The Phils take the series from the Padres behind shut out pitching by Vince Velasquez, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind nine innings of shutout ball by starter Vince Velasquez, who would strike out sixteen Padres, the Phils would take the series from the Padres, as they even up their record, winning 3-0.

The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Maikel Franco’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Andres Blanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Peter Bourjos’ sacrifice bunt, would score on pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Velasquez would pitch a nine-inning shut out, as he struck out sixteen Padres, with Wil Myers being his last victim as he ended the ballgame striking out, swinging.

Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits, all singles, while striking out sixteen. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 3.27) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Carlos Villanueva pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Brandon Maurer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a home run by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), a double by Andres Blanco, a double by Peter Bourjos and a single by Vince Velasquez. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Odubel Herrera (3), Howard (1), Blanco (1)), a stolen base (Herrera), a sacrifice fly (Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Bourjos), and one man caught stealing (Cesar Hernandez) in the ballgame.

The Phils (5-5, 2nd) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (6-1, 1st) tomorrow, starting with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.54), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be trying to get his second win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to their first four game winning streak of the season. The Nationals have yet to announce their starter. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to four game while trying to cut down the Nats’ present lead.

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