Friday, April 10, 2009

Mariners@Twins - Game 4 April 9, 2009 Mariners 2 Twins 0

Whenever you can get 8 solid innings from your number 4 starter it is a blessing. Jarrod Washburn dominated the Twins yesterday afternoon and the defense behind him helped him earn his much deserved first win of the season.

"I gave him a big hug," Washburn said. "I'll probably give him another one."

--Jarrod Washburn in reference to Franklin Gutierrez's diving grab of a gapper by Casilla in the first inning.

8 innings, 5 hits, 1 BB and 4k's. Most important stat here is the ZERO earned runs on the day. As usual Washburn got little run support but on this day it didn't matter. Morrow did make things a little nerve wracking when he came in and walked the first batter on 4 pitches in the bottom of the 9th. But he composed himself got the 3 outs needed, including 2 k's for the save and to nail down the win for Washburn and the Mariners.

"I might have been a little jacked up for the first batter after Tuesday's game," Morrow said. "I just said, `I'm not going to let this happen again."

--Brandon Morrow

Chavez and Franklin G continue to hit the ball well. Beltre and Johnson come away with the RBI's in this one.

Not a bad start to the season if you ask me. Series split on the road not too shabby. Our offense has been there, guys have been patient at the plate, moving the runner over, stealing bases. Doing all the little things that helps teams win games. Our pitching aside from Morrow's mental breakdown in game 2 and Silva's terrible 5 innings in game 2 has been outstanding. It is still early in the season and these next two series against division rivals will be a tall order. Let's see how they look at the end of next week.

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