Dodgers vs. Rockies
Andres Galarraga Bobble Head day
Like usual we arrived at the stadium really early to get on line for the bobble heads and autograph. Not as much for the bobble heads but to have good positioning in line for autographs. Like always a few minutes before the gates opened they let you know who or who may be signing. I got a text from someone at the stadium saying that the Big Cat may be signing. This would of been great since none of the other players who have had bobble heads have signed on there bobble head day. After we got in we found out that he was not signing and the signers were D.J. LeMahieu,Eric Young Jr., Edgmer Escolona and rob Scahill. So that was great I needed D.J. on my team project and had a photo for Escolona so I had mom take 16×20 to D.J. and I got on Edgmers line which was also the line that was rumored to be where Andres Galarraga would be signing if he did. Which gave me the versatility I would need if it was him. So I got Edgmer to sign a print of a photo I had either taken this year or last in spring training.
As we waited for the signers to come out which is over a half hour I have been taking out the bobble heads and taking a photo of them on the wall with the field behind them. As I took it out of the box I noticed the bat was missing so I asked the usher working the line if I could go get a new one and she let me so I headed back to the gate and they immediately helped me and handed me a new one. So that is the one in the photo.
Eric Young Jr’s line
D.J. LeMahieu taking a ball to sign.
Always get a smile from EYJ when he signs for you!
After autographs were done we noticed lights set up in front of the Rockies dugout and it was for a photo that Andres Galarraga would take with on the Venezuelan players on the Rockies current roster. The players in the photo were Carlos Gonzalez, Edgmer Escolona, Jonny Herrera, Jhoulys Chacin and Rafael Betancourt.
Here is what it looked like! This photo is courtesy of the Colorado Rockies twitter @Rockies. An a very rare photo not taken by me on this blog!
Here is Jonny Herrera signing autographs. That is actually my photo he is signing, Thanks to John for running it over to him for me. It was a pretty good day for autographs I got Edgmer, Jonny and Tyler Chatwood each on an 8×10 and D.J. on my team 16×20. Tyler stopped and signed after the pitchers warmed up while we were on line for the autograph Sunday autographs.
Michael Cuddyer during the National Anthem. I have taken it before but it is always a favorite of mine with the flag his stance and attention to the color guard.
Andres Galarraga waving as he is announce to throw out the first pitch.
Here he is throwing the pitch did really well from the mound.
He throw to fellow Venezuelan Carlos Gonzalez.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa taking the mound before his start.
Jorge throwing the first pitch of the game to the Dodgers Nick Punto.
here is a look at Cargo in left field. with the Vote for CarGo sign in the background.
Jonny Herrera at Short giving the base coverage sign to D.J. LeMahieu at second base.
Dexter Fowler wasted no time to keep his momentum rolling from Saturday nights walk off. With this first pitch home run that Andre Either could only watch as it hit the second fence in the Rockies bull pen. So in 2 at bats and only 2 pitches Dexter has won a game and took the lead in a second game. Not bad Don’t forget to vote for Dex when filling out those All-Start ballots. The Rockies scored a second run also, D.J. LeMahieu walked stole second advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a Michael Cuddyer sac fly to center field. 2-0 Rockies
The Dodgers did not let the Rockies to hold the lead for long they scored 2 of there own in the 2nd. inning. Andre Either singled to get on base and so did Luis Cruz. They would both score on this Skip Shumaker double that he tried to stretch into a triple and was tagged out by Nolan Arenado. That is just a case of no one read the scouting report that said Cargo has an above average arm and running to third is stupid if the ball is in left field. I think the squirrel that was on his baseball card a few years ago know that! Well he got 2 RBI’s I guess the out is kinda irrelevant.
Todd helton showed that he still had his bat in the 4th when the next run of the game was scored on his lead off home run. Here he is crossing the plate and slapping Arenado five after the homer. This run gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Rockies went on to score an additional run in the inning Herrera scored after being walked on a LeMahieu single. (4-0) Rockies
Matt Magil pitching in the 4th inning. he remained in the game through the 6th inning which meant another Rockies run in the 5th and 6th. In the 5th it was a homerun to Michael Cuddyer with Jorge on base and in the 6th it was Dexter Fowlers second home run of the game also a lead off home run.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 8th and 9th innings for the Rockies. Jorge pitched a very good 7 innings, he let up only 2 runs, 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5. He also threw 94 pitches in 7 innings which is very good. Ottavino finished the game with out letting a Dodger on base. He said take that Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn! he struck out 4 and I think he should be called Brookkkklyn!
After Magil was taken out Matt Guerier pitched the 7th for the Dodgers and Peter Moylan pitched the 8th.
The Baby Bull and Brookkkklyn with the fist bump after the 7-2 win in this one and the 2nd win taking the series from the Dodgers.
With Dexter’s 2 home runs he was the player of the game.
remember to Vote for dex and all the Rockies for the All-Star game. Here is a link you can vote up to 25 times online a day!
