Game 140, Yankees at Mariners

DMZ · September 5, 2008 at 6:10 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Pettitte v Morrow.

I didn’t get down to Tacoma to catch any of Morrow’s starts, but I’m not sure that it matters: he only made five starts, twenty three innings. How stretched out can he be, really? The adjustments he’s going to have to make are as much in approach and particularly pacing as anything else. No matter how well he did in Tacoma, the temptation to resort to throwing gas and giving up on his other pitches when he’s in a jam could throw the whole thing off.

And apologies to the 5 people who saw this go up a day early at the scheduled *time*.

Comments

200 Responses to “Game 140, Yankees at Mariners”

  1. joser on September 4th, 2008 6:47 pm

    Morrow? Cool. The Yankees played on the east coast last night, right? What time did they get in to Seattle? They must be tired.

    Guess I’ll head out to a bar (though I’m guessing more than a few of them will be showing football).

  2. erich39 on September 4th, 2008 6:58 pm

    Don’t hurry out joser… game is tomorrow night.

  3. cdowley on September 4th, 2008 6:59 pm

    Wait, isn’t this tomorrow night’s game?

    *checks*

    Yeah, it is… so why the early game thread? We playing the Time Warp again? :P

  4. DMZ on September 4th, 2008 7:01 pm

    Craaaaaaaaaap, this isn’t supposed to go up today, this is a placeholder post.

  5. cdowley on September 4th, 2008 7:01 pm

    Heh, gotta love it when the server decides to screw with you, huh?

  6. MattThompson on September 5th, 2008 6:35 pm

    Happy Brandon Day! Let’s hope this goes well. This is the first game I’ve been happily anticipating in a long while.

  7. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 6:39 pm

    Ah, the future really is now. I’m excited to see Brandon’s pitch f/x data after this start.

  8. frannyzoo on September 5th, 2008 6:43 pm

    Very much looking forward to the Morrow start, but I admit 93% of my excitement is wrapped up dreaming that Morrow shuts out the Yankees, or that the Yankees lose 13-12, or 27-26. It doesn’t matter…just as long as the Yankees lose.

  9. msb on September 5th, 2008 6:56 pm

    Tonight’s story problem:

    The Yankees’ hitters take a lot of pitches. If you combine their patience with Morrow’s pitch count, how many innings does Brandon Morrow pitch?

  10. joser on September 5th, 2008 6:57 pm

    Oh crap, now I’m seeing the game today I went out to see yesterday (and saw football instead).

    I’m so confused ;)

    I think my original comment still holds, though: the yankees played the Rays last night on the east coast and then flew out here. I guess they’re getting just a taste of the M’s usual roadshow blues.

  11. msb on September 5th, 2008 7:00 pm

    Baker links to the Chuckster’s KJR interview.

    Just in case you weren’t depressed enough.

  12. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 7:05 pm

    I’m excited for this one.

  13. Mr. Egaas on September 5th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Beltre better being DHing. He’s so hot right now.

    If we are DHing Hulett or some BS I give up.

  14. DMZ on September 5th, 2008 7:12 pm

    No question.. no question… do it, do it…

  15. DMZ on September 5th, 2008 7:12 pm

    Blowers sounds like he’s on meth today, it’s weird.

  16. Mr. Egaas on September 5th, 2008 7:12 pm

    2005 Yuni.

  17. Dave on September 5th, 2008 7:16 pm

    Pitch F/x for Morrow’s first inning:

    95, fastball
    96, fastball
    98, fastball
    83, curveball
    97, fastball
    97, fastball
    98, fastball
    97, fastball
    85, changeup
    87, splitter

    Morror either has no idea how to pace himself or he’s not going to lose any velocity as a starting pitcher.

  18. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 7:17 pm

    Line up, I think.

