McBride takes one for a ride !

8-20-2014

Kansas City Royals vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 2 of series.

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This was the second game of the series, I was at the first game of the series somehow I did not take my camera to the game and had no photos so did not do a post. The Royals did win the first game 7-4 Tyler Matzek started game 1 for the Rockies and had a pretty good outing till the 7th inning when the Rockies gave up 3 runs and K.C. too a 4-2 lead. Rex Brothers came in in the 8th and once again melted down, this time after getting 2 outs to the first 2 batters and then faced 6 more batters and let up 3 runs the Royals had a 7-2 lead. The Rockies got 2 back on a Drew Stubbs home run. James Shields started for the Royals and only gave up 2 runs and one was in the first to give the Rockies a lead in the first and the second was a Nolan Arenado homerun in the 5th.

This series I got 3 baseballs during batting practice 2 on Tuesday and 1 on Wednesday. The Tuesday game both came off of Brandon Barnes one was a bouncer that I picked up and caught the second. The third was hit by D.J. LeMahieu  hit about 4 rows behind me a bounced back to me.

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The second game Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies after a lead off walk to Christian Colon he struck out Omar Infante and walked the 3rd batter Billy Butler, Josh Willingham hit into a double play to end the inning.

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Danny Duffy started for the Royals Josh Rutledge started the bottom of the 1st with a single and stole second he was stranded at second as the next 3 batters got out.

The Royals scored the first run of the game in the 2nd a lead off home run by Alex Gordon this gave the royal a 1-0 lead. They took a 2 -0 lead 4t after Willingham started off the inning with double and scored 2batters later on a Erik Kratz sac fly to right.

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Nolan Arenado got things started the bottom of the 4th off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario sac fly to center. 2-1 Royals.

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Matt McBride started his first game since being called up from Colorado Spring. He came up in the 6th inning with base’s loaded and 2 outs and was put to the big league test and I think he passed! He hit a grand slam home run and the Rockies took a 5-2 lead.

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This was his 3rd career home run and 1st Grand Slam.

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Here he is celebrating with the 3 runners that were on base.

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With the 5-2 lead La Troy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th after a very good game by Jorge De La Rosa who pitched 8 innings Giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, he did walk 3 but also struck out three. He throw 103 pitches. It was great to see a starting pitcher come to bat for himself in the 7th inning! Not something we get to see much as Rockies fans. Hawkins got all 3 Royals out in the 9th and the Rockies won this game with the 5-2 to split this 2 game series with the Royals.

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The Rockies celebrate this win.

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Matt McBride gets the water bucket from teammate Charlie Blackmon.

That is it for this one. After a off day on Thursday the Rockies will have a 3 game series vs. the Miami Marlins.

See you at Coors.

Todds retirement and double header, What a day at Coors!

8-17-2014

Reds vs. Rockies

 

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Today there was a double header The first game was the regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon game and the second was a make up from Saturday which was Postponed till a Sunday night. The reason was a water main break on Blake Street that provided the stadium with water on Saturday afternoon.

This being a Sunday it was an autograph Sunday today the signers were Tommy Kahnle , Brooks Brown, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Matzek. I was able to get Brooks on my 2014 Team project and Tyler Matzek on a 2012 California/Carolina League All Start game mini bat. That he and Christian Bergman both played in that game. I did get Christian on it earlier in the year. When the autographs were over it was time for the festivities to start for Todd Helton’s retirement ceremony.  First the guest that were speaking were introduced Brad Hawpe and Matt Belilse. Drew Goodman from Root Sports MC’d the ceremony. Then Todd and his family were introduced on the field were his wife Kristy, their 2 daughters and I believe Kristy’s Parents and brother.

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The first speaker was Brad Hawpe.

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He spoke about playing with Todd and about his first big league spring training! Hawpe had always played 1st. base, but with Todd as the starting first baseman for years he had to change positions and how Todd in his dry humor way basically told him that! Over the years they became good friends which is why he was one of the speakers.

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Todd and his youngest daughter Gentry Grace look on as  the second speaker Matt Belilse speaks.

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He spoke about how Todd helped him as a pitcher.

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After Brad and Matt spoke it was tome for his older daughter Tierney Faith to speak she stole the show when she mentioned about dad being home a lot lately and if we would like him back!

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I am keeping this brief because I know many have seen the speeches on T.V. or online.

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The Montfort’s then presented Todd with a plaque of the 17, a replica of the one that is now hanging in the stadium.

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They than unveiled the covered #17 that will be along with the Kelly McGreggor KSM and Jackie Robinson 42 . They are all above the visitors bullpen on the second level.

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Todd than threw out the first pitch to former teammate Brad Hawpe.

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Here they are after the pitch.

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Todd gives a wave to the crowd.

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Here he is before the National Anthem with the first pitch ball with the special #17 logo on it and with his daughter by his side.

After about the 1/2 hour ceremony it was time for the first game. I thought every involved did a great job with stories and there speaking about Todd. I thought him being presented a replica #17 from the Monforts was very cool. I did notice something that I thought was a little suspicious and that was our GM was not involved or on the field for this event. I just find it interesting that a teams GM would be MIA on such an important day in a teams history. Either he is already not involved or he doesn’t have a set of balls. I also find it odd that either Dick or Charlie Monfort did not speak either. I have never seen one of these and not sure if the owner would normally speak, so I will just leave it at that. Also somebody also mentioned that the Commissioner of baseball also was not at Coors and he usually does attend such events. Over all it was really great to be at Coors this day and have to thank the people who helped me with the location I was able to photograph from.

Now onto this interesting and action packed game!

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Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He sat the Reds down in order and threw 11 pitches in the inning. All 3 outs were ground outs and he kept the ball low in the strike zone.

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Mat Latos was the starter for the Reds. He struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. Drew Stubbs got things going with a double after that.

