Lehigh Valley’s ace Adam Morgan left the game today after five inning leading the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-1. He gave up a run on two hits, walked three and struck out four including rehabbing Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz twice swinging in the game.
Morgan ran deep counts in his five innings forcing him to throw 100 pitches but only 58 for strikes. The Paw Sox were able to score their only run off Morgan without the benefit of a hit on two walks and a ground out in the third. His fastball sat between 92-94 mph but he ran deep counts to most batters as he struggled with his control at times. But he finished strong with a one, two, three inning in the fifth.
Morgan’s fastball was reportedly still hitting 94 mph as late as the fourth inning when his pitch count ended that inning at 84. In watching the game on MiLB-TV he had all but unhittable stuff with a change up and slider to go with his fastball.
Still it was a welcomed relief to see a future major league pitcher so dominating who could throw in the mid 90’s with his fastball. So far in three starts at AAA, Morgan has 1.42 ERA giving up 11 hits and three runs, walking 5 and striking out 13 over 19 innings of work. Morgan (1-0) will not figure in the decision as the Paw Sox scored four runs off of reliever Michael Stutes in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5.
With the Phillies starter John Lannan injured, Adam Morgan looks to get his next start in the major leagues.