Morgan eyes 5th victory, series win over Padres

Philadelphia, PA – Having won six consecutive games against the San Diego Padres (62-66) at Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies (51-78) will send rookie southpaw Adam Morgan to the mound for his 12th career start with their sights set on a series victory.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

San Diego Padres (62-66) Philadelphia Phillies (51-78)
RHP Colin Rea LHP Adam Morgan
(2-1, 5.52 ERA) (4-4, 4.43 ERA)

Rea, 25, was promoted from Triple-A El Paso on August 11 after the Padres moved right hander Odrisamer Despaigne to the bullpen.

Over three career starts, all of which have occurred at Petco Park in San Diego, Rea is 2-1 with a 5.52 ERA, 1.432 WHIP ratio and a 12/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio spanning 14 2/3 innings.


Morgan, 25, last faced the Padres on August 8 where he tossed six, strong innings of one-run baseball on only 79 pitches.

The southpaw is coming off of his worst start to date, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings last Monday against the New York Mets.

Starting Lineups:

San Diego Padres (62-66) Philadelphia Phillies (51-78)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 3B Yangervis Solarte S 1 3B Cesar Hernandez S
2 2B Jedd Gyorko R 2 CF Odubel Herrera L
3 RF Matt Kemp R 3 LF Aaron Altherr R
4 LF Justin Upton R 4 1B Ryan Howard L
5 C Derek Norris R 5 2B Darnell Sweeney S
6 1B Yonder Alonso L 6 RF Domonic Brown L
7 CF Melvin Upton Jr. R 7 C Cameron Rupp R
8 SS Clint Barmes R 8 SS Freddy Galvis S
9 P Colin Rea R 9 P Adam Morgan

Game Notes:

  • Since July 26, catcher Cameron Rupp leads all major-league catchers with a 1.080 OPS. Over 14 starts in the month of August, the 26-year-old rookie is batting .340/.393/.740 with nine singles, two doubles, six home runs, eight walks (three intentional), and 16 runs-batted-in.
  • The Phillies are 9-10 when playing Saturday games this season. They are currently over .500 on just one day of the week, Sunday (11-10). Their worst record for a particular day of the week is Thursday, 3-10.
  • When Morgan has received three or more runs of support this season, he is 4-0 with a 4.62 ERA over seven starts. However, in four starts when the Phillies have scored two supporting runs or fewer, he is 0-4 with a 5.73 ERA.

Broadcast Information:

  • First-pitch: 7:05 pm EST
  • TV: CSN
  • Radio: 98.1 WOGL, 1210 WPHT, WTTM 1680 (Sp.)

What's Next:

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015: vs. San Diego Padres, 1:35 pm
    • RHP James Shields (9-6, 3.89 ERA) vs. RHP Alec Asher (MLB debut)
    • TV: CSN; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, WTTM 1680 (Sp.)

Matt Rappa (@mattrappasports) is managing editor of