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Stubbs’ double was followed with a Corey Dickerson double that scored Stubbs and gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

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Dickerson’s double bounced around in the left field corner. Michael Cuddyer would come up next and grounded out for the second out of the inning.

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After the delay Arenado came to bat and scored a second run for the Rockies on a single that scored Dickerson and give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

Lyles pitched well in the second and only had 1 base runner and that was a walk to Brayan Pena, he did record his first strike out of the game in the inning.

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Blackmon came up in the 2nd inning with 2 outs and hit a solo home run and the Rockies had a 3-0 lead.

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In the top of the 5th inning I was able to move to a better vantage point for photos and Lyles did allow his first hit of the game in the 4th that was a 2 run home run by Jay Bruce the second run was lead off batter Cozart who was hit with a pitch. The Rockies kept the lead 3-2.

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Chris Heisey lead off the 5th inning by walking and Billy Hamilton came up with 1 out and hit a double advancing Heisey to third.

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Heisey and Hamilton both scored on a Zach Cozart single. This gave the Reds a 4-3 lead.

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Franklin Morales came in and pitched the 6th inning. The Reds immediately got to him and started off the inning with a Kris Negron solo home run, followed by a Skip Schumaker single and a Heisey double scored Negron and extended the Reds lead 6-3. Lyles pitched 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits walking 2 striking out 4.

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Franklin Morales put down a bunt with Charlie Culberson on first. Culberson was forced out at second but Morales was safe at 1st.

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The bottom of the 7th Dickerson lead off the inning with a home run into the fountain in center field. To cut the Reds lead down to 6-4.

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Sam LeCure came into pitch for the Reds in the 6th and pitched into the 7th inning. After the Dickerson homer a single by Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado, Jumbo Diaz came in to pitch for Reds.

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With bases loaded Josh Rutledge came up an hit a sac fly to center that scored Cuddy from 3rd.

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The run brought the Rockies within 1 run of the Reds still lead 6-5.

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Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in the game by holding the Reds off base in the 8th. He faced 3 batters and got out of the inning he did pitch deep in counts with 2 of the 3 batters throwing 7 pitches to Schumaker and 8 to pinch hitter jack Hannahan 18 in total in the inning. The only batter he didn’t throw many pitches to was heisey who grounded out on the 3rd pitch of a 1-1 count.

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Jonathan Broxton pitched the 8th for the Reds giving up 1 single to Drew Stubbs and walked Dickerson. He did get out of the inning with a double play.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 9th for the Rockies and The Reds immediately got on him, Hamilton started the inning with a double. Cozart did get out but the next 3 batters got on base either by hitting a single or being walked. One of those was a single by Bruce who scored Hamilton and extended the Reds lead to 7-5.

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Hamilton sliding into second after his 9th inning hit. The Reds did score a 8th run and Brothers did get out of the inning after facing 8 batters and throwing 29 pitches in the inning.

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Reds 100+ MPH closer Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the 9th. A closer like this is usually lights out, Not this game he walked 4 consecutive batters which gave the Rockies a run and the Reds now lead 9-6.

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 J. Hoover came in and pitched with base’s loaded and no outs he got the next 2 Rockies batters out and a run did score on a sac fly by Wilin Rosario. drew Stubbs came up with 2 out, 2 men on base and a Reds 2 run lead.

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Stubbs hit a home run to left center field scoring the 3 runs the Rockies needed to win the game and the celebration started at home plate!

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… and got the bucket!!!!

The Rockies won this game 10-9.

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We then had to immediately leave the stadium so they could clean the stadium and do some field maintenance before the second game.

They basically had a half hour between games an had to clear the stadium and then  get ready for the second game. The first game ended at about 6:30 and the gates for game 2 opened at 6:50 with a scheduled first pitch at 7:10.

by the time we grabbed some food and re-entered the stadium at 7:00 they were already doing the National Anthem for the second game. I headed down to where I normally sit for the first pitch and we were ready for the next 9 innings.

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Yohan Flande started for the Rockies. He did not start as well as Lyles in the first game. He Gave up a double to Hamilton to start the game. Hamilton would scored when Jay Bruce hit into a fielders choice getting Ramon Santiago out at second. The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first.

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In the Bottom of the First Cuddy tried to get a 2 out rally going hitting a triple. He would remain on base when Nolan Arenado struck out.

Both Flande and Axelrod continued to pitch well giving up minimal hits and know runs till the bottom of the 5th. (When our at the bottom of your 5th)!

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Brandon Barnes hit a lead off solo homer to get the Rockies on the board and tie the game at 1.

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Walt Weiss removed Fande in the 6th inning after giving up a 2 run home run to the Reds Ryan Ludwick.  Kris Negron hit a single and than scored on a Pena double. The Reds got a total of 3 runs in the inning and took a 4-1 lead.

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When Flande was removed from the game Brookes Brown came in and pitched to the next 2 batters getting both batters out.

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 Brown remained in the game in the 7th and Hamilton got his 3rd hit of the game with 1 out. He than stole second base and the ball was thrown short to Rutledge who missed the ball on the bounce and it ended up in center field, Hamilton would reach third on the error. He would score and the Reds had a 5-2 lead.

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The Rockies got thing going in the 7th Blackmon started the inning with a walk when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.

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Rutledge hit a single and Dickerson followed up with a single scouring Blackmon for the Rockies first run of the inning.

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After the run the Reds still had a 5-3 lead.

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Cuddyer hit a single in the 8th he now has a triple, home run and a single in this game.

The Rockies picked up 2 more runs on a Arenado hit that got Dickerson out at third but scored Rutledge, after a bad throw by the Reds 3rd baseman Santiago that scored Cuddy and Arenado ended up on third and the Rockies tied the game at 5.

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Dickerson watches the ball after being out at third and coaches Cuddy who was coming down the line.

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Cuddy sliding into home to tie the game!

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Adam Ottavino came in in the 8th inning and shut down the Reds batters in the inning striking out 2 and Getting Pena to ground out for the third out. He pitched better in this inning then I have seen him pitch in a while. He got out of the inning with 9 pitches, pitching the most 4 pitches to Negron who struck out.

