Brandon Morrow talked his way into pitching for a third straight day for the first time in 2017. It didn’t go well.
The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever has been one of the team’s best surprises, resurrecting his career as a set-up man to closer Kenley Jansen. On Sunday, he threw six pitches, allowed four hits and four runs on two home runs before being yanked in the seventh inning.
“It was probably selfish of me to make that call and try to push to get in,” Morrow said, according to Yahoo Sports’ Mike Oz.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Morrow had been angling to get the ball throughout the day, and he eventually acquiesced.
“He called down and said that he felt good,” Roberts said. “He was throwing today, he felt good. And he called in the middle of the game, and he said, hey, if we take the lead, I want the ball, my body feels good. So in the seventh inning, you can’t turn him down … It’s a credit to him to be used like he has been and want the baseball.”
Morrow was one of six pitchers used in relief of Clayton Kershaw, who only got through 4 2/3 innings before getting the hook.
The two home runs Morrow surrendered in the Game 5 loss raised his postseason total to three across 12 1/3 innings. In 43 2/3 regular-season innings, Morrow didn’t allow a single long ball.