Brandon Morrow Throws Near No-Hitter
Former Cal standout right-hander Brandon Morrow threw a near no-hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, August 8 in a 1-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto. Morrow, who has the distinction of being the highest draft pick ever in Cal baseball history despite being diabetic, threw a complete game and was one out away from the no-hitter when Evan Longoria hit a ground ball just out of the reach of Blue Jay second baseman Aaron Hill. Morrow still finished with his first Major League complete game and a career-high 17 strikeouts. After an impressive 2005 summer in the Cape Cod League and a 2006 spring with the Bears (7-4, 2.05 ERA, 97 strikeouts in 96.2 innings) under the tutelage head coach David Esquer and pitching coach Dan Hubbs, the hard-throwing right-hander was selected a first-rounder, and the fifth pick overall, by the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 June draft.
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