The week is over, already. It went awfully fast, but vacation always does.
Today was the last game of the week in Arizona for me. The Rockies played another great game and won late against the Milwaukee Brewers 9-7. Greg Reynolds pitched well for the Rockies and Ty Wigginton had a big hit that included Todd Helton racing from first to home to slide and score.
I still think the spring of 2011 is full of more game activity for Helton then he has seen in a long, long time. Last year I know Helton rarely made the trip from Tucson to the greater Phoenix area to play games but I saw him play quite a bit this week.
On Monday the Rockies won 3-2 against the Cincinnati Reds. The beauty of Spring Training was on display when the Reds second basemen, Brandon Phillips, was playing catch with kids before the game started.
On Tuesday the Rockies went to Hohokam to play the Chicago Cubs. While I waited in front of the stadium to pick up my media badge I saw a guy get arrested for scalping tickets on the stadiums property and while inside I saw Alfonso Soriano slowly steal from the Cubs as he threw a ball from right field right into the Cubs dugout. He missed the cutoff man by 20 feet and his $136 million contract looks worse every year. Rockies won 4-2.
Wednesday was the first, and only, night game of the week for myself and the Rockies. It was a barn burner that saw 33 hits and 21 runs scored (Rockies won 11-10). There were seven home runs on the night – four by the Rockies – and the game lasted quite a while. The game is fun, but Spring Training is about the players in a relaxed environment (those with a garuanteed roster spot) and it was on display while Adrian Beltre played ball with his son in the batting cage late in the evening after he was pulled for the night.
The only loss of the week for the Rockies came on Thursday and with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. The Rockies were pounded by the Chicago White Sox 6-12. It was the second day in a row where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees and with Jimenez getting pounded like a groundhog at Chuck-E-Cheese I left early to save my skin.
Today was the last game of the week and the Rockies won 9-7 over the Brew Crew. Late game heroics, and errors by the Brewers, gave the Rockies the runs they needed to avoid extra innings.
I am going to miss the warm weather and baseball, but the good news is that both are coming to Colorado in the very near future. The Rox look good. Looks like the team has depth and there is also a lot of talent coming. Charlie Blackmon played in about every game this week and he looks like he will be a solid addition to the outfield in Denver. Cole Garner continued to impress and seemed to have an RBI in each of the games this week.
It was a great week and I am already looking forward to 2011 and a week in AZ.