weiss.
Here he is shaking hands with Bruce Bochy.
The umps going over some of the ground rules of Coors Field.
It was than time to playball and Jhoulys Chacin took the mound for the Rockies. He got out of the inning 1,2,3. The Rockies also went down quick in the first against Giants closer Matt Cain. He struck out Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez in the inning.
With Wilin Rosario on base Todd Helton hit his third home run of the season to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Nolan Arenado than hit his fourth since being called about 2 weeks ago. He has been a great addition Offensively and Defensibly. Rosario got in on hitting a home run of his own in the 3rd. His 3 runs Cargo and Tulo were on base. Cargo walked to lead of the inning.
The Giants got things going in the 4th scoring 5 runs. Chacin faced 9 batters in the inning. Walking 2 and giving up a double to Brandon Crawford that scored a few of the Giants runs it was 6-5 Rox at the end of the inning. One run was a harsh one to see and that was when Chacin walked in Marco Scutaro for the 4th run of the inning. He walked Brandon Belt this was the second walk of the inning. It stinks to walk a guy and to let up runs, but walking in a run just make me a little crazy.
I believe this is Brandon Belt scoring on Crawfords double.
Chacin seemed to settle down a little bit in the 5th sitting the Giants down in order again. Including this strike out of Buster Posey to end the inning.
here is Chacin pitching in the 6th inning with Belt on first and Hunter Pence on third. Both hit singles to get on base. Gregor Blanco sac flied out to Dexter in center.
Chacin was taken out of the game by Walt Weiss after a Brandon Crawford single which scored 2 more runs. (7-6) Rockies this play at first made me a little mad, from my vantage point down the 1st base line it looked like it was hit to the left side of second and looked like it went by Tulo but it was actually hit to the right side of the bag and out of his range and too far right for Josh Rutledge to get to. However it still sucks to see a 6 run lead end up being caught and surpassed by the other team.
Adam Ottavino came into pitch to the Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Cain did ground out for the second out of the inning the Giants were not done yet they did score one more in the inning. (8-6) Giants.
D.J. Lemahieu who was called up earlier in the day from Colorado Springs came in to pinch hit for the Rockies in the 6th inning. The blurry spot on the bottom of the photo was the top of a guys head who personal got in the way of most of my photos earlier in the game including stepping in my way as Helton crossed first after hitting his home run in the 2nd inning, while trying to tell me I had a awesome camera. Thanks but with people in the way of the play it just doesn’t work as well. I don’t have the X ray feature on the digital cameras yet! But when it does come out I will be the first in-line to get one just for this reason.
Ball passing Crawford as D.J. slides into second.
D.J at third during pitch to Dexter Fowler. Fowler flew out to left to end the inning.
Bruce Bochy taking out Cain in the 7th inning and Jeremy Affeldt came into pitch for the Giants till the 9th inning.
Jeremy Affeldt pitching in the 7th inning.
Todd fields a Crawford hit ball in the 8th inning.
He Flipped to Scahill for the out.
Brett Pill taking a swing in the 8th inning he grounded out to Arenado at third for final out of the 8th. Scahill sat the Giants down in order in the 8th. Very good outing for him.
angel Pagan dives back to 1st after his 9th inning single.
Charlie Blackmon makes catch of a Marco Scutaro hit ball for the second out of the 9th. Wilton Lopez would than come into pitch to Pablo Sandoval who lined to Josh Rutledge at second and Pagan was tagged out being of the base to end the game.
This was a bad lose for the Rockies it is important to get these division wins. The Giants 3 games above the Rockies in first place in the National League West. This was the 10th consecutive lose to the Giants dating back to last season. 3 more remain in this series I will be at all 3.
See You at Coors.
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Omaha Stormchasers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
The Stormchasers are the triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
This is my first game of the year down in the Springs.
