PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was one of the best pitching performances in Phillies history.
In his second start of the season, first at Citizens Bank Park, and just the ninth of his career, 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez dazzled.READ MORE: Teen Victim Speaks Out For First Time Following Racially Motivated Attack Aboard SEPTA Train
Velasquez struck out 16 batters while allowing just three hits, zero walks, and zero runs as the Phillies beat the Padres 3-0, taking the final three games of the four-game series. Velasquez became the first Phillies pitcher to ever record 13 or more strikeouts while not allowing a run or a walk.
Velasquez, who was acquired by the Phillies in a trade for Ken Giles this past offseason, now has 25 strikeouts in his first two starts, a franchise record. Oh, and by the way, he recorded his first career hit too.READ MORE: 'Georgia's Defense Is Just So Good': CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt Previews SEC And Conference USA Championships
Offensively for the Phils, Ryan Howard had their only two RBI’s. The first came on a solo home run in second inning, Howard’s third of the season, and the second RBI came on a sixth inning sacrifice fly.
Thanks to their three-game winning streak, the Phils have climbed back to the .500 mark at 5-5.
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The Phillies host the Washington Nationals on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.