Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blanton Makes it 200 for Phils

Joe Blanton is the 200th pitcher to toss a shutout for the Phillies.

Blanton Makes it 200 for Phils

Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton allowed just three hits in Thursday´s shutout. (John Bazemore/AP)
Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton allowed just three hits in Thursday's shutout. (John Bazemore/AP)

When Joe Blanton finished off his three-hit, 4-0 victory over the Braves Thursday, he became the 200th Phillies pitcher to toss at least one complete-game shutout.

That ties them with the St. Louis Cardinals as the teams with the most pitchers to toss a shutout in their history.

Below are the Phillies' all-time leaders in shutouts:

 Pitcher  SHO
 Pete Alexander  61
 Steve Carlton  39
 Robin Roberts  35
 Chris Short  24
 Jim Bunning  23
 Curt Simmons  18
 Tully Sparks  18
 George McQuillan     17
 Earl Moore  17
 Bill Duggleby  16
 Curt Schilling  14
 Eppa Rixey  14
 Woodie Fryman  13
 Rick Wise  13
 Larry Jackson  11
 Erskine Mayer  11
 Bucky Walters  10
 Lee Meadows  10
 Lew Moren  10
 Frank Corridon  10
 Terry Mulholland    9
 Art Mahaffey    9
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