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for the second game they invited back the rally guy from game 1 and he moved down to the lower level for the 8th inning. He was dancing in the upper deck during the first game 9th inning when the Rockies scored the 5 runs to come back and win that game. So by popular demand he was invited back by the Rockies for game 2!

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With 2 outs and Brandon Barnes, Charlie Culberson and Josh Rutledge on base Dickerson hit a double. scoring Barnes and Culberson to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead.

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Michael Cuddyer came to the plate and I noticed something on my score card and then confirmed it on the board. Cuddy only needed a double to complete the cycle. IMG_8558with a 1-1 count he hit a Manny Parra slider to left field.

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He made the turn at 1st as the ball was still in the outfield.

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he got the double and completed the cycle, this was his second of his career and he is only the 4th in MLB history to do it in both the American and National league.

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Cuddy would slid into home once again for the Rockies 10th run of the game on a Drew Stubbs single. The Rockies had a 10-5 lead.

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LaTroy Hawkins came into pitch the 9th and sat the Reds down in order to end the game and give the Rockies the sweep of the double header and 3 or the 4 games this weekend series.

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The Rockies and Cuddy celebrate their second win of the day. This is more wins in one day they have gotten in some weeks lately. cuddy went 4 for 5 this game scoring 3 RBI’s and scoring 3 times. This was a great comeback day for him since this was the first day he played at Coors in almost 2 months. He went 5 for 10 on the day. He was also the 5th Rockies player to hit for the cycle.

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it was time for the post season interview and the second bucket dump of the day!

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He was warned to duck by the guys in the booth and Brandon Barnes got him pretty good!

These were 2 great games by the Rockies, it shows they do have potential to make things happen and it reminded me of the games they played early this season. The Bull Pen kept them in both games, they got pretty good starts from the starters and the bats where there when needed. A lot of guys stepped up this game. I wish they were able to do this for the last few months. These games would matter a lot more then a double header sweep or a series win.

It was an amazing day of baseball at Coors I am glad I was there for this day and to witness history twice this day, once with the retirement of the # 17 and then Cuddy hitting for the cycle. can not forget the 2 very dramatic games and wins in both.

So that is it for this one very long day at the ballpark.

 

 

 

We don’t need no stinkin’ starters!

8-15-2014

Reds vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series

I have know clue how many games this is for me!

 

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So once again because of the perfectly timed storm there was no batting practice once again!

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No this is not the 4th inning of another bad start for the Rockies starters Matt Belisle got the start for the Rockies for this game because Franklin Morales was suppose to start but could not because of his wife expecting a baby. Belisle started a little shaky but settled down after the first 2 batters he faced hit single he did get out of the inning and the Reds remained scoreless till the 3rd inning.

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Johnny Cueto started for the Reds.

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Charlie Blackmon got on base after the ball that got passed first baseman Jack Hannahan

The Rockies did not score in the first inning but did get a run in the 2nd a solo home run by Nolan Arenado. The Reds got their first run in the 3rd Johnny Cuerto lead off the inning with a single and then scored on a Jay Bruce sac ground out to tie the game 1-1

The second inning saw the Reds get there second run and the Rockies would than again tie the  game in the 6th. In the 6th Justin Morneau started the inning with a walk and scored on a Corey Dickerson double.

If you did not notice I did not take many photos this game!  There was not much going on and because of a elbow that has been giving me trouble since before my road trip is making hard to hold a camera for an extended amount of time. I am not really sure how I got through a couple of games during my trip it was that bad. I think I may be day today after this weekend!!!

Back to baseball the Reds scored a third run in the 9th inning and got the 3-2 win. O.K. the bull pen did not do that bad this game but the Rockies still lost. Ottavino took the lose and Cueto who pitched 8 innings got the win. He threw 106 pitches in the eight innings he pitched. Belise went 3 innings throwing 49 pitches, giving up 4 hits and 1 run, striking out and walking 1. The Rockies did use 6 pitchers in this game Nick Masset pitched the 4th and 5th. Nicasio the 6th, Brothers the 7th Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino the 8th and Ottavino continued till the 9th.

So that is it for this brief game.

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There was a really great sunset during this game and I did manage to take a few photos of it!

That is it for this one!

Rockies take game 1, bats and Culberson homer get it done.

8-14-2014

Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies

 

This was my first game back at Coors in over a month. So I was looking forward to getting back into my usual routine. So as I was heading down to Coors it started to rain and kept raining till about 4:30 and I sat in my truck figuring that there was no batting practice and well I was right after entering the stadium I saw the tarp was down, not what I wanted to see!  So I just wandered around a little bit, including going up to the Party Deck just because it was the only place open besides the outfield concourse. After they opened the stadium I headed down to the 1st base side.

I noticed something new in the stadium!

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The move the retired 42 and The KSM to the second deck and center field instead of the decals that were by the auxiliary score board. I wonder what the covered one is! :)

So the game started and Jorge De La Rosa was pitching for the Rockies which are usually a good thing.

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The Reds first batter Billy Hamilton tried to bunt his way on base.

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The Ball was fielded by Justin Morneau and he was tagged out between home and first. Things were looking good the Rockies kept a key to the Reds offence off base and the next 2 batters also got out including Todd Frazier striking out to end the top of the first.

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Alfredo Simon started for the Reds and he also only faced 3 batters in the inning.

Things started to look bad for the Rockies in the top of the second when the Reds scored 2 runs.

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After Devin Mesoraco walked Ryan Ludwick hit a double to score the Reds first run.

The Second run came on a Zack Cozart single, scoring Ludwick and the Reds had a 2-0 lead.

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The Rockies got 1 run back in the bottom of the second. Corey Dickerson started it off with a double and scored on a Wilin Rosario double to cut the Reds lead to 2-1.

