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Morrow loses no-hitter in ninth inning against Rays

Aug 8, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

Brandon Morrow struck out 17 Rays batters this afternoon in Toronto and came within one out of a no-hitter. He threw 137 pitches -- 97 of which were strikes.

UPDATE, 3:34 PM: Longoria snuck a ground ball through the right side of the infield, just past a diving Aaron Hill.  It actually popped out of Hill’s glove.  No history today, but still a fine performance.  Morrow struck out the final batter that he faced and still took home a shutout victory. Those 17 strikeouts are the most by any pitcher in a game this season.

UPDATE, 3:31 PM: Morrow got Carl Crawford to fly out to left field for the second out of the inning.  He’s now one out away from history, but will have to retire Evan Longoria to make it happen.

3:28 PM: Developing story…

Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow has carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning this afternoon against the Rays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  He’s struck out 16 batters and allowed only two baserunners.

  1. flipsy - Aug 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    You’re kinda late with this story. mlb.com had it for 2 innings.
    Seems the Jays don’t get much love/attention around here: also no report on Litsch injury the other day.

  2. trevor_909 - Aug 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Man, that Longoria single was painful to watch. Still, an absolutely dominant performance – with 17 K’s and just one hit allowed, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the highest game score of the year.

  3. Proudly Canadian - Aug 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    WOW and Double WOW!

  4. Proudly Canadian - Aug 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Note to Craig: When you do your Power Rankings kindly remember which team played the top two teams in baseball this week and emerged with a 5 & 1 record.

  5. basiltherat - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    As the Rays continue to give Red Sox fans hope … I understand why they haven’t traded for a bat, I understand that their prospects and cost-controlled young players are more valuable to them than to most teams, but the Rays HAVE to understand that this is basically a mediocre, league-average offense that has somehow lucked into scoring about 30 more runs than it should have. Until Longoria and Crawford pull out of their slumps, they’re going to keep losing.

  6. jde - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    It’s Sunday. Relax.

  7. trevor_909 - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Well said. This Jays team would be rockin’ if Lind and Hill were having the years they had in 2009.

  8. Md23Rewls - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    What is it with Tampa and getting no-hit (or in this case, almost no-hit)? This would have been the fourth time over the last two seasons, I believe. Against Chicago last year, then against Oakland and Arizona this year. Too bad it didn’t happen.

  9. flipsy - Aug 8, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    The Litsch injury was a couple of days ago. And at the same time, some minor transactions were reported.
    Today, there was a post at 1:55pm and at 3:02pm. So clearly Drew could have picked up on it earlier than 3:28pm.

  10. jde - Aug 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Well then I assume we won’t have to hear anymore complaining since you’ll be getting your news elsewhere?

  11. flipsy - Aug 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    NYY or BOS fan?

  12. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 8, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Why not email him to let him know? Cool thing about blogs: the writers are accessible and open to fan interaction.

  13. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    That’s alright. They’re going to be a power to be reckoned with next season and they’ll probably have a good ol’ gashouse time playing spoiler to some lucky team this season.

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