When Edinson Volquez took the mound today against the Arizona Diamondbacks, many of us weren’t expecting much. After all, the thirteen year veteran has been struggling so far for the 2017 season coming into the game with a 1-7 record. So far this season, Volquez hasn’t went past the sixth inning in any game and it looked like he was destined for an early departure in today’s game when he collided with Rey Fuentes very early in the first inning. But Volquez stayed in and Fuentes was called out. The Marlin’s pitcher did have a slight ankle issue after the play with Fuentes, but it didn’t seem to affect his performance.
Volquez joined the Miami Marlins this past spring and so far this season has had a rough go of it. He lost his first seven decisions this season before picking up his second win today and the first no-hitter of his career. This is also the sixth no-hitter in Miami Marlins history. Volquez joins the list with the likes of Henderson Alvarez, Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Al Leiter, and Anibal Sanchez. Volquez settled down after the collision with Fuentes and things took a turn for the better when Paul Goldschmidt was called safe and the ruling was overturned in replay after being challenged by Marlins skipper Don Mattingly. First baseman Justin Bour had to come off the bag to field a high throw, but managed to get a tag on Goldschmidt. When I went to tag him, I didn’t think I had a chance at it. After the game, Bour said of the incident , “It was kind of a high throw. When I went to tag him, I didn’t think I had a chance at it. Then, I felt it on the tip of my glove, so I said, ‘Challenge it.”
Volquez only had two blemishes on his way to his first no-hitter. Two walks, one to Jake Lamb in the fourth and one to Chris Hermann in the eight inning. Volquez ended up striking out ten on the day after striking out the side in the ninth inning. After the game, an emotional Volquez dedicated the game to Yordano Ventura and Jose Fernandez. “This was for Ventura and Jose. “Everybody loved Jose. I can say that’s for him, too. I really appreciate what he did here and people loved him. I’m really blessed to throw a no-hitter on his bump.” Volquez said.
Another impressive stat on the day for Volquez was his pitch count. He completed the no-hitter on just 98 pitches thrown. The Marlins trainer informed Mattingly in the fifth inning that Volquez was experiencing some soreness in his ankle and needed to be monitored, but Mattingly was going give him a shot to finish it. “His pitch count was really good,” Mattingly said. Volquez only threw 75 pitches going into the seventh inning and that’s when he started feeling the sign that his first no-hitter was in reach. “In the fourth, I didn’t know if I was going to keep pitching. When I got to the seventh, I was like, ‘You’ve got to go for it.’ It’s a little early to start thinking about a no-hitter in the fifth or the fourth. When I was past the seventh, I was like, ‘You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to go for it.” Volquez said.