– Brandon Morrow of the Jays lost a no-hitter with two out in the ninth inning. He had to settle for a complete game one-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts (!!!!) instead.
— It was against the Tampa Bay Rays. If they’d been no-hit, it would have been the third time this season they’d been no-hit. No team in the history of baseball has been no-hit three times. And the Rays are actually, you know, good.
— Morrow had a 4.79 ERA before today.
—- You can debate the validity of that “Game Score” formula, but Morrow’s game today got him a 100 on the GS. That’s tied for the fourth highest since 1900 (!!!!) and the highest since Randy Johnson’s perfect game in 2004.
—– It was the third time Morrow took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning or later this year. Again, this is a guy who, after today’s game, has a below-league-average ERA. Andy Pettitte, Orel Hershiser, and Roy Oswalt have only taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning three times in their whole careers.
– What was maybe even crazier than the near no-hitter in that game? Jose Molina stole a base. The day after Jorge Posada stole a base!
– In the Red Sox/Yankees game, Dustin Moseley, spot-starting for AJ Burnett who had a sore back, outpitched Josh Beckett and by no small margin either.
– The Reds, managed by Dusty Baker, swept the Cubs at Wrigley. The last time that happened, Dusty Baker was in the other dugout.
– Detroit’s Rick Porcello won for the first time since mid-May.
– The Twins’ Delmon Young, playing in Cleveland, hit a foul ball that hit a promotional car in the stands. Sorry I don’t have a video. :(
– Maicer Izturis and his 86 OPS+ batted cleanup for the Angels.
– Buck Showalter has managed six games with the Orioles. Under him, they have as many wins as they did all of April, and from May 22 through June 23.