Sky Sox fall short to the Redhawks.

4-15-2014

Oklahoma City Redhawks Vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

The Redhawks are the triple A Affiliate of the Houston Astros.

This was my first game to the Springs this year.

This day started really early for me I left my house at 7:15 in the morning to go snowboarding at Keystone. After 19 lift rides and 30,000+ vertical feet and 5 hours of snowboarding I took the 135 Mile drive from Keystone, Colorado to Colorado Springs. I took about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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It being Jackie Robinson Day I got on chair 42. It took about 4 runs to sink up and be able to get on this chair 3.

After arriving and getting my ticket I did some early Easter Egg hunting out behind Security Service Field!

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found 10 Baseballs Most Minor League Practice balls and a few Pacific Coast League baseballs.

After waiting for Jared to arrive we headed in to the stadium.

 

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 Christian Friedrich was warming up in the bullpen. I was able to get Wilton Lopez on my Rockies team project since he was sent down a few days ago. It was then time for the game to start.

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Christian Friedrich throwing the first pitch to the  Redhawks Austin Wates.

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He struck out swinging.

Friedrich would give up 2 hits before getting the second out of the inning also a strike out to John Singleton. After a Error by Ryan Wheeler at third and 2 more singles the Redhawks scored 3 runs and Friedrich got out of the inning after facing 8 batters. 3-0 Redhawks

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The starting pitcher for the Redhawks was Michael Foltynewicz. He also started the game with a strike out his was looking to Jason Pridie.

Tim Wheeler would hit a double but would not score, the Sky Sox did get a second base runner on base it was Matt McBride who walked. The Redhawks got the best of Friedrich in the second Ronald Torreyes started the inning with a single followed by a Wates single. Friedrich walked the bases loaded, walking Gregorio Petit. The fourth batter of the inning was George Springer who hit a grand slam to give the Redhawks a 7-0 lead. Springer was called up to the Astros the next day and made his MLB Debut he went 1 for 5 with a walk in the game against the Kansas City Royals. In this game he went 3 for 4 with a walk.

After the Springer homer Friedrich settled down and got the next 3 batters out to end the inning. he then pitched well the next 2 innings sitting down 9 Redbirds batters in a row. He would give up a lead off double to singleton in the 5th who would score and the Redhawks had a 8-0 lead.

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Mike McKenry got things started for the Sky Sox in the 5th with a double. He would score on a Tim Wheeler single.

8-1 Redhawks

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Wilton Lopez came into pitch for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning.

Christian Friedrich left the game after 5 innings giving up 8 hits, 8 runs, walking 1 and striking out 4. After settle in and falling behind the 5 runs he did then have 2 good innings. It still looks like he needs some work but looks like he will be back to the way he pitched 2 years ago soon.

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Matt McBride led off the 6th for the Sky sox and here he is diving back to first. He would get out at second on a ball hit by Ben Paulsen. The Sky Sox did go on and score 2 runs in the inning.

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1 on a Kyle Parker triple that scored Paulsen. Parker then scored on a McKenry single 8-3 Redhawks.

The Redhawks scored another run to give them a 9-3 lead in the 7th. The Sky Sox then had a very good inning in the 7th. The first 2 on a Tim Wheeler 2 run home run, ben Paulsen then hit a homer of his own with McBride on base. Kyle Parker hit one for him self to go back to back with Paulsen. 9-8 Redhawks.

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Rudy Owens came into pitch for the Redhawks in the 6th and was responsible for 5 of the Sky Sox runs the 2 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th. Chia-Jen Lo pitched the rest of the 7th inning for the Redhawks  and was responsible for the 2 other runs in the 7th.

The Redhawks scored 2 more in the 9th and the Sky Sox scored 1 more in the bottom of the 9th. They also had some base runners in the 8th but were unable to score them. That was it for this one the Sky Sox lost 11-9. This was a pretty good game and the Sky Sox did have a few opportunities to get the lead in this game and like the Rockies had trouble getting the timely runs. Tim Wheeler did come up a triple short of the cycle going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Mike McKenry also hit well also going 3 for 5 and he had 1 RBI.

After the game I took the hour and a half drive back home, in total I drove about 300 miles and spent 5 and a half hours just driving this day. But it was a great day doing 2 of my favorite things to do in Colorado Snowboarding and Baseball.