After the Reds got leadoff batter Billy Hamilton on base in the 3rd. Jorge worked his way out of the inning by getting the next 3 batters out in the inning. Besides a 7 pitch at bat to Jay Bruce Jorge’s pitch count remained low throwing only 12 pitches in the inning.

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The Rockies then tied the game at 2 in the 3rd. Charlie Blackmon scored on a Corey Dickerson sac fly to right.

The Rockies took the lead in the 4th inning, Charlie Culberson got things started with a leadoff single and scored on a Blackmon sac ground out. (3-2) Rox

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The Rockies extended their lead to 4-2 with a Drew Stubbs single scoring D.J. Lemahieu.

Jorge continued to pitch well and the Rockies continued to hit in the 5th inning. Nolan Arenado started the inning with a single, after Dickerson flew out Wilin Rosario hit a single.

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Charlie Culberson hit his 3rd home run of the year a 3 run shot to give the Rockies a 7-2 lead and of course the Rockies fanes cheap Tacos on Friday afternoon!

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Jorge continued to pitch well through the game and was removed from the game after 7 complete inning. He held the Reds to only the 3 runs (the 3rd a HR by Ryan Ludwick in the 6th inning). In total he gave up 5 hits, 3 runs, walked 1 and struck out 5. I think he may have been able to pitch the 8th, he still seemed to keep his stuff in the 7th. He threw 13 pitches in the inning and total for the game of 104. I think we are still keeping a pitch count, but that is just my opinion! It may not be 75 but it could just be 100!!!!!! I am mentioning this just because while on my trip even in A ball and other levels pitchers were going to the 8th or 9th with similar pitch counts and I think we should start extending our guys especially with a 4 run lead so maybe they can pitch a complete game or not burn out our whole bull pen season after season!

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Boone Logan came into pitch in the top of the eight he pitched to Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce.

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Adam Ottavino pitched to Todd Frazier and struck him out and the Rockies bull pen survived an inning without giving up a hit!

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La Troy Hawkins came into end the game and gave up a hit but after a double play by hit by Skip Schumaker the game ended and the Rockies won 7-3.

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It was great to be back at Coors and have the Rockies play well this night and win a game. It seems like they are few and far between. Actually can’t remember the last win I was at I just know they lost the 2 I was at in Detroit.

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Love these Colorado Sky’s

So that is it for this one, some fun stuff coming up this weekend with Todd Helton’s retirement weekend. I will be at Coors all weekend hope they can play some good ball for Todd!

See You at Coors!

Indians rain dance can’t stop the Mudhens!

8-4-2014

Toledo Mudhens vs. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Mudhens are the triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

The Indians are the triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

They are in the International League

Game 14 of road trip been forgetting the double header in Burlington!

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The game time on the sign said 7:05 but due to a rain storm earlier the game was delayed to a 7:25 start.

This is the 5th time I have been to Victory Field. I have family in Indy so I always go to an Indians game when I am visiting them. This is one of my favorite stadiums along with Durham and Greensboro.

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Nick Kingham was the starting pitcher for the Indians this game.

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Hernan Perez popped out for the first out of the inning. Kingham faced 4 Mudhens batters in the 1st. I batter did get on base, James McCann hit a single with 2 outs.

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Robbie Ray started for the Mudhens he started the game by striking out Starling Marte who was on a rehab assignment from the Pirates. Jose Tabata hit a single and Andrew Lambo hit into a double play to end the inning.

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Tyler Collins hit the ball for an out to lead off the second inning for the Mudhens. They would be retired in order in the 2nd.

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Indians All-Star 1st. baseman Matt Hague popped up to start the 2nd for the Indians.

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He popped up to the Mudhens shortstop Perez. The Indians had some good opportunities in the 2nd after they had 3 runners all getting on by walk and were not able to get a run home.

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Blake Davis was the 3rd walk to load the base’s with 2 outs. Robert Andino struck out to end the inning and the Indians left all 3 runners on base.

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The Mudhens got things going in the 3rd. Danny Worth hit a double with Wade Gaynor on base.

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The ball was hit to the right field corner.

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Gaynor scored and the Mudhens took a 1-0 lead.

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With Worth on second Perez tried to put down a sac bunt. It was a little high.

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It was caught by Kingham for the first out and was probably one of the worst bunt attempts I have seen.

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The Mudhens proceeded to score more runs in the inning. McCann was the third run of the inning scored on a Collins single. McCann also had a RBI when he hit a single to score Worth. (3-0) Mudhens

The Mudhens would get a 4th run in the 4th inning a Ben Guez solo home run.

Chase d’Arnaud started the 5th inning off with a double.

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The Indians had a few more opportunities in the 6th  startingoff with  a single by Tabata in the 6th. he did not score

 Vin Mazzaro pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Indians he held the Mudcats off base only giving up a single to Mike Hessman in the 8th but got doubled up to end the inning. Indians starter Nick Kingham pitched 6 innings giving up the 4 runs on 7 hits walking 2 and striking out 4.

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d’Arnaud started the 7th off with a triple and was stranded there after all 3 batters after him popped out to infielders. 2 of the 3 were in foul territory.

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Kevin Whelan pitched for the Mudhens in the 9th.

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Davis struck out swinging and tried to run on the dropped ball by McCann, but the game ended with the throw to first.

The Mudhens took this one 4-1. the Indians are now 59-59 on the year and the Mudhens are 58-60.

The Indians are in 2nd place in the International League Western Division 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers. The Mudhens are 4.4 games back in 3rd place.

So that is it for this game.

Since I am writing this the night after the game they are now tied in second 3.5 behind the Clippers because the Mudhens won again against the Indians and both teams are 59-60 for the year.

I still possibly have a game or 2 left on this trip depending on if I decide to go to 2 other stadiums in the area both about 2 hours outside of Indy. I will be heading bck to Denver later this week after almost 1 month on the road.

Rockies crumble like an abandon building in Detroit!

