There is something to be said about doing battle with the Rays for 12 innings. There is something to be said about Brandon League blowing another flawless outing by Felix Hernandez. There is something to be said about leaving 13 runners stranded in a 1-run game.
Tonight, however, all I can think about is Miguel Olivo. He extended his hitting streak to eight games with a solo shot off right-handed starter Jeremy Hellickson, his third home run in his last five starts. He fired a rocket to Brendan Ryan for the tag on Evan Longoria and the first double play of the evening. In the 9th, he handled an awkward throw to first to beat B.J. Upton, a play I was admittedly frustrated by when I watched the ball fly past Dustin Ackley, not realizing until seconds later that Olivo had crumpled to the ground.
According to the flood of tweets from the Mariners and beat writers, Olivo suffered a right groin strain. He limped off the field, and it’s no stretch of the imagination to assume he’s going straight to the DL. Now, this didn’t affect the game too badly—although Seattle was left without a DH after pinch-hitting John Jaso, Jesus Montero filled in behind the plate, and even put up the second run with a solo homer in the 11th.
It’s the speculation from Larry Stone I find most interesting, and something we’ll try to address more in-depth as details are released:
@StoneLarry Yes, they could easily call up Carp, but that would mean Montero and/or Jaso would catch every day. Not sure if they’ll do that. Perhaps.
Who do you want to see behind the plate until Olivo returns? Montero, Jaso, or another backup catcher simmering in the minor leagues?
Next game: @ Rays | May 1 | 4:10pm