Toronto Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow Tosses 3rd Shutout in Dominant Performance

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IJune 6, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 18: Brandon Morrow #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during MLB action at the Rogers Centre September 18, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow was nothing short of brilliant in his complete-game shutout Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox

Morrow needed 119 pitches to get the job done and ran into a bit of trouble in the ninth inning, but he was allowed to stay in the game to finish off the Sox. After he recorded an easy out to begin the inning, he issued a walk to Alejandro De Aza, recorded an out to Gordon Beckham and then walked Adam Dunn.

He then faced Dayan Viciedo and was able to strike him out, as Morrow overpowered him to begin the at-bat with fastballs and finished him off with a devastating curveball. The two walks in the inning were his only walks allowed in the ballgame.

He finished the game with five strikeouts and allowed only two hits overall—both singles off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski. He also retired 18 batters in a row at one point during the game. 

Morrow is now the only player in the majors with three shutouts. The only other player with more than one is New York Mets ace Johan Santana.

What makes Morrow's performance on Wednesday night more impressive was that he bounced back from an outing against the Baltimore Orioles in which he was hit on the shin and was forced to leave the game after 6.1 innings. He showed that he had no lasting effects from the bruise that he suffered on the play.

Morrow has been mostly great in 2012, but he has had a couple of bumps along the way. In his 12 starts this season, he has allowed zero or one earned run in eight starts, four earned runs in one start and six earned runs in three separate starts.

Morrow brought his ERA under three to 2.90 after this outing. He looks like he is putting it all together this year after a fantastic season last year, when he struck out 203 batters in 179.1 innings.

This season, his ERA is on its way down, and he is continuing to grow into the Blue Jays' ace of the future.