The only thing that would of made this game better would have been Tom Helmer jumping on the desk for the post game show! Once again with Joel leaving roots sports we are trying to bring back Helmer if you agree let roots sports know that you want him back. Either on Facebook, twitter or there website.
Bring Back Helmer.
That is it for this series and home stand the Rockies return after a short road trip to play the Reds on Thursday.
See You at Coors!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
My I lost count game of the year.
Today was photo day this was the 3rd year I have attended photo day at Coors. I have also been to one in 2010 at Spring Training in Tucson. It is always really cool to see almost all the players and coaches. Here are a bunch of the photo.
Todd Helton was the first player over by our section.
Pitching Coach Jim Wright and 3rd base coach Stu Coles
1st base coach Rene Lacheman
Michael Cuddyer with Julie
Eric Young Jr.
Jon Garland and Yorvit Torrealba
Wilin “Baby Bull” Rosario and Vinny “El Matador” Castilla
Ophilia and Wilin Rosario
Batting Coach Dante Bichette
During a lull between groups of player I took this Michael Cuddyer inspired photo.
A view from center field from a very low angle on the center field warning track.
It was than time for the game. So we left the field and headed to the seats. We did see if anyone would sign today and I did not get any autographs. I not sure if anyone did sign.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.
Chacin got Mark Ellis grounded to Todd Helton at first.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a single to get on base but was doubled up on a Andre Either hit to Tulo who tagged 2nd and threw over to first for the double play.
Zack Greinke was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He sat the Rockies down in order in the first.
Chacin had a very good second inning only facing 3 batters his self.
Michael Cuddyer started off the 2nd with a single and was moved over to 3rd on a Todd Helton single.
Michael Cuddyer did score on a Nolan Arrenado double. Yorvit Torrealba walked and Jhoulys took a swing to hit into a double play.
Getting Yorvit out at second…
… and himself out at first to end the inning.
The Dodgers picked up 3 runs in the 3rd inning. Tim Fedorowicz lead the inning with a home run (first of his career). Zach Greinke hit a single followed up by a Carl Crawford double he was removed from the game with a hamstring pull. Scott Van Slyke replaced him as a pinch runner and stayed in the game in left. The other 2 runs were score by Greinke on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly. and Van Slyke on a Jerry Hairston single and Mark Ellis was out at first. (3-1) Dodgers
After both Dexter and D.J. LeMahieu both struck out Carlos Gonzalez hit a triple and was left on base.
There was no scoring till the 5th when Cargo hit a home run that was caught by Dan. The Rockies scored 3 runs in the inning 2 were on the Cargo home run the first was Torrealba on a Dex single. (4-3) Rox
The Dodgers picked up 2 runs in the 6th inning. The runs were scored on a very good small ball inning with singles by Schumaker and Punto. They scored on a Tim Federowicz double ( also his first of career). After a ball was hit back to Zach Greinke that was off the dirt it was close and looked like it was caught. (5-4) Dodgers. Don Mattingly came out and argued the call and than was thrown out by first base umpire Brian Night. He was arguing with the home plate umpire when this happened, he than went on and yelled at Night for a few more minutes.
The Dodgers went on and scored 1 run in the 7th (6-4) Dodgers
Michael Cuddyer hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 6.
Cuddy high-fiving the Bat boy.
Jay Howell the 4th Dodger pitcher of the game on the mound in the 8th inning. Greinke pitched 5 and 1/3 innings allowing 9 hits and 4 runs.
Jhoulys Chacin would pitch 6 innings, he allowed 9 hits and 5 runs. He was replaced by Josh Outman in the 7th.
Todd Helton striking out in the 10th.
Howell being taken out of the game in the 10th inning by dodgers bench coach Trey Hilman who took over the team in the 6th when Mattingly was ejected.
Yorvit Torrealba hitting his 10th inning single.
Wilin Rosario legging out this single hit to Nick Punto at short in the 10th inning. He hit in the pitchers spot.
Dex swinging at the first pitch of the at bat, to left for a single scoring Yorvit.
Another walk of hit for Dexter Fowler.
Yorvit crosses home after the Dex hit for the Rockies 7-6 win over the Dodgers to tie this series at 1 game a piece.
Everyone piling on to Dex who is somewhere in the pile of people at first. Not sure what Matt Belise was doing but it looked like he was punching someone after he got the win with this run!
So after a few lead changes the Rockies came out on top taking this one from the Dodgers.
That is it for this one there is one more from this series against the Dodgers with a special Appearance by The Big Cat!
See You at Coors.
Dodgers vs. Rockies
Got a tele converter figured I would try something different! The Tele doubles the lens size = Closure to the action!
Here is one of my favorites from before the game. As Wilin Rosario and Jon Garland were heading in from the bull pen.
Jon Garland throwing first pitch to Mark Ellis. He got all three batters to ground out for the first inning and the second. Things looked to be turning round for him since some really bad starts recently.
