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The Stat Line of the Night – 8/8/10 – Brandon Morrow
In a year of no-hitters, it should come as no surprise that another pitching gem was tossed yesterday. And of course what would a no-hit bid be in 2010 without somehow involving the Tampa Bay Rays. Although Brandon Morrow couldn’t quite finish the job, his performance was still one for the books as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Rays 1-0.
With 2 outs in the 9th and Morrow on the verge of history, Evan Longoria singled a ball past 2nd baseman Aaron Hill to break up the no-no. While that hit did break up the no-hitter, Morrow still pitched a tremendous game. He went 9 innings giving up only that lone hit and just 2 walks on 137 pitches. The most impressive thing about the performance were his 17 strikeouts, a rare feat in baseball. He did it with a mix of breaking pitches and mid-90s fastballs that seemed almost unhittable as Blue Jay after Blue Jay went down on strikes.
The Jays are not in contention in the AL East, but in their role as spoiler they are already doing a great job. The win hurt the Rays as they fell farther back in the divisional race. The Jays are in a nearly impossible division, but if they continue to produce good young talent like Morrow, they may have a chance to compete in the future. For now, Brandon Morrow wins the “Stat Line of the Night”.