Just before Friday night’s contest between the Colorado Rockies and the Seattle Mariners, it was announced that catcher Tom Murphy, who was originally to start behind the plate, would need to be a late scratch so he could get home to attend the birth of his child.
That meant Tony Wolters, usually a defensive specialist, was required to make an emergency start. And he made the absolute most of it, showcasing some nifty work behind the dish to get some extra outs, and some nifty work at the dish to get some extra bases, helping to power his club to a 7-1 win. It was especially impressive when you consider the Mariners came into the game with a 30-15 record at home.
Wolters also caught a great game from German Marquez. While it wasn’t quite the eight-innings of shutdown baseball he threw last time out, he was still superb in outpitching childhood hero, Felix Hernandez.
Colorado picked up their first run in the first inning on Charlie Blackmon’s solo home run. After falling behind 0-2, he fouled off a number of tough pitches before getting a breaking pitch he could handle lining one over the wall in center field. It was his 16th home run of the season. All but four have come out on the road.