Two big shutouts yesterday

The Phils had to be staggering after their 15-13 marathon mess of a loss to the Braves Wednesday night, but yesterday afternoon Joe Blanton pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout since June 2, 2007 when he was with Oakland and the Twins was his victim as Philadelphia topped Atlanta, 4-0. Blanton (3-3) did not walk a batter and had six strikeouts in a game that lasted just 2:02.

Last night in LA, in the Angels first game after Jered Weaver‘s no-hitter, the Jays Brandon Morrow shut out the Angels, 5-0. It was Morrow’s second career whitewash his first since one of baseball’s great performances on August 8 on 2010 when he one-hit the Rays and struck out 17. Last night, Morrow (3-1) won his third straight start, striking out eight and walking none to help Toronto win for the fifth time. Morrow was helped by batterymate J.P. Arencibia who hit a three-run homer in the game that lasted just 2:11.