Wright has encouraging outing

Wright has encouraging outing

Wright has encouraging outing
SEATTLE -- Lost in a dismal first inning for starter Jason Vargas and another lack of offensive production in Seattle's 4-2 loss to Florida on Saturday night were two innings of impressive pitching by reliever Jamey Wright.

Wright struck out three and allowed just one hit in two shutout innings, looking a lot like the reliable reliever he was in April and May.

"I was encouraged -- that's the best we've seen him throw in a while," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "He had a run through the middle of the lineup, and had everything working. He's a guy we'll need. It's great to see him come out there and throw the ball the way he did for two innings."

It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Oklahoma City native. After allowing just four runs in April and May combined, Wright gave up six earned runs in four consecutive appearances -- starting with a June 1 loss to Baltimore, when he surrendered an eighth-inning home run to Adam Jones and picked up his second loss.

Since giving up one run at Detroit on June 11, Wright has seen the mound just three times, including Saturday's appearance. And even though he gave up a two-run homer to Shane Victorino on June 19, the 36-year-old veteran still believes he is making good pitches.

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"I feel great, but I'm not getting results," he said prior to Sunday's rubber match against Florida. "There were a couple times out there where good pitches were getting hit. You got to tip your hat to big league hitters -- they don't always make outs on good pitches. I'm just trying to keep the mindset of staying aggressive and attacking the zone."

But Saturday against Florida, it all seemed to click.

"Everything kind of came together," Wright said. "Everything was going toward the plate -- lots of strikes, good sinker, good curveball. Got to keep it up."

Wright, who has played for ten different MLB teams, says it's been frustrating because he's not used to sitting for six or seven days at a time. Still, the journeyman -- who is just two career appearances away from 500 -- is staying positive, especially playing on a team contending for a division title.

"I'm having a blast out there. I'm a lot more polished as a pitcher [than] I ever have been," he said. "Being in the playoff race, unfortunately, it's not something I've had an opportunity to do a lot of years in my career.

"So I want to be in there every game. I want to be one of the go-to guys and keep doing what I'm capable of doing, and that will work itself out."