words_Nick Engvall

As the saying goes, “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades,” but the saying “practice makes perfect” could also be appropriate for the Toronto Blue Jays’ right-hander Brandon Morrow.

Brandon Morrow flirts with no-hitter.Sunday, Morrow took a no-hitter past the fifth inning for the third time this season. Taking it a step further, he took it into the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. However with two outs in the ninth inning, Evan Longoria hit a ground ball into the hole between first and second. Second baseman Aaron Hill moved to his left, dove, and the ball went in and out of his glove, then rolled into right field for the games only hit.

Adding to the argument that this season is the year of the pitcher, Morrow nearly became the sixth pitcher to throw a no-hitter, but also became the forth pitcher to lose a no-hit bid in the ninth inning this season.

Tampa Bay started off the season with one of the best records in baseball, and although they were literally inches away from being on the receiving end of a no-hitter for the third time this season, their 67-44 record is second only to the New York Yankees. The Rays spent May 9th making sure Oakland’s Dallas Braden’s Mother’s Day was perfect, and then were no-hit by Arizona’s Edwin Jackson on June 26th.

Had Morrow completed the no-hitter, he would have become only the second Blue Jays pitcher to achieve the feat in the franchise’s history. That wasn’t the only franchise record that Morrow flirted with, though. Morrow threw 17 strikeouts, just one short of the team record set by Roger Clemens in 1998.

Even though he missed the no-hitter, teammates still were appreciative of his performance and thanked him by dousing him with a water cooler during a post-game interview.

So will Morrow be able to complete the elusive no-hitter in the future? Perhaps he’s just practicing for a perfect game.

via yahoo