L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
So with this being the first game since the August 31st game you can guess that 1 of the 2 games I missed was the game on Sept. 1 where Todd Helton hit his 2500th hit. I had to work that day and could not be at Coors, I did make it home to see it on T.V. it was kind of depressing that I put so much time into being at Coors and I missed a very important game. Now the Rockies did win that game against the Reds 7-4. The second game I missed was the Rockies 10-8 lose in-game one of this series against the L.A. Dodgers. These were the first Rockies home games I had missed in well over a year and the first time I missed 2 home games in a row in a while. Now the only time I miss home games is when I am on my road trip, but don’t miss many when I am in town. So that is a total of 9 home games I missed this year. 7 when I was on my road trip.
Today I had the best day of Batting Practice I have ever had. It was the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in one BP. The first was a roller of the Rockies. As I got that ball I noticed an Easter egg sitting behind one of the brackets for the seats in the Pavilions. So in the first few minutes I had 2 baseballs. The next was a catch during the Dodgers BP. The 4th came also during the Dodgers BP and it was a second catch. To get that one I ducked under the rail between sections (since I learned jumping over it is not the best option a few weeks ago)! and caught the ball for the 4th of the day. As I mentioned earlier this is the second time I had gotten 4 baseballs in a single MLB BP, but it is the 1st time I kept all 4 baseballs. Since the last time someone was bitching that I got the ball that should have been theirs. See post from June 14, 2013 game: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/06/16/milestone-day-in-bp-and-the-rockies-let-this-one-get-away/
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Carl Crawford started the game with a single off him. Nick Punto also got a single so 2 hits in a row that was twice as many as his last game in 7 innings in the first 2 batters! He did manage to get out of the inning not allowing any runs.
The second inning of the game was not as good for him he faced 8 batters. Andre Either started the inning with a double, mark Ellis than walked and Skip Schumaker hit a single all 3 did score in the inning and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
Andre Either sliding into home after a Tim Federowicz sac fly to center.
Ricky Nolasco was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He only allowed 2 Rockies runners in the first 4 innings of the game. One was a single by D.J. LeMahieu in the 1st and a walk to Dexter Fowler in the 3rd.
Charlie Blackmon making contact in the 3rd inning but he flew out to right for the first out of that inning.
Carl Crawford 4th run of the game in the 5th inning on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly to center also. (4-0) Dodgers
Charlie Blackmon tried to get a 2 out rally going in the 5th with this double.
He scored on a Jhoulys Chacin single to give the Rockies their first run of the game. (4-1)
D.J. LeMahieu slides into third for a triple to lead off the 6th inning for the Rockies. He scored when Troy Tulowitzki grounded out to short. (4-2) Dodgers. This brought the Rockies back into the game only 2 runs down.
In a double switch in the 8th inning Carlos Gonzalez replaced Charlie Blackmon in left as Josh Outman came into pitch. Jhoulys Chacin pitched a full 7 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, striking out 3 and walking 2. He also threw a 106 pitches. Not his best outing but besides the 3 run 2nd he pitched well and the Rockies stayed in the game coming with in 1 run.
Paco Rodriguez pitching for the Dodgers in the 8th inning. He has a really interesting delivery, his left hand almost stays in the spot it is in for this photo for more than a second while the rest of his body continues in the pitching motion. It was interesting to see this very unique wind up for a pitcher. He was the Dodgers 3rd pitcher of the game Nolasco pitched 6 and Jay Howell pitched the 7th. Nolasco struck out 5 Rockies batters and held them to 5 hits and the 2 runs.
Josh Rutledge pinch hit in the 8th for the Rockies and lead off with a solo homerun. (4-3) Dodgers
Rex Brothers came into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th and things did not go so well for him, The Dodgers picked up an additional 3 runs in the inning.
Andre Either walked after the runners on first and second moved up on a wild pitch to load the base’s.
With the base’s loaded Mark Ellis hit a ball to deep left-center.
which was fielded by Charlie Culberson and went over his head. He came in the inning to play left since Gonzalez still can’t bat due to his finger injury.
Now people thought it may have been better for Dexter Fowler to field it from center than Charlie from left but I really can’t say because I was looking through the camera, but if you look at the first photo Dex was not even in the frame close to the play. he may have slowed up because he was called off. I can not say which way it should have been played but I do know it cost the Rockies 3 runs. (7-3) Dodgers
Mark Ellis at second after his 3 RBI hit to left-center.
Rex Brothers was taken out of the game after the Ellis hit and Rob Scahill came into pitch and got the last out of the inning getting Schumaker to ground out to first.
The Rockies would try to get a rally going in the 9th with 1 out Wilin Rosario hit a single and advanced on offense indifference and advanced to third on a wild pitch to Todd Helton by Ronnie Belasario. Rosario did score when Helton grounded out for the 2nd out of the inning. (7-4) Dodgers
Nolan Arenado hit a single and advanced to second by stealing. Corey Dickerson pinched hit in the 9th and struck out to end the game. 7-4 was the final for this game with the Dodgers winning.