After turning around twice once because I came to the conclusion that shorts was not a great idea and that I needed a jacket and the second because I forgot the jacket. I was finally on my way to the Springs for the first game down there this year. Like always I got down there about 2 hours before the start of the game I leave Denver early one so I don’t hit traffic 2 is to go see if I can find baseballs or as we like to call them Easter eggs, basically it is just searching for baseballs outside the stadium. There was no batting practice today and the tarp was still on the field, so I thought I may not find any but you never know. So I walked around the fields outfield walls and did not find any I than decided to walk along the stream that runs behind the stadium and found the first Easter egg of the day and the year.
It was about 2 feet up on the bank of the stream. I actually walked past it the first time past, which happens often while searching out there. The tarp was on the field when I got there. There was no batting practice so no chance of getting any others hit out. So I went and sat in my truck before getting my tickets and head into the stadium. I immediately headed down to the first baseline for autographs. I needed a few Sky Sox on my Rockies photo I have been working on since they were with the Rockies at the beginning of the season. I got Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Wheeler were 2 of the 4 I needed. I also got a few cards signed by Tim Wheeler, Drew Pomeranz and Tyler Colvin. I also brought my 2010 Rockies team ball with hopes of getting Aaron Cook, but he was on the disabled list and was not there. I did get Manny Corpas who I also needed on the ball . Another person I needed on my photo was Chris Volstad who was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox.
Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Stormchasers Irving Fulu. Fulu started the game with a single and would score 2 batters later when Johnny Giavotella hit a double. The Stormchasers would score 2 runs in the inning.
The first pitch by Volstad was a strike to Fulu.
The last out and 8th batter of the first inning for the Stormchasers was Ex-Rockie and Sky Sock Willy Taveras.
He would ground out to Short Stop Tommy Manzella.
Manzella throwing to Ben Paulson at first for the out.
Nate Adcock was the starting pitcher for the Stormchasers.
He walked Cory Dickerson and Dickerson got into his HEAD! HEEE”SS IN YOOOO HHHEEEAAADDD!!!!
D.J. Lemahieu hit a ball to the Stormchasers short stop who had a little trouble with a bounce.
Advancing Dickerson to second.
Dickerson and Lemahieu would both score to tie the game.
Tyler Colvin ended the inning grounding out to the short stop who got Ben Paulson out at second. No relevance just tried to get Tyco into the post!
Here is a random shot of a bunch of players in the dugout.
Somewhere around the second inning Amy, Jared and Rachel showed up. I did not take to many photos for a few innings. The Stormchasers got 2 runs in the 3rd both were home runs the first hit by Giavotella and the second by Chad Tracy. Tracy was also a former Sky Sox player. The Sky Sox responded with 3 runs of their own the first a home run by Matt Mcbride. Ben Paulson who hit a double would score and so would Tyler Colvin who walked to get on base. Another home run was hit by the Stormchasers Max Ramirez in the 5th inning. In the 6th Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot of his own.
Manny Corpas came into the game for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning. Replacing Volstad who went 5 innings giving up 5 runs, 9 hits including 3 home runs. he did strike out and walked 2. Corpas pitched 3 inning striking out 3 and not giving up any runs or hits. The only 2 base runner were an error at short hit by Fulu in the 6th and a walk to Chad Tracy 8th.
Gregg Golson steals 2nd in the 7th inning after he was walked by the Stormcahasers Evan Teaford. Teaford only lasted 2/3 of an inning. He replaced Adcock who pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 runs, 10 hits, striking out 3 and giving up 2 home runs to the Sky Sox.
Golson was safe at second. The score was 6-5 Sky Sox at this point. The Sky Sox scored 3 more runs in the 8th on Matt Mcbrides 2nd home run of the night, he had a great night going 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and a single. They went on to win 9-5. after the game we hung around for a little while to see if we could get some more autographs and I ended up getting the other 2 Sky Sox players I needed on my Rockies photo Rob Scahill and Chris Volstad. I also got a few cards signed by Volstad.
