First time out, he flirted with a no-hitter - and now Brandon Morrow faces an Angels team one night after it clinched the American League West.
On paper, a mismatch. The Angels have won 31 more times than the Mariners have.
Maybe Mr. Morrow can even the odds. ...
Yes, the lad is up to his usual tricks, no-hitting an opponent early on a minimum of fuss.
Thirteen pitches in the first inning, 14 in the second and Morrow walked a man. He also gave up one wicked line drive to Kendry Morales that Adrian Beltre caught with a leap and a backhand.
After two: No score ...
A wobbly third. Morrow walked the first batter he faced, but catcher Kenji Johjima threw the runner out on a third strike to Sean Rodriguez.
Morrow then walked Gary Matthews Jr., who stole second base and took third on Kenji's throwing error.
Garret Anderson singled and the Angels had the lead and Vlad Guererro at the plate.
Guerrero popped out on a 95 mph fastball.
Not bad when your wobbly inning means only a run - but it took Morrow 27 pitches to get through the third.
Angels 1, Mariners 0 ...
Morrow is pitching well. Jered Weaver is pitching just a bit better. If the Seatle lineup has had one constant weakness all season it's been hitting hard-throwing ritht-handers who feature cutters or sliders.
Weaver is one of those, and the Mariners aren't mounting threats.
Their offense so far: two walks, a hit batter and a single.
Difference thus far tonight: Morrow can't stop the Angels with two outs. Both their scores came on two-out singles with a man on third, the latest a line drive by .188-hitting shortstop Brandon Wood.
He gets in trouble, nearly gets out and bends. Two runs aren't insurmountable.
Morrow just hasn't had the stuff to stop them tonight.
Angels 2, Mariners 0 ...
Sixth inning. Sean Green warming up for Seattle. Morrow has pitched into and out of trouble all night and, obviously, the Mariners aren't going to let him go too far.
Jeremy Reed singled to open the inning, one out later Raul Ibanez walked and, with two outs, Yuniesky Betancourt put together a long at-bat before popping out.
Green now pitching for Seattle.
Angels 2, Mariners 0 ...
So effective into August, reliever Green now is watching a marvelous season battered appea rance after appearance.
Out of the bullpen in the sixth, Green allowed four hits while getting one out.
When he entered, it was 2-0.
When he departed, it was 4-0 and there were Angels at second and third base.
Rookie Justin Thomas walked Matthews to load the bases, then gave up a single to Anderson.
Angels 6, Mariners 0.
Smoke 'em if you got 'em. This one is over.
Ichiro Suzuki hit the sixth home run of his season for his 191st hit of the year, igniting a three-run rally in the eighth.
That made the Angels pretend to care, bring in Scot Shields and put the Mariners away.
Mark Lowe now pitching.
Angels 7, Mariners 3 ...