D.J. LeMahieu throwing to Jordan Pacheco at First for the final out in the first out.
Clayton Kershaw was the starter for the Dodgers. Eric Young Jr. led the game by being walked by Kershaw.
Eric Young Jr. at first base. He would get out at second in the inning when Dexter Fowler hit line drive to short and EYJ did not get back to first.
Nolan Arenado makes a throw to first to get Ramon Hernandez out at first in the 2nd inning.
Skip Shumaker tosses the bat after making contact and it was fielded by D.J. LeMahieu who threw to first for the out and the end of the 2nd inning.
Jon Garland got roughed up in the 3rd after a good 1st and 2nd inning. He started the inning by hitting Jose Cruz which was followed by a Juan Uribe double. Uribe scored on a Mark Ellis single, Ellis would also score on a Adrian Gonzalez single. Ramon Hernandez ended the inning by hitting a double play.
Cruz not so smoothly sliding into home for the dodgers first run in the 3rd inning. The Dodgers score 2 runs in the 4th inning as well Scott Van Slyke started the 4th with a double and would later score the first run of the inning. Juan Uribe scored also. (5-0) Dodgers
Dexter Fowler getting things started in the 4th for the Rockies with a 1 out single. Dex and Tulo both scored in the inning. (5-2)Dodgers
Yorvit Torrealba not happy with a pop out in the 6th inning to short when he pinched hit for Garland.
It was another great sunset night at Coors this is a look from the lower concourse. I than headed up to the third level.
EYJ making contact in the 7th inning. Chipped up the bat a little bit. He did ground out to short to end that inning.
In the 8th inning Tulo would get a single on this pitch in the 8th inning with Dex on base, Dex moved to third on the hit and would score a few batters later when Wilin Rosario would hit into a double play.
Clayton Kershaw was taken out after the Tulo single.
Kenley Jansen would come into the game. Kershaw threw 100 pitches, allowed 3 run on 8 hits striking out 5 and walking 2. Jon Garland pitched 5 for the Rockie giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, striking out 1 and walking 3.
Yorvit walking of after Adrian Gonzalez struck out in the 8th. the Rockies got a run in the 8th Dex would lead off again with a single and score. (5-3) Dodgers. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th for the Rockies and pitched well. only facing 3 batters and struck out Uribe.
It was defiantly a watch and admire home run as hit was hit to the second deck in right.
Todd runs to first after hitting the homerun. and the BNW to show off the mad photo skillz.
Todd high fives D.J. who was on base when Todd hit the home run.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th for the Rockies and it was not his best appearance. He faced 6 batters and the Dodgers scored 2 runs.
Carl Crawford came into the game to pinch run for Ramon Hernandez who lead off the inning with a single. Crawford would be the Dodgers first run of the inning.
The Final score was 7-5 as the Rockies slide continues that is the 4th lose this week to a team with a bad record. They are now 28-27 this season and are 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the west and in 3rd place 1 behind the Giants.
Well that is it for this rollercoaster of a game there are 2 more left in this series a Saturday day. It is also photo day which is always a good time.
See You at Coors.
Astros vs. Rockies
Today I headed to the stadium after work which means I miss a little bit of batting practice, mostly the Rockies 15 minutes or so as I came in the were on their last group. The Astros than took the field. Their first group hit pretty well but not necessarily where I was. In the second or third group one came out and went over Dan’s glove and caught me in the arm and I did not get the ball the very next ball was hit 2 rows behind me and I got it on the rebound roll. We noticed earlier in batting practice that they were hitting the 50th anniversary baseball from the Astros last year. The one I caught was a commemorative ball. That was the only ball from batting practice but defiantly one for the collection.
After batting practice I headed over to the wall for autos and Todd Helton and Jeff Francis signed. I did get a card signed by Todd and got Amy a Jeff Francis card signed since she had a few and he got my stuff last week and I had nothing for him to sign it is great to get things done for players.
The Bullpen Crew heading in for the start. Jim Wright, Jerry Weinstein, Yorvit Torrealba and starting pitcher Juan Nicasio.
Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the Astros Brandon Barnes. he struck out Barnes to start the game. Jose Altuve grounded out and the next batter Jason Castro was walked. J.D. Martinez hit a single and Carlos Pena struck out to end the inning. The Astros did not score in the inning and Nicasio got himself out of the inning.
Martinez dives back to first.
Jason Harrell started the game for the Astros.
Carlos Gonzalez was the first runner for the Rockies after Dexter Fowler and struck out and D.J. Lemahieu grounded out. cargo walked he was scored on a Michael Cuddyer single and bad throw to first which he moved to second and Tulo who also walked to get on base moved to third.
The Rockies got a second run in the 2nd inning Yorvit Torrealba scored on a Dexter Fowler double. An additional run was scored in the 3rd inning; the score was 3-0.
