Brandon Morrow Earns First Major League Win With the Seattle Mariners
April 24, 2007
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Former University of California right-hander Brandon Morrow earned his first Major League victory Monday night for the Seattle Mariners, helping lead the Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
A key in Seattle snapping a six-game losing streak, Morrow threw 3.1 innings of shutout relief for his first big-league win. He entered the game in the fifth inning and threw a wild pitch before intentionally walking Hank Blalock. Morrow then struck out Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz to end the inning. He proceeded to get the next seven Ranger batters out to earn the win, allowing just one hit in 3.1 innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
Morrow became the highest draft pick in Golden Bear baseball history when he was selected in the first round, and the fifth pick overall, by the Seattle Mariners during the 2006 Major League Draft. He made the Mariners' opening day roster after only 10 months in professional baseball.
A 6-3, 190-pound 22-year-old from Rohnert Park, Calif., Morrow only pitched in eight minor league games last summer, throwing in seven contests for the AZL Mariners of the Rookie League (13 strikeouts in 13.0 innings, 2.77 ERA) and one game Inland Empire 66ers in the California League (four strikeouts in 3.0 innings). He joins the Major League Mariners after an impressive spring training, in which in the first part of March he only allowed two hits in 6.1 scoreless innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Morrow heads the Cal list of professional baseball draftees that includes shortstop/outfielder Ted Parks, who was the 16th pick overall by the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, the second year of the Major League Amateur Draft, and Conor Jackson, who was 19th pick overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003.