A few other guys including D.J. Lemahieu stopped, but I did not have anything for most of them. Amy did get a photo I took of D.J. last year signed from a double play last year. It was a ball hit by Matt Kemp and that is Mark Ellis sliding into second. He said that was actually his favorite play he made last year.
The Sky Sox are now 23-14 and in first place by a half game in the Pacific Coast North Division.
That is it from the Springs the Rockies and I will be returning to Coors for a 4 game series against the first place S.F. Giants and 3 against the Diamondback. This is a very important home stand for the Rockies. The Giants are currently leading the National League west by a game and a half over the Diamondbacks and 2 over the Rockies.
See you at Coors!
Yankees vs. Rockies
My 18th game of the season.
This was a day game and the last game of the series the Rockies have won 1 and the Yankees have won one.
I got to Coors about 9 A.M. to see if I could have any luck getting any autographs by the players entrance. A few Yankees did stop to sign I only had cards for Hiroki Kuroda so he signed 2 cards for me. It was than time for the gates to open and I headed back to my truck to drop off some stuff and get my umbrella because once again it was threatening to rain. After heading into the stadium I immediately headed to the Yankees side of the field as I was walking over Mariano Rivera came out and started signing, he had an usher get a kid and bring him to the field and he signed for him signing on the warning track. He than began signing and he did another marathon signing for 20 minutes to a half and hour.
This is the ball. It was great getting his auto and was one of the Yankees that were on this trip I really wanted. I also wanted Joe Girardi on my 1993 Rockies team photo but he was elusive this whole series. Kevin, Eric and I were waiting by the Yankees dugout before the game but it started pouring and we gave up on trying to get it.
After a few hours of trying for autographs it was time for the game Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Yankees did score a run in the 1st. Jayson Nix who was the second batter of the inning walked and later score the run on a Vernon Wells 2 out single.
C.C. Sabathia started for the Yankees. He walked Eric Young Jr. to start the game. Dexter Fowler hit to Yankees short stop Jayson Nix and EYJ was out at second and Dex got on base. He scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly to left field, Dex did advance to third on a Troy Tulowitzki hit.
Dex sliding into home.
Yankees catcher Chris Stewart missed the tag and Dex got his hand on the plate before being tagged on the back.
Nolan Arenado fields a ball an throws to second base to get Chris Nelson out at second. Nelly walked to led off the inning.
Nelly sliding into second.
Chris Stewart is safe at first on the hit.
Nolan Arenado taking a big swing sending the ball deep to left center in his 2nd inning at bat.
The ball was caught by center fielder Brett Gardner.
Nelly making a big turn at second after hitting the ball to start off the 4th inning. He did stop at second and did go on to score the second run of the game for the Yankees. (2-1) Yanks
After the Rockies at bats in the 4th the rain got real heavy.
The tarp came out and we headed into a 1 hour and 58 minute rain delay. Two very heavy rain cells came through and for the second time this series they evacuated the rockpile and upper deck.
When the game continued Adam Ottavino came out to pitch for the Rockies. Adam Warren pitched for the Yankees.
Robison Cano can only watch as Ottavino’s slider sails into the bullpen in right field for his 9th home run of the season and a 3-1 Yankees lead. Cano also hit a single in the 3rd inning which was his 1500th career hit.
That awkward moment when a pitcher gets to the mound before the manager gets to the mound to remove the previous pitcher,Boone Logan heading to the mound while Warren still had the ball. The delay was because Girardi was meeting with the Umpires because of a double switch that would put Ichiro in center field. this switch was in the 6th inning.
With the Yankees up 3-1 the Rockies would put Wilton Lopez on the mound amongst the cringe of the Coors Field crowd. This was actually a good outing for Lopez. He started the inning striking out Jayson Nix and got Cano and wells both to ground out to second to get out of the inning only facing the 3 batters. Lopez has been known to get himself in trouble and let up a few runs. He also pitched well in the 9th inning. Facing 4 batters. the only base runner was Lyle Overbay who hit a single. This was one of his best performances I have seen him pitch this year he has had single good inning but to pitch well for 2 is nice to see after a bunch of really bad outing for him.