So that is it for this one from Coors. I have one more from this series that I hope I can get to before the Rockies get off the road. Have been very busy on the Rockies away weeks. Thanks for checking out the post for those who don’t know I was 29th in the MLB Blogs standings for the month of August and I owe that to everyone who checks out the blog regularly. Thanks again!
Reds vs. Rockies
Batting practice was not to eventful I got there late and everyone said not too much was hit out.
Todd Helton signing for the Comfort dental kid before the game. So Todd has been at 2499 since the night before with his first attempt being a strike out so he had the chance to go for it a few times with starting this game.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies tonight it was also his Birthday! The Reds did not really care that it was his birthday and got things started quickly. Shin-Soo CHOO started with walk and scored on a Brandon Phillips triple.
Brandon Phillips at the plate in the first before his triple.
Charle Blackmon diving after the ball hit by Brandon Phillips.
Phillips heading to scond base.
Phillips diving into third. The Reds would pick up 2 runs in the first inning. Choo scored on the Phillips triple and Phillips scored on a Joey Votto out at first. (2-0) Reds
Former Rockies Greg Reynolds was the starting pitcher for the Reds. He had a quick 1,2,3, inning in the first .
Todd Helton tried for #2500 in the second.
Shin-Soo Choo making the catch for the first out of the second inning.
Brandon Phillips arguing a call with second base umpire Fieldin Culbreth. Really not sure what the play was. It was during the 5th inning and Charlie Blackmon was standing on second.
Baker came out from the dugout also.
Nicasio was taken out of the game after 1 out in the 5th inning.
He pitched 4 1/3 giving up 7 hits and 3 runs. Walking 3 and striking out 4.
After 5 the Rockies were down 6-1. They scored a 7th in the 6th inning and 1 in the 8th.
Corey Dickerson hit a 2 run home run in the 8th to give the Rockies 3 runs. (8-3) Reds
Helton had another shot at 2500 in the 9th inning and he struck out he was 0-4 this game, striking out 3 times. So 2500 was not happening this night. This kind of made me mad because I was not going to be at Coors for the next 2 games. Very rare that I miss games when I am in town but occasionally I have to work when I really don’t want too!
The Reds did win this one by a score of 9-3 and I did miss Todd hitting his 2500 career hit the next day I was home in time to see it on T.V. it was very upsetting to miss it especially with as many games as I go to, to miss such a big one. I still am lucky that I do get to so many games and missing only 9 so far this season at Coors is really good considering I I was on the road for 7 of them.
Well that is it for this one.
I was back at Coors for the second and third Dodgers game so I have some catching up to do while the Rockies are on the road!
Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies
My 60th game at Coors this year! 73rd including the Springs and Road trip.
It was raining so the tarp was on the field so it was a trip to the Sports Colum to pass the time with the incognito Rockpile Ranter!
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this night. The first batter he faced Shin-Soo Choo flew out to Charlie Culberson in left field.
Brandon Phillips put one over Charlie Blackmon’s head in right field.
Brandon Philips sliding into second base. He would be left on base as the next 2 batters would both get out.
Dickerson would score on a D.J. LeMahieu double. D.J. would get caught stealing third base. Troy Tulowitzki walked and Wilin Rosario hit into a double play to third getting Tulo at second and himself at first to end the inning.
The Reds answered back with a run in the second inning, Todd Frazier scored on a Ryan Hanigan single to left field. tied 1-1
The Reds would take the lead in the 4th inning after a Frazier lead of double. He would score on a Hanigan single to center this time. (2-1) Reds
Todd Helton came to bat in the 4th with Tulo and Rosario on base and hit a 3 run home run to put the Rockies up 4-2. This was his 2498 hit of his career, 364th home run and 1390th RBI.
Todd high-five Charlie Blackmon as he, Rosario and Tulo head back to the dugout! One of my favorite photos from this weekend.
Charlie Culberson hit a double to score Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.
After the Reds score 1 run in the 5th on a Ryan Ludwig home run not much happened till the 7th inning when…..
…Todd Helton did it again. Hit # 2499 was his second home run of the night another 3 run home run, the Rockies now had a 8-3 lead. He was now just 1 hit away from 2500 lifetime hits.
Here he is with the crowd on their feet as he rounds 1st. Once again he scored Tulo and Rosario.
The score board after the home run.
In the 7th inning Adam Ottavino came to bat with and hit his second MLB hit career! It was a single to right field.
The Reds scored 2 runs in the 9th off of Jeff Francis. Seems like he comes in with a big lead just to make the game a little more interesting. (9-5) Rockies. Jay Bruce made the final out of the game a ground out to LeMahieu at second.
Wilin celebrates the Rockies win over the Reds!
the Rest of the team celebrates this game against the Reds.
