More on nearly being no-hit - again
Here are a few more interesting items on Sunday's game, in which the Rays were one out away from being no-hit by Toronto's Brandon Morrow, which would have been their record third such blanking of the season:
From ESPN and Elias Sports Bureau
* The Rays' five games of being held to one or no hits is the most for a team in a single season in the live ball era (since 1920). There are 11 teams that have had four such games in a season since then, most recently the Rangers last season and the Padres in 2001. The only teams held to one or no hits more times in the modern era were the 1910 White Sox and Browns, with six each.
* How Morrow nearly no-hit the Rays, from Albert Larcada of ESPN Stats & Information:
A) He threw 25 changeups (career high) for 18.3 percent of his pitches (3rd-most in a start in his career).
B) The Rays chased 38.5 percent of pitches out of the zone (2nd-most in a start in his career).
C) He threw 70.8 percent strikes (2nd-most in a start in his career).
D) He induced 20 swings-and-misses (2nd-most in a game in his career).
* According to Bill James' metric "Game Score," which is a one number-summary of how good a pitcher's single-game performance is, Brandon Morrow's 17-strikeout, 2-walk, one-hitter on Sunday -- which got a score of 100 -- is tied for the 4th-best single-game pitching performance since 1920. It was the highest by any pitcher in a single game since Randy Johnson scored 100 in his perfect game back in 2004:
Year Pitcher Opponent Game Score
1998 Kerry Wood, Cubs Astros 105
1991 Nolan Ryan, Rangers Blue Jays 101
1965 Sandy Koufax, Dodgers Cubs 101
2010 Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays Rays 100
* Evan Longoria spoiled Brandon Morrow's no-hit bid with a single to right field with two out in the ninth inning of the Blue Jays' 1-0 win over the Rays on Sunday. It was the fifth time in just 37 major-league starts that Morrow didn't allow a hit through five innings. That's one more such start than Cliff Lee has had in his nine seasons in the majors. It was the third time this season that Morrow took a no-hitter to the sixth inning, the same number as Andy Pettitte, Orel Hershiser, Roy Oswalt recorded in their entire careers (3 each).
* Vernon Wells drove in the only run in the Jays' victory over the Rays on a two-out single in the first inning. Over the last eight seasons, there was only one other 1-0 win in a game between AL East teams in which a first-inning run held up as the margin of victory. That was by the Yankees over the Red Sox in 2005, with Ready Johnson defeating Tim Wakefield on a home run by Jason Giambi.
* The difference in scoring from Saturday to Sunday was record-tying. On Saturday, the Blue Jays beat the Rays 17-11 as the teams combined for 28 runs. On Sunday, the Blue Jays beat the Rays 1-0. That ties the all-time record for most combined runs by 2 teams who went on to play a 1-0 game in their next matchup. On May 28, 1939, the Dodgers beat the Braves 16-12 and then they won 1-0 the following day.