Eric Young Jr. walked in the Rockies 8th and would get into David Robison’s head! Robinson threw to first a few times.
With the Rockies coming up in the 9th inning the Yankees released the Sandman from the bullpen for the second game in a row.
Mariano Rivera came into pitch to the Rockies he got the first 2 batters out. As much as it sucks to see him come in against your team it is truly amazing to watch this guy pitch. As much as it his great to see him pitch I would have been O.K. only seeing him pitch once this series.
Josh Rutledge would make the last out of the game grounding out to short and getting out at first. The Yankees won this one and did not need a bad call to do it this game. Overall the Rockies pitched well in this series and had a few good offensive moments. This was Rivera’s 621st save in his career. It was cool they way he treated the fanes this whole series and took a lot of time to sign for fans.
Well the Yankees would shake hands at the end of this one and take the series.
This was a rough home stand with the Rockies only winning 2 out of the s 6 games against the Rays and Yankees. After the weekend away series in St. Louis they are 2 and a half games behind the Giants with a 20 and 17 record. I did not see the Sunday game they won, but I heard that Jorge pitched a great game good to see him getting back to the way he use to pitch. Well the Rockies have one more series with the Cubs before returning home next weekend and playing the Giants and then the Diamondbacks.
That’s it for this one. May be heading down to my first game of the year in the Springs.
Yankees vs. Rockies Game 2
My 17th Game at Coors this season.
Today started earlier than normal, I usually head to Coors at about 3 O’clock or so if I am not going early for autographs. Instead I headed down at about 12:30 for the Dexter Fowler Radio Show on 104.3 ESPN Radio. It is pretty cool it is at Jackson’s Lodo across from Coors. Dex basically answers questions and talks about himself and the team, during the hour-long radio show. It is hosted by different host depending on when the show is scheduled during the day. You can listen on the radio, but it is fun to be there. Dex is a really good guy and takes photos and signs autos for fans.
Today since it was early in the day not as many people were there but it was a good crowd. There were 4 of us from group today.
I than headed home for a little while and then headed back to Coors for the early gates that open at 4:30 I got there about 4 and the line for the was pretty long. When we entered the stadium the tarp was on the field and there was no batting practice so we waited in the area where they put up the chains so you can’t access the rest of the stadium and waited for it to open. We than headed down to the wall on the third base side to see if we can have any luck getting any Yankee autographs. Today it was raining for the most part while we were waiting and we all configured our umbrellas so our stuff and we would not get wet for the most part it work, but we did learn Amy did not know how to hold an umbrella still and kept getting us wet, mainly me but I think she did get everyone we were standing with at one point or another! So during warm ups no one came over and including Chris Nelson who we saw the night before an said he would come over to take photos with use in his new uniform. After the game we saw him again and he said he forgot. I did get a few photos over there.
In the photo above he is standing watching the video that the Rockies put together of him.
It was than game time and we headed to our seats an I sat in my usual section. Amy sat out in right above the auxiliary score board in the front row. Kevin sat in his normal section. Mariano later Met up with me in the section I sit in.
The starting pitcher for the Rockies this game was Juan Nicasio. Above he is throwing out the first pitch to Brett Gardiner who hit a single to start the game I guess there goes that chance for a no-hitter early! Two batter later Vernon Wells hit a home run that Scored Gardiner and himself that put a quick end to a chance for a second shutout in a row! Those were the only 2 hits in the inning Nicasio did face the first 5 batter in the Yankees line up.
David Phelps was the starting pitcher for the Yankees did slightly better in the first than Nicasio getting all 3 batters he face to ground out.
In the second inning Nelly made another attempt to get a hit as a Yankee and once again was unsuccessful, this time grounding out to the shortstop Reid Brignac. Yes once again Troy Tulowitzki was not in the line up, I am not sure of the reason to cold, to wet, a sore this or a strained that. Who can keep up or care enough to listen to the reason anymore.
