Phillies' Vince Velasquez makes Padres look foolish in 16-K shutout
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.
Velasquez, wow. Three-hit shutout of #Padres, 16 Ks, no BBs.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 14, 2016
And he joined some rare company in the process:
Disclaimer: Velasquez was facing the Padres.
One more note on Phillies-Padres: According to @EliasSports the Padres just became the first team ever to get shut out 5 times in 1st 10 G— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 14, 2016
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.