    RF Ichiro!
    SS Yuni
    LF Raul
    DH Beltre
    2B Lopez
    RF Balentien
    3B Tui
    C Johjima
    1B Cairo

  19. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 7:17 pm

    That went well – threw strikes, didn’t overthrow and had reasonable command

  20. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 7:18 pm

    Is Joh calling for those fastballs or is Morrow shaking him off? Either way, I’ve long since had enough of the ‘establish the fastball’ crap.

  21. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 7:22 pm

    im excited to see if tui is a solid major leaguer…. i hope he does well.. went to school with him at woodinville

  22. pensive on September 5th, 2008 7:22 pm

    I didn’t notice Morrow shaking off the catcher. Is it Morrow’s decision on what pitch to throw?

  23. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Awesome curve

  24. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 7:27 pm

    sometimes. it depends what signed in

  25. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 7:36 pm

    fucking joh. you dont swing at a 3-0 when your hitting .209

  26. oac001 on September 5th, 2008 7:37 pm

    ugh johjima sucks. he’s become the worst catcher of the 4.

  27. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 7:37 pm

    Johjima swinging on a 3-0 pitch?

    What?

  28. JerBear on September 5th, 2008 7:38 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe Joh just grounded out to the left side there on a 3-0 pitch…we’ve never seen that before…

  29. DMZ on September 5th, 2008 7:39 pm

    w/r/t the Aflac Trivia Question: why ask me how many of the leaders I can name? How is the answer you’re going to give me possibly be right?

    If I say “four” are they really going to say “no, you know five”?

  30. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 7:39 pm

    Wow, Tui had himself a pretty good season in Tacoma. Good for him.

  31. ChrisB on September 5th, 2008 7:44 pm

    It looks to me like Brandon is saying that the bottom half of the lineup cannot hit his fastball.

    He seems to be right (one time through the order)

  32. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 7:45 pm

    Brandon – you don’t need to throw so hard against a Molina

  33. killer_ewok18 on September 5th, 2008 7:46 pm

    Just tuned in. How well has Morrow been mixing his pitches so far?

  34. JMHawkins on September 5th, 2008 7:47 pm

    w/r/t the Aflac Trivia Question: why ask me how many of the leaders I can name? How is the answer you’re going to give me possibly be right?

    If I say “four” are they really going to say “no, you know five”?

    “How many can you name Derek?”

    “Four”

    “How many, Derek?”

    Four! Four! What else can I say? Four!”

    “How many can you name Derek?”

    Five! Five! Five!”

    “No, Derek, that is no use. You are lying. You still believe there are four.”

  35. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 7:48 pm

    32 pitches thru 3 innings. At least he’s being efficient. Dave, is he still throwing mostly fastballs? I wonder if they’re going mostly fastball early, while he’s strong, and then moving to more and more off speed stuff as the game moves along.

  36. oac001 on September 5th, 2008 7:51 pm

    hahahaha. once again, damon throws like a little girl.

  37. Dave on September 5th, 2008 7:52 pm

    Third inning was 10 fastballs, one curve, and two sliders.

  38. ChrisB on September 5th, 2008 7:53 pm

    Beltre striking out on an offspeed pitch low and away?

  39. oac001 on September 5th, 2008 7:59 pm

    after 3 innings, morrow’s averaging 96.4 mph on his fastball.

    22 FB, 3 curve, 5 slider, 1 change, 1 split.

  40. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 7:59 pm

    Third inning was 10 fastballs, one curve, and two sliders.

    Thanks, Dave. I suppose as long as the Yankees can’t hit it, than they’ll keep that same mix. Innings 4-6 will tell though.

  41. MattThompson on September 5th, 2008 7:59 pm

    Here come the breaking balls. Good stuff, Brandon.

  42. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 7:59 pm

    Sims: “This is Morrow’s first start as a starter.”

    Thanks Dave.

  43. killer_ewok18 on September 5th, 2008 8:02 pm

    Morrow’s breaking stuff looks good this inning.

  44. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 8:03 pm

    Hmmm…what’s the standard fastball percentage for a guy who’s best pitch is his fastball (if that’s what his best pitch is, it’s been a long day and I can’t remember)?