So that is it for this one I will be back at Coors on Friday when the Rockies return from there road trip to San Fran and San Diego.

 See You Their!

 

 

 

D.J. and the Rox turned it UP,UP, UP!!!

4-9-2014

White Sox Vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series

My 6th Game at Coors.

Today being a day game there was no batting practice, but it does mean an opportunity to get some autographs when the pitchers do there work out. I was able to get Brett Anderson and Adam Ottavino on my team project and an additional 8×10 of Anderson I took at spring training. Before the game I also had Charlie Blackmon sign a 8×10 of his head first dive into first on Sunday.

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Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies today this is his second start of the season coming of his home opener win on Friday. He started this game well with a ground ball out to second by Adam Eaton. Marcus Semien flew out to left for the second out and Jose Abreu hit a double but was left on base when Dayan Viciedo struck out to end the inning.

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It was the Rockies turn to bat and 1st. base coach and former Rockies player Eric Young gave high fives to the fans in the first row as he has been doing before the bottom of the first all week. 21 Years ago today he hit a lead off homerun in the Rockies home game in Mile High Stadium in front of a record crowd for a baseball game 80227 fans. The Rockies won that game against the Expos 11-4. Bryn Smith was the winning pitcher and it was the 1st. win in franchise history.

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Erik Johnson was the starting pitcher for the White Sox.

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Charlie Blackmon started the game off like only he can with a triple to center field.

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This was his first triple of the year to go along with his 16 hits 3 double and home run he has hit in the last week, can’t forget his 8 RBI’s and .471 batting average.

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Blackmon would score on a Carlos Gonzalez single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

Nicasio would have a rough inning in the second after getting Conor Gillespie to ground out. he then walked Jose Garcia and Alexi Ramirez hit a double.

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Charlie Culberson dive after Alexi Ramirez’s double.

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Trying to tag him out at second.

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A Tyler Flowers single scored Garcia to tie the game at 1. The White Sox would take the lead 2-1 a few batter’s later when Ramirez scored on a Adam Eaton single.

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In the second D.J. LeMahieu hit a single with 1 out and scored on a Charlie Blackmon single to tie the game at 2.

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Blackmon and Eric Young at first after the game tying single.

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Wilin Rosario take a big swing in the third for a fly out to right.

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Carlos Gonzalez dives back to first after the Rosario out.

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Cargo scored on a Nolan Arenado single to get the lead back 3-2.

The White Sox would once again take the lead in the 5th inning when Gillaspie hit a single scoring Eaton and Semien. The Rockies went down in order in the fifth. Matt Belisle pitched the 6th for the Rockies and worked very quick and efficiently. During one at bat he was throwing a pitch about every 10 seconds. He got a quick 3 outs all ground ball outs on 12 pitches.

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Justin Morneau started the 6th with triple.

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He scored on a D.J. LeMahieu double to right field.

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On the play Avisail Garcia was hurt diving for the ball it looked like he caught it. But he must of lost control of the ball after hitting the ground it looked like he may have dislocated his shoulder and he was taken out of the game.

Adam Ottavino pitched the 7th for the Rockies and also had a very good inning siting down the White Sox in order on only 6 pitches including 3 to strike out Marcus Semien on 3 pitches.

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The Rockies broke the tie in a big way here is Nolan Arenado scoring the second Rockies run in the 8th inning.

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Stubbs (Came into game to pinch run for Morneau) and Arenado both scored on this D.J. LeMahieu double. Morneau lead the inning off with a single.

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Josh Rutledge made his MLB debut for the year in the inning hitting a single to score D.J. He was called up today and Wilton Lopez was sent to Colorado Springs.

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Michael Cuddyer slides into home after a Carlos Gonzalez double which he and Blackmon singled. Rutledge scored on a Cuddyer single. The Rockies took a 10-4 lead.

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LaTroy Hawkins came in and pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

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Boone Logan made his Coors Debut pitching to the White Sox Paul Konerko.

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Konerko grounded out to second to end the game.

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The Rockies won this game 10-4 D.J. LeMahieu was the player of the game going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI.

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Rex Brothers who pitched the last 2 outs in the 8th inning got the win.

That is it for the first home series of the year the Rockies went 4-2 on this home stand and have a 5-5 record heading to San Francisco and San Diego on this road trip and will be back next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

That is it for this one it has been great to be back at Coors.

