Vince Velasquez needed just two starts with the Phillies to put himself in elite company.
The 23-year-old right-hander dominated the San Diego Padres on Thursday, striking out 16 and allowing three singles in Philadelphia's 3-0 win. Only Chris Short (18) and Art Mahaffey (17) ever struck out more batters in a game for the Phillies. Short needed 15 innings to do it in 1965.
Steve Carlton, Curt Schilling and Cliff Lee also had 16 strikeouts in a game with the Phillies. Hall of Famers Robin Roberts and Jim Bunning never did. Neither did Roy Halladay or Cole Hamels.
Velasquez didn't walk a batter, fanned five of the last six outs and was still throwing 97 mph in the...