Everyone in the Camden Yards press box had one eye on the Orioles and one eye on the TV monitors showing the ninth inning of Brandon Morrow's near no-hitter yesterday, so there was an audible sigh when Evan Longoria broke up one of the greatest single-game pitching performances of all time with a two-out single in the ninth inning.
The most dominating non-perfect game, of course, belongs to then-Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, who pitched a one-hitter against the Houston Astros on May 6, 1998 that featured a record-tying 20 strikeouts.
Morrow said afterward that he wasn't all that disappointed, since he still got his first career shutout, first 17-strikeout game, first complete game and first one-hitter, but I don't believe a word of it. When you get that close to a truly historic moment in baseball, it's going to eat at you for awhile.
The Orioles complete their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox tonight at Camden Yards. Brian Matusz will try to extend his team's string of six straight quality starts under new manager Buck Showalter when he faces new White Sox starter Edwin Jackson.
On a personal note, I'm starting a week's vacation with a day of fairway research today, so you won't hear much from me. I'll still chime in occasionally during the week, but with the Orioles headed out of town, it seemed like a good time to get some R&R and head west for a few days. I know there's a Ravens preseason game this week, but I think Joe Flacco can play his one quarter without me. I'll be back in time for the Redskins next week.
Quick golf note: In honor of Tiger Woods, I'm going to try and shoot a 77 today. I'm guessing I'll feel a lot better about it than he did.