  45. ChrisB on September 5th, 2008 8:05 pm

    I think Dave Sims was trying to make a difference between Morrows first start (as a starter) and Tuisasopopo’s first start ever. He mentioned it was both of their first starts and then seemed to get tripped up over the difference

  46. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 8:05 pm

    Brandon’s stuff looks really good. That first slider in the last innings was awesome. He just needs to throw his off speed stuff for strikes a bit more.

  47. oac001 on September 5th, 2008 8:06 pm

    4th inning: 4 fb, 3 change, 2 curve, 5 slider

  48. Tom in Edmonds on September 5th, 2008 8:06 pm

    Morrow is pumped and out to prove the doubters unworthy…

    The kids are there to help him get a win…

    The vets need to man up!

  49. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 8:06 pm

    Tui!!!!

  50. MG8222 on September 5th, 2008 8:08 pm

    Tuiasosopo with a double for his first Major Leauge hit. Congrats to him…It has been a long time coming for this moment.

  51. msb on September 5th, 2008 8:08 pm

    hahahaha. once again, damon throws like a little girl.

    oh, c’mon.

    there are a lot of little girls who throw harder than Damon.

  52. killer_ewok18 on September 5th, 2008 8:08 pm

    Derek Jeter, gold glove shortstop.

  53. ChrisB on September 5th, 2008 8:09 pm

    Tom.. who are the doubters?

  54. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:09 pm

    I caught that too Chris, the weird thing was that it sounded like he caught himself while he was saying it, then he repeated it again.

    Anyways, this is one of the best M’s games I’ve seen in a long time (other than days that Felix pitches of course). Let’s just Morrow can keep growing the rest of this month and we will have another young strong arm in the rotation next year.

  55. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 8:09 pm

    TUIIIII

  56. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 8:09 pm

    Worst ss in 08 Yuni or Jeter?

  57. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:11 pm

    Chris B

    In my mind the doubters are all of the people who still bitch about not drafting Tim L. Hopefully Morrow will continue to progress and we won’t have to hear that stupid argument anymore.

  58. Tom in Edmonds on September 5th, 2008 8:12 pm

    Certainly not me or apparently you.

    Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said pre-game that he’d be happy if Morrow can get into the fifth or sixth inning, given how many pitches these Yankees tend to make pitchers throw

  59. killer_ewok18 on September 5th, 2008 8:12 pm

    Yuni. Jeter is at least decent at the plate.

  60. HappyMarinerFan on September 5th, 2008 8:14 pm

    Most pitchers throw about 60-70% fastballs, if I recall correctly.

    Comparitively – Pettitte throws his straight fastball 51% of the time, cutter 28%, curveball 11%, changeup 7%, slider 3%.

    Those stats are from BillJamesOnline.com.

  61. JerBear on September 5th, 2008 8:15 pm

    Well, the Yankees announcers (I’m on mlb.com) seem to think that Yuni is an excellent defender.

    The Mariners should capitalize on this wide misconception immediately. I’m not holding my breath.

    Nice to see that Derek “Past A Diving” Jeter is in regular form tonight…

  62. HappyMarinerFan on September 5th, 2008 8:15 pm

    Here is Morrow’s 2008 comparison:

    Fastball 466 76%
    Changeup 10 2%
    Slider 86 14%
    Split Finger 50 8%
    Not Charted 1 0%

  63. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:16 pm

    Ok, question. If certain situation about the Yankees line score that I won’t mention for obvious reasons continues, how much pressure will there be to keep Morrow in?

    The temptation to push him might be too much to resist.

  64. HappyMarinerFan on September 5th, 2008 8:17 pm

    Depends on pitch count – but I almost guarantee if it was a choice between ending a certain situation and arm damage, they’d end the situation.

  65. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:20 pm

    Pitch count is still in the low 50s. Mind you, I expect it to end soon, but this is kind of exciting.