The Astros did score a single run in the 4th. Jason Castro started the inning with a single and scored a few batters later. Nicasio did benefit when Pena grounded into a double play with Martinez on base.
During the 3rd inning Jose Altuve at bat I finally got something that has eluded me for years. I finally got my first MLB game ball in a MLB stadium. It was a ricochet off the LED board between the lower level and club level. It hit the board and bounced off someone and down an Aisle where I picked it up. I have gotten them in Spring training and Minor League stadiums but this was my first in a MLB Stadium.
This is the ball with the Rockies 20th Anniversary Logo.
The Astros started the 6th inning with 5 consecutive hits Castro, Martinez and Pena hit singles.
Juan Nicasio was taken out of the game after the Pena single and Jose Lopez came in and the hits just kept on coming. Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez hit back to back home runs off Lopez. Lopez than got 3 consecutive outs including 2 strike outs. Adam Ottavino pitched the 7th and 8th inning and Josh Outman pitched in the 9th.
The Rockies bats were really cold for most of the game. Swinging at bad pitches and trying to hit the no men on base grand slam home runs. SMALL BALL! Try it, it works.
Tulo makes contact in the 6th inning. The Rockies did score a run in the inning with 2 outs Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu and Cargo both had hits. Cargo got out at second on the Tulo hit to short.
Cargo lead off the 9th inning with a single. Followed by a Tulo single, Cargo stole second.
Not sure what Tulo was swinging at on this pitch but he did get a single!
Tulos hit in the 9th.
Michael Cuddy fell victim to the swinging at bad pitches as well he struck out for the first out of the inning.
Todd Helton hit a sac fly to left and Cargo scored.
Nolan Arenado also swung a little wild during his 9th inning at bat. He also struck out for the final out of the game. This was the Rockies 3rd lose to the Astros in the 4 games played this week. The Astros came into this game 16-37 the second worst team in baseball behind the Miami Marlins. After this game they 17-37 and 3 of the 17 are against the Rockies that is kind of sad. It seems like we have been playing down to teams like this and than have trouble against the better teams. These should have been a few games that should not of been lost. The bats have to get going in a timely manner. We are getting the runners on base and not home. In the 4 games against the Astros the Rockies left 38 runners on base. 23 in Houston and 15 the 2 games at Coors. A lot of lost opportunities during this game and the entire series.
Well that is it for this one. The Rockies take on the Dodgers this week end the last place team in the National League west. Lets see how this turns out.
See You At Coors!
Houston Astros vs. Colorado Rockies
Today because of rain in the area they had an Early Batting Practice and by the time the gates opened at 4:30 the tarp was on the field. So once again this is a game with a loss of batting practice. I feel like there are game without batting practice more than game with these days.
Tyler Chatwood throwing the first pitch to the Astros Brandon Barnes. Barnes would ground out and Tyler would strike out the next two batters Jose Altuve and Jason Castro.
Barnes taking a swing at a Chatwood pitch.
Nolan Arenado fielding the grounder to third.
Jordan Pacheco making the grab for the out.
Chatwood continued to pitch well throughout the game he did let up a run in the 2nd and again struck out 2 of the Astros batters. He also struck out 1 in the 3rd 2 in the 4th and 5th. The Astros did get a single run in the 6th.
Troy Tulowitzki got the Rockies on the board in the 4th with a solo home run to tie the game at 1.
Here he is with arms raised entering the dugout after hitting his home run.
He would be responsible for getting the Rockies go ahead run in the 5th also, by hitting a double scoring Pacheco (2-1) Rockies.
Tulo at second after his 5th inning RBI double.
Jim Wright visiting the mound in the 6th inning.
Chatwood would not return to pitch in the 7th inning. He had a pretty good game striking out 10 Astros his career high and the first time since last July since a Rockies started had 10 strike outs in a game. The last 10 strike out game was on May 14, 2012 by Christian Friedrich. Thanks @rockies twitter feed for this tid bit of info!
Carlos Gonzalez throwing ball back after making a catch in the 6th inning.
Jose Altuve scoring on the sac fly to Cargo hit by Jason Castro. The game was than tied at 2.
Edgmer Escolona coming out of the game in the 8th inning.
The final out of the 8th made by Rex Brothers as Altuve gets caught between third and home. The Astros did get a run in the 8th. Marwin Gonzalez scored on a J.D. Martinez single. (3-2) Astros
Then it was time for what would be my favorite part of being dragged off the field and that is the free tour of the bullpen!
I give this guy credit he did come from center field and made it to dirt!
Todd came into see if he could get anything going in the 8th he would walk and Jonny Herrera would come in to pinch run for him. With the walk Todd and Dexter Fowler the Rockies could not produce a run in the inning. Pacheco did hit hard but it was caught by Altuve. If it cleared to the outfield it may have been a 2 run single with the speed that was on base.
The Astros scored 2 additional runs in the 9th inning. The first a leadoff home run by CarlosPena and Jimmy Paredes got on base with a single and scored on a Barnes single.