Thanks, Jared for the title Idea!

 

Just when you think it can’t get worse it did.

4-8-2014

White Sox Vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series

My 5th of the Years at Coors.

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Making this one short just look at the photos really did not feel like writing about this blood bath!

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Franklin Morales was the batting practice pitcher for the Rockies! I mean starting pitcher for the Rockies. He pitched terrible. He gave up 6 runs on 8 hits walked 4 and struck out 3 gave up 2 home runs to Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers. He pitched 6.1 innings.

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Charle Culberson turning a double play in the 1st inning getting Adam Eaton out at second and José Abreu at first.

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Eric Young high fiving the crowd when heading to first base.

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Tulo taking a swing during his at bat in the first.

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Dayan Viciedo  takes a big swing during his 2nd inning at bat.

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Avisail Garcia swing for his 2nd inning home run. That gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Tyler Flowers 2 run shot 2 batters later gave them a 3-0 lead. The White sox got a 4th run in the 3rd inning.

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The Rockies scored their 2nd run in the 6th Brandon Barnes scored on a Tulo double.

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Tulo’s biggest fan applauds at second base after the double!

The first Rockies run was on a Michael Cuddyer solo HR in the 4th.

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So when you think the pitching could not get any worse here come the relievers!!! Chad Bettis came into pitch in the 7th and did not pitch much better then Morales. Jose Abreau hit a homer off him to give the White Sox a 7-2 lead. The White Sox just destroyed Wilton Lopez in the 8th inning. He faced 10 batters in the inning and gave up 6 runs. Tommy Kanhle pitched to 1 batter Alexi Ramirez to finish the inning.

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Marcus Siemen slides back to first on a Jose Abreau fly-out to right field he almost got to second where Adam Eaton was standing and did not run on the hit to right field.

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They were down 15- 3 and that was the final score. The Rockies pitching gave up a total of 6 home runs. That is more home runs in the game then the White Sox hit all of batting practice.

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Charlie Blackmon pinched hit in the 9th with Morneau on first and popped out to Ramirez at short to end the game.

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Ramirez making the last out of the game to stop the bleeding.

On a better note looks like Tyler Chatwood should be back with the Rockies over the weekend he pitched a rehab game with the Sky Sox against the Round Rock express he went 6.1 giving up 1 run and 5 hits striking out 8. Think he could have just came back and pitched better than 3 of his counterparts that pitched this game.

That is it for this one I will recover from this blood bath and be at the Final game against the White Sox.

See You at Coors!

Lyles gets some knocks against the Sox!

4-7-2014

Chicago White Sox Vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1 of Series my 4th game of the year.

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Before the game and after Batting Practice I took my first trip up to the new Roof Top in the right field upper deck. It was cool it was a giant bar where seats use to be at a mile above sea level. That’s about all I got on that.

To more important things there is baseball in the stadium also!

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Today in BP I got my first baseball of the year it was a catch and  hit by someone on the White Sox.

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Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he was called up when Tyler Chatwood went on the Disabled list with a slight hamstring pull. Chatwood will be doing a rehab start with the Sky Sox within a day or 2. He had a pretty quick inning facing 3 batters and throwing a efficient 11 pitch inning 7 were to the first batter of the game Adam Eaton who grounded out followed by a Marcas Siemien fly-out to centerfield. Jose Abreau grounded out to end the inning.

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Ex-Rockie Felipe Paulino started for the White Sox. He pitched about as well for the White Sox as he did for the Rockies and well that was not to great!

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After getting the National League player of the week Charlie Blackmon and 2013 NL batting Champ out Cargo hit a solo shot to put the Rockies on the board. He then walked Troy Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau ended the inning by grounding out.

Jordan Lyles pitched another very good inning in the 2nd. facing the minimum amount of batters and getting a strike out.

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Lyles continued to pitch well in the third and allowed his first hit in the 4th inning a single by Marcus Semien. The Rockies score a third run in the third.

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Paulino was taken out of the game by White Sox manager Robin Ventura after scored another run and the loaded the base’s. The Rockies would score 3 runs in the inning to give them 6-0.