    And to think I turned the game on on a whim.

  66. killer_ewok18 on September 5th, 2008 8:21 pm

    Yeah– the rotation is going to look real good next year.

    As long as you don’t look at Washburn or Silva or Batista…

  67. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:24 pm

    Well, hopefully the only one that you’ll see in the rotation next year would be Silva. It’s been said before but Hernandez, (a healthy) Bedard, Morrow, RRS, and Silva would at least be fun to watch 80% of the time.

  68. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:26 pm

    OK, that’s 5 innings now.

    If he has one more good inning, I wonder where this would rank in the history of M’s pitchers debut starts.

  69. msb on September 5th, 2008 8:28 pm

    Well, the Yankees announcers (I’m on mlb.com) seem to think that Yuni is an excellent defender.

    would they like him? We could send him there, provided they would send something “of value” back.

    I’ve been interested to see that recently there have actually been some articles questioning how much longer Jeter can play short in NY

  70. oac001 on September 5th, 2008 8:30 pm

    hm… 5th inning:

    7 off-speed pitches: 2 for strikes.
    8 fastballs (average=94.875): 3 fouls, 2 balls, 2 called strikes, 1 pop up

  71. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:32 pm

    I think this is the last inning regardless.

  72. HamNasty on September 5th, 2008 8:32 pm

    Nothing better then tuning in and seeing the M’s up 0-3 over the Skankees.

  73. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 8:33 pm

    Too bad they didn’t let Brandon work into the rotation last season. The M’s might have saved themselves $48M.

    While this is only 5 innings worth of starting (so far), I’m greatly encouraged.

  74. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:34 pm

    Ham – look at the line score.

  75. Jasper on September 5th, 2008 8:36 pm

    This Morrow kid doesn’t look so bad. I hope upper management is watching — seems like he could develop into a nice 8th inning setup guy.

    More seriously, this is the first game in a long time I’ve been excited to watch. Great to see him do well… and against those Bronx guys no less…

  76. cdowley on September 5th, 2008 8:36 pm

    Nice to see that Derek “Past A Diving” Jeter is in regular form tonight…

    God, that cracked me up something fierce. Thanks for that JerBear, I needed that today…

    I was about to put this on as I’m recording it on the trusty DVR. Glad to see the space is not being wasted :)

  77. Pete on September 5th, 2008 8:38 pm

    zzyzx,

    It’s right there in the top two. I was there at Ken Cloude’s ML debut. Very similar.

  78. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 8:38 pm

    You havn’t heard ‘Pasta Diving Jeter’? You’ve been missing out.

  79. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:38 pm

    He’s got to be pulled, right?

    Heh, Cloude is someone I haven’t thought about in a while.

  80. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 8:38 pm

    i know pitchers are supersticious…but i cant wait till the eighth to begin the countdown…….are they gonna give him the chance to finish???

  81. DMZ on September 5th, 2008 8:38 pm

    Hoooooooooooooly fuck

  82. Scooter4 on September 5th, 2008 8:39 pm

    This is insane.

  83. DMZ on September 5th, 2008 8:40 pm

    50%: screw it, what else have we had to really get this riled up about this year? Put in defensive replacements and let’s do this thing.
    50%: nah, nah, you’ve got to pull him

  84. killer_ewok18 on September 5th, 2008 8:40 pm

    They had better pull him…

  85. thr33niL on September 5th, 2008 8:40 pm

    He’s almost to his pitch count.. Better yank him now.

  86. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 8:40 pm

    wow.

  87. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 8:41 pm

    77 pitches, 6 innings. Has he worked hard in any inning? It’s not so much the pitch count itself, but the amount of work at one time too.

  88. cdowley on September 5th, 2008 8:41 pm

    Watched that Jeter AB before I started the recorded portion… damn, that was IMPRESSIVE, and that crowd is as amped as we’ve seen it in months now.