The Rockies attempt of a comeback was weak.
Cargo flew out to center.
Tulo did get his 3rd RBI of the game with another solo home run. Wondering why he and the infielders are looking into left field this time well it was not another opposite field home run like in the 4th.
It was another idiot. This time coming from the right field side. He did not make it as far. The no shoes may have been part of it.
Rock on Dumbass thanks for coming!!! Most of all thanks for giving yourself the opportunity to ever return!
So that is it the Rockies lost 6-3 to the Astros. There is one more in this inter-league series with the Astros.
See You at Coors.
Tacoma Rainers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Security Service Field, Colorado Springs
2nd Sky Sox game of the year.
For the last few years I said I would like to go to a baseball game with just my ticket and nothing else. If anybody has seen me at game I carry a backpack that weighs about 25-30 Lbs. It is loaded with Camera Equipment, baseballs, a glove, baseball cards, photos, snacks, a water bottle and other accessories for all the above.
Normally when I go to the Springs and other minor league stadiums I reduce the amount of stuff I bring and put it into a smaller bag that I have. Since last year I have been using a laptop looking bag. So I packed the bag with a few baseballs, camera and cards. As I was walking out of my house without realizing I grabbed the wrong laptop bag and brought the one I use for work in it which well doesn’t have anything I need in it except a blue pen. I did not know I grabbed the wrong bag till I got to Security Service Field which is about 7o miles from my house. so I was not driving home to go get it I would miss most of the game and it would cost way to much in gas to go get the correct bag. So I made the best of it. One thing that did suck about this was I was planning on having one of my favorite players as a kid autograph a few cards and a Ball. Which I now did not have. The player was Howard Johnson who played for the Mets when I was a kid and is now the hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainers.
I did get to meet him and took a photo but did not have anything for him to autograph. Amy did have him sign a Seattle Mariners team card and gave it to me which was cool but still was not the Shea Stadium ball I wanted him to sign or the baseball cards I had since I was younger. I was great being able to meet him but wish I had my items autographed. So I looked at the schedule for when the Rainers were back at the Springs and I have another chance to get my stuff signed on June 18th. It was the day I was planning to leave for my road trip but I am going to delay it a day or 2 so I can get my autographs!
It was interesting not having anything for players to autograph including a few photos I had printed earlier in the day for Sky Sox players and stuff I needed Aaron Cook to sign who I also got to say hi to after the game. I have a few cards to finish a few Rockies sets and a 2010 team ball for him to sign which was also in the bag.
Drew Carpenter was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox. Here he is with Lars Davis heading in from the bullpen. All the photo in this post were taken with my phone. this is the first time I am entirely putting together a post with photo just from my phone.
Here are the line ups for the to teams. Sky Sox on left and Rainers on the right.
Drew Carpenter throwing the first pitch to the Rainers Dustin Ackley. carpenter would get the Rainers out in order in the 1st.
Since I did not have my camera and I didn’t need to take photos I decided to go get a $2.00 beer. Which is basically a small cup of Coors or Coors Light from kegs that must have been left out in the sun since last week and than re cooled before the game. So I missed the Sky Sox 1st inning 1 the line was slightly wrong and 2 they had trouble with the keg pressure and they were not pouring. Thanks to Jared who also keeps scor I was able to catch up on my scoring!
The staring pitcher for the Rainers was Jeremy Bonderman.
Tyler Colvin hit a single in the 4th inning and scored the Sky Sox first run 2-1 Rainers.
Matt McBride lead off the 6th inning with a game tying the game at 2. Tyler Colvin hit a solo home run to break the tie and the SkySox took 3-2 lead. So I guess that was a TY Break Home run!
The Rainers would score 3 runs in the 7th 1 by a Mike Zunino home run, a walk to Brad Miller who also scored . The third run was scored by Corey Paterson. The Rainers took a 5-3 lead.
The Skysox did try to come back and did score 1 in the 7th but fell short. The Final score was 5-4 Tacoma.
The Rainers celebrating their win over the first place Skysox. The Rainers and play 3 more games this week.
It was a interesting night in the springs. Not doing my normal thing, but a great night anyway. got to meet one of my favorite players as a kid and got to just enjoy a game with out all the other distractions!!! Pesky camera and autograph stuff!!!!
I did manage to help Amy and Jared with a few autographs I got a Rainers player for Amy and 2 cards for Jared a drew Pomeranz and a Glenallen Hill card signed.
So that is it from the Springs the Rockies are returning to Coors this week and I will be there starting Wednesday against the Houston Astros who they just split 2 games with them in Houston. This weekend is the first trip the L.A. Dodgers will be at Coors this year.
I will see you there!
The 2 culprits in me grabbing the wrong bag! The one on the left is full with baseball stuff the one on the right with random work stuff!
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 25th game of the season at Coors.