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Walt Weiss would take Lyles out of the game after 7th after the White Sox scored a run and he walking Tyler Flowers. The funny thing is one batter before Walt came out and just talked to Lyles and adam Ottavino started heading in from the bullpen. Walt then walked off the mound and Ottavino went back to the bullpen! He left the game throwing 102 pitches, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Striking out 4 and walking 2. He also went 3-3 at the plate with that double in the second and a single in the 4th and 5th. He also had 2 RBI’s  so he hit 1 less hit than he gave up and scored twice as much as the White Sox. I would say that was a good outing for him.

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The Rockies would score an additional run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run his first of the year. To get the fans tacos and his home run count up. Now still trying to figure out where his homers are when we have runners on and we are down but hey I will take it!

After Michael Cuddyer lead off the 8th with a double he would score on a error hit by Justin Morneau to Semien at second base.

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The Rockies would win this one with great Pitching by Jordan Lyles and by taking advantage of runners on base and a bad start by Paulino.

Lyles is now 2-0 on the season not bad as coming up for an injury. Interesting to see what the move will be when Chatwood is reactivated.

8-1 Rockies

On the Charlie Blackmon watch he went 0-5 this game and is now batting .464.

Got 2 more at Home against the White Sox and I will be there.

See You at Coors!

 

Three in a row was just a no go!

4-6-2014

Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series and of the year!

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This being a Sunday there was no bating practice so I still have not gotten a baseball this year! It was the first autograph Sunday of the year and the signers where Chad Bettis, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood and Charlie Culberson. I got Jordan Lyle on both of my team projects the 16 x 20 and the Spring training magazine. Later at the wall I got Chad Bettis in the magazine as well. So making some progress with the 2 projects.

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Today Brett Anderson started for the Rockies this was his second start of the season and first at Coors.

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He started out well getting the first 2 batters out in the inning he threw 3 pitches between them. Then Paul Goldschmidt hit a single followed by a Martn Prado double, Mark Trumbo was walked to load the bases and Anderson struck out Miguel Montero to end the inning and work himself out of the situation.

The above photo was the first out of the inning A.J. Pollack grounded out to Arenado who tossed to Cuddy at first.

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Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks.

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Charley (Chuck Nasty) Blackmon started the game off like he has all weekend and that was with a single that he was originally called out and Walt went for the challenge in the first at bat of the game.

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Blackmon standing on 1st as the play is reviewed by umpires. The call was overturned and was ruled a single. That was the first review of a play in Coors Field.

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He would then be out at second when Michael Cuddyer hit to the D’backs short stop Chris Owings.

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The D’backs started getting some runs in the third inning. A.J Pollach started the rally with a lead off single and that was followed by a Aaron Hill single and both scored on a Paul Goldschmidt hit to third that was and error on Arenado and the ball headed to left field. Goldschmidt ended up on second. (2-0) D’backs

The D’backs scored 1 more in the 4th when Wade Miley contributed with a single scoring Owings and 2 in the 5th on a Mark Trumbo home run. This was his 4th consecutive game hitting a homer and his 5th of the year.

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The Rockies scored again in the 7th, scored by Troy Tulowitzki on a Nolan Arenado sac-fly to center. They got a third in the 9th (5-3) D’backs

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Cargo scored the run. Above he stole second and the ball headed into center field and he would head to third and scored when Rosario would hit into a double play getting Tulo out at second and himself at first. After Arenado flew out the game ended and the 3 runs was not enough to sweep the Diamondbacks this Opening Weekend.

The Rockies will have their first interleague series of the year against the White Sox Monday-Wednesday.

See You at Coors!

Jorge implodes and Nolan explodes!

4-5-2014

Diamondbacks vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series.

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Arrived a little late so did not go to batting practice today. Did go down to get autographs right after gates opened and did not get any Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Culberson and Chad Bettis all signed to day I did not get any autos the only person I had a chance to get was Blackmon but did not have anything for him. The rest signed for awhile but did not make it to where I was.

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Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies and made the game interesting kind of quick. After striking out the first 2 batters you would think he has this…. Then he walked Paul Goldschmidt followed by Martin Prado hitting a double to score Goldschmidt.

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The Diamondbacks scored 1 run in the inning. Jorge also walked Mark Trumbo in the inning. He did end the inning with a strike out but he did allow the 1 run and throw 42 pitches in the inning 13 to the first 2 batters and 10 to Miguel Montero before striking him out to end the inning.

Charlie Blackmon lead off the inning with his 7th consecutive hit in this series and is now 7 for 7 at home this year.

