All in all, it was a good day at the office for Brandon Morrow.
Not having to make the long 21/2 hour bus trip to Fort Myers and a game against the Red Sox, Morrow opted for the 15-minute drive to the Phillies minor-league complex on an overcast and chilly day in not-so-sunny Florida.
Facing the Phillies triple-A club, Morrow got his work in, threw around 55 pitches and pitched into the fifth inning, the first Jays starter to do so this spring.
“Yeah, we got into the fifth inning,” Morrow said of the day’s accomplishments “I was conservative with my pitches, I wasn’t getting as many first-pitch strikes as I’d like but I got second-pitch strikes fairly well.
“In the fourth there, I couldn’t get my fastball down and away. That was the pitch that they hit. We kept working on it, kept throwing it and I just couldn’t get it there that inning but I was pretty good with it the rest of the time.”
Which is what you should do in the spring, work on things. In a regular-season game, if he was having trouble with that pitch he would get away from it, go to his other pitches and slowly try to work it back in. But in the spring, when results don’t count, it’s more of a mind-set to work the kinks out immediately and if you give up hits — he gave up three consecutive extra-base hits in the fourth — so be it.
“It’s nice to be able to work on everything we wanted to,” Morrow said. “I think we threw a first-pitch curveball to every left-hander and if I didn’t get that over, we threw a second-pitch curve over and I was able to get that over.
“We mixed everything well. I threw some splits to right-handers. It’s just to be able to work on those kinds of things.”
Jays' Morrow still working out the kinks
Toronto Sun | Mar 13