Last night Cliff Lee threw 8.2 scoreless innings and Ryan Madson came in to get the final out as the Phillies shut out the Reds.
It was the 19th time this season the Phillies have held their opponent scoreless, which is the most in baseball this year:
And here’s a list of the most shutouts in a season during the past 20 years:
Braves 1992 24
Braves 1998 23
Phillies 2010 21
Pirates 1992 20
Padres 2007 20
Padres 2010 20
At their current pace the Phillies will end up with 23 shutouts, which would be the most since Atlanta had 24 in 1992. That team had John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, and Charlie Leibrandt in the rotation and lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series. And then that offseason they signed Greg Maddux away from the Cubs.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.