Jorge pitching did not improve in the 2nd but he did throw less pitches (19) and the D’backs did get a second run. The implosion continued in the 3rd inning when he gave up 2 more runs and threw 18 pitches for a 3 inning total of a lot! I mean 79 pitches. Which is horrendous on Avg. most pitches get out of inning with 15 or so.

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After getting it together in the 4th he only threw 13 pitches and sat the D’backs batter down in order and did not give up another run. But he was now over a 100 pitches after 4. He was removed with 1 out in the 5th after walking Goldschmidt for the second time this game. He threw 101 pitches in les than 5 innings.

The Rockies did get on the bord in the 4th with 3 runs 2 on a Michael Cuddyer home run with Carlos Gonzalez on base and the third on Nolan Arenado’s solo home run 2 batters later. (4-2) D’backs

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Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th and retired the 2 batters he faced in the inning. He did continue to pitch the 6th inning and very well only giving up 1 hit to Gerrado Parra.

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The Rockies did get it going again in the 5th at the plate and scored 2 to take the lead 5-4. After Kahnle batted for himself and got out, who else but Charlie Blackmon lead the charge. with a single and scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single.

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 D.J. would then score on a Cargo single (5-4) Rox

Most importantly Cuddy got the call right in the on deck circle!!!

Nolan Arenado added an additional run with a second homerun in the 6th. (6-4) Rox

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The D’backs   Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched the 7th inning. Brandon Barnes who pinched hit for the pitchers spot is on third with Charlie Blackmon on first. (I use pitched lightly considering most of his throws in the inning was to Goldschmidt at first It was close to eight throws to first in the inning) Barnes would eventually score and the Rockies lead would increase to 7-4.

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The play that Barnes scored on was a ball hit deep to right by D.J. LeMahieu which looked like it was going to get out but was caught Charly Blackmon was about 1/3 of the way between 2nd and 3rd when the ball was caught and tried to beat the ball back to first, he did not quite make it back and was doubled up. Can’t complain since he was 8 for 9 in the last 2 games at this point.

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Justin Morneau crossed the plate for the 8th Rockies run of the game in the 8th inning on a Arenado double. So Arenado was 3 for 4 tonight with 2 homers, a double and 3 RBI’s

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LaTroy Hawkins came in for the close in the 9th.

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With 2 outs A.J. Pollack hit a ball to Arenado at 3rd…

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…he than threw across the field to Morneau at first….

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..which bounced and…

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.. got away from Morneau. Pollack got and base.

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LaTroy was able to get Aaron Hill to fly out to left to end the game and the Rockies won 9-4. Nice start to the home season. The Rockies are still 3-3 on the year. Today if they sweep the D’backs they will be a over .500 team for the first time since mid last season!IMG_0885Nolan Arenado who was the player of the game high-five manager Walt Weiss after the win!

Also Tommy Kahnle got the win which was his first in the Majors Congratulations  to him for getting the game back in control and his first win.

That is it for this one.

See You at Coors.

 

Opening Day 2014, Charlie gets his kick’s going 6 for 6!

4-4-2014

Opening Day

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies

Coors Field, Game 1 of 2014

 

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This was my 5th Coors Field Opening Day. I like almost all of them and many other days during the season I arrived at 20th and Blake real early. This year I did not go to breakfast like many other years I just walked around Lodo, as always I did meet up with friends as the day progressed. I first met up with Carlos and Mrs. Los, then John, Rockpile Ranter and Hunter, Douglas, Gary X, EB, Smitty and Cass.

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Here is X and Mrs. Los doing a running man while Carlos looks all tough and hey John nice sox!

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So I noticed some new additions to the stadium and that was Banners with milestones on them around the stadium these show Don Baylor and Jim Tracy’s Manager of the years. The photo 2 photo’s above is of National League batting titles these 2 banners are of Larry Walkers in 1998 and Carlos Gonzalez’s in 2010.

After having fun out and about Lodo it was time to head into Coors Field. They had some new additions inside as well.

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They had some more things hangin over the concourse with other first and milestones from the last 21 years of Rockies history. the above and next 2 photos show a few of these set ups.

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After I went to batting Practice for a round or 2 of the Diamondbacks, it was time for the beginning of the Opening Day festivities on the field. (Did not get any baseballs during BP)

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The player introductions. above is one of the newest Rockies Justin Morneau high-fiving down the line of starters in this photo with former Twin’s teammate Michael Cuddyer.

