Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 22, 2012

A pitcher the Jays are counting on to have a big season pitched 5 shutout innings this afternoon as Brandon Morrow outdueled the great Cliff Lee in a 2-0 victory.  Read the full recap here.

Morrow looked equally as dominant on the mound for the Blue Jays. His lone struggle came in the second inning when he momentarily lost command and walked back-to-back Phillies with one out. Morrow didn’t allow a hit until Carlos Ruiz hit an opposite field single with one out in the fifth.

Toronto’s No. 2 starter left the game after that inning having not allowed a run while striking out one. He has now surrendered just one earned run in 13 1/3 innings this spring and continues to show improved command of his breaking pitches.

“That’s something that I set out to do was to improve my pitches per inning and go deeper in games,” said Morrow, who needed just 59 pitches to get through his five innings of work. “It’s definitely encouraging, I had to go down to the bullpen to throw 15 more to get my pitch count up.

“I’m thinking through at-bats and watching the way [hitters are] reacting to balls and calling a little bit more of my own game, shaking to pitches. … All positives.”

Morrow’s final line was 5 IPs, 1 hit,  0 earned, 1 BB and 1 K.

Check out an in-depth look at Brandon Morrow and his odd splits from 2011 and why he should be geared towards success in 2012.

Up next for the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays will travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., on Friday to take on the Rays in a rare Spring Training night game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Brett Cecil will get the start and is expected to go five innings and will be followed by pitching prospect Drew Hutchison. Toronto is expected to send a lot of its regulars to the game before giving them the day off on Saturday.

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