This was a very exciting night at Coors. In the Bottom of the 8th Helton had his first attempt at his 2500 hit but struck out. It has been an interesting week between Chacin’s almost no-hitter and following Todd’s quest for 2500! Todd went 2 for 5 tonight with 6 RBI’s and the 2 home runs. Jorge pitched 6 innings giving up 8 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out 3. Adam Ottavino pitched 2 innings facing 6 batters and striking out 1. Jay Bruce in the 7th. So that is it for this one.
Got another from this series!
See You at Coors.
Giants vs. Rockies
Game 3 of series.
Today got to the game late and missed most of Batting Practice.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He totally dominated the Giants in this game he sat down 6 straight batters in the first 2 inning including 4 strike outs.
Madison Bumgarner was the starting pitcher for the Giants. he started the game by striking out the Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon.
D.J. LeMahieu reached base on an error by Brandon Belt at first.
The Rockies would get the board in the 2nd. Wilin Rosario lead off with a single and he scored on a Nolan Arenado double, it was Arenado’s 24 of the season.
Wilin Rosario scoring the Rockies first run of the game.
The Giants would get a runner on base in the 3rd. it was Brandon Crawford on an error by Troy Tulowitzki. They would get 2 more runners on in the 4th inning. Brandon Belt walked to lead off the innings. Buster Posey would reach on an error by Tulo, his second of the game. Belt would advance to third. Belt would score when Hunter Pence hit into a double play getting Posey out at second and himself at first. The game was tied at 1.
Chacin pitching in the 4th inning to Hunter Pence with Posey on first and Belt on third before the double play.
Tulo turning the double play at second.
In the 6th inning people started noticing that something special was happening her at Coors despite the run and the 4 base runners Chacin had not allowed a hit in this game.
Here he is pitching his 70th pitch of the game to Marco Scutaro. Scutaro was the second batter of the inning a Gregor Blanco lead-off with a fly out to center field.
Buster Posey struck out to end the inning and The No-No was still intact. It was interesting to watch the crowd starting to get into the game as they were realizing what was happening. We actually started talking about the No Hitter in the second jokingly and now it was the end of the 6th inning.
Posey walking off after the strike out.
Jhoulys Chacin walking back into the dugout after the 6th inning.
Madison Bumgarner walking off the field after being removed from the game by Bruce Bochy.
He pitched 5.1 innings giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, walking 1 striking out 6.
Yorvit Torrealba running to second as Nolan Arenado runs third.
The double scored Tulo and Rosario to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Torrealba celebrates the double at second.
Really Like these 2 shots. He just show so much enthusiasm when he makes the big plays.
Jean Machi pitching for the Giants after Bumgarner was taken out of the game.
Jhouys Chacin contributed with a RBI on a force out at second to get Culberson out at second and Chacin beat the double play at first Arenado scored and Yorvit moved to third. (5-1) Rox
Chacin pitching in the 7th inning.
With 2 outs Brandon Crawford got the first hit of the game a bloop to shallow center to break up the No, No. It was great to be able to see this game. Chacin pitch unbelievable and is really starting to show how good of a pitcher he is and what he could accomplish in the future.
Chacin pitched a complete 7 innings, he only gave up the 1 run to Crawford and 1 run in the 4th because of the errors. He struck out 9 and walked only 1. Wilton Lopez came into pitch in the 8th, Who pitched to 3 batters getting 1 out and giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Josh Outman came in to pitch to Brandon Belt who hit a ground rule double scoring Gregor Blanco. That was 1 of the runs that Lopez was responsible for. Matt Belisle Came in and faced 3 batter giving up a single to Hunter Pence scoring Belt for the 3rd Giants run of the inning. (5-4) Rox
Rex brothers show above came in to the game in the 9th inning and struck out Joaquin Arias and Brett Pill. Arias came in for Crawford and Pill for Roger Kieschnick.
Hector Sanchez grounded out to second to end the game and The Rockies would get the win and win the series against the struggling Giants 5-4. What an incredible game for Chacin and the Rockies it was nice to have some excitement on the pitchers side of the game usually it is cheering for a lot of offence.
Rex Brothers and Yorvit with a big hug after the win and Rex’s 14th save of the season.
That is it for this one.
The Rockies take on the Reds this weekend and I miss an Important game. Check out the excitement in the next few post’s.
See You at Coors!
Giants vs. Rockies
Game 2 of Series
After a beer at Jackson with the incognito Rockpile Ranter it was time to head in and see how batting practice would pan out. It was another day of almost immediately baseballs heading out into the pavilion. one landed a section in front of me as I was heading in and someone else just edged me out of picking it up. After putting down my bag I did get one pretty soon afterwards. It was a bouncer that I was able to pick up in the first row. With the Rockies still batting I got a second bouncer. After I got that one I said to someone:” that I have been getting baseball but have not caught one in a while”. Within about 2 minutes I got my 3rd ball of the day a catch! It was my first catch in over a month. The Rockies then ended their batting practice and the Giants started, with a small crowd and knowing how the first Giants group did the day before I thought I was going to have a record day. I have gotten 4 baseball once before and was looking to tie that or break it. Unfortunately this day it was not going to happen beside a few close calls I did not get any more baseballs.