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The players right before the National Anthem.

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They had the giant flag out on the field here is a photo of before it being spread out.

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Then it was time to hand out the hardware, Carlos Gonzales and Nolan Arenado’s gold gloves. Just realized they did not do anything for Cuddy’s batting title. Maybe sometime during the weekend.

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Dinger added a few moves to his regiment he also busted out a cart wheel later on!

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Members of the Denver Philharmonic played the National Anthem and the new Rockies themes song.

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The Rockies take the field for the first time at Coors in 2014. Lead by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio.

PLAY BALL!

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Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the D’backs Gerardo Parra. Parra grounded out followed by a Aaron Hill strike out, the third batter of the inning Paul Goldschmidt walked and Martin Prado flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field to end the inning Nicasio threw 16 pitches in the inning.

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Randall Delgado was the starter for the D’backs.

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Charley (Chuck Nazty) Blackmon started his assault on the D’backs quickly with a double on the third pitch of the game from Delgado. He scored on a Cuddyer single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Cuddy would be throw out at second a ground ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez who was doubled up on at first base. Cargo seemed to get out of the batters box a little slow (think he may of been safe if it wasn’t for that) Just saying. Troy Tulowitzki ended the inning by grounded out.

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Charlie Blackmon scouring the Rockie first Coors Field run of 2014.

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After Nicasio got the job done in the second sitting the D’backs down in order throwing 15 pitches to the D’backs, Justin Morneua came up for his first at bat. Here he is taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat that he would eventually walk. The Rockies did not score in the second inning.

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In the third inning look who scored once again, Charlis Blackmon touches home while Cuddy turns at third after a Cargo triple.

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Cuddy crosses the plate as Cargo slides into third.

Juan Nicasio pitch another terrific inning in the 3rd. striking out 2 D’backs and getting out of the inning on 11 pitches. He worked this game real efficiently and kept his pitch count low which seemed to be a problem for him last year. This is why I was mentioning his pitch count after innings. He really seems to be really confident on the mound.  The first D’backs run was on a Prado single in the 4th he got out of this inning throwing only 13 pitches for a total of 54 pitches in the game. Last year he probably would have been at about 75 plus pitches and close to being removed from the game.

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If Blackmon wasn’t doing enough damage to the D’backs he hit a 2 run home run in the 4th to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead. That is 3 for 3 with a Double, Single and a home run. The D’backs would get a run in the 5th inning on a Mark Trumbo lead off home run. (6-1) Rox

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Delgado was removed after walking Tulo and giving up a single to Morneau in the 5th. inning. He gave up 10 hits 6 runs, walked 2 and struck out 3.

Blackmon hit his second double of the game to lead off the 6th inning. He did get caught stealing third base in the inning. Cargo would then only be able to score 2 runs when he hit his home run of the rail in the third deck almost hitting the new Coors Rooftop. (8-1) Rox

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Brandon Barnes would make his first appearance at Coors after coming over from the Astros in the Dexter Fowler trade. he made a pretty good first impression with his 2 out triple in the 7th inning. Pinch hitting for Nicasio. Nicasio came out of the game with one of his best starts I have seen from him in a few years. giving up 1 run and only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings pitched. The Rockies would go on scored 2 more runs in the inning to give them a 10-1 lead. Barnes scored on a Charlie Blackmon single for his 2nd RBI of the game. He also scored and it ws his 4th time around the bases on the day.

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Brandon Barnes making the turn at second heading to third for his 7th inning triple.

Chad Bettis pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and let up a run the Rockies had a 10-2 lead after the inning. He throw 24 pitches to the 6 D’backs batters he faced.

Charlie Blackmon did not let us down with his 8th inning at bat. He hit his third double of the game scoring 2 more runs for his 4th and 5th RBI of the day. So he hit 3 doubles, 2 single and a home run for a total of 6 hits, 5 RBI’s and he scored 4 times. He was involved in 9 of the Rockies 12 runs in the game. This was also only the second time a Rockie has gone 6 for 6 and the 66th time in MLB history. The first Rockie to do it was Andres Gallarager.

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Wilton Lopez pitched the 9th for the Rockies Mark Trumbo lead off the inning with a single, A.J. Pollack would also single but both would remain and base as Parra ground back to Lopez and he would toss to Morneau at first for the final out of the game. The Rockies for the 13th time in their history would win there home opener 12-2.

