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March 19, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Mariners 8, D-Backs 5, final

There were lots of positives for the Mariners to take away from this one. Also, one more huge negative in the bullpen, but we’ll get to that in a moment. First, the bright side, which includes the continued plate success of both Jose Vidro and Jose Guillen. Richie Sexson getting a pair of hits and RBI — doubling his season output on both — was also good to see, no matter how far the balls were actually hit. Then there’s Brandon Morrow, the Class A sensation who continues to confound major league hitters. Morrow entered today’s game with a runner on third and two out in the fifth and promptly got Connor Jackson to pop out to first in foul territory.
Morrow then came back out for the sixth and got a flyout and a strikeouit before walking a batter. He then notched his second strikeout of the day, giving him eight in just 6 1/3 innings, to keep his streak of scoreless frames intact.
Manager Mike Hargrove was asked whether Morrow is doing something to play himself on to the team. “He isn’t doing anything to play himsefl off of it,” Hargrove quipped.
Let the bullpen controversy begin. Which brings us to the downside of today’s game for Seattle. Lefty reliever George Sherrill entered with an 8-1 lead in the seventh and promptly gave three runs back to Arizona on a no-doubt homer to left by Steve Garranbrants. Sherrill also yielded two doubles and a walk that inning and has now allowed 15 baserunners in five innings of work. Not quite what a team wants from its prime lefthander.
Sherrill told me in the clubhouse that this was simply a matter of mechanical problems he feels can be fixed with some studying of video over the next couple of days. He says it’s no different than any other spring and that his nagging elbow aches are something he’s been able to manage quite effectively.
Down on the field afterwards, Hargrove says he knows Sherrill can do better than this. But it’s time, he said, for the lefty to start showing it.

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