Friday, September 5, 2008

Morrow's Debut Best In Mariner's History

The only thing missing from today's Earthquake Weather in PTown were some clouds and an actual earthquake. But the earth clearly moved under Safeco Field tonight. Brandon Morrow made his first MLB start against the NY Yankees. And got the win. And it was anything but ordinary.

Brandon was perfect through 3 and a third. He ended the night with a one hitter through 7.2 innings. He struck out 8 and gave up 3 walks hurling 72 strikes in 106 pitches. Morrow left the game with a 1.42 ERA after Wilson Betemit drilled a liner into right just over the shoulder of Ichiro. JJ Putz preserved the 3-1 win in the 9th and the Emerald City is seeing a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Had Brandon been able to keep it going, it would have been the first complete game no-no against the Yankees in 50 years. And he would have been only the second pitcher in modern baseball history to throw a no-hitter in his first Major League start.

The Skipper probably breathed a sigh of relief when Betemit connected. Brandon was 20 or 30 pitches over his season high at that point.

Awesome job Brandon. Ice that wing and we'll see you in a few days.

PS: This is a little creepy, but the people in Alamo are gonna hate me. As I wrote this post, they had a 4.0 earthquake. Haven't had that kind of power since I was a kid and my dad brought indian headdresses home from Montana. We put them on , did a raindance and three hours later had nickel sized hail. Power. Gotta learn to use it wisely ;-)

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