As I sit here on a warm Denver afternoon at the beginning of March, I can only think of one thing at this time next week I will be sitting in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick watching the Rockies. I did not do posts this off season, to take a little break I did do all my normal off season activities like snowboarding and was at the opening day for the season at Keystone and Breckenridge. I have 15 days on the slopes so far this year. I did attend the Dew Tour like I have in the past.
This is a look up the Half Pipe at Breck.
Here is a look at a competitor after his run on the slope style course.
I also attended the National Western Stock Show Parade.
Always trying to improve on my long horns heading down 17th street photo.
I think this year I may have gotten the best ones yet!
This Off season we said bye to Dex, Jonny and Drew.
Going to miss moments like this from Dex!
Guy had a tendency to get the hits when the game was on the line.
Yes, I also did get to fan fest this year got to meet some of the ne guys like Justin Morneau and Brett Anderson both were very cool to talk to and seemed ready to try and help the Rockies this season. Hopefully Morneau will return to his ways of his MVP year and can get things working here at Coors. I was asked what would he needs to do to help the team and to make up for the retiring of Helton and I said he needs to hit 25 plus homers with close to 100 RBI’s, bat in the high 300′s, hit timely and get those extra base hits like Helton had. Especially the doubles. I asked Brett if he was ready for the pitching challenges that Coors is known for and he said he is a ground ball pitcher and as long as they stay on the ground everything should be alright! Hope everything works out for him, he seems really cool and if everything pans out well with him I might finally give an answer to the Ubaldo trade! Since we got him for Drew Pomeranz who did not work out that well for the Rockies since he came to us with others for Ubaldo.
So I will be in Phoenix from March 10th to the 16th. I will be at the Game on the 10th against the Padres. I will also be checking out the new Cubs stadium and seeing the Rockies at Phoenix municipal when they play the A’s.
I am also starting to plan the 2014 baseball adventure I am thinking possibly Chicago and Detroit this year for Rockies games and plenty of minor league baseball in-between including the 2014 Triple A All-Star game in Durham this July.
So I am ready for baseball how about you!
See you in Phoenix and if not at Coors for the 2014 Season. I can’t wait it should be a interesting season. Hopefully it will be filled with awesome memories and great friends!!!
Red Sox vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.
Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.
Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s
This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.
Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem
One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.
Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!
The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”
Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.
Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.
He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.
For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.
Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.
David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.
After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.
With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.
on the third pitch of the at bat….
….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.
He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.
Taking the turn at second after his home run.
With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox
The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.
Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.
That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.
Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.
The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.
From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.
Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.
On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.
With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.
Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.
Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.
Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.
In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!
Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.
As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.
They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.
Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.
Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from behind the dugout.
it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.
The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.
Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.
Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.
The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.
After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.
Here is most of the team when they were in left field.
Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!
After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.
He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.
Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.
This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional
on this night you should have not been there.
So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.
Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.
For the last time this years that is it for this one
Thanks and see you around.
Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies
My 71st Coors Game of the year. 84th with Road trip and the springs!
Not sure how or if I will ever be able to top this many games in a season again. Also with these numbers I have not counted spring training games.
This is the last series of the year at Coors.
Before the game I went to the pavilions for batting practice and got my last ball of the year from the Red Sox. hat was my 35th ball of the season in an MLB park. 34 were at Coors and 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It was a ball I should have caught but dropt and it bounced back to me for the pick up. The Red Sox had one of the best batting practices I have seen from any team in a very long time they have a lot of power and these guys can hit everywhere.
Todd takes the field first for his second to last time. I took a similar shot a few days ago and really liked it so had to do it again.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He had an interesting first inning not what we are used to see from him after getting Shane Victorio out he hit Daniel Nava. and with 2 outs walk David Ortiz he did get out of the inning with just the 2 batters reaching but not a normal inning for him.
Victorino taking a swing in the first inning for his ground out for the first out of the game.
He we go Jarrod Saltalamacchia (hardest name to spell ever) grounded out to end the first inning.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox.
Charlie Blackmon wasted no time getting the Rockies on the board, he hit a lead off home run on the third pitch thrown by Lackey. After D.J. LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki both got out Michael Cuddyer hit a double. He would score on a Todd Helton single and the Rockies had a 2-0 lead.
Between innings they gave away the Toyota that has been on top of the Tundra sign in left field all season. Someone won it don’t know who, but if the person that did ever stumbles upon this congrats.
Chatwood settled down in the second and third and was nearly floor less getting all 6 out in those 2 innings. He threw only 20 pitches in the 2 inning combined.
The Rockies scored a third run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run in the 3rd. inning.
The Red Sox got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning a lead-off single by Dustin Pedroia.
