August 16th, 2012
Wednesday’s game was at 1:10 PM and I was up until two in the morning working on Tuesday’s post. Dustin and I left his place at 11:40 AM on Wednesday and caught the 11:52 train to Union Station. We took the free 16th street mall ride and walked to Deli Zone for a late breakfast/lunch.
We got our food to go and made our way to Coors Field. Outside of the home plate entrance there is a statue. It’s not of a particular player, but rather “The Player”:
I picked up my ticket from will call and then we bought the seat next to mine so Dustin and I could sit together. We got inside at 12:35 and went to the upper deck for game photo number 116. Dustin has the same camera as I do so it’s nice when he joins me for games (and because he’s a good friend).
We ate in the upper deck and I took a few pictures. This first one is looking south from the top row of the upper deck.
Coors field has a row of seats in the upper deck that are one mile above sea level and are painted purple to stand out.
“I’m king of the world!”
We returned to the field level and got situated for the game. Guillermo Moscoso delivered a strike to Norichika Aoki to get the finale underway. Here’s what it looked like from our seats in section 140.
The Brewers had the bases loaded with two outs in the 1st but came away empty handed. Mark Rogers got the start for the Brewers and here he is about to let go of the second pitch of his outing (a ball to Eric Young Jr.).
With two outs in the 1st the Rockies were able to score three runs and again the Brewers were in an early hole. In the top of the 2nd Mark Rogers got his first major league base hit; a double that rolled to the wall in right center. Here’s Rogers chilling at second base. It looks like the second base umpire is laughing about something. Maybe he was giving Rogers a hard time that he didn’t try to stretch it into a triple.
Since it was his first major league hit the ball was thrown towards the Brewers dugout and Ed Sedar acted as the relay man, flipping Rogers’ keepsake into the dugout.
Rogers was stranded at second and an Eric Young home run in the bottom of the 2nd increased the Rockies lead to 4-0. In the 5th inning the Brewers offense got going. The first six batters reached base, the last of those being Nyjer Morgan, who drove in two runs with this single to center field.
Segura followed Morgan with a sacrifice fly, wrapping up the scoring in the 5th and giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead (their first lead of the series). In the bottom of the 6th the Rockies tied it at five when Chris Nelson drove in Carlos Gonzalez. A half inning later the Brewers regained the lead when Nyjer Morgan drove in another run on a single to left.
At one point in the game Dustin and I noticed a gentlemen a few rows in front of us. This was not in between innings, he would occasionally look towards the field, but “Come on, Man!!!”
The Brewers held the 6-5 lead as the game entered the bottom of the 9th. Jim Henderson came on to try and close the door and salvage the series. He struck out the first batter but then gave up back-to-back singles, putting the game-winning run at first base with only one out. Tyler Colvin stepped to the plate and after a fastball was fouled off Henderson threw him an 0-1 slider:
That picture might be a little deceptive (because it almost looks like a swing and a miss). I think I took that picture after he made contact but Colvin hit it down the right field line. Rosario was at third and scored the tying run while Eric Young Jr. (who is very fast) scored from first and the Rockies completed the sweep. I didn’t stand up when I took the picture below, thus the people in the way. You can see Jonathan Lucroy airborne trying to catch the throw from Rickie Weeks. Lucroy is to the left of the girl’s hat. You can also just make out Young’s backside as he crosses the plate, which is also to the left of the same girl’s neck.
Final Score: Rockies 7 – Brewers 6. The Brewers have now lost 14 of their last 15 road games; not fun. There really isn’t much to say. The bullpen has struggled most of the season and that’s all there is to it. I know every member of the bullpen is trying their best but it just hasn’t been going their way. Henderson didn’t walk anybody in the 9th, if that’s any consolation. At least it was the Rockies winning it and not the Brewers giving it away (which they’ve also done their fair share of as well).
It was Dustin’s birthday and after the game we hung out at his place before heading back downtown around 7:00 PM. We went to Wahoo’s on Blake Street for some fish tacos. The first picture is of the interior of the restaurant and the second is of my regular and Cajun Wahoo fish tacos.
After dinner we hit up Falling Rock Tap House for a few beers and some darts. I’ve never played on a real dartboard before, and it was fun (both playing and having to keep score on a small chalkboard). During one of the games of cricket I needed a few bullseyes to win the game. This is where my second dart wound up. I did not place it here, I swear. That should be an automatic win in my book. Ok, maybe not an automatic win, but it’s still cool though.
After playing three games of darts we went to 1 Up, an arcade themed bar near the Tap House. I didn’t count how many arcade games they have, but there are a lot. One wall is dedicated to pinball machines:
Probably the best game they have is four-player Pacman. We didn’t keep track but I think Dustin got the most wins. I’ll admit that I was letting him win since it was his birthday (right….).
When it got close to midnight we called it a night and rode the light rail back to his place. It’s 2:11 PM central time as I’m writing this, and I’m about 35,000 feet in the air. The game tonight is at 7:10, and I’m actually going with Dustin’s dad, Luke, who lives in Fort Atkinson. For my sanity’s sake I’m hoping the Brewers can pick up a few wins at Miller Park.
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