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May 18, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Jarrod Washburn takes blame for not getting it done in latest Mariners loss

Jarrod Washburn said he was truly unaware of how bad his fifth inning stats are starting to look. Going into the night, opponents were hitting .345 with a .406 OBP and .621 slugging percentage off him in the fifth inning. He had allowed six runs in that frame, while not giving up more than two in any other.
And that was before tonight. Before he yielded a home run, two doubles, five hits and five runs in the fifth to turn a 4-1 lead into a 6-4 deficit and eventual loss.
So, the fifth might be worth keeping an eye on when he’s pitching.
Washburn took the blame for the meltdown, even though plate umpire Dana DeMuth failed to give him that strikeout call before Juan Rivera’s homer on a full-count. Truth is, though, it was still only a 4-2 game at that point.
Washburn insisted that the non-call impacted him on the home run pitch, But not on the subsequent damage.
“I’m an emotional guy,” he said. “I get excited at times, I’ve screamed out there. I’ve yelled at umpires before and I’m sure I will again.”
But that’s no excuse, he said. The Angels simply hit him. Washburn admitted he lost command on the Bobby Abreu walk that loaded the bases. He then made “a mistake” to Torii Hunter on a pitch that was supposed to go inner-half, but “I just got a little too much of the plate and left it up.”
Hunter doubled to right center and three more runs scored.
Washburn was done after five innings and Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said having to go with Brandon Morrow and Denny Stark wasn’t his optimal choice. But he had to get some innings out of somebody.
Morrow battling out of that jam in the seventh, with runners at first and second with none out, is something Wakamatsu feels will help him as he moves forward.
“With his stuff, i think he can get away with some things,” he said. “And again, I think I saw some improvement in his delivery in just the short time we’re talking about, getting him back out there, getting his pitch count up.”
Wakamatsu told Morrow he was proud of him for battling out of the jam.
Morrow felt it was a first step.
“The home run aside, I thought I made pretty good pitches,” he said. “That was a ball that just ran back over the middle of the plate.”
We’ll see what happens tomorrow. The Mariners can turn their fortunes around with three solid games against the Angels this week. But they have to do more than they did on this night, when John Lackey wasn’t close to his best.

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