Velasquez strikes out 16 as Phillies down Padres 3-0
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 15, 2016 03:30 PM
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez reacts after striking out San Diego Padres' Wil Myers to win a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, 3-0, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez struck out a career-high 16 batters in a dominant shutout victory as the Phillies beat San Diego 3-0 on Thursday.
Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies, who required little more against a Padres side that has failed to score in half their ten games this season.
There was a similarly commanding pitching performance at St. Louis where Jaime Garcia gave up only one hit in steering the Cardinals to victory over Milwaukee, the Chicago Cubs continued their strong start to the new campaign by cruising past Cincinnati, and Bryce Harper hit a grand slam for his 100th career homer as Washington downed still winless Atlanta.
Philadelphia's Velasquez (2-0) had no walks and extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. The 23-year-old, acquired in the trade that sent former closer Ken Giles to Houston, also had nine strikeouts in a shutout victory at the New York Mets on Saturday.
Velasquez retired the last 14 batters he faced. He fanned Wil Myers on a 96 mph fastball to end it, threw both arms up in the air and jumped off the mound.
San Diego has scored just one run over its past three games.
St. Louis' Jaime Garcia produced 13 strikeouts — three more than his previous career high — as the Cardinals downed Milwaukee 7-0.
Eight of the 13 strikeouts ended with the batters out looking at third strikes, clearly unable to get a fix on Garcia's pitch choice and delivery. He is 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his past five starts against the Brewers.
Randal Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit two-run homers for the Cardinals.
The Cubs are off to their best start to a season since 1969, improving to and 8-1 record with, fittingly, an 8-1 win over Cincinnati.
Jason Hammel (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings, drove home a run and scored another.
Washington's Harper came up with a spectacular way to reach 100 career homers, with his grand slam shot smashing a panel on the electronic scoreboard.
Harper connected for his slam in the third inning and became the eighth-youngest player to hit 100 homers. The reigning NL MVP is 23 years, 181 days old — Hall of Famer Mel Ott was more than a full year younger when he became the youngest to do it.
Atlanta slipped to 0-9, as did Minnesota, becoming the first teams in 13 years to start a season that badly. They will be hoping to avoid becoming the first 0-10 team since 1988.
Washington improved to 7-1, tying the 1974 Montreal Expos for the best eight-game start in franchise history.
Minnesota slipped to 0-9 after a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of the Chicago White Sox.
The Twins have scored only 14 runs this season.
The White Sox (7-2) won their fourth in a row, extending their best start since an 8-1 run in 1982. They're 6-1 on the road after recording their first sweep at Minnesota since 2012.
Chicago starter Mat Latos (2-0) gave up one run in six innings, while Avisail Garcia hit a homer and a double.
Los Angeles' Kike Hernandez hit a two-run double during a five-run seventh inning that powered the Dodgers to a 5-2 win against Arizona.
Dodgers rookie starter Ross Stripling allowed just two runs but trailed 2-0 when he exited after six innings. He tossed 7 1/3 hitless innings against San Francisco in his major league debut last week.
Toronto's Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo shot as the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-2.
Kansas City piled on a season-best 13 hits as the Royals beat Houston 6-2.
Texas beat Baltimore 6-3, handing the Orioles a second straight loss after they started the season 7-0.
Detroit improved to 4-0 on the road by winning 7-4 at Pittsburgh.
Cleveland's Danny Salazar pitched six scoreless innings to steer the Indians to a 6-0 win at Tampa Bay.
Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa had two hits and drove in two runs while also pitching 6-2/3 innings, helping the Rockies down San Francisco 11-6.