Brandon Morrow is putting in work.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander took over for lefty Rich Hill with the bases loaded in the fifth inning of Game 6 against the Houston Astros, it was a familiar sight. Morrow has appeared in every game of the series, making him the fourth pitcher in MLB history to do so, according to MLB.com’s Andrew Simon.
The last pitcher to replicate the prolific performance was Felix Rodriguez in 2002 for the San Francisco Giants.
Morrow has also taken the mound in 13 of the Dodgers’ 14 postseason games. The only time he stayed in the bullpen was the Dodgers’ Game 4 loss against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.
He managed to escape the Astros unscathed Tuesday, allowing one hit and no runs on one inning of work. It’s a huge step up after allowing four runs on four hits when throwing only six pitches in Game 5.
Outside of one disastrous appearance, Morrow has been pretty sharp in the postseason. If you remove Sunday’s implosion, he has allowed only two earned runs across 13 1/3 playoff innings.