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On Tuesday night Brandon Morrow learned the hard way that the toughest out to get is the final one. After the Mariners’ bullpen protected a 1-run lead through 3 innings against the Minnesota Twins, Morrow took the mound as the closer for the first time.
He retired the first two batters he faced with ease, striking out one and getting a line drive out to center. But then things got away from him, he lost control of his pitches and walked the bases loaded.
Morrow was taken out of the game and Miguel Batista could not get that final out either, the Twins got two consecutive hits to win the game. That final out was never recorded for the Mariners as the lost the game 6-5.
Those are the toughest losses to take, the ones where the win seems so close. Morrow wants to prove he has more to offer as a closer and said that he can not wait to get back on the mound again. The closer job was an area of concern for Seattle as they entered this season after trading closer J.J. Putz to the Mets in the offseason. Morrow was supposed to be competing for a spot in the rotation but after some diabetes setbacks and some change of heart, he said he wanted to be a reliever.
He was given the closers job quickly after saying he would be in the bullpen but he can just as quickly lose it. The Mariners have a tough spot to fill, closing is a difficult job and as Morrow found out the toughest out to get is the last.
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