Today being a day game meant no batting practice but I does mean there is a good chance to get pitchers autographs. So after the stadium completely opened we headed down to the wall on the Rockies side of the field. There were a few player throwing and getting in their pregame warm ups and work mainly consisting of throwing, running and stretching. the starting pitcher from a few games ago may do a bullpen session. So after they were done Jeff Francis, Tyler Chatwood and Wilton Lopez stopped an signed. before the start of the game Wilin Rosario who did not start this game came out and signed for a while when he got to me I had him sign 2 photos one of him and Juan Nicasio and another of Him, Jerry Weinstein, Tyler Chatwood and Jim Wright. I also had Tyler sign it when he was signing. It was the first photo in the post about Saturdays game.
D.J LeMahieu also came over to sign because I had a photo to give him of a play he made last year. He signed a copy for me and another photo I had taken in the springs a few weeks ago.
Today Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies. He had a very good first inning facing only 3 batters and the last 2 outs were strike outs to Didi Gregorious and Paul Goldschmidt.
Trevor Cahill started for the Diamondbacks. After getting both Eric Young Jr. and D.J. LeMahieu both to fly out to right.
The Rockies would take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
De La Rosa held the Diamondbacks hitless and scoreless in the 2nd. inning. He di walk the second batter of the inning Gerardo Parra, he remained on base as Martin Prado and Wil Nieves got out.
The Rockies and especially Cargo got on Cahill once again in the 3rd inning, D.J. LeMahieu hit a single with one out and Cargo than hit a triple scoreing LeMahieu. Cargo Scored on a wild pitch by Cahill.
Jorge was taken out of the game in the 6th inning after throwing 103 pitches, striking out 5, walking 2 and giving up 1 run in the 4th. The run was after a Cody Ross lead off single he than scored on a Will Nieves single 2 batters later.
Edgmer Escolona came into pitch the remainder of the 6th inning and the 7th.
In the 6th inning Dexter Fowler hit a ball down the line in right Rene Lacheman first questioned the call and then Walt Weiss headed out of the dugout after talking with the 1st base umpire Doug Eddings he went back to the dugout…… and came back out of the dugout and headed to home plate umpire and crew chief Dana Demuth.
The umpires than headed into review the play.
After a few minutes the ump’s headed back out to the field and called it a foul.
Dexter Fowler got on base by hitting a single and than got in Cahill’s head who threw over to first base a few times.
He was called safe as Didi Gregourious threw the ball to second baseman Josh Wilson thinking he was out.
Yorvit Torrealba tried to catch the D’backs off guard and tried to put down a bunt and popped it up to D’backs catcher Wil Nieves.
Another ex Rockies Will Harris came into pitch for the D’backs in the 8th inning.
Cargo also tried the bunt thing, it was fielded by Harris for the second out of the 8th inning. Cargo had a good shot of hitting of hitting another cycle with his first hits were the Home Run and Triple. he just did not finish it but had a great game getting 3 RBI’s and scoring twice. accounting for 3 of the 4 Rockies runs.
Matt Belise and Rex Brothers finished up the game both pitching an inning each. Belise the 8th and Brothers came out for the save. They each faced 3 batters.
Yorvit comes out and hugs brothers after Rex’s 2nd career save and first for this season.
With this win and the Giants losing to the Nationals there is now a 3 way tie for first place in the National League West. All 3 teams had Thursday off and the Rockies will be in San Francisco for a weekend series. The Diamondbacks are playing the Padres in Phoenix this weekend.
So the Rockies won 4-1 and this post is done!
Now Root Sports has recently announced that on July 1, Joel Klatt will be leaving them . We are starting once again the Bring Back Helmer campaign. We are asking everyone to visit there Facebook or twitter feed and kindly ask for them to hire on of the best Postgame announces Tom Helmer. We think it would be great for him to be back behind or as he was known to be on the desk after Rockies wins. We ask if you have a Helmer is my home boy shirts to start wearing them to the games as we try to get them to Re-Hire him.
There is also a Bring Back Helmer page already on facebook. her is it’s link.
and Root Sports Facebook page!
So lets get the ball rolling!!!!
As always see you at Coors!!!!
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 24th game at Coors this year. 25th with the Springs.
This game I headed in and went to the pavilions for batting practice the Rockies did not hit too many out and neither like usual did the diamondbacks I did manage to get a ball. It was hit a few rows back and I got the roll back. It was my 4th ball in the pavilions for the year and my 1st. pick the other 3 were caught. It was the 7th ball of the year 3 being toss ups.
Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies. He went 1,2,3 in the first and second.
The starting pitcher for the D’backs was Ian Kennedy. He also had a 1,2,3 1st inning. Striking out Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez.
Troy Tulowitzki started the 2nd inning off for the Rockies with a double he would score on along with Wilin Rosario on a Nolan Arenado single. Wilin Hit a single to get on base in the inning. The Rockies would take the 2-0 lead. I did not get many photos in the inning because of 2 things one was the sun has been killer on the first base side. The second I had to go find a co worker because this game I brought a bunch of people from work to the game.
