The Blue Jays won 1-0 vs. online gambling baseball odds vs. the Rays on Sunday as Morrow gave up just one hit and struck out 17 batters.
Internet gambling companies listed the Blue Jays as slight favorites over the Rays on Sunday. Brandon Morrow was the story as he came within one out of getting a no-hitter. Evan Longoria singled with two outs in the 9th and he really deserved to get the no-hitter. Morrow nearly got the no-hitter but Longoria found a way to fight off a pitch and get it just past Toronto second baseman Aaron Hill. Morrow didn’t let the fact that he gave up a hit ruin his game though as he struck out the next batter to get the 1-0 shutout.
While Morrow did not get the no-hitter it may have been the best pitching performance this season. His one-hitter was actually better than most of the five no-hitters this season. The Rays have already been involved in three no-hitters this season and it was almost their fourth. They got a no-hitter in their favor vs. the online gambling baseball odds as Matt Garza threw the first no-hitter in team history against Detroit late last month. The Rays were no-hit by Arizona’s Edwin Jackson in late June and Oakland’s Dallas Braden in May.
There have been five no-hitters this season and four other games where a no-hitter was lost in the ninth inning. The Rays have been held to one hit or less in five games this season. The all-time record is six games. Toronto’s Brandon Morrow has now won four straight starts, all of which came against teams from the American League East. He is the third pitching in Toronto history to lose a no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning.
Morrow struck out 17 batters in the game against Tampa Bay and allowed just one hit. Statistics indicate that his performance is the fourth-best pitching performance since 1920. The last pitcher to have a better overall performance in a game was Randy Johnson in 2004.