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Being Shut Out By A Bunch Of Relief Pitchers

Obviously, the Philadelphia Phillies’ offense hasn’t been the greatest this year. Not really their fault, they are doing what they can with what they have. They are fifth in the majors in batting average, but are around the middle of the pack in runs, home runs and OPS. That’ll happen when you are forced to play on without one of the best offensive second basemen of the past six seasons, and a first baseman with four 40-HR seasons on his ledger through that same time period.

But on Friday, just when you would think their offense had caught a small break, the Phillies found a way to do something that hasn’t been done in a decade. Or rather, they found a way NOT to do something. Specifically, score against almost nothing but relief pitchers.

The Phillies were shut out by the Blue Jays, 3-0, in a game that saw Toronto starter Drew Hutchinson leave after recording just two outs because of an elbow injury. He allowed one walk and struck out a batter, but did not give up a hit or a run. The Blue Jays then used five relievers — including Carlos Villanueva from the third through the sixth inning — to shut down Philly.

This is a tad convoluted, yes, but the Blue Jays became the first team 2002 to post a shutout when its starter went no more than 0.2 innings and didn’t allow a hit or a run. It last happened when the Giants’ Jason Schmidt was forced out due to a groin injury. On that day, Ryan Jensen replaced Schmidt after four batters and ended up taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning as San Fran topped the Reds by an identical score, 3-0.

Prior to that game 10 years ago, such a “feat” hadn’t been accomplished since 1953.

Meanwhile, both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are hoping to make their season debuts at some point in July. Philadelphia, which entered Monday’s action nine games out of the National League East lead, can’t wait to welcome them back.

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