Mariners-Twins: Brandon Morrow Loses Control But Gets the Save

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Brandon Morrow #35 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angels Stadium September 11, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Brandon Morrow made his first appearance of the season the day he came off the DL. He entered a 5-2 game in the ninth inning. He started the inning giving up an infield single to shortstop by Nick Punto, a hit that Bentancourt should have grabbed for an out.
Morrow got the next two outs, one on a strikeout. He then gave up a single to Joe Mauer. With two outs, he then lost complete control and walked the next two batters on eight straight pitches and through 10 balls in a row before getting his first strike. He eventually got Brendon Harris to ground out.
Morrow was at full power throwing mostly 95-96 MPH, and his control was terrible. He couldn't get his fastball down in the zone and before he lost it, Mauer hit a high fastball for the RBI single.
This is good news for Morrow owners as he is back and he recorded his sixth save. Overall it was a good day, but the 4.00 WHIP isn't pretty. He was a bit nervous, and hadn't pitched in over two weeks. I wouldn't look much into it and look forward to his next appearance. At full strength Morrow can reach 98-99 MPH.