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Brandon Morrow dominates Mets in three-hit shutout

May 19, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

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The Mets were particularly vulnerable this afternoon with David Wright out of the starting lineup and Blue Jays’ right-hander Brandon Morrow took advantage, tossing a complete game three-hit shutout as part of a 2-0 victory.

Morrow struck out eight and walked one while throwing 76 out of 107 pitches for strikes. The Mets nearly had a rally going after Scott Hairston led off the ninth inning with a walk and Mike Baxter ripped one down the first base line for a potential double, but Jose Bautista made a quick throw from right field and shortstop Yunel Escobar slapped down the tag at second base. While replays showed that Escobar missed the tag on Baxter, second base umpire Brian Knight called him out. Oh, human element. Daniel Murphy then lined out to Escobar for the final out of the ballgame.

It was the second shutout of the season for Morrow, which leads the majors, and the third of his career. The 27-year-old right-hander is now 5-1 on the year with an outstanding 2.63 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over nine starts.

The Jays have now won four straight, including two wins against the Yankees and two against the Mets, and sit at 23-18 on the young season.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    A fine pitching job by Morrow. The second base ump certainly blew the call at second because he was in a bad position to see the “tag”. On the other hand, the next batter hit a hard line drive right at Escobar and if there had been a runner at second, there was a good probability that he would have been doubled off.

    For the Mets, there was a fine pitching job by Hefner who had to replace Batista in the third inning. He had just been called up from Triple A and pitched 5 solid innings even if he gave up both runs.

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Unfortunately for NY fans, the Yankees also lost. There was a Toronto connection in that game. Joey Votto who was born and raised in Toronto, hit a 3 run homer for the Reds. Russel Martin, who was also born in Toronto (raised in Montreal) hit a solo homer for the Yankees.

  2. missthemexpos - May 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Sometime in the future it would be great if managers are allowed one challenge (not on balls and strikes) per game. Escobar’s phantom tag would be a classic example to be challenged. And really, would one challenge opportunity per game really slow things down, or hurt the reputation of the umpires?

  3. 32bigg - May 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. If the ump makes that call right, the Mets have second and third with only one out…a single ties it up.

    I’m happy for the Jays, but it takes away from the enjoyment of the win when the win is tainted.

    I might even give them 2 challenges. And make a booth on the field. I’m afraid one of those guys is going to have a heart attack running inside to watch the replay.

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