    … and now I looked at the box score. I agree with Derek: holy FUCK!

  89. thr33niL on September 5th, 2008 8:41 pm

    Seriously. I actually have butterflies watching him pitch. Skipping over the computer when the Mariners are up and dashing back when Brandon takes the mound again.

    This is awesome!

  90. jbarr08 on September 5th, 2008 8:42 pm

    so what’s the over/under on the number of pitches the M’s take the rest of the way?

  91. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:43 pm

    OK, back out. I want to see it, but at the same time it’ll become harder and harder to pull him as the game goes on.

  92. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 8:43 pm

    What’s the pitch limit for him?? 80?

  93. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 8:43 pm

    Are you guys being sarcastic about pulling him, or…

  94. JerBear on September 5th, 2008 8:43 pm

    Yeah, regardless of the outcome, this game is going on my short list of good things that happened this season. Along with AB’s cycle and Felix’s grand salami, of course. :)

  95. patl on September 5th, 2008 8:43 pm

    Wel, m goodness. I just finally sat down to concentrate on the game, and it’s a big one. Wow. Morrow looks amazing.

  96. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 8:44 pm

    dude.they really dont need his arm a cpl days down the road…and def. not into october (HAHAHAHAHAH)…. i bet riggy will let him go until he is done

  97. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:44 pm

    DMZ said: “Hoooooooooooooly fuck”

    My thoughts exactly, except this time I’m not thinking this after watching Yuni throw another ball into the 5th row behind 1st base, or some random batter flailing away at home plate.

    This is actually fun.

  98. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 8:44 pm

    p.s. we got a espn no hitter update

  99. Mr. Egaas on September 5th, 2008 8:45 pm

    Sims is jinxin’ him left and right. Silly Dave Sims.

  100. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:45 pm

    opposite – it’s seriously a rough question, have a chance to set history vs risking injury to someone who’s being rather impressive.

  101. jbarr08 on September 5th, 2008 8:45 pm

    too many fastballs

  102. vitalogist on September 5th, 2008 8:46 pm

    does dave sims know anything about baseball broadcasting etiquette during “special circumstances?” what the hell???

  103. msb on September 5th, 2008 8:47 pm

    have we heard what the pitch count was supposed to be?

  104. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:47 pm

    If this bastard breaks up the no-no I’ll be pissed.

  105. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 8:47 pm

    well managment said there is no cap on his pitch count

  106. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:47 pm

    MORROW!!!!

  107. Jeff Nye on September 5th, 2008 8:48 pm

    Go Brandon go!

  108. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 8:48 pm

    I’m so glad I remembered to turn this on.

    7 strikeouts. Jesus. I would love to see some competition for who is the #1 starter next year. Don’t hurt me, Brandon. I don’t know if I’m ready to have hope, yet.

  109. jbarr08 on September 5th, 2008 8:48 pm

    that was fun

  110. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:49 pm

    Fuck it!!! Let him go!!!

  111. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:49 pm

    OK, I’m leaning towards keeping him in now that he got through the heart of the order.

  112. thr33niL on September 5th, 2008 8:49 pm

    There is no pitch count in this situation.

    Riggleman would get lynched!

  113. SeattleDan on September 5th, 2008 8:49 pm

    I do believe that our 2008 Opening Day pitcher will be, at best, our #3 in 2009. Possibly could slip even to #4.

  114. Marihawks on September 5th, 2008 8:50 pm

    HOLY FUCK BALLS COME ON MORROW

  115. kyoko on September 5th, 2008 8:51 pm

    I’m crying at this point. Sure – he could have thrown more strikes but this is beyond my wildest dream.

  116. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 8:51 pm

    He certainly doesn’t look like he’s tiring.

  117. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 8:51 pm

    One start isn’t going to ruin his arm. It’s also not as if he’s on pace for 130 pitches or something.