8-3-2014

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Game 3 of series

My 2nd game of series

12th game of road trip

8th stadium

3rd state to see a game this trip and 5th state to see a game this year. (not including AZ for Spring Training)

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I did not really get to many photos of the out side of the stadium the first game, so today I got to the stadium slightly earlier to do some of that. I also had to wait for Jared because he had tickets at will call. he was also doing a trip and was in Chicago for 2 games of that series.

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They had these tigers with baseballs in their mouths all around the stadium.

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They also had the street light banners like many stadiums do. I was more impressed that this city had street lamps and electricity!

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They had some cool details around the stadium like these tile baseballs.

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These tile logos around an entrance were pretty cool also.

Jared arrive I got my ticket and we headed into the stadium another feature the stadium has is a carousel with all the animals being tigers.

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After a few rides on the carousel  we headed over by the wall to see if we could get some autographs. I had to pry Jared off the thing after some minor crying and slightly wetting his pants he gave in!!!!!! O.K. that didn’t happen.

But this did…

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Walt Weiss had a catch with one of his son’s in the dugout. I thought that was pretty cool. I was also a little jealous that these kids get to travel with their parents and do all this including shag baseballs in the outfield during batting practice and just are able to experience these things. Like playing catch with your dad in a dugout of a major league stadium.

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Brett Anderson and Tyler Matzek both stopped and signed after they did their throwing.

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The seats at this stadium had these really cool tigers on the ends. I always think this is a really cool detail that people over look at a lot of the stadiums. Most do have some really unique stuff.

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Matt Belilse stands and waits for the colors to leave the field, only one thing there was no color guard today! it is cool that he gives that moment before the games anyway.

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Anibal Sanchez started for the Tigers.

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Josh Rutledge makes contact during his 1st. inning at bat.

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He grounded out to short for the second out of the inning.

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Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies.

After the first inning we headed up to our seats.

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When I got to the upper concourse I took in the sights of the city of Detroit! I know why the stadium the direction it does. Everything in the opposite direction is abandoned and/or crumbling. IMG_6605

Here is an example of why nobody has said the word “Detroit sure is beautiful this time of year”! The stadium is really nice but it seems like a mirage in the desert of disconcert surrounding area.

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After those photos it was time to get creative, so here is a creative BNW to show off the made photo skillz!

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Talking about disconcert back to the Rockies game! Tori Hunter grounded out to start off the 2nd for the Tigers.

Here is a look at downtown from the upper deck.

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You can’t tell that everything in the other direction is almost ready to be demolished.

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Jorge Pitching to J.D. Matinez in the 2nd.

The Rockies did not do much in the top of the 3rd. they did manage to get their first hit a single by Brandon Barnes.

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Jorge did get the first 2 batters out in the bottom of the 3rd. and then the Rally began, Rahj Davis started off with a double. Ian Kinsler was than hit by a pitch.IMG_6641Miguel Cabrera hit a single that scored Davis and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.

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Victor Martinez hit a 3 run homer.

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This gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

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Jorge did strike out Hunter for the 3rd. out of the inning and it was time for the Chevy race which is way cooler and not as creepy as the random dental product race at Coors.

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Not much happened in this game till the 7th. when Jorge was taken out of the game by Walt Weiss. The Tigers did get 2 hits in the 5th but no runs came from it. the Rockies only had the 1 hit till Drew Stubbs hit a single in the 7th. Jorge went 6.2 innings and really did not pitch that bad he did strike out 6 and gave up the 4 runs in the 3rd. The 1 walk he allowed did hurt him with the Martinez home run but the 3rd run did not really matter.

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Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies.

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Joba Chamberlain came  in to pitch for the Tigers in the 8th. Sanchez pitched 7 complete innings only giving up 2 hits striking out 12 batters.

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The Tigers above the score board was as fear looking as Sanchez’s pitching! Thought these were pretty cool.

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Adam Ottavino pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies.

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So that is it from Detroit I have made the turn back west and still have a few games left before going back to Denver 1 in Indianapolis and 2 others.

see you around.

Don’t see this everyday!

8-2-2014

Rockies vs. Tigers

Comerica Park, Detroit Michigan

Game 2 of series.

My 1st. game of the series.

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This was my first time at this stadium so I arrived a slight bit early to take a walk around the stadium and check it out. I also got there early because I was not sure what the lines woud be like because they were giving away Pudge Rodriguez Figurines or Statues ( Did not take mine out of the box yet).

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I headed in for batting practice and I started out in right field and then went to left. The gate I entered was close to right field and Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon were in the first group so I like my chances to get a baseball. I did not get one in that group and figured that most of the rest of the batters were righties and headed to left. Had a few close but still did not get a ball. So got shut out in BP.

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Then I wandered the concourse a little these are statues they have in left field I took this photo from the seats because you really can’t get a good photo from the concourse because they are facing the field and there is not much room between the fence and their base’s.

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This is a photo I got of the Ty Cobb statue.

While I was on the concourse I ran into Dan from Coors Field and Mark who is from Charlotte they meet up for a away series and I have actually ran into them in N.Y. a few years ago.

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Mark Left, Dan Middle, Me right!

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Around the concourse they had these columns that had different years through out the years of Tigers history. This from 1990′s.

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These are 2 more 1 from the 1980′s and the second from 1910. These were all about 25 feet tall and had different years on each side.

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Pudge Rodriguez threw out the “First Pitch” or as he did throw to second. He started on the mound and then had Anibal Sanchez who was catching him go to second base and he went to home and tossed over to second. Fitting since he was a catcher!

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Anibal Sanchez at second to make the catch from Pudge.

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Rick Porcello was the starting pitcher for the Tigers or as the were called today Los Tigres, it was Latin American day at Comerica.

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After Getting the first 2 Rockies out Corey Dickerson reached base on an error by Ian Kinsler at second base.

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After reaching second when Nolan Arenado walked he got caught stealing third to end the inning.