Rockies responded quickly in the first inning Wilin Rosario hit a single with one out and Todd Helton hit his 2nd home run of the season and ties the game at 2.
Here is Helton’s home run going into the crowd above the auxiliary scoreboard.
Ichiro watches as it bounces back onto the field.
Todd high fives Nolan Arenado after running the base’s.
Both starting pitchers pitched well Nicasio pitched five innings and Romaine pitched 6. Beside the 2 runs each of them let up in the first no other runs were scored off them.
Josh Outman came into pitch for the Rockies in the 6th. He pitched the 6th and 7th for the Rockies. Now the next photo is something I have to explain before I post it, it is something that was brought to my attention going through search topics for this blog and it is “Josh Outman Adjusting Cup”. So this was the first time I have seen him pitch since I have seen that topic and well here it is!
“Josh Outman Adjusting Cup” It is very 4-year-old needing to pee. After I noticed and took this shot I realized that he did this before every pitch. One of those thing I wish I never noticed.
He did end up getting it in the 7th inning when he hit it to Dexter Fowler who over ran the ball and Nelly ended up getting to 3rd base. It was a single and an error for the advancement to 3rd. It was nice to see him get his first hit with his new team. Wish him the best of luck and hope all goes well with him with the Yankees. He has been a really cool guy to the fans and always had time to sign, take photo’s or just hang with us for a few minutes after a game.
Nelly stepping on third.
Rex Brothers pitched in the 8th for the Rockies sitting all 3 Yankees batters down in the inning.
The last out of the inning was Robinson Cano striking out.
In the 8th and was hit by a pitch, Eric Young Jr. came into pinch hit for him. so it must be something to do with Tulo’s leg that is why he was not in the starting line up. Young stole second.
Jonny Herrera goes for the deep throw to first.
It was a little of the mark and Vernon Wells got on base. Rafael Betancourt would than walk Lyle Overbay so runners would than be on first and second. Ichiro than sac bunted and advanced the runners wells and Overbay to second and third. He than intentionally walked Jyson Nix to load the base’s to hopefully get a forced out or double play. Travis Hafner pinch hit for Nelly and struck out so the rockies had 2 outs and base’s loaded Brennan Boesch pinch hit for the pitch David Robinson. Boesch hit a ball to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado who threw it to first and it was called safe which scored the runner Wells from 3rd. According to people who saw the replay and a photo I have seen he was out at first so I am giving that RBI to the umpire who blew the call. So this games final score was the Rockies 2, Yankees 2 and the umps 1.
That was the final score of this game.
Walt Weiss came out to argue the call.
Here is a quote I took from a News paper article from Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.
“Felt like he was out,” Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said. “I don’t know what the replay showed. It was close. Yeah, it’s a tough call. It’s a shame the game had to be decided on a call like that. But got to give them credit for being in that situation in the first place.”
Mariano Rivera came in to pitch for the Yankees in the 9th which pretty much sealed the win for the Yankees. this was his 620 career save. So we got to see Rivera pitch the most saves in MLB history. If that counts for much!
Rosario also made contact but he flew out to Brett Gardner in centerfield to end the game.
Chris Stewart who came in to catch in the 9th shakes hands with Mariano after the save and the Yankees win this broke a 5 game losing streak at Coors for the Yankees going back over 6 years. So that was it for this one the Yankees won 3-2. It stinks that a blown call decided this game but unfortunately the Rockies were in a bad situation that a blown call should have not of decided the outcome.
After the game I got to meet up with Nelly and congratulated him on his first Yankees hit and wished him good luck with his new team. Here he is signing autographs for a few fans.
So that is it for this game. There is one more from this series as I am writing this the Rockies are not doing so well in St. Louis. Friday night they had 1 hit against the Cardinals Shelby Miller in a very impressive pitching performance. The real crazy thing is the only hit was a lead off hit by Eric Young Jr. and then the next 27 batters got out. It is only the 4th time this has happened in almost 40 years.