  118. Paul L on September 5th, 2008 8:52 pm

    I just came here after seeing ESPN.COM and I have to say my initial reaction was shock that the site is still up :)

  119. Tom in Edmonds on September 5th, 2008 8:52 pm

    Of course you let him go…

  120. RallyFried on September 5th, 2008 8:52 pm

    I agree…

    LET HIM PITCH.

    He can skip his next start if he needs to rest the arm.

    No hitting this line-up in a debut is too awesome to pass up

  121. oac001 on September 5th, 2008 8:53 pm

    morrow has been owning arod and giambi tonight.

  122. JerBear on September 5th, 2008 8:53 pm

    I heard he didn’t have an official pitch count. Riggs said they were going to just play it by ear… unless that changed.

  123. SDRE on September 5th, 2008 8:53 pm

    It looked like Ichiro beat Morrow as the first one into the dugout after the 7th. With a standing O in the background and all.

  124. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 8:53 pm

    I haven’t cheered this much for the M’s all year (I couldn’t go nuts about Felix’s homerun because I was at work).

    This is absolutely awesome!

  125. gwangung on September 5th, 2008 8:55 pm

    77 pitches through 7…..he’s starting the eight inning for sure…

    We’ll see after that…

  126. JerBear on September 5th, 2008 8:56 pm

    Plus he was still throwing 97 last inning. I don’t think he’s tired.

  127. msb on September 5th, 2008 8:56 pm

    does dave sims know anything about baseball broadcasting etiquette during “special circumstances?” what the hell???

    Dave Sims believes (as does Dave Niehaus) that as they are not part of the team sitting on the bench, they aren’t obliged to follow the superstition– that as they are in the business of reporting the game, they should tell you what is happening on the field.

  128. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 8:57 pm

    Giambi’s hit worried me a bit.

  129. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 8:58 pm

    You know, I’m really disappointed that, even throughout this entire season of shitty performances and possibilities, we’re still seeing the mariners truck Brandon morrow out in the 8th instead of sending him down to… wait, what? ohhhh

  130. pinball1973 on September 5th, 2008 8:59 pm

    My word! I check GameDay to see if Ichiro! got a hit and then double-take on the Yankees’ line score!

  131. enazario on September 5th, 2008 8:59 pm

    I can’t bear watching!

  132. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 8:59 pm

    I’m so fucking nervous for this kid I can hardly contain myself.

  133. Jim_H on September 5th, 2008 9:00 pm

    First pitch strikes FTW!!

  134. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 9:01 pm

    Where was THAT?

  135. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 9:01 pm

    Honestly I would hate to be Riggleman about now. He’s gonna be at about 100 pitches going into the ninth

  136. enazario on September 5th, 2008 9:01 pm

    Where was that pitch!?

  137. dlb on September 5th, 2008 9:02 pm

    This is the most excited I have been for the M’s since 2001. Its ridiculous.

  138. pensive on September 5th, 2008 9:02 pm

    For all the bad, I hope Bavasi is watching and enjoying this.

    Fontaine good choice. This is fun.

  139. Paul L on September 5th, 2008 9:03 pm

    Poor Riggleman…seriously.

  140. patl on September 5th, 2008 9:03 pm

    baker reports a pitch count of 90-95

  141. enazario on September 5th, 2008 9:03 pm

    Yuni and Jose you better catch the groundball if its hit your way!

  142. dlb on September 5th, 2008 9:03 pm

    Ring him up!

  143. Jim_H on September 5th, 2008 9:03 pm

    *faints

  144. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    *Whew* I did not think he had a bead on that.

  145. enazario on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    Yuni and Jose you better catch the groundball if it’s hit your way!

  146. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    oh jesus that scared me

  147. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    Ahhh!!! I hope ESPN picks it up in the 9th so I can actually watch.

  148. Paul L on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    I’m dying here.

  149. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    WLAD!!! You son of a bitch! That was scary to watch. Nice play overall though, lol

  150. OppositeField on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    WLAD!!!!!

  151. MattThompson on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    Oh man, I can’t take much more of this!

  152. SDRE on September 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    Nice Balentien

  153. HamNasty on September 5th, 2008 9:05 pm

    Oh Wlad you crazy guy. Nice Catch.