Chad Bettis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his 6th start at the major league level. He came into this game with 0-2 record. Before coming up he was 3-4 in Tulsa this year. This game he started with 2 quick outs getting both Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro to ground out. Brandon Belt was then got on base with a single and then the runs started coming in first Hunter Pence hit one of the longest home runs I have seen hit at Coors for 2 runs. Pablo Sandoval continued scoring with a solo home run to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.
Yusmeiro Petit was the starter for the Giants This was his second start for them. As others have said it was a strong start he allowed 1 base runner in the first 2 innings. D.J. LeMahieu in the first but Troy Tulowitzki hit into a double ply to end the inning. He did also get Corey Dickerson to strike out in the first and Wilin Rosario to end the second inning.
Todd Helton hitting a ball in the 2nd inning trying to get 1 hit closer to the 2500 career hits. This one was actually a fly out to Hunter Pence in right field. I have been trying to photo graph all of Todd’s at bats this week so I can get his 2500 hit I just hope if I do get it looks like the above photo with the ball still in frame! He is just 3 hits away.
The Rockies did get some hits and a run off of Petit in the 3rd inning. Nolan Arenado started it off with a single and scored on a Charlie Blackmon double. (3-1) Giants
Tulowitzki started the 4th inning off by hitting a single and after scoring it brought the Rockies with in 1 of the Giants (3-2)
the Giants added a run in the 6th Brandon Belt scored on a Hector Sanchez single (4-2) Giants
Helton trying to once again get a little closer to 2500! This one was a fly out to right field in the 6th inning. He also had a chance in the 4th but was walked.
With 1 out in the 6th Wilin Rosario tried to get things going with a single, here he is clapping at first. He did not score after Arenado grounded out and Charlie Blackmon popped out to end the inning. Wilin was 3 for 4 with a double this game and 1 RBI.
Ex- Rockies Javier Lopez came into pitch for the Giants in the 8th inning. He struck out Helton and was than taken out of the game and replaced by Santiago Casilla. Yusmeiro Petit pitch 6 complete innings. Giving up 6 hits 2 runs walking 3 and striking out 6. A very good outing for only a second start in the Majors. The Rockies did seem to waste a bunch of opportunities to score only scoring 1 in the 4th leaving 3, a Rosario double in the 8th that was with 1 out and he did not score and a few other innings that could have amounted to a run or 2 more throughout the game. They did score a 3rd run in the 7th and so did the Giants. (5-3) Giants
Sergio Romo pitched the 9th for the Giants and put the Rockies down in order to end the game with the 5-3 final.
That was it for this game got 1 more left in this series and will be at Coors all week-end for the Reds Series.
After the game I took a photo of the banner that Alise had signed before the game by Todd Helton. It is a large banner he gave a great autograph on it.
So once again see you at Coors and thanks for reading.
San Fransisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Today was the first gae of what seemed to be the never-ending road trip. It was 3 series on the east coast which means I missed a lot or most of the games played with the earlier start time. It was 12 days that they were away but it seemed like an eternity, So I was more than glad to be back at Coors. As I headed into batting practice a ball immediately flew out to the pavilions landed a few rows behind me and took a big bounce to the concourse. I ran up the stairs and grabbed it as someone was running down the concourse to also get it. I grabbed it and the dude was like really you are going to take it? As many of you guys know I hate when people think that the ball is theirs because they were within 10 feet of getting the ball and did not. So I tossed him the ball, I am kinda over arguing with these people about a ball so I figured I would give it up. Just don’t expect this to become a habit! So that was my first one, within a few minutes another headed my way and landed a few rows from me and I was able to snag it for my second ball of the game. This day was turning out to be a great batting practice. I was in the stadium not even 10 minutes and had already snagged 2. The Rockies were than done and I thought I may get a ball or 2 from the Giants their first group was right heavy and it included Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. They did hit a few out and I did not snag any more this batting practice. In the process of running around trying to get a ball from the Giants I ended up losing the ball I kept. Later on someone told me how they found a ball in the first row and gave it to a kid. So well I got a few to add to my numbers but not to my collection!
After Bp like any other day I headed over to the wall to see if I could get any autographs and i ended up getting a Todd Helton photo I recently printed up signed.
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies, his first pitch to the Giants Gregor Blanco was a ball. Juan did strike him out for the first out of the inning. The next batter Marco Scutaro hit a double.
Nicasio then struck out Brandon Belt for the second out and really seemed to have his stuff. He then did walk Buster Posey but came back to strike out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning. He worked out of the 2 runners on and struck out 3 great first inning performance by Juan.
Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants. Dexter Fowler started with a lead off single and was then out at second after trying to steal. It was close but he was called out.
He was removed from the game in the second because of something wrong with his knee which happened during the steal attempt.
Michael Cuddyer than hit a hard-line drive to right field which Hunter Pence had a run on till the wall got in his way, no it was not a homer it stayed in and Hunter hit the wall pretty hard and did not make the catch.
This is a photo from immediately after hitting the wall.
The Giants trainer and manager came running out to see if he was OK, he was down a while. He did stay in the game. I think it was the magic trainers towel that cured him of what ever injury he had. We always joke about how the trainers run out with the towel but what is it really for if there is not a cut or something.
With Cuddy on third Wilin Rosario came to bat and he grounded to Sandoval at third for the third out of the inning.
Nicasio then had another good inning in the second. He struck out Brandon Crawford, followed by a pop out by Francisco Peguro and struck out Zito for the third out. 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings.
Helton would get the Rockies on the board in the second with a 2 run home run for his 2497 hit of his career. Arenado lead the inning off with a single. Todd is now 3 hits away from #2500.
Nicasio faced 4 Giants batters in the 3rd walking Scutaro and giving up a hit to Brandon Belt. Posey hit into a double play to end the inning.
Charles Blackmon who replaced Dexter Fowler in the second inning started the third inning off with his 4th home run of the year. To give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
Another one of those great Coors sunsets.
Nicasio had another 1,2,3 inning in the 4th and struck out 2 more Giants batters.
In the 4th inning with Arenado on third, Helton on second (reached base on a walk) and Charlie Culbertson on first Jonny Hererra hit a line drive over Brandon Crawfords head that caught Helton off guard looked like it was going to left for a single. Crawford grabbed it and threw back to second where Scutaro was covering the bag.
Helton made it back safe on the high throw.
Juan Nicasio added to his cause in the inning with one out and base’s loaded he hit a single to score Arenado from third to give he and the Rockies a 4-0 lead.
Arenado crossing home for the Rockies 4th run.
Zito pitching with Todd on third and Nicasio on first. Culbertson was also on second, but not in photo. Helton went on and scored in the inning. To give a 5-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario hit a double with 1 out in the 5th. He was picked of at second for the second out and Arenado flew out to left to end the inning.
Wilton Lopez came in and pitched in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
Nicasio pitched 6 complete striking out 9, walking 2, hitting 2 batters on 5 hits giving up no runs!
Lopez struck out Scutaro to end the 7th facing only 3 batters and recording 2 strike outs in the inning.
Jeff Francis cam into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th to make things interesting!
Sandoval lead off the inning with a fly out to right.
Looks like Cuddy misplayed it slightly but came up with the catch! After getting the 1st 2 batters out he had a tough time with out #27 of the game.
Peguero got a single and advanced to second on an offense indifference (stole the base without anyone caring)!
Joaquin Arias hit a pinch hit double to score the run.
Peguero scoring the Giants first run in the 9th inning 6-1 Rox
Then the 27th out came Finally came when Blanco flew out to Blackmon in center to end the game.
The Rockies 6th run came in the 7th, just incase you were wondering how the score was 6-1!!!
So that is it for this first game back at Coors for this home stand.
Well See you at Coors.
Padres vs. Rockies game 3 of series.
Series tied 1-1
Today being a day game there was no batting practice. so it was a lot of time and try and get autographs at the wall. It was a pretty good day for that because I had a few new photos printed up. So I got Rex Brothers to sign a photo. Then Carlos Gonzalez signed after he was done working out on the field. I had him sign the photo of him being interviewed at Fenway Park by Cowboy and Jenny. I then headed over to the pre game set and got Cowboy and Jenny to sign it. I also had him sign a card.
Here he is signing along the wall. While he was signing Robert asked him if he had a glove for him that he promised him a few years ago. so after he was done signing he ran down to the clubhouse and a few minutes later came out with this…
..and signed it!
Before the game Kurt Bucsh throw out the first pitch.
He is currently the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series They are the Denver area based team and the only Nascar team base west of the Mississippi. I have met him once in the garage in Charlotte when he was driving the Miller car. So it was kinda interesting to see him in Denver throwing a baseball. Other furniture row drivers have also thrown out the first pitch in the past.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He put the Padres down in order in the first and second inning.
Corey Dickerson with 2 outs did it once again he hit a double. This was his 7th since being called up and 3rd this series.
The Padres tied it in the 3rd with a run on a Chris Denorfia single score Ronnie Cedano from second.
dexter Fowler lead-off the 3rd with a single and scored on a Corey Dickerson triple. His second since being called up. Dickerson scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single. (3-1)Rox
The Padres would get one back in the 4th inning to make the score 3-2 Rockies. After Jedd Gyorko hit a one out doubled and scored on a Jesus Guzman single.
