Edinson Volquez did not launch a game without a hit this time. But he thinks he should have done so.
In his first appearance since launching a game without a hit, Volquez came back to look, with a work of seven episodes without tolerating score, for the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday.
“I threw more strikes, more curves than last time, and my straight was better after the first inning,” Volquez said. “I think my repertoire was better.”
Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, eight strikeouts and a couple of innings to win his third straight start. He helped the Marlins win for the ninth in 12 duels, and lifted their 4-0 record to the Pirates, the team for which he pitched in 2013.
Volquez has allowed only one run in 22 innings during his good streak, including Saturday’s game without a hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the first time he achieved double zero in his 13-year career.
In his first nine campaign starts, Volquez did not get a single win after signing a two-year, $ 22 million deal to fill the gap left in the rotation for the death of Cuban Jose Fernandez in a crash in September.
Just in the first inning of the game without a hit, Volquez suffered an ankle injury, which did not prevent him from achieving the feat.
“I think that injury actually helped him,” manager Don Mattingly said. ” He threw more serene and this prevented him from making a very exaggerated movement. ”
The possibility that Volquez would become just the second pitcher in history with two games without a hit consecutively diluted just in the third round of the duel, when Josh Harrison hit a single in touch of ball by the line of the anteroom.
” I said, ‘Why do you play the ball?’ And he replied, ‘because you threw a no-hit,’ ‘Volquez reported with laughter.
Johnny Vander Meer is still the only pitcher to have released hit games in a row in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.
Gerritt Cole (3-6) received seven runs and 11 hits in four 2/3 innings.
For the Marlins, the Dominicans Marcell Ozuna 4-1 with a run scored, Volquez 3-0. Christian Colón of Puerto Rico 1-0. The Venezuelan Tomas Telis 1-0.
For the Pirates, the Gregorian Polanco of 4-0. The Venezuelans Jose Osuna of 1-0, Elías Diaz of 1-0.