Scoreless in Seattle … err, Toronto

In a season filled with unpleasant surprises thus far, reliever Jeremy Accardo has been a ray of light for the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander extended his streak to 21.0 scoreless innings to start the season Thursday night, working the final frame to pick up the save — his fifth of the season — against the Orioles. That leaves him just 2.0 innings shy of tying the Blue Jays’ franchise record, which was set by Paul Quantrill in 2001.

Quantrill_1Quantrill’s streak extended across 17 games and lasted from April 3 – May 10. Impressively, the right-hander did not issue a single walk during that stretch, which saw him face 79 batters overall. Of course, all streaks must come to an end, and Quantrill’s expired on May 10 against the Oakland Athletics. With the score knotted at seven in the top of the sixth inning, Quantrill came on in relief of Lance Painter and immediately got John Jaha to fly to center. However, that would be the only out he would record, as the next five Oakland batters reached base, including Miguel Tejada, who smacked a three-run homer to make it 10-7. And just like that, Quantrill was the owner of a 1.54 ERA.

Overall, Roger Clemens hold the Blue Jays’ franchise mark with 33.0 consecutive scoreless frames, which he accomplished between August 20 and September 5 of the 1998 campaign. That stretch included three straight complete games, during which he allowed just eight hits and struck out 31 batters.

Roy Halladay, meanwhile, owns the team record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. His mark of 41.0 straight innings was set between September 1 – 22, 2003. Halladay recorded complete-game wins in four of the first five games during that stretch, including a remarkable 1-0, 10-inning affair against the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 6. At the end of the month, it became clear that Halladay had put an exclamation point on his first Cy Young season.

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