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Tyler Matzek started for the Rockies.

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He did not start by getting 2 outs he started the game giving up a double to Rahj Davis.

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Davis scored when Miguel Cabrera hit into a double play.

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That gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

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The Rockies got on the board in the second inning and gave Matzek some run support. Their first run was a Justin Morneau, he scored on a Drew Stubbs double to tie the game. Drew Stubbs scored on a Charlie Culberson ground out to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. IMG_6123

Tori Hunter walked to start off the 2nd inning and on a ball hit by J.D. Martinez Arenado made a great play, throwing from 1 knee to get Hunter at 2nd.

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Hunter came in just a bit hard into second and sent Culberson flying to break up the double play. The tigers went on to score their second run to tie the game at 2 in the second. J.D. Martinez score on a Alex Avila single.

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They also have a race here in Detroit and this one is sponsored by Chevy It is 3 cars that run from center field to around first base. It is a lot better then the random dental products race at Coors and the characters are not as creepy! The Bella Air after the Classic Chevy car, Petey Pick-up and Corey Vette.

The Rockies did not do anything in the 3rd and the tigers scored 1 on a Cabrera solo home run to center. That home run tied him for 6th place with Lou Whitaker on the all time Tigers list with 244 home runs.

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Drew Stubbs Hit a triple with one out in the 4th for the Rockies and was left on base after Wilin Rosario and Mike McKenry both struck out. They were both in the game because of the DH in an American League park. Rosario was actually at 1st and Morneau was the DH this game.

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The tigers extended their lead in the 4th by another 2 runs to give them a 5-2 lead. Nick Catellanos hit a triple with 2 outs and Avila hit a double and on a  Eugenio Suarez single.

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The Scoring continued in the 5h for the Tigers when Kinsler started the inning with a triple. The Rockies walked Cabrera and Victor Martinez showed them why that was a bad idea, he hit a home run and gave the Tigers 3 more runs for a 8-2 lead. No if Cabrera hit a homer it would have been on 2 more runs (sarcasm). But in reality the odds of a second homer in consecutive at bats is kinda slim even with a guy like Cabrera.

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V. Martinez celebrating with the 2 runners he hit in after his stroll around the base’s.

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Matt Belilse came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th to try and stop the bleeding or add salt to the wound. See it how you wish! Matzek pitched 4 innings giving up 10 hits, 8 runs striking out, walking and giving up 2 home runs. I was a little nervous when they brought him up and he started out well in his debut, since he has turned into another Rockies starter that struggles and doesn’t get run support to make it easier ion him. I think some of these guys pitch slightly better when there is a little cushion in the run department. So back to Belilse and the salt in the wounds!  He did get the next 2 batters out in the 5th. In the 6th he did give up the 9th run of the game for the Tigers.

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Rex brothers came in to pitch the 7th for the Rockies and well he gave up a run also a homer to the J.D. Martinez for the 10th run in the game and a run in the first 7 innings.

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LaTroy Hawkins got in on in the 8th and could not be left out of the runs scored against the Colorado pitchers and gave up one in the 8th for the 11th run for the Tigers and yeas a run in every inning they have come to bat. A bit more on that in a minute.

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The Rockies tried for a valiant come back in the 9th Arenado started the inning with a walk Brandon Barnes hit a double followed by a drew Stubbs single to score Arenado and cut the lead to only 8 runs 11-3 tigers. Wilin Rosario would then hit a double scouring Barnes cutting the lead to 7!!!!

The Rally then fell apart after the Tigers removed Phil Coke from the game and replaced him with Pat McCoy who got the next 3 batters out and ended the game with a 11-4 win for the Tigers.

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Josh Rutledge made the final out by striking out swinging.

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So the 8 runs in all 8 innings was the first time the Tigers since 1912. The Rockies once again making history for other teams one game at a time! This was also the first time it was done since 2006 when the Yankees did it against the blue Jays. it was also only the 5th time in the last 35 years that it has been done in the Majors. The Rockies have actually done it twice.

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here is a look at the final line of this game with the 8 scoring innings by the Tigers.

Don’t See This Every Day!

That is it for this game in Detroit have another coming up from Sundays game!

Captains Rock N’ roll over the Hot Rods.

8-1-2014

I started the day with a little touristy stuff around Cleveland before heading to Eastlake Ohio for the Lake County Captains game the first stop I made, but did not go on the tour was the Christmas Story House.

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It is not far from down town and was on my way to my second stop the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I did go by the  H.O.F. the day before but did not tour it not having time before the Indians game. Since I did not have to get to Lake County till about 4:30 and had to check out of my hotel by 12 it seemed like a great way to kill some time.

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This was someplace I always wanted to check out because besides baseball music is my second addiction. Growing up N.Y. I was a huge heavy Metal and Punk Rock fan. The day before I went to the RNR HOF just to check it out and the first thing I saw when I walked in was the old CBGB’s owning and it almost brought tears to my eye’s I spent a lot of time there before moving to Denver and seeing that awning was like running into an old friend and brought back a lot of memories of what seems like a different lifetime to me in N.Y.

After starting the tour they had a short movie about the history of RnR and was really cool. Then as you heading out of the theater there was an interactive area that you would hit on a band and it would show there influences. I think I could spend alloy=t of time in this area. The you headed into a exhibit entirely on Elvis.

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Now I have never really been an Elvis fan but it was really interesting and he was a huge influence Rock and Roll, hence why he is the King!

It had some really cool artifacts from his life including a military outfit and many of his guitars,stage outfits and a motorcycle. It also had a short film on him.

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Amongst the stuff they had displayed on the first level was D.M.C’s addidas and glasses, Jam Master Jay’s gold chain and one of their hats. they also had some stuff from Metallica which was really cool to me they were one of my favorite bands growing up. They had the scale from the Justice tour which I saw at the Nassau Coliseum when I was 13. Thy also had some guitars and a Jason Newsted stage outfit.(Black T-shirt, jeans and combat boots) I did not get great photos of their stuff but it was cool to see.

