A Tale of Two Days- Rox Satisfy My Expectation Level In Game Two

Day 97

Phoenix

I won’t lie. My expectations were to walk into Chase Field today and watch the first no-hitter of the season. Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound and if you haven’t read my blog, I am high on this guy. Way high. So high in fact, it may have been unfair to think he would throw a no-hitter. Seven scoreless innings would have to do.

I should have known this day was going to be different from opening day. Standing inside Chase Field, I could see balls flying deep into the outfield during batting practice. There was no feeling of sadness from the loss the day before, and in fact it was pretty easy going- work like. I liked it and had that good feeling. The starting pitcher who hadn’t lasted more than 55 pitches was even happy, and I was pleased, as you have to let those losses go.

 

cookhappy.JPGWatching the practice getting going, I stood idly by as a smiling Dexter Fowler warmed up with starting center fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Then it happened. Dexter might tell you Spilly didn’t reach high enough for the ball and Spilly may tell you the ball was overthrown. Either way, a ball thrown from Fowler went into the stands right next to me and tagged a D’back fan. Got em good. Hit him so hard the paramedic came over and asked the guy to wiggle his hand so he could evaluate him. 

Dexter was nice though. He came over apologized to the fan and gave him a ball.

dexter.JPG The ball that hit him rolled into the stands.

ball1.JPG

But don’t think I let an opportunity slip by with this “blessed” ball…It quickly found a use.

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One man’s trash- aka ball injury- another man’s autograph ball. Thanks Cookie.

With the roof open and a beautiful 75 degrees, the stage was set for a good ball game.

chase open top.JPGSpillborghs comes up to bat and leads off the game. A nice double would set the tone.

Ubaldo would take the stage and face adversity early. The bases loaded in the second, Jimenez has the d’backs Lopez hit into a double play. Nicely done and no runs on the board.

ubaldotom.JPGUnlike opening day, starting pitchers for both clubs held up nicely. The Diamondbacks suffered their first hiccup in the fifth inning with a solo shot from Tulowitzki that would make the game 1-0 Rockies.

Again, in the sixth inning Ubaldo would face adversity. With runners at first and second with two outs, he managed to strike out catcher Miguel Montero. Tragedy avoided again.

Ian Stewart and Todd Helton would both drive in runs at separate times adding to the Rockies lead 3-0.

Manny Corpas would come in to set-up in the eigth and look like the closer he could easily be. Huston Street would come in to close down the ninth and the expectations I had for opening day came true on day two.

The Rockies got their first win of the season and I got a good feeling back deep down. This was the squad I knew was there and I hope tomorrow the same squad shows up to take the series on the way back to Denver.

Stay tuned to the blog because there is a LOT I did not touch on in my experience at Chase Field and Arizona in general. I’ve got some strong opinions on everything from the ball park food to the excitement of D’backs fans. I’ll break it down, the pros and cons from this fans perspective and what I took from this experience!

Tomorrow the game starts at 12:40 Arizona time and I’m hoping for another convincing win to come.

 

Photo credit- All Tom Walsh

12 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Tom – you are an amazing story teller! I felt like I was there! And yes, having “your team” win is a great feeling! My guys won yesterday – and while I wasn’t at the game – it still felt great! I look forward to your next post! Enjoy!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    Spilborghs and Corpas are my boys now for helping out my fantasy team. 🙂 I had a relatively craptacular ERA because of bad outings from Ian Snell and Nick Blackburn, and because of Corpas and his perfect inning, my ERA went down and is slightly lower than my opponent again. YAY! Glad you had fun today, and those are great pictures!
    Jen
    http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

  3. raysrenegade

    Way to go Tommy.
    Hey, that guy had it coming to him for getting in the way of your ball.
    Glad to see Helton hitting the clover off the ball. He really does seem like he might be back to his old form now.
    And that will be good for the Rockies.
    Sounds like everything is going your way in this roadtrip down to AZ-land.
    Hope the good vibes keep going for you.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  4. redstatebluestate

    I think Spillborghs could be the X-factor this year (other than pitching of course). He’s shown every sign of breaking out… I’d like to see him do it. For real. He’s getting a shot at the everyday job now, so let’s see.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

  5. redstatebluestate

    I think Spillborghs could be the X-factor this year (other than pitching of course). He’s shown every sign of breaking out… I’d like to see him do it. For real. He’s getting a shot at the everyday job now, so let’s see.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

  6. Elizabeth D

    Tom,
    LOVED the pictures! And your latest autograph story too (glad the guy was okay though). So I guess it isn’t impossible to get autographs during the regular season. After seeing Ubaldo Jimenez pitch in the WBC and reading your stuff about him, I think he’ll be great for the Rockies.
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  7. Paige Landsem

    Ahhhhh….75 degrees! Can’t wait for that. Thanks so much for sharing all of your stories, Tom. I’m sure you’ve heard that many times already, but you really make all of your experiences come alive. Glad the Rox got a win for you!
    Paige
    http://bestof162.mlblogs.com/

  8. rockymountainway

    Julia- always with the compliments (blush)
    Jen- Glad to hear they helped! Go Rox
    Sue- Lots going on but Saturday I will break down Chase
    Melissa- Hang in there the Tribe will come around
    Rays- There couldn’t be anymore good vibes!
    Jeff- He’s a guy I can’t help but really pull for.
    Jane- Lol no breakdowns like that anytime soon!
    Elizabeth- Glad you liked the photos. I enjoy taking them and glad someone enjoys cheking them out.
    Paige- Just like Julia (blush)
    Kaybee- Soon we will face off!

    -Tom

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