Marlins’ Volquez fires first no-hitter of 2017; A 3-0 win over visiting Diamondbacks

June 4, 2017

MLB

Miami Marlins’ Edinson Volquez delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks 3-0 in a no-hitter. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Miami’s Edinson Volquez didn’t just throw his first complete game of the season, he fired the first no-hitter of the 2017 MLB season on Saturday, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 at Miami.

Volquez dedicated the effort to his late friends and former teammates Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura. It would have been Ventura’s 26th birthday.

It had been a while since we’ve seen a no-hitter in the bigs. You have to go back to April 21, 2016, when the Cubs’ Jake Arietta no-hit Cincinnati. Volquez’s masterpiece

Volquez issued only two walks while no-hitting a Diamondbacks team that has been hitting well in the first two months of the season while ascending in the National League West standings. He closed out the D-Backs by striking out the side in the top of the ninth, ringing up Chris Owings for the final out.

The right-hander threw 98 pitches, struck out 10 and faced the minimum 27 hitters. The Marlins’ defense turned a pair of double plays. Volquez hit 95 MPH on the radar gun in the eighth inning, notable since he’d yet to work past the sixth inning in any of his 10 previous starts this season.

It was the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history. Volquez joins Henderson Alvarez, Anibal Sanchez, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown and Al Leiter on that list. The Marlins, a 1993 NL expansion team, have more no-hitters than the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres have combined.

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