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The Rockies got to shake hands for only the second time of the season. Since they lost 3 out of the 4 against Miami earlier in the week. Things do seem to be looking up for this team especially with Charlie Blackmon leading off and playing center field. Juan Nicasio helped with his incredible pitching performance, which I am sure the run support helped.

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That is it for this one 80 more to go here at Coors and 156 left in the season.

the Rockies have 2 more against the D’backs at Coors and 3 against the Chicago White Sox on this home stand.

Also hopefully I will be able see the new Roof Top sometime this weekend. Did not make it up there this game.

See you there!

Remember you can follow me on twitter @roxaddict. That is when the cell phone is working at Coors. Even with improvements of the cell antennas in the stadium it was still not performing well during the game with the crowd hopefully it will work better when the crowd is a little thinner.

All good things must come to an end even if it is a tie!

3-15-2013

Angels Vs. Rockies

Salt River Fields at Talking stick

Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.

Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.

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So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!

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Smitty went with the  foreground baseball!

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EB went with the pondering pitcher!

IMG_9994Jared the Buff power hitter!

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O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.

It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.

IMG_0008Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Here he is pitching to the Angels Cole Calhoun. Calhoun would Pop out to Paul Janish at 2nd. IMG_0020

Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.

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Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.

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The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.

The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies

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In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.

The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.

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Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.

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Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.

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Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.

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Christian Adames rounds third.

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And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.

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Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.

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Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.

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with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels.  The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.

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The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.

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One last look at the Fields before I left.

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Here is most of the group that was at the game.

After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.

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Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco   was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.

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When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.

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I was able to get a ball autographed

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And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.

The Next day we headed home.

Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona

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Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”

Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.

See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!

Tied at 2 What Shall we do?!

3-14-2014

Mariners Vs. Rockies

Salt River Fields At Talking Stick

 

The Day started early at Tempe Diablo.

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We went just for autographs trying to get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton. After a few hours we ended up getting no one. The Angels since they were not playing at Tempe Diablo today had a open to the public batting practice inside the stadium. The Rockies had a split squad day the first game was in Scottsdale against the Giants and they lost 4-0. We did not go to the game.

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After a break in the mid afternoon we headed to Salt River Fields for the Rockies game against the Mariners. One of y main priorities was to get a Howard Johnson autograph. Above he is talking to Andy Van Slyke. I have gotten Howard before in the Spring but I have a lot of cards of him. I did not get him but I did get Van Slyke. Which was the only autograph I had gotten today.

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For the second time this trip the first being Mondays game Franklin Morales started for the Rockies. After the first 2 Mariners batters ground out Stefen Romero hit a solo home run to give the Mariners a 1 run lead.

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D.J. LeMahieu throws to Michael Cuddyer at first base for the second out of the first inning The Mariners Kyle Seager.

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Felix Hernandez was the Starting pitcher for the Mariners. He was lights out in the first inning throwing only 7 pitches and striking out Charlie Blackmon and Ryan Wheeler both on 3 pitches, all swinging strikes. Brandon Barnes who was the second out of the inning was a first pitch ground out.

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A look from home plate with the full moon over right field.

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Michael Cuddyer taking a lead off first base after leading off the inning with a single.

IMG_9847Cuddyer scored on a throwing error at first hit by Jordan Pacheco to tie the game at 1.

 

IMG_9856The Mariners would game the lead back in the 2nd inning after Brad Miller started the inning for the Mariners with a triple. He scored on a Abraham Almonte sac fly to center giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead.

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Michael Cuddyer trying to leg one out to avoid the double play in the 4th inning. It was a close one but he was called out. He gives it his all every time he runs down that line. A huge amount of hustle from him wish more of his teammates played the way he does.

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La Troy Hawkins came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th inning.

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After loading up the bases the Rockies would get out of the inning starting with a beautifully executed 5,2,3 double play. A ball hit to third, thrown home for the first out and than to first for the second. Love none conventional plays like that, most importantly it saved the run and pretty much the inning for the Rockies.

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The creative BNW to show off the mad photo skillz. Now back to the game!

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Rex Brothers pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies.

