The Padres dropped their second straight series opener last night as veteran righty Ian Kennedy went 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball. The entirety of San Diego's offensive output was a solo home run by Justin Upton. Hopefully they can put together more runs for their rookie Colin Rea tonight and even up the series in Philadelphia.
Rea makes his fourth career start this evening, following the worst of his previous three outings. He only lasted four innings against the Cardinals his last time out, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks, while striking out four batters. Prior to that outing, Rea collected two wins through his first two Major League starts, keeping opponents to a combined five runs on 12 hits in 10 2/3 innings.
The Phillies will be sending their own rookie to the mound in game 2. Adam Morgan made his debut on June 21st, and in 11 starts since then he's gone 4-4 with a 4.43 ERA. Like Rea, Morgan is coming off his worst career outing. He only made it to 3 2/3 innings before exiting the game, having given up five earned runs on seven hits, including four homers. But Morgan pitched well against the Padres earlier this month. On August 8th at Petco Park, he kept the Friars offense to two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk in six innings of work to get the win.
Game time: 4:05 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860
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