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Morrow says first start goes "pretty good"

From our intern Stephen Chen, who was at Cheney Stadium:

Brandon Morrow pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit, a long double to center to Dallas McPherson, and no runs. He was solid but not spectacular. Three weak groundouts and a popout to first. He threw 34 pitches, 21 for strikes. All but three pitches were fastballs. His fastballs were consistently around 94-95 mph. He topped out at 98 mph in his eighth pitch of the game.

Slightly longer bottom of the first--15 minutes--as the Rainiers scored 3 runs. Morrow threw three balls to start the second inning, but his velocity was good and he didn't have too many control problems after that.

Here's some more from Mr. Chen after talking with Morrow:

"I haven't thrown out of the windup all year so I felt a little inconsistent, but I thought it went pretty good," Morrow said.

"I wanted to throw more offspeed pitches, but I was falling behind because I was out of the windup," Morrow said.

Morrow is slated to throw a bullpen in Tucson on Friday and make his second start Monday. Morrow said he expects his pitch count to be bumped up to around 50.