Corey Dickerson hit a home run of his own in the 4th. The Rockies had a 4-0 lead after 4.
David Ortiz makes contact in the 6th inning, which was an out to center field.
Charlie Blackmon making the catch from Ortiz that ended the inning.
Todd Helton hits a single to right field in the Bottom of the 6th.
Tyler Chatwood who had a great start pitching in the 7th inning.
Tyler Chatwood fields a ball tossed by Todd Helton he missed the catch for the out. The ball was hit by Jackie Bradley Jr.
He did throw the ball home as Bill Middlebrook ran from third.
Bradley Jr. slides into first after Pacheco got and tossed the ball back to Chatwood at home. Bradley Jr. slides into home and was called out.
That ended the 7th inning.
LeMahieu takes a swing for a single in the 7th inning. Scoring Pacheco and Ruthledge. (6-1) Rox
That would give the Red Sox 3 runs for the game and make the final score 8-3.
Mike Carp would make the final out of the game, striking out.
The Rockies celebrate this win over the Red Sox.
One more left to write about. It is Todd’s last game at Coors.
It will be a huge blog post so check back hopefully I will have it up soon!
Thanks for checking out the Blog.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
My (70thgame at Coors this year. 80th with road trip and 83rd with the Springs.
Juan Nicasio was started for the Rockies this game. He had a really good 1st inning getting the Diamondbacks out in order.
Charlie Blackmon kept up his hitting ways this game after being named National League player of the week for the previous week, with a single.
He did get out at second on a D.J. Lemahieu hit back to the the pitcher Patrick Corbin.
d.j. LeMahieu would get picked of on a steal attempt that was a throw over to 1st as he was going and than tagged out at second for the second out of the inning.
The second inning was not as good for Nicasio the first 2 batters of the inning would get on base. Aaron Hill would hit a single and Miguel Montero would walk.
Hill scored on a Gerrado Parra double and Montero and Parra scored on a Chris Owings double to give the D’backs a 3-0 lead.
Owings scored on a bunt single by Adam Eaton that would give the D’backs a 4-0 lead.
Took a quick lap around Coors in the 2nd inning. Here is Adam Eaton going for a Helton fowl ball in the inning which he missed. He came close but think he ran out of room.
Jeff Francis came into pitch in the 3rd inning. Juan Nicasio only went 2 1/3 giving up 7 hits for 7 runs with 2 walks and a strike out. Not his most stellar performance think this is the worst I have seen him pitch since returning to from the Springs after being sent down after a very bad outing in Boston back in June.
Todd Helton lead off the 4th with what else but a double. He would score on Yorvit Torrealba single for the Rockies 2nd run of the game and the D’backs still had a 7-2 lead.
Helton did it once again in the 5th this time for 2 runs scoring Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Culberson. (7-4) D’backs
The Rockies scored their 5th run of the game when Nolan Arenado started the 8th inning off with double. He would score in the inning (7-5) D’Backs.
Aaron Hill started the 9th inning with a single hit to Arenado at 3rd base that was pretty much and out. This was the first time I have see Helton get mad at a call. He actually started arguing the call with first base umpire Chad Fairchild.
Walt Weiss came out of the dugout and got between Helton and Fairchild.
From where I was it looked like the ball beat Hill by a step or so, but he was called safe. After this the Rockies could not recover and ended up with a disastrous inning. The next batter Miguel Montero was walked and Matt Davidson hit a 3 run home run.
The Rockies tried to get things going in the 9th down by 8 runs. here is Jordan Pacheco pinch hitting in the inning and he hit a RBI single.
Nolan Arenado stepping on home after the Pacheco single.
Yorvit Torrealba rounding third after a Charlie Blackmon single, Yorvit scored and that was the Rockies 4th and final run of the inning. The Rockies did loos e this one 13-9. Blackmon had another good night he was 3 for 6 with a RBI.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Before the game Jerry Weinstein and Jordan Pacheco came out wearing there home white pinstriped uniforms ass the rest of the team started milling about in the dugout we noticed that they were all wearing the purple jerseys.
So Charlie Blackmon came out to inform them of this.
When Colin McHugh headed out for warm ups he brought Pacheco the correct jersey!
A few minute later a club house guy brought Jerry his. I know this is so riveting!
After all the Jersey mishaps were fixed it was time to play some baseball. Colin McHugh beside being the jersey runner he was also the starting pitcher.
After getting the Diamondbacks Adam Eaton out with a fly ball to left. Willie Bloomquist hit a single and scored on a Martin Prado double. (1-0) D’backs.
Todd Helton hit a single of the 4th and scored on a Jordan Pacheco sac fly to right.
