Morrow confident despite recent trouble
Mariners closer recorded saves in first eight opportunities
KANSAS CITY -- Brandon Morrow wants Seattle to have a small lead going into the ninth inning on Sunday.
After his second blown save in as many tries on Saturday, Morrow said he was ready to go again as soon as possible. Manager Jim Riggleman still has confidence in him as well.
"I'd love to have him out there tomorrow," Riggleman said on Saturday.
Morrow knew he'd blow a save eventually, after saving his first eight games without any complications. On Thursday, he gave up two homers in the ninth inning that tied the game. He gave up a walk-off two-run shot to David DeJesus on Saturday night.
"It's tough to say I learned anything," Morrow said. "The pitches that were hit out were fastballs down the middle that I've gotten away with plenty of times before."
Riggleman didn't think Morrow blew the saves because he pitched poorly, either. He thought his stuff was as good as ever. He pointed to the law of averages: In baseball, closers blow saves.
"That's happened to all of them," Riggleman said, "whether it's J.J. [Putz] or [Goose] Gossage or [Rollie] Fingers or Mariano Rivera or [Trevor] Hoffman."
Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.