Corcoran gets a 'W' to go with his drawl
Mariners righty proud to have big league victory under belt
OAKLAND -- Roy Corcoran draws attention almost every time he says something because of his thick Southern drawl. It's so distinctive that Willie Bloomquist, the Mariners' master mimic, decided to copy it, and he matched it so well that when you close your eyes during one of their conversations, it's difficult to tell which one is talking."It's an easy one to learn," Bloomquist said. "You just throw a Southern twang in there, and think of some weird things to say, and that's Corky." Corcoran added: "I have a pretty bad accent. Some words I say just sound funny, and I can't help that." It's mostly fun and games when you're around Corcoran, a 28-year-old right-handed reliever from Baton Rouge, La. He's good natured, usually wearing a smile on his face and living a dream. And for the first time, he has a Major League victory that he can discuss. "It feels good -- real good," Corcoran said of his first big league win, which came on Wednesday night in Seattle's 6-4 victory over the Athletics. "I was up and down in '03, '04, and '06 and never got one. It feels good to finally have one." He had come close a couple of times, though. In a 5-1 Interleague win over the Mets on June 23, Corcoran finished the fifth inning and got through the sixth, but, to his surprise, didn't get the victory. "I thought I was going to get my first win that night, but the scorer gave it to [Ryan] Rowland-Smith, which was OK," he said. "It was well-deserved." Corcoran replaced an injured Felix Hernandez with two outs in the fifth inning, walked the first batter he faced, and then recorded the final out on a comebacker. He also retired three of the four batters he faced in the sixth, walking one. Rowland-Smith retired all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, which the official scorer decided made him "more effective" than Corcoran. On July 15, 2006, while pitching in an extra-inning game for the Nationals in Pittsburgh, Corcoran surrendered a double to Jason Bay and walk-off single to Ronny Paulino. He had been 0-1 for more than two years. Now, he's a .500 pitcher in the big leagues. "He challenges hitters -- that's his strength," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's not scared. He's a good athlete out there, fields his position real well, and holds runners. He's got a good arm, too. "Every now and then he will get into a situation where he'll throw too many pitches to get the job done. But he has been real good as of late." Corcoran has a 3.38 ERA in 20 relief appearances. "I love the way he works," Bloomquist said. "He trusts his stuff and goes right after the hitters. He has that I-get you-or-you-get-me attitude, and I like that about pitchers, especially relievers. He works quick, throws strikes." And off the field, he's a funny guy. "He has a good personality, a likable personality," Bloomquist said. "I don't know if he's so funny because of his accent, or he's funny just because he's funny. One way or the other, he's fun to be around."
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.