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Brandon Morrow walks eight, gets pulled with no-hitter intact

Apr 26, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

It was obvious from the start that the potential was there for a long day. Check out the location of the three pitches that led to a 3-0 count on Dustin Pedroia to start the game.

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Brandon Morrow went on to walk Pedroia on five pitches. He later walked David Ortiz with one out, only to get out of the first on a double-play ball from Mike Carp.

The second inning played out the same way: Grady Sizemore and A.J. Pierzynski walked, but then Will Middlebrooks flew out to the wall in right and Jonathan Herrera grounded into a double play.

The third inning, on the other hand, started with two quick outs. And then everything unraveled. Morrow walked four in a row, bringing him up to eight for the afternoon and getting him pulled from the game, even though he still hadn’t allowed a hit. Chad Jenkins replaced him and immediately gave up a grand slam to Pierzynski, followed by another homer to Middlebrooks.

For Morrow, it was an ugly combination of bad control, a patient offense and a horrible day from Jeff Kellogg behind the plate. Just 26 of his 66 pitches were strikes, but as you can see, even before he established himself as lacking command on the day, the pitches on the corners weren’t being called. Opposing starter Clay Buchholz struggled with the same phenomenon, though he did bounce back nicely after a three-run first.

Morrow became the first starter to walk eight and throw no more than three innings since Houston’s Jonathan Johnson against the Red Sox in 2003. David Ortiz was in Boston’s lineup for that one, too, but he didn’t walk in the contest.

Prior to that, Kerry Wood walked eight in 1 1/3 innings for the Cubs in Sept. 2000. Steve Adkins did it for the Yankees in 1990. Those are the only three times it happened in the previous 35 years.

  1. yahmule - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    I feel for the guy. Tough enough lineup without getting squeezed that badly.

  2. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    There is no reason to have umpires call balls and strikes.

  3. missthemexpos - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Certainly no home plate umpire would ever be taking money on the side from shady characters for messing with the strike zone.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I wonder how much John Gibbons will be putting his house on the market for? Oh well, the jays are 2nd in walks as a pitching staff this year so look at the bright side

    • yahmule - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      More than you’ve got.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Kidding me? I got enough in my left pocket to buy whatever he is living in. You act as if the jays pay their managers big bucks, LOL

    • dirtyharry1971mom - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Call me! I’ve been worried sick…

  5. jason9696 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a starting pitcher pulled in a game without giving up a hit. Although I’m sure it’s happened before.

    That being said. The sooner the Jays fire John Gibbons. The better.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?id=290604106

      Pretty sure there’s a few other instances over the last few years, but I’m too lazy to look. This was the first one to come to mind.

    • mkd - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Just eight days ago: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/18/no-hitter-watch-aaron-harang-has-no-hit-the-mets-through-seven-innings/

      And a nice list after the Mariners threw a combined no-hitter back in 2012: http://seattletimes.com/html/thehotstoneleague/2018393765_a_look_at_combined_no-hitters.html

    • Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      It happened to Aaron Harang last week.

      • whmiv21 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        It happened to Erik Bedard last year, too.

  6. peymax1693 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Not that familiar with Jeff Kellogg’s work, but based upon the sample size produced by that graphic, I’m not too impressed.
    As others have said, it’s hard enough pitching to that lineup when you have an umpire with a normal strike zone.

    BTW, when I first read the headline I assumed Morrow lasted into the 7th or 8th inning.

  7. thomas844 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    0 H, 4 ER. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a line like that before.

    • yahmule - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      That’s a little league pitching line.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Hey nothing to worry about, they jays have Dickey going tomorrow and his big 5.90 ERA to try to stop a redsox sweep in Toronto tomorrow. Quite Frankly im not worried lol

    • dirtyharry1971mom - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      We have talked about this before, GET OFF the BlueJays treads. You’ve been a fan of the Houston Astros your whole life. Don’t be a troll, son!

  9. mgv38 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    “Will Middlebrooks flew out to the wall in right.”

    And boy, are his arms tired.

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