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Charlie Blackmon at the plate with D.J.Lemahieu on second in the 6th inning. D.J. would be left on base. I have seen him lead off the inning with a extra base hit and get stranded way to many times last season.  I think he should do well batting in the lead off spot if everyone can hit behind him. I saw this a lot last year when he would either start the inning in whatever part of the order he was in or when he would pinch hit to lead off an inning for the pitchers spot or a infield substitution. So he did not score and the game remained the same 2-1 Mariners.

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Mom, Tara and EB (E2themnfnB) as he was called in his gansta days!

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Leuris Gomez warming up in the bullpen. He would pitch later in the game.

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Charlie Blackmon would hit a sac fly in the 8th with Charlie Culberson on third and tied the game at 2.

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Culberson crosses the plate for the Rockies second run of the game.

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Kent Mathis trying to steal second after his 9th inning single.

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Notice I sad tried! He was caught and called out!

After the Rockies failed to score in the bottom of the 9th it was time for free baseball. Leuris Gomez pitched the 10th for the Rockies only facing 3 batters. He did allow a hit but the runner was caught stealing to end the inning.

The Rockies came up in the 10th and tried to start a 2 out rally after a Ryan Wheeler walk. Kyle parker would hit a single, followed by a Tim Wheeler being hit by a pitch to load the base’s Kent Mathis would struck out to end the game and this being Spring Training the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

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This is the group of the Cool kids who were here for this game!

That is it for this one, Only one more game left for me from spring training That is also at Salt River Fields and it is against the Angels.

See you there.

Also you can follow me on tweeter for live tweets and photos from the games.

@roxaddict

2 for review as the A’s play last night game at Phoenix Muni.

3-13-2014

Rockies vs. A’s

Phoenix Municipal Stadium

So we arrived at Phoenix Municipal about 3:30. We were waiting for the Rockies bus to arrive which did not show till about 6. So I grabbed some photos of the outside of the stadium while we waited.

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Smitty said he wanted to be mentioned in this post so see the guy sitting on the bench well that is Smitty!!!!!!

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Here he is with Ryan Wheelers gloves. That were given to him signed before the game. We waited for the Rockies to show up and got a few autographs including Larry Walker on a ball and Ellis Burkes on card. We than headed to the wall and I got Brandon Barnes on a card.

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After we entered the stadium we waited by the Rockies dugout for a little bit. This is one of the few photos I took of details around the stadium they had banners of there Hall of Fame members it was Rollie, Ricky Henderson, Catfish Hunter and a few others.

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A.J. Griffin was the starting pitcher for the A’s. He started the game by hitting Brandon Barnes.

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Brandon Barnes being hit by the pitch.

IMG_9601Charlie Culberson took advantage of the runner on base by hitting a double to put the Rockies on the board with a quick 1 run lead and scored a second run when Culberson scored on a Corey Dickerson single.

IMG_9625Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies He seemed to start off a little shaky walking the lead off runner Coco Crisp.

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After a ball hit by Jed Lowrie that was called a out at first  for a double was reviewed via replay and over turned for only a out force out at second. This was the first review I have seen in person. The A’s scored a run in the inning.

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Wilin Rosario hit a solo home run to tie the game for the second Rockies run. Above is Barnes sliding into third in the 3rd inning. The A’s did take the lead in the 2nd with a run. (3-2) A’s. Barnes did score in the inning to tie the game at 3.

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The A’s scored 4 runs in the 4th inning and here are 3 of them which happened on a Lowrie double. Scoring Nick Punto from 3rd, Coco Crisp from 2nd and Josh Donalson from first. (7-5) A’s after 4 innings. The Rox did score 2 in the 4th on a Tim Wheeler home run.

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Rockies 2013 1st round draft pick Jonathan Gray pitched He pitched the 5th and 2/3rds of the 6th inning. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Chatwood left after the 3rd and he gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and walked 2.

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In the bottom of the 8th there was a second review of a double play. This again at first and the call on the play remained as called on the field.

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A’s player sliding into home for an out at home in the 7th inning.

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Jonathan Gray being removed from the game in the 7th inning.

the Rockies pitching and a few in field mess ups did not help.

So that was it from Phoenix Municipal this was the last night home game for the A’s in this stadium before they move to Hohokam next year.

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Me and Smitty were on the T.V. Photo Courtesy James from 5280 shirt shop thanks man!

I will be at the Friday Night game at Salt River Fields when the Mariners play the Rockies.

See You around.

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