Phillies' Vince Velasquez makes Padres look foolish in 16-K shutout

April 14, 2016

Philadelphia Phillies fans might not have a lot to cheer about this season, but right-hander Vince Velasquez gave them plenty of thrills during a 16-strikeout effort Thursday.

Velasquez allowed only three hits in the complete-game shutout as the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-0. Velasquez walked no one as he completely dominated the opposing hitters.

And he joined some rare company in the process:

Disclaimer: Velasquez was facing the Padres.


Velasquez, 23, is unscored upon this season after tossing six shutout innings in his debut against the New York Mets last week. Acquired from the Astros in the deadline deal that sent closer Ken Giles to Houston last summer, Velasquez may be the silver lining in the Phillies' otherwise painful rebuilding year.