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Another display had some stuff from Seattle bands and this display had Curt Cobain’s guitar sweater and knit hat. This whole display was music by city so it had displays for many city’s and stuff from the bands that came from there. They also had a video on each city.

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The top floors of the museum were set up for a tribute to the music festivals, this is a display with some Woodstock stuff. They had many videos in this area as well about the history of the Music festival, the promoters and the fans. Then on the top most level they had a 18 minute film with clips from performances at music fest’s through out the years.

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That was a really awesome experience and so glad I went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If you ever heard a song on the radio I would recommend going to the RnR HOF.

After going to the RnR HOF I took the quick 20 minute drive to East Lake, Ohio to go to Classics Ball Park home of the Lake County Captains they are a A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. They played the Bowling Green Hot Rods the A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. I got there abot 4:30 because they were giving away Jobu bobble heads. The statue that Pedro Cerrano had in his locker in the movie. The line was really long when I got there and after the wait the gates opened and I barley got in to get one and I was only about halfway in the line. They gave out 1500 and sold close to 6000 tickets.

These teams are part of the mid West League.

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The stadium was packed at first, a lot of people got their Bobble heads and left.

On the concource they had a few Cleveland area athletes signing autographs and Chelcie Ross (Eddie Harris in the Movie) also signed.

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here is a look at the stadium, it kinda looked like a newer version of Security Service field.

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All the athletes that were there through ot the first pitches. in Total their were 9 first pitches! the first was Jock Callender who was a hockey player. The others were Hector Marinaro who was a soccer player, Jessica “evil” Eye and Stipe Miorcic both are UFC fighters and from the area. Al “Bubba” Baker a football player, Jim Chones, Robert “Bingo” Smith, Austin Carr and last was Chelsie Ross. Who they brought out a tray of pitching aids to throw his pitch including Vaseline and Jalapeños.

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Here he is throwing out his pitch.

So it was now time for the game.

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Mitch Brown was the staring pitcher for the Captains.

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Keon Wong makes contact and grounds out to first for the second out for the hot Rods in the inning.

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The first 2 out the Captains got in the top of the second was also a double play, Getting Alexander Simons out at second on a ball hit by Darryl George. Simmons was hit by a pitch to get on base.

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The out at first.

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The Hot Rods also had a runner on in the 3rd. Pat Blair hit a single and stole second and headed to third after a bad throw by the Captains catcher Richard Stock.

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The Captains did not do much in the third and had a very productive 4th. inning. The inning started with a single by Brian Ruiz and then was followed by five consecutive hits. scoring 4 runs.

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Captains player scoring 1 of the 4 runs in the 3rd inning.

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The 6th hit of the inning was by Nellie Rodriguez.

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It was a double hit down the third base line.

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That rolled into the Hot Rods bullpen and either got stuck under the wall or got mixed in with other baseballs under the bench.

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That scored Juan Castillo from 3rd for the first run.

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The second run was Frazier from second. this gave the Captains a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

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The Hot Rods switched pitchers and brought in Andrew Hanse. He got the next 3 batters out and the Hot Rods out of the inning.

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Took a little walk around the stadium in the 4th inning. here is a look from behind home plate.

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The Captains starter Mitch brown during the 4th inning, with a runner on first. He walked Alexander Simmons to start the inning.

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Looking at the field from center field.

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Frazier making a catch for the second out of the inning.

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He then tossed it to second to try and get the runner out who strayed a little to far from the bag on the out.

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In left field behind the bleacher they had a play area for the kids with a bunch of bouncy house things and a play ground.

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Claudio Bautista on second after a Castillo ground out.

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He headed to third after a wild pitch.

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On a second wild pitch he would score to give the Captains a 5-0 lead.

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The ball against the wall after the second wild pitch.

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The grounds crew dragged the field between innings, with a little help from Ralphie. Nice to see he is get work these days!

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The Captains put in their second pitcher of the game in the 6th inning Andrew Hanse. Starter Mitch Brown went 5 innings giving up 3 hits walking and striking out 4. The hot Rods had opportunities against him, but did not utilize the runners.

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The Captains added to their lead in the 6th by adding 2 more runs. The first was on a error by the hot Rods pitcher throwing over to first, scoring Dorrsy Paulino for a 6-0 lead.

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The second run was scored on a hit by Bautista.

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scoring stock from 3rd on Bautista’s single. 7-0 Captains lead.

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The hot Rods got on the board in the 7th. Julian Ridings started it out with a double and scored 2 batters later on a ball hit by Pat Bair.

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The ball was hit to second baseman Bautista and the run scored and Elias Torres got to second. 7-1 Captains

IMG_5774 The Hot Rods brought in Josh Kimborowicz to pitch in the 8th inning.

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In the 8th the Captains Nellie Rodriguez hit a very Tulo type of homer a solo shot when up by 7 to give the Captains a 8-1 lead.

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 Trevor Frank came into pitch for the Captains in the 9th.

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James Harris (no relation to Eddie) hit a ball deep to left center and took a turn to third and well…

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..probably should not have! He was out at third.

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The next 2 batters got out and the Captains won this game 7-1. I wonder if they get tacos if they score 7 or more!

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After the game I just wanted to get out of the stadium but I did want to catch some of the fireworks. But first they had a shirt off their backs give away witch they called each play to give it to the winner. That took a while.

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If that was not enough they then did the ball toss and had took give out the prizes for that.

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Then there was fireworks!

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Got creative with the section signs on this one!

I then headed out about halfway through.

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Here is a look from outside the stadium.

I got to my truck just in time for the end. I then took the 2 and 1/2 hour drive to Detroit. I will be at the 2 games in the Rockies and Tigers series!!

Had a great day in the Cleveland area with 2 of my 2 favorite things Music and Baseball.

To quote Buck O’Neil “there are 2 things in life Music and Baseball”  or something to that existent don’t have the book to quote it word for word but hopefully you got the meaning behind it!

