Olivo walks off, Iannetta watches from afar

After the drama, I looked up Miguel Olivo and found these notes:

    News: After an 0-for-4 performance on Monday against Philadelphia, Olivo is batting 2-for-28 in his last six contests to lower his average on the season to .228. In the meanwhile, Chris Iannetta has batted .306/.390/.639 (11-for-36) with three homers and 11 RBI since being demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Spin: Olivo, who recently blamed his slump on a problem with his timing, has picked a poor time to slump. He could have easily run away with the starting role had he continued to perform, but if he continues to put up 0-fers and Iannetta continues to knock the ball around in the minors, he'll face competition for the Rockies' starting role sooner rather than later.

It's amazing what can happen in one game, huh?

This afternoon in snowy Denver, Olivo went 5 for 5, his last hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning that left his batting average 46 points higher than just three hours earlier.

In the process, Olivo just might have bought himself another few weeks as the Rockies' No. 1 catcher.

Meanwhile, all Iannetta can do is keep hitting. His career Triple-A line?


Granted, that's only 77 games ... but that's only 77 games because Iannetta is too good for Triple-A. He vaulted into the majors after just two professional seasons because the pitchers down there just weren't good enough to get him out with any regularity. Slightly over one year ago, Iannetta and Brian McCann were the catchers for Team USA in the World Cup; now he's back in the Pacific Coast League, hoping for another shot with the big club.

It's an odd business, baseball. Even good players have to navigate shoals, clamber over obstacles, get jostled by speed bumps. For Iannetta, though, this one's a real doozy. The guy just turned 27, when most players are peaking, and he's still trying to win a job that seems rightfully his.