Kirk Gibson came out to the mound in the 6th to take Trevor Cahill who started for them out of the game. Josh Collmenter came into pitch for the D’backs.
The Rockies did get a second run in the inning to make the score 6-2.
Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete giving up all 6 runs and 11 hits, one that was the 3 run home run to Davidson in the 3rd. On a positive note (sense the sarcasm arriving) he did not walk any batters!!!
So this game was done after the Rockies 6th inning run. They lost this one 6-2 and the most interesting part of the game was Pacheco and Jerry Weinstein warming up in the wrong uniforms. WOW it has been a long season.
So that is it for this game just 3 left for the season. Which I am trying to catch up.
I was there for all 3 and there are some great photos coming from the last 2.
I may not post about the September 22 game but still trying to figure out if I really need too!!!
Thanks for checking out the blog!!!!
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
My 67th game at Coors this year.
Today I headed to Coors straight from work and did not realize that this was a 6:10 game and I walked into Coors at 5:55. I had to work till 5 and thought it was a 6:40 game. So did not get to BP and did not get autographs.
Jhoulys Chacin as the starting pitcher for the Rockies he did not have a great start. Adam Eaton started the game with a triple and A.J. Pollack followed that with a home run.
Randall Delgado was the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks. He faced 6 Rockies batters in the first 2 innings. The only base runner was Troy Tulowitzki in the 2nd. The D’backs ended the inning when Jordan Pacheco hit into a double play.
Jhoulys took offensive matters into his own hands and hit a 2 run home run to tie the game at 2. this was his first MLB and pro home run. He is batting just under .200 this season has 7 RBI’s and a double.
The Rockies did not score again till another home run in the 6th it was a Charlie Blackmon solo shot to lead off the 6th inning.
Blackmons home run was followed up by a Corey Dickerson home run 2 batters later. Dickersons was a 3 run home run and the Rockies had a 5-2 lead.
Todd Helton hit his 589th double in the 6th as well. He would score on a Charlie Culberson single for the 4th run of the inning and a 6-2 lead.
The D’backs got a third run in the top of the 7th. (6-3) Rox
Troy Tulowitzki did not want to left out and hit a home run of his own in the 7th. Scoring Blackmon and himself to give the Rockies a 8-3 lead.
In the 9th inning we started heading out to the Pavilion’s so we could head down to the field for the post game fire works. Here is a photo of Manny Corpas pitching in the inning. he was the Rockies 4th pitcher of the game Chacin pitched 6 full innings. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits he did not strike out a batter and walked 5. beside the number he worked well and got out of inning, plus he hit a home run so that erased the runs allowed to give the Rockies a chance for the win. Mitchell Boggs, Matt Belilse and Manny all pitched 1 inning a piece.
The Rockies did get a 9th and final run in the 8th inning and won this game 9-4. The D’backs scored the 4th run in the 9th.
So after the game thanks to Geoff I was able to head down and watch the fireworks from the field.
I went down to the field and watched the fireworks with E2themnfnB, Tara and Rachel or as I called them me on field fireworks runnin’ crew!!!
Here are 2 photos of the fireworks.
This was the first photo I took and one of the best of the night!
That is it for this fireworks packed night at Coors.
This was fan appreciation night fireworks night and I would like to thank the reader and everyone who has followed me and made this blog a success for the last 3 seasons. Thanks for making my blog what it is with out many people this could not happen.
Thanks for being a part of it. Not sure if I have mentioned it but the Rox Addict Blog was 29th for the month of August on MLB Blogs. This was the highest I have ever made on the list!
Thanks again See You at Coors!
Cardinals vs. Rockies
My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.
This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.
So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.
Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.
Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!
A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.
Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.
Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.
Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.
Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.
Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.
Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.
Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.
Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.
Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.
Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.
Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
3 runs to tie the game in the inning.
Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies
Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies
Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with single.
Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.
Taking a lead at first.
Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.
Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.
After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..
…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.
Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.
Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.
Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.
Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.
Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.
After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.
D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.
The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.
The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!
D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.
As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.
The tag with ball rolling away.
He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.
He dove back…..
…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.
The Dugout emptied quickly!!!
Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.
The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.
Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.
He than high-five Tulo
and the crowd caught up with him!
It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.
The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.
So that is it for this one.
I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.
Cardinals vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
My 65th game at Coors this year.
Got 2 baseballs this game at batting practice. bringing my total for the season to 34. The first today was a bouncer off the track and the second was a roller that I picked up both were from the Cardinals.
Tyler Chatwood made the start for the Rockies. He retired the cardinals in order in the first.
He hit a single through the infield to right.
