Cairo Francisco Murillo Morales
- Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
Cairo Murillo pitched for the Nicaraguan national team in a number of events.
Murillo had a 3.24 ERA and no decisions in the 1998 Baseball World Cup. He went 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in the 1998 Haarlem Baseball Week. He was with Nicaragua when they won the Silver in the 1998 Central American and Caribbean Games. He pitched five shutout innings to beat Guatemala in the 1999 Pan American Games. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, the right-hander went 2-0 and allowed one run in 12 innings. He allowed only 5 hits and struck out 10 and was arguably Nicaragua's ace. He tied 12 others, including Jose Contreras, Ming-Chieh Hsu, Yuya Ando, Ciro Licea, Pedro Luis Lazo and Norge Vera for 2nd in wins, trailing Chih-Chia Chang. He was MVP of the 2001 Central American Games, in which he shut out Guatemala in the Gold Medal Game. He remained with Nicaragua for the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games.
During the 2003 Baseball World Cup, Murillo struck out 3 of 4 batters he faced, walking the other one. In the 2003 Pan American Games, Cairo tossed a no-hitter against Guatemala. He then dazzled against Panama in the quarterfinals and finished with two hits and no earned runs in 14 1/3 IP to win tournament All-Star team honors. In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, Murillo went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA and struck out 14 in 13 2/3 innings, beating Spain and Chi-Hung Cheng and Taiwan. He tied 15 others, including Lazo, Rafael Medina, Adiel Palma, Jared Wells and Rob Cordemans for 4th in wins, one behind leaders Yulieski Gonzalez, Diegomar Markwell and Shinsuke Saito.
Murillo was pitching coach for Nicaragua in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, 2007 Pan American Games, 2009 Baseball World Cup, 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament, 2010 Intercontinental Cup, 2011 Baseball World Cup, 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, 2013 Central American Games (Gold Medal), 2015 Pan American Games, 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers and 2017 Central American Games (Gold Medal).