As Chacin continued to pitch well the Rockies got another run in the 4th inning. Nolan Arenado scores on a D.J. LeMahieu double. The Rockies had 4-0 lead. Since I was at the game with a bunch of photographers and the sunset was one of the best of the year so far we headed up to the upper deck to get a few sunset photo’s. I was up there about a inning or so and did not get many photos of the game.
Here are a few of the sunset.
It was the middle of the sixth by the time I got back down to the seats.
Chacin did have 3 more 1,2,3 innings in the 4th, 5th and 6th. the only hit the D’backs had was in the 3rd and it was a double by their pitcher Ian Kennedy.
After the D’backs scored 4 to tie the game Walt Weiss headed out to get Chacin. Chacin pitch a very good game up till this inning. Having five innings that he only faced 3 batters. He struck out 2 and walked none till this inning than walked 2 in the 7th.
Josh Outman came into finish the 7th. After Miguel Montero hit a single and he walk pinch hitter Josh Wilson he struck out Gerrado Parra and Didi Gregourious.
Kirk Gibson heads out of the dugout after Parra was called out on strikes.
Side arm righty Brad Ziegler pitched the 8th inning for the D’backs. He did retire the Rockies in order.
Matt Belise pitched the 8th for the Rockies and Rex Brothers came in to pitch the 9th inning. belies faced 5 D’backs batters and Rex 4. Each getting 1 strike out in their innings pitched. Belise let up 1 hit to Eric Chavez and had a second runner on a Charlie Blackmon error. Rex’s only runner was when he walked Gerrado Parra.
Rafael Betancourt came out to pitch the 10th baseball with the game tied at 4 we had some free baseball. Rafael threw 2 pitchers and Walt Weiss, Jim Wright and trainer Keith Dugger came out to check on him.
Here they are watching him take a few throws. I noticed that they were watching his leg as he pitched.
After a few throws he came out of the game. It is said that it was a groin injury.
Wilton Lopez continued the at bat to Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt would ground out and Lopez had a good inning only facing 3 batters also. He has improved a lot in his last few outings.
Ex Rockie Matt Reynolds came into the game to pitch for the D’backs.
After Cargo hit a double they intentionally walked Tulo. wilin Rosario would come up with one out and 2 on….
..he would hit a single to right field and …
… would end up at first…
… Cargo would score from 2nd and that was the game. Cargo and Jordan Pacheco who was on deck head to go celebrate at first.
Wilin as the bench clears and starts running towards him.
Dexter Fowler was the first to get to him.
Cargo would make it from home plate. Now watch him in the rest of the sequence!
He says hello to Dexter’s elbow!
Good thing he had a helmet!
So the Rockies won this one in dramatic fashion and El Torito gets the winning hit. The final score was 5-4.
There is one more game from this series. The Rockies after this game behind the Diamondbacks and Giants in second place.
After the game we headed towards one of the players entrance.
Here is a photo of Adam Ottavino inscribing Amy’s Brooklyn Jersey.
Here is a photo of my crew from work really some of the best people to work with and really, really are the reason I can make all the games I do. Thanks Guys you all really Rock. It was awesome being able to go to a game together and just have so much fun. It was cool for them to experience the reasons I do what I do as far as going to games and writing this blogs.
Here are the 4 of us. It was even cooler is that it was the first game for 2 of them ohh yeah I got them the first Rockies game pin! Well It was a great night for baseball Coors friends and work friends.
That is it for this one and as always see you at Coors.
remember you can follow me on twitter @roxaddict. I do try to post live from the games when I can get a tweet out at the stadium!
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
My 23rd game of the season at Coors.
O.K this is going to be my shortest post ever!!! I only took 97 photos all night.
There were not many Highlights.
This photo not even from this game I took it from the last time the Diamondbacks were here!
John Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Diamondbacks went down in order in the 1st.
Patrick Corbin started and well lets just put it this way and finished the game for the Diamondbacks in an amazing pitching performance. He sat the Rockies down in order not only in the 1st, but the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th! The first Rockies runner was their own pitcher Jon Garland in the 3rd inning he reached on a fielders error at second baseman Martin Prado. The Rockies first hit was in the 4th inning when Troy Tulowitzki hit a single. The Diamondbacks got 5 runs in the game 1 in the 2nd when Eric Chavez started the inning with a triple and scored on a Miguel Montaro force play at second getting Jason Kubel out at second and Chavez scored.
The Diamondbacks also scored 2 in the 2nd playing a bunch of small ball. Cobined in the inning they hit 4 singles to score the 2 runs. The third they also scored 1 run A.J. Pollock lead off with a double and scored Didi Gregorius on a double. Their fifth and final run was scored in the 6th again with a small ball inning 2 singles and 1 run.