After the 3rd the Rockies sat down in order for 4 straight innings. De La Rosa pitched 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits striking out 6 and walking only one batter. Chris Denorfia in the 5th.
In the 6th inning Yorvit Torrealba made one of the most interesting double plays I have seen in along time if not ever. With Jedd Gyorko at third and Jesus Guzman at first, Logan Forsythe hit a ball to Nolan Arenado at third who threw home to Yorvit he chase Gyorko back towards third and tagged him while that was happening Guzman started running to third after Yorvit tagged Gyorko he dove in front of Guzman for the out at third. He made an unassisted double play at third base.
This is him after the play. I did not have the camera ready and could not get it fast enough to get the play. Really wish I had the whole sequence.
Tulo giving him the fist bump after the play. People at the beginning of the year asked why we got him back it is plays like this.
Jorge still pitching in the 7th inning.
Matt Belilse Pitched the 8th for the Rockies. Getting all 3 batters he faced out in the inning.
Corey Dickerson trying to stretch a sure double his 8th, into a not so much triple being tagged out at third after a soft hit over Cedano’s head at short. Dexter Fowler did score the Rockies 4th run of the game on the hit by Dickerson.
After a strike out looking to end the 8th inning look who is arguing with the ump?!!
Rex Brothers pitched in the 9th inning for the save his 11th of the year. Rafael Betancourt did return during the road stand and will be the closer again.
The Rockies went on to win this game 4-2.
Corey Dickerson was player of the game going 3 for 4 with 2 double and a triple and 2 RBI’s and was batting .321 after this his game in 33 games with 78 at bats. 12 for extra bases including his 2 home runs.
I think this will not be his only player of the game he seems to have quite a future with this team hope he keeps it up.
So that is it for this home satnd the Rockies were a very good 5-1 in the series with the big sweep against the Pirates and taking 2 from the Padres. They are currently 1-2 on the road trip losing the 3 game series to the Orioles.
Well with the season quickly dwindling see you at Coors when the Rockies are home against the san Francisco Giants next Monday the 26th.
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Padres vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series.
Today I attended the game with someone who I very rarely mention and is actually a very important person to make this all happen. It was my boss because of her awesome ability to juggle schedules and make it possible for me to attend as many of the Rockies home games as possible. So far I have not missed a home game; I have been in town for all year. So if you remember back in May I attended a game with most of the people including my boss to the game this game I brought just my boss, as she says “It is to kiss butt because I let him go on a month vacation”! So it was because she gave me the time to be able to hop in my truck and drive around the country watching baseball games. So this was my thank you to her for being so awesome!!!!! Thanks you for making this happen more than you ever could imagine! You Rock!
So enough Butt kissing there was some baseball to write about.
Jeff Manship was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his second start for him this season. his first start was in NY against he Mets. This photo was a photo during the first inning which means I messed up first pitch which looked like this.
So he started the game with a single to Will Venable.
Venable diving back to first after his single lead-off single. The Rockies would get the next 2 batters out and then Yonder Alsonso hit a single and scored Venable. (1-0) Padres
Eric Stultz was the starting pitcher for the Padres. Eric Stultz was with the Rockies back in 2011 spent most of the year in the Springs and played 6 games with the Rockies. He did not have the best of starts.
Dexter fowler got things going with a leadoff single, D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single and Troy Tulowitzki walked.
Wilin Rosario would get the first RBI for the Rockies, when he hit a single that scored Fowler and LeMahieu. The Rockies took a 2-1 lead. Nolan Arenado flew out to center field and Todd Helton hit a single, that single scored Tulo.
A Charlie Culbertson single would score Rosario Charlie Blackmon popped out to short and Manship the grounded out. The Rockies finished the inning with a 4 runs. (4-1) Rox
The Padres would once again take the lead in the second with 4 runs. Nick Hundley would hit a 2 run home run scoring himself and Jaff Decker who walked before Hundleys at bat. The next 2 were with some small ball Stultz got on base with a single and he scored on a Venable single scored Stultz and a Alexi Amarista single scored Venable for 4 runs in the inning. (5-4) Padres
If that was not enough the Padres Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead.
In the 3rd or 4th inning we headed to the upper deck to see one of her friends who were sitting up there and The boss wanted to test out here new super cool wide angle lens. 10 MM lens gets like the whole stadium in the photo from the upper deck. I got a few shots of the game from up there.
Manship pitching in the 4th inning.
Nolan Arenado started the 5th inning for the Rockies with a triple. He scored 2 batters later on a Charlie Culbertson sac-fly to left. (6-5) Padres
Michael Cuddyer came in to pinch hit for Manship in the 5th inning. He hit back to the Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer for an out at first. Stauffer replaced Stultz in the 5th inning.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch in the 6th inning. The Padres did score a 7th run in the sixth. (7-5) Padres. Jeff Manship left the game giving up 6 runs on 8 hits including the 2 home runs, walk 2 struck out none.
