PHILLIES SHOOT FOR .500 WITH CHARLIE MORTON ON THE HILL

By Sam Bush

The surprising Phillies will try to get to .500 tonight in Milwaukee and they’re relying on Charlie Morton (1-1, 3.86 ERA) to get it done.

The right-hander gave up one run in six innings last Sunday against Washington, but the Phillies needed 10 innings for a 3-2 victory.

“That’s some of the best stuff I’ve seen from him in the couple of years that I have faced him,” Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said.

Morton fanned seven in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-0 win over San Diego on April 12 and has struck out 13 in his past two games.

He went 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his three starts against Milwaukee last season while with Pittsburgh but wasn’t his sharpest in his lone outing at Miller Park. He gave up four runs in six innings in a 4-1 loss July 17 and is 1-3 with a 5.05 ERA in six lifetime starts there.

 

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