Edinson Volquez Ends the No-Hitter Drought
Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez no-hit the Diamondbacks on Saturday, striking out 10 and leading his team to a 3-0 victory. The no-hitter was the sixth in Marlins history, and Volquez capped it off by striking out the side in the ninth. Volquez hasn't been the best this year, leading the MLB in losses, but on Saturday his change-up was on-point. He gave up only 2 walks, and required only 98 pitches to shut-out the Diamondbacks. Only 12 other pitchers in MLB history have thrown no-hitters with fewer than 100 pitches.
The no-hitter was the first of the 2017 season, and the first in over a year, the last having been thrown by Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta in April of 2016. The no-hitter happened to occur on what would have been Yordano Ventura's 26th birthday, former Royals teammate of Volquez who passed away last year. In the post-game interview, Volquez dedicated his performance to Ventura and Jose Fernandez, a former Marlin who tragically passed away. Both were young aces in the MLB who inspired many people and brought joy to the game.