The Rockies went down in order in the 6th inning. Walt Weiss came out after Tulo struck out looking. Now that Tulo is getting a rep for arguing and did get thrown out on the road last week Weiss came out to protect him.
Neither team did anything in the 7th and the Rockies with 2 outs looked like they may get something going.
After the 2 Charlies grounded out Corey Dickerson would hit a triple off of the Padres Luke Gregerson.
After the hit the Padres would bring in ex- Rockies Huston Street. The inning would end and Dickerson did not score.
Dickerson on third with Street pitching after his 8th inning triple off Gregerson.
Wilton Lopez sat the Padres down in order in the 9th and the Rockies also went down in order against the Padres and they would win the game 7-5. It put an end to their 4 game winning streak but they are 4-1 on this home stand.
This was a pretty good game despite the loss. I would like to see the win since they have been playing well since that really bad road trip to the East coast and the not so good home stand against the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers.
Well that is it for this one. Have another to go from this series.
See You a Coors!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of series.
Today I missed batting practice got to a late start and got to the stadium a bit late. There was still about 5 or 10 minutes left but not very productive since the Padres were not hitting.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher for this game Will Venerable lead off for the Padres.
Hit a lead off double. here he is after sliding into second.
The next batter Chris Denorfia walked then Chase Headley hit the ball to Todd Helton who threw to Troy Tulowitzki who was covering second, they did not get the double play just Denorfia at second.
They did get the Double play when Yonder Alonso hit the ball to D.J. LeMahieu at second. Venable would not score in the inning.
Edison Volquez was the starting pitcher for the Padres the Rockies immediately got things going against them. Dexter Fowler lead the inning with a single.
Corey Dickerson who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rockies hit a double sending Dex to third. This was Corey’s 5th double since his call up in June.
heading to second base.
Troy Tulowitzki hitting the ball to fly out to center.
Wilin Rosario hit a single that scored Dex from third and Corey Dickerson from second this gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Wilin Rosario advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado single and Error by Will Venable.
After another very good inning by Chacin in the second the Rockies kept the hits and runs coming. D.J. LeMahieu got the inning started with this swing for his second home run of the year to give the Rockies a 4 to 0 lead. The Rockies would get 2 more in this inning, Dex walked and Corey Dickerson would hit his second double in as many at bats/innings. This kid is just on fire and it is great to see him doing so well in the Majors. I am glad I have seen him play at almost every level of the Rockies organization and he was just as productive. A walk off in Ashville, an RBI triple in Kannapolis and a 2 run home run to break a tie in Tulsa. So just a few highlight of the few games I have seen him play in the Minors. I did also see him play in the Springs and I am sure he did just as well!
So back to the game Dickerson would than score on a hit by Tulo with a throwing error by Chase Headley at third. 6-0 Rox.
In the 5th inning after 5 Rockies batters got on base in a row Volquez was removed from the game by Bud Black.
Todd Helton started the inning off with a single followed by an Arenado single, Charlie Blackmon reached base, but Helton was out at third on the force. Arenado scored on a Sac Fly by Jhoulys Chacin.
Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu scored on a Dexter Fowler single 8-0 Rockies.
The Padres did get a run in the 7th inning on a Jaff Decker home run his first of his career. 8-1 Rockies
The Umpires meet with the grounds crew in the middle of the 8th.
The field was starting to get very saturated and puddles started forming on the infield and home plate area and the tarp was brought out. Once again we were heading into a rain delay.
The Rain delay was an hour and 3 minutes in length after about 40 minutes into it the grounds crew headed out and took off the tarp and started repairing the field with diamond dry. So I got some photos of the process out of boredom.
After the field was fixed it was time to start the game again the came out like it was a new game.
Colt Hynes was the pitcher for the 8th inning for the Padres.
Corey Dickerson started the inning with a walk, followed by a Jonny Herrera single. Herrera came in at short for Tulo after the rain delay.
The runs started coming on this Wilin Rosario hit scoring Dickerson 9-1 Rockies.
Corey Dickerson crossing the plate for the first run of the inning.
Charlie Culbertson hit a single scoring Jonny Herrera from second.
The ball passes the infield as Rosario runs to second and Herrera makes the turn at third on the Culbertson single. (10-1) Rockies
Nolan Arenado hits his 8th inning single scoring Rosario
Wilin crossing the plate for the Rockies 11th run of the game and a 10 run lead. (11-1) Rockies
Chad Bettis came into pinch hit for Chacin’s spot in inning.
He reached on a missed catch by yonder Alfonso at first loading the bases. The next 2 runs would score on a Dexter Fowler double he would be out at third on the play and Dickerson popped out to end the inning in all the Rockies hit 6 single, 1 double and 1 walk in the inning for 6 runs.
Jeff Francis came in from the bullpen for the Rockies in the 9th. Faced 4 batters.