Well See You in Detroit!

 

Mariners Indians in Cleveland. Can’t come up with a clever title in Clevland!

7-31-2014 IMG_4700Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

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I first went to the stadium in the morning to get a ticket for the game and took a quick walk around the stadium. This is a Bob feller statue that is outside the C gate which is in left center field. It is also the early gate for batting practice.

IMG_4698around the stadium on the light posts they have banners with current players names on them. Yes, Justin Masterson’s was still up!

IMG_4712Down Rally Alley which is outside the stadium on the third base side they have banners of their hall of Famers. The early ticket window is located by gate A and I got my ticket. One thing that I did not like is they have flex pricing like many stadiums so the digital sign said one price and then at the ticket window the price was different and when I asked the attendant just said well they just did not change the prices for todays game yet. I don’t like flex pricing in the first place but not to have the correct prices up is kind of stupid and deceiving.

After getting my tickets I did a little urban hiking and took some photos.

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One of the first places I saw was the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame I did not go on the tour but I did go in. I am planning on going after I finish this post today! By the Rn’R HOF I also saw the stadium where the Browns play.

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After that I walked around the city and took some photos. Lebron was a big theme around the city, as seen in this photo.

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While walking I took some street photos and photos of Monuments and Building in the city. I would post more but this post would be a lot bigger then it already is! But Cleveland has a lot of history and some really cool buildings. I also took a walk threw the cemetery directly across the street from Progressive field which had a lot of very old graves going back 120 years.

After walking around I headed back to the hotel before heading back out for the game.

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  Then I got to the gate a little after 4 for the 4:30 gate. here is a look during Batting Practice. I did well this BP and got 2 baseballs the first was a catch from the Indians the first that was hit out for the day. To pat myself on the back it was a pretty good catch that I ran down an aisle and caught it about a section over from where I was standing.

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Indians player taking swings in the cage.

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Around the upper deck they have murals for their Hall of Famers, The one show is for Rocky Colavito. They also have Bob Feller, Larry Doby and Early Wynn.

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They also had these “banners” up with all the team accomplishments in their history. Including last years A.L. wild card.

during BP I also got a second ball from the Mariners it was just a pick up but a second ball. It I the first time I have gotten 2 ball in one MLB stadium on the road. I have gotten 2 at other stadiums but not in the same game.

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They have plaques of Hall of Famers and other players that played for them through out their history.

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Here are a sample of the plaques these are satchel Paige’s and Bob Fellers.

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They also had plaques for more recent players from the 1980′s till 2000′s

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I then took a walk around the stadium. I headed up to the upper deck and got this photos.

I then headed down to the Mariners side of the field for autographs. I was trying to get a Robinson Cano locker plate signed but was not successful on 1 player and 1 coach signed.

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Zach Mcalister started for the Indians. He allowed 1 hit to the Mariners Chris Taylor but got out of the inning on a double play hit by Robinson Cano.

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Indians first baseman Carlos Santana making the play for the first out of the inning a Dustin Ackley hit to second.

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Chris Taylor hit a ball to the Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

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The ball bounce off of Chisenhall and Taylor go on first.

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Chris Young started for the Mariners.

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Jason Kipnis hit a double.

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He would advance to third on a Jose Ramirez sac bunt.

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Kipnis than scored on a Michael Brantley single and the Indians took a 1-0 lead.

After the first inning I started heading to the left field bleachers the long way. Because the concourse on the main level is open longer on the 1st base side then the 3rd base side which could would have been shorter.

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The Mariner Kendreys Morales lead the inning off with a double to left field.

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I got to my seat in the left field bleachers in the middle of the second inning. Morales would score on a Logan Morrison sac fly and the Mariners tied the game at 1.

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Cano turning a double play to end the bottom of the second inning.

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Yan Gomes was out at first on the double play.

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Dustin Ackley hit a 2 run home run to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning.

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Corey Hart hit the wall pretty hard on a Michael Brantley hit that lead to Brantley getting on third.

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Brantley sliding into third. Earlier in the inning the Indians did tie the game at 3 on a Jason Kipnis 2 run home run.

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Brantley scored on a Carlos Santana sac fly to Hart in right field and the Indians would take a 4-3 lead.

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The Mariners took started Chris Young out of the game in the 5th inning. He 4 runs on 7 hits struck out 2 and walked 1 batter. Dominic Leone came into pitch for them.

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Chris Taylor makes a diving play in the 6th inning on a David Murphy hit.

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The Indians extended the lead by t 2 scoring their 5th run of the game in the 7th inning.

Ramirez scored on a Santana single.

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Ex-Rockie Joe Beimel came into pitch for the Mariners in the 7th. Beimel was the 5the pitcher of the game for the Mariners.

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Mike Zunino hit a 2 run homer to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead in the 8th inning.

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He high fives his teammates after his homer.

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Lonnie Chisenhall diving to try and get the third out of the 9th inning. he came up a little short.

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The inning would end a few pitches later when Cano flew out to center.

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Michael Brantley makes the catch.

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The Indians needed a rally in the bottom of the 9th to win this game.

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Fernando Rodney the 7th pitcher of the game for the Mariners and the 14th used by both teams.

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Rodney got the save and shot the arrow! The Mariners won this on 6-5.

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The Mariners celebrate their win against the Indians.

This was a pretty good game beside the tremendous amount of pitching changes.

Overall this was not that bad of a stadium not quite the best but wouldn’t call it the worst. It did seem hard to get around at times but once I figured out it was not that bad and BP was not overly crowded till about half way into the Mariners batting practice. The early gate is at 4:30 for a 7 P.M. game and the rest of the gates open at various times.

So that is it for this game and stadium next up is Lake County for some advance a ball then onto Detroit where I get to see the Rockies again for the first time in 3 weeks! I think I have been seeing better baseball on the road so don’t feel like I have not missed too much with them.

 

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