  154. JerBear on September 5th, 2008 9:05 pm

    Thank you Wlad!!! Looks like he might be getting tired now, but I think they need to let him go for it. He could theoretically only need a half dozen pitches to get 4 more outs…

  155. hititagainandagainandagain on September 5th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Ichiro stinks.

  156. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Damn damn.

    OK, pull him now.

  157. MattThompson on September 5th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Congrats, Morrow. That was awesome.

  158. msb on September 5th, 2008 9:06 pm

    isn’t that always the way …

  159. crazyray7391 on September 5th, 2008 9:07 pm

    Great job Brandon!!!

  160. joser on September 5th, 2008 9:07 pm

    I was kind of hoping the yankees would get a hit, just so that they could get him out of there before his arm fell off. There are more CG shout-outs and no hitters in his future.

  161. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 9:07 pm

    sonofabitch

  162. Scooter4 on September 5th, 2008 9:09 pm

    Damn it, damn it, damn it.

  163. Jasper on September 5th, 2008 9:10 pm

    Well, that was the most fun I’ve had watching the M’s in a long time. Just fantastic!!

    Also:

    BRANDON FUCKING MORROW!!

  164. msb on September 5th, 2008 9:12 pm

    Tim McLelland likes to mess with Niehaus’ mind.

  165. RussM on September 5th, 2008 9:12 pm

    Dang. I guess that’s their payback for the Broussard homer against Wang last year….

  166. thr33niL on September 5th, 2008 9:12 pm

    Bite your tongue! Hoping the Yankees got a hit?

    I was hoping for a quick 8th.

  167. Paul L on September 5th, 2008 9:12 pm

    What a great start for the kid.

    It would really make me happy looking forward to next season if it weren’t for the fact that Chuck Armstrong says we’re going to have the next few years rebuilding. He a pro, so who am I to question it?

    What a shame.

  168. Jim_H on September 5th, 2008 9:12 pm

    That was Awesome (Brandon’s overall performance)!!

  169. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 9:13 pm

    At least it wasn’t a cheapy like CC’s.

  170. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 9:13 pm

    I’m so glad we now have Brandon Day! to go with Felix Day! It’s like there’s hope, now, or something.

  171. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 9:16 pm

    I like how Ichiro made a hopeless leap for it just because he wanted it so badly for Brandon, as well

  172. dsmiley on September 5th, 2008 9:16 pm

    Congratulations, Brandon! That was so much fun to watch! Definitely the most exciting thing to happen in…I don’t know…years?

    If he pitches anywhere near this good the rest of the season and next spring then I think we have our #2 or #3 starter figured out.

  173. Lavalamp on September 5th, 2008 9:17 pm

    F you, Wilson Betemit. But man was that fun to watch. The crowd is totally in the game. We were all on our feet for every two-strike pitch. Morrow just looked incredible.

    I haven’t had this much fun at a game all year.

  174. msb on September 5th, 2008 9:19 pm

    looks like Norm is coming in to pitch the 9th

  175. MG8222 on September 5th, 2008 9:21 pm

    And why wasn’t he a starter before now

  176. Slurve on September 5th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Because his command was erratic when he first came up and our bullpen needed some help back then.

  177. joser on September 5th, 2008 9:23 pm

    Don’t you dare blow this, JJ

  178. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 9:24 pm

    No, because our front office decided to spend a upper half first round pick on pitcher who they decided would be a setup guy.

  179. dsmiley on September 5th, 2008 9:24 pm

    They are saying Beltre’s in to play 3rd even though he may have hurt himself on the slide to end the 8th.

    I think Beltre would play if he broke his leg. He’s like the anti-Bedard.

  180. Slurve on September 5th, 2008 9:25 pm

    No, because our front office decided to spend a upper half first round pick on pitcher who they decided would be a setup guy.