Getting Chase Headley to fly out to right and Alonso to ground out to LeMahieu who switched to first base. Things got shaky for Francis with the next batter Jedd Gyorko who hit a solo shot to right for the Padres 2nd run of the game 14-2 Rockies.
The last out was a grounder to Herrera at short hit by Logan Forsythe to end the game.
The Rockies won this first one against the Padres and the 4th win of this home stand which has been great for the fans. It may be a little late but it is nice to see them not give up and keep playing well. it has not always been too easy to watch this team but games like this make it worth it. The best part is the rookies and younger guys being so productive in these games D.J. LeMahieu has been playing incredibly in the field and with the bat, he was 3 for 4 this game with a home run and a double. He also walked in the 5th. Corey Dickerson has been a great addition since his call up from the Springs which I talked about earlier this game he reached base 4 out of his 6 at bats with 2 doubles. Can’t forget about Dexter Fowler this game with 4 RBI’s 3 hits and 2 walks getting on base every at bat and scoring 2 times.
That is it for this one.
Catching up on games for this series.
See you at Coors.
Pirates vs. Rockies
Today was another early start for a 2:10 game I arrived at Coors about 9:30, I was not gonna go early since I did not have to because it was not a bobble head day, but since I started the Pirates photo I wanted to see if I could get a few more guys on it. So I waited by the players entrance and got A.J. Burnett and Jared Hughs so for the 3 days I got 9 autographs on it in all. Not bad for an away team. It was an Autograph Sunday and since there was a few guys up that I needed on my team 16×20 I brought it and I was kind of lucky since 2 of the 3 guys I needed that are up signed. I needed both Jeff Manship and Charlie Culbertson. The 2 other signers were Jonny Herrera and Josh Outman. So I have a total of 49 autographs on my team 16×20 almost everybody who wore a Rockies uniform for at least a game. Still missing 4 Mitchell Boggs who is in the Springs and Colin McHugh also in the Springs, Roy Oswalt who is on the D.L. and Chad Bettis who is with the team.
Chad Bettis made the start for the Rockies this game. He had a strong 1st inning facing 3 batters striking out 2 Alex Presley who lead off and Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Locke started for the Pirates he did allow a base runner when he walked Troy Tulowitzki with 2 outs. He did get the next batter out Wilin Rosario.
Wilin Rosario hitting into a ground out in the 1st. inning.
Chad pitching in the Second inning Pedro Alverez started the inning with a home run to put the Pirates up 1-0.
The Rockies would score a run in the 2nd inning when Charlie Blackman got hit by a pitch. He than stole second and was moved to third on a balk. After Dexter Fowler walked D.J. LeMahieu hit to center for a sac fly and Blackmon scored to tie the game at 1. Tulo ended the inning with a fly ball to left. The Pirates once again to the lead in the 3rd. inning After Clint Barmes hit a lead-off double. He scored on a McCuthchen single (2-1) Pirates
Tulo showed his best Jazz hands during his 4th inning at bat! He walked this at bat.
Charlie Blackmon gets back to first after his 5th inning single. Not much happened in the fifth. The Rockies did get a few base runners but failed to score, Blackmon did get to third.
Jeff Locke was removed from the game in the 6th inning. Yorvit Torrealba was on second and Charlie Blackmon on first with 2 outs. Tony Watson came into pitch, Corey Dickerson reached on an error and Torrealba scored. (2-2)
Torrealba scoring the Rockies tying run.
Wilin Rosario hitting a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs.
Rosario scored on a Nolan Arenado double his 20th of the season. Not bad since being called up in late April! along with his 9 home runs, 3 triples and 40 RBI’s. The Rox took a 3-2 lead.
Andrew McCutchen striking out in his 8th inning at bat.
Matt Belisle pitching in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Bettis pitched a complete 6 inning allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits and Striking out 3 and walking 2. Corpas pitched the 7th and Belisle in the 8th.
Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 8th inning for the Rockies. Unfortunately hit into an inning ending double play.
Rex brothers came in for the save and made the game interesting again. He gave up a single to Neil Walker start the inning.
After striking out Russell Martin who pinch hit in the inning for Garrett Jones, Tony Sanchez hit a double Martin went to 3rd. Starling Marte came into pinch run for Sanchez.
(The Brooms started coming out after the first out a little early for my liking)
Jordy Mercer would line out for the second out and Gabby Sanchez was intentionally walked to load the base’s when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot.
Alex Presley would pop out to Arenado at third to end the game and the Rockies got the 3 game sweep o the Pirates it in the first time they swept a first place team since 2010.
It was a great series with three really great games. Things really seemed to change in this home stand.
The Rockies celebrate the sweep of the Pirates.
The Pirates are a strong team and defiantly be my team to root for if they make the play off a bunch of really good guys and they are the Rockies central, so it would be great to see the Clints Hurdle and Barmes do well again.
The Rockies are Currently playing a series with the Padres which I will be getting to all 3 this week.
Well That is it for this game and well see you at Coors.