Redding Native Pitches the Astros Into the 2017 World Series
Charlie Morton was Joel Barlow's pitching ace from his freshman year until he graduated in 2002.
Whenever Charlie took the mound during his senior year at Joel Barlow, it was not surprising to see 10 to 20 Major League Baseball scouts studying Charlie's every pitch. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, where he spent the first 7 seasons in the Braves minor league system. On June 14, 2008 Charlie made his major league debut against the Los Angeles Angels allowing 3 runs in 6 innings earning his first Major League victory.
Charlie has also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies. On November 16, 2016, Charlie was offered a 2 year $14 million contract to pitch for the Houston Astros. On October 16, Charlie Morton's life long dream came true when he was sent to the mound to pitch against his beloved New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS in Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately Charlie gave up 7 runs in 3.2 innings and took the loss.
Fast forward to Game 7 and Houston's Charlie Morton is back on the mound for the deciding game of the ALCS against the Yankees but this he pitches a gem giving up no runs in 5 innings with 5 strikeouts and helps send the Astros to the World Series against the Dodgers. According to Astro's Manager, A.J. Hinch, it looks like Morton will start either Game 3 or 4. Congratulations Charlie! Connecticut will be cheering for ya!
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