This is a photo of Corbin throwing only his 88th pitch in the 8th inning. In the game he only gave up one run in the 8th inning. Nolan Arenado started the inning with a double with 1 out. Jordan Pacheco who pinch hit for the pitchers than hit a double and Arenado scored.
Troy Tulowitzki batting in the 9th and took this pitch for a ball. This was just one of the few at bats I photographed the whole game.
He than grounded out to Didi Gregourios to end the game. it was a complete game shut out for Corbin. He is now 7-0 on the year with 9 starts he has a 1.44m ERA it was really efficient with his pitch placement and got a lot of ground ball outs besides the 10 strike outs. Fly outs, pop outs and line outs only accounted for 4 outs the entire game.
The Final score was 5-1
That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the series against the Diamondbacks.
See You at Coors.
Giants vs. Rockies Game 4
Today was a Sunday day game, so that means it was a autograph Sunday and They were also giving away a bobble head. Today it was of Dante Bichette.
The Bobble head was of his fist bump after his Coors Field opening game 14th inning walk off home run on April 26, 2013
After we got in of course we had to wait for the 12:40 autograph session. While we were waiting Michael Cuddyer was throwing and running.
He was wearing his Kick Their Ass’s not ours t-shirt!
This is the back of the shirt as he headed back to dugout. The signers today was Jeff Francis, Charlie Blackmon, Wilin Rosario and Tyler Chatwood. I needed 3 of the 4 on my team project. I knew it was going to take work but I was able to get Francis and Rosario during the autograph session with a little help. Than Charlie Blackmon who I also needed signed during warm ups. Then I was informed that Michael Cuddyer was doing an interview on the Root set so I headed over and when he was done I got him on it also so that was 4 guys I needed on my team project. Now all I need is Troy Tulowitzki and D.J. Lemahieu. This is the most successful team project I have had and it is almost done and it is not even June. I know I can get D.J. it is going to probably take the rest of the year to get Tulo! He is usually close to the last person I get on my team projects. Also Cuddy said he was doing well and he is going to be evaluated on Tuesday and then they will know when he will comeback to playing or if he will be rehabbing with the Sky Sox.
Here is Dante Warming up before throwing out his first pitch.
Dante throwing out the first pitch to his Rockies teammate Vinny Castilla.
They are both back working with the Rockies Vinny As the special Assitant to the GM and Dante is the batting coach.
Juan Nicasio throwing first pitch to Angel Pagan. Juan had one of his best outing we have seen in a long time. had 1,2,3 first with the final out of the inning being a strike out to Pablo Sandoval. He was very good with his placement and had many ground ball outs.
Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants Eric Young Jr. led off the game for the Rockies with a single.
Young scored the first run for the Rockies first run.
Cargo handing his shin guard to 1st base coach Rene Lachman after getting his RBI single.
Cargo Advanced to second on a Troy Tulowitzki ground out and after Giants first baseman Brandon Belt tagged first he threw to second baseman Nick Noonan. Cargo than landed on Noonan and seemed to injure his shoulder.
In the 5th inning I took a walk out to the pavilions to Visit the Ranter. Took a few photos along the way. Here is Juan Nicasio pitching to Brandon Belt. Belt would ground out to first fo the first out of the inning.
Juan Nicasio still pitching in the 6th inning. At this point of the game he had 3 strike outs and the giants only had 1 hit. The second Giants hit of the game was in this inning and that was by Gregor Blanco. He also walked Noonan both runners were left on base.
The Rockies got something going in the bottom of the 5th. Dexter Fowler led the inning off with a base hit Cargo would score him for the Rockies second run of the game. Cargo would score on a Jordan Pacheco single. (3-0) Rockies
D.J lemahieu would hit into a force getting Pacheco out at second after Brandon Belt threw to Brandon Crawford who was covering first. Crawford than threw back to first to get LeMahieu out at first and over threw the base.
As Lemahieu advanced to second Crawford than booted the ball off his glove away from the base LeMahieu successfully reached second. Rutledge would than strike out to end the inning.
I headed back to my spot on the first baseline and got Tulo hitting this single in the 6th inning scoring Young and Fowler. The rockies were now up 5-0 over the Giants.
Matt Belise pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies. Juan Nicasio pitched 6 complete innings. He struck out 5, walked 1 and only allowed 3 hits and no runs. This was a really good start for the struggling Nicasio great to see him do well. This really needed to be a great start for him and it was.
Rex Brothers finished up the game pitching in the 9th. He struck out Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt grounded out and than he struck out Gregor Blanco. The Rockies won this game 5-0 and it was the first time Zito has lost to the Rockies. The Rockies had 5 runs on 11 hits and he walked 5 batters.
That is it for this game and this series. The Rockies took the series 3-1 and is the first time the Rockies won a series against the Giants since I think 2010 or so. Nice to see them beat a team above them in the division. Giants errors did help and the Rockies used them to there advantage through the series.
Next up at Coors 3 against the Diamondbacks I will be there for the whole series.
See you at Coors!