D.J. LeMahieu hit a double sending Dickerson to third.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a single to score both Dickerson and LeMahieu. To give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Todd Helton would hit into a double play in his first at bat this game
Tyler Chatwood pitching in the top of the 4th inning as I took a little wander around Coors, have not really done that this year too much. The Cardinals scored 4 runs between the 3rd and 5th innings. 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 5th. (4-2) Cardinals
Once again the Rockies let a game get away from them. Chatwood pitched 6 complete inning giving up 4 runs and 8 hits walking and striking out 1.
in the 6th inning Helton hit his 17th double of the season and 588 of his career. He would score on a Charlie Blackmon double his 15th of the year.
Todd Sliding into home for the Rockies 3rd run of the game, from the Blackmon double.
Jon Jay striking out in the 9th inning.
Dexter Fowler came in to pinch hit in the pitchers spot in the 9th. He lead-off the inning with a single. The Rockies would have the base’s loaded and Todd Helton would come to the plate. unfortunately he would strike out to end the game it would have been great to see him hit a walk of homer or single in this his last week at Coors. The Rockies lost this one 4-3 and they did not play to bad, but a few lost opportunities where runners could not score which is kinda the theme to this season. A run short with 11 runner left on base.
So that is it for this second short post from the Cardinals series.
Got the last one from this series and the Diamondbacks series.
See You at Coors.
Cardinals vs. Rockies
This is a quick look at this game. I have fallen a bunch of games behind and am playing a big game of catch up.
Juan Nicasio started the game for the Rockies. He struck out Matt Carpenter to start the game and Jon Jay walked.
He than stole second.
Jay was safe he would later score on a Yadier Molina single. (1-0) Cards
Joe Kelly was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals.
In the 1st. Todd Helton sent one to deep left and Matt Holiday made a leaping catch at the wall. He made a bunch of pretty good plays this game.
Nicasio was taken out of the game in the 3rd with 2 outs. The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the inning and was up 8-0, 1 run was scored in each the first and second.
Sometime in the 5th inning a member of the training staff came out to see Joe Kelly, everything seemed fine and he stayed in the game.
This graphic in the 7th for Holliday says what kind of day he and the cardinals were having!
The Rockies did score 4 in the 7th but that was it and was not enough to catch the Cardinals. The Final was (11-4)
Kept this one short did not take many photos (only 84) and the Rockies just got crushed this game. It was a very poor performance by Nicasio.
So that is it for this one. Got some more from this series and the weekend series against the Diamondbacks.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies
Today I got to the game a little later than usual since I came from work and got out a little late so BP was a bust and I than headed over to the wall.
Todd Helton announced his retirement after the season before the game and he signed autographs.
Colin McHugh was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his second start with the Rockies and only his 5th appearance of the year. Matt Carpenter started this game against McHugh with an infield single.
The single was on this deflected ball by troy Tulowitzki.
Lance Lynn was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the game by walking Corey Dickerson, who scored 2 batters later on a Tulo single. (1-0) Rox
Todd Helton came to the plate to a standing ovation from the Coors crowd. he would strike out to end the second inning for the Rockies.
The Cardinals scored a run in the 5th to tie the game at 1.
Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete innings giving up , run 4 hits, striking out 2.
The Rockies got out of the 6th inning with a double play, Matt Holliday hit a ball to….
…to Helton at first. Nolan Arenado was taken out of the game in the 3rd, D.J. LeMahieu moved to third and Josh Rutledge came into play second. Nolan was taken out because of an injury to his finger.
Rutledge getting on base with a single in the 7th inning. The Rockies would score their second run of the game this inning when Wilin Rosario scored on a Charlie Blackmon single (2-1) Rox
Lance Lynn was taken out of the game in the 7th. he pitched 6 1/3. Giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4.
After Drew Pomeranz pitched after McHugh and was then replaced by Matt Belilse Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th.
Matt Carpenter hit a double in the 8th to score Pete Kozma.
That would tie up the game at 2.
During a pitching change or middle of an inning they did a Todd Helton plays on the score board.
Batting in the 8th he had one of his not so great plays running into an out at home. The Rockies scored a run on a Wilin Rosario single scoring Tulo that advanced Todd to third.
Charlie Blackmon hit a double to score Tyler Chatwood . Chatwood was pinch running for Rosario. (4-2) Rox
John Axford pitching for the Cardinals in the 8th inning with some snazzy retro high sox. just had to try to work the word snazzy into this post!
Charlie Blackmon scouring after a Ryan Wheeler single that also scored Rutledge. (6-2) Rox
Ryan Wheel giving Rene Lacheman a fist bump after his 2 RBI single.
That is it for this one from the first game of the Cardinals series. The Rockies won this one 6-2.
I was at all 4 of these games and will be getting up the rest of the games and all the remaining games at Coors for the season.
Thanks for checking out the blog and see you at Coors!