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September 11, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Morrow reaction

The feeling in the clubhouse after the game was that Brandon Morrow had done OK — not great, but more than acceptable. As Morrow himself said, “If I had that outing last week, it would have been a success.”
It was almost impossible for Morrow to match that debut outing, in which he held the Yankees hitless until two outs in the eighth. The big difference this time, he said, was that he kept getting behind in the count. But Morrow was not at all discouraged.
“All in all, I thought it was a good outing,” he said. “I’ll just keep moving forward.”
Here’s what manager Jim Riggleman said about Morrow: “He was OK. He had a hard time getting the ball down. That’s a statement how good he is. He was really not himself tonight and held a good team down, kept us in the game.”
Sean Green is a growing concern for the Mariners. Riggleman thought he had given him the perfect scenario to work out of his troubles — “a little softer situation,” he put it. The team was down, but not too far down. Yet when Green came in the game in the sixth, the Angels’ 2-0 lead quickly became 7-0. Green was charged with four of the five runs in just 1/3 of an inning.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” Riggleman said. “He’s just struggling. There’s nothing he can do except keep working.”
Green, who was shut down for about a week last month because of a tired arm, said he has no physical problems.
“I feel good,” he said. “I just didn’t make pitches when I needed to. When you get guys 0-2, 1-2, You have to put them away. It just wasn’t happening.”
And somehow, the 7-0 Angels’ lead heading into the eighth turned into a save situation, which Francisco Rodriguez converted — somewhat shakily — to tie Bobby Thigpen’s major-league record of 57, set in 1990. Congratulation to K-Rod, and I’ll wager he breaks the record before the year is through. But I hope his career goes better after setting the record than Thigpen’s did.

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