Blue Jays put Texas opener behind them

Blue Jays put Texas opener behind them

Blue Jays put Texas opener behind them
ARLINGTON -- Brandon Morrow and the rest of his teammates will do everything they can to completely forget about Friday night's debacle in Texas.

Morrow surrendered six runs in just two-thirds of an inning in the shortest start of his career, en route to Toronto's lopsided 14-3 loss.

The Blue Jays' No. 2 starter had difficulty locating his fastball and slider, while also not possessing his typical overpowering arsenal. It was the type of outing that doesn't provide much of an overall learning experience, and one that is best left in the rear-view mirror.

"Three starts ago, I thought he learned more about [himself] in that game where he got through six innings [against Oakland] and on a day where he didn't have his best overall stuff, he really found a way to manage the lineup," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Used all of his pitches, his secondary pitches a little more frequently in that outing.

"When you do have your best stuff and you can make reference and pull from the experience of days when you have to pitch more than just rely on sheer stuff -- that's where the total package of Brandon continues to evolve."

When a pitcher doesn't have his best stuff on the mound, the Rangers possess the type of lineup to make the opposing team pay. Friday night marked the fifth time this season Texas recorded 18 or more hits in a game, and was the sixth time they scored at least six runs in an inning.

It's the type of loss that has the potential to stick around for a long period of time, which is why Farrell was thankful his club was back on the field less than 24 hours after the unfortunate series debut.

"The one thing about this game is that you can put yesterday behind you quickly and get ready to go, particularly [for] a day game after a night game," Farrell said. "But still, those games like last night, they have somewhat of a lingering effect -- particularly as much as we have been using our bullpen [as] of late.

"When you have seven innings needed out of the bullpen -- and that's not to be critical of anyone -- it was unfortunate that Brandon had an outing like he did. But we're rested enough in our bullpen today to get through it and compete at our highest level that we can put it out there."