    Oh how did you come with that conclusion? His command was erratic and he was mainly a 2 pitch guy stop bashing the FO if you don’t have facts to back up your statement.

  181. enazario on September 5th, 2008 9:26 pm

    JJ has got nothing.

  182. Vortex on September 5th, 2008 9:29 pm

    I didn’t know tonight was turn back the clock Yuni night.

  183. Breadbaker on September 5th, 2008 9:30 pm

    Thanks, Alex.

  184. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 9:31 pm

    Giambi would refute that, Enazario

  185. zzyzx on September 5th, 2008 9:32 pm

    Nice catch Beltre! I really wanted Morrow to get the W with that game.

  186. Jim_H on September 5th, 2008 9:32 pm

    BALLGAME !! WooHooo!

  187. ManageWA on September 5th, 2008 9:32 pm

    what a Mariners performance. That’s the team that I remember.

  188. Slurve on September 5th, 2008 9:32 pm

    That was a fun game to watch. Why is it always a no-name utility guy who breaks up the no-no

  189. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 9:37 pm

    stop bashing the FO if you don’t have facts to back up your statement.

    The fact is he should’ve been in the minors this whole time working being a starter, not playing 8th inning setup guy for a s***** team. It was a stupid move having in pitch in relief for almost 2 seasons. It points to the obvious: the M’s are too concerned with roles.

    He’s an immense talent who’ll be much, much more valuable as a starter than a reliever. Imagine if he’s been ‘stretching out’ the last two seasons? If he’d been able to work on additional pitches for teams not blindly chasing the playoff pipe dream?

  190. msb on September 5th, 2008 9:39 pm

    No, because our front office decided to spend a upper half first round pick on pitcher who they decided would be a setup guy.

    you mean the pitcher who was scheduled to go to AA as a starter after his first spring training, until he pitched so well that Hargrove kept lobbying in the press to have him in the bullpen?

  191. Slurve on September 5th, 2008 9:41 pm

    And this was coming from the mouths of people saying that we should use Morrow as closer so we could trade J.J.

  192. DMZ on September 5th, 2008 9:43 pm

    Who said that?

  193. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 9:47 pm

    until he pitched so well that Hargrove kept lobbying in the press to have him in the bullpen?

    Yes, that pitcher. The same one Bavasi should’ve told Hargrove was going spend a little while in the minors starting. That’s my complaint, and it obviously doesn’t end with BB. The [Mariners'] inability to see beyond this season most of the time is maddening.

  194. cdowley on September 5th, 2008 9:47 pm

    I think it was mentioned a handful of times in the comments, never by you guys.

  195. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 9:59 pm

    I believe the Red Sox and Twins won tonight. Tomorrow, I eagerly anticipate, will show the Yank’s playoff odds to near nil.

  196. pensive on September 5th, 2008 10:03 pm

    The first time this year, am happy for FSN replay at 11 pm.
    Was enjoying the game too much to hit record.

  197. gwangung on September 5th, 2008 10:08 pm

    Yes, that pitcher. The same one Bavasi should’ve told Hargrove was going spend a little while in the minors starting. That’s my complaint, and it obviously doesn’t end with BB. The Mariner’s inability to see beyond this season most of the time is maddening.

    Um. Do we see Armstrong’s hand here as well?

  198. galaxieboi on September 5th, 2008 11:34 pm

    Pretty much.

  199. scott19 on September 6th, 2008 12:19 am

    Absolutely brilliant! Congrats Brandon! :)

  200. joser on September 6th, 2008 12:04 pm

    Way to put words in people’s mouths, slurve. What a few people said was that if the organization insisted on keeping him in the bullpen — which certainly seemed to be the case both last year and this, despite all their claims prior to each season — the best (highest-value use) we could hope for would be to turn him into a closer and trade JJ. That was making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, not wishing to be handed porcine pinnas.

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