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.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.