Edinson Volquez pitches no-hitter, dedicates it to Yordano Ventura and Jose Fernandez
Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez pitched the first no-hitter of the year against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday at Marlins Park.
The 33-year-old Volquez struck out all three of the D-backs' batters in the ninth inning for 10 strikeouts total. The Marlins won 3-0, and the home crowd roared.
Volquez came into Saturday's game with a 1-7 record and 4.44 ERA.
The day started out shaky, as Volquez turned his right ankle while colliding with Arizona's Rey Fuentes while covering first base just three pitches into the game. After taking some time to recover and still limping on the ankle, Volquez decided to stay in the game.
Volquez is the sixth Marlins pitcher in the team's history to throw a no-hitter. The last Miami player to do so was Henderson Alvarez on Sept. 29, 2013. The last time the Diamondbacks were no-hit was also by the Marlins — Anibal Sanchez on Sept. 6, 2006.
Both Volquez and Alvarez were able to achieve their no-nos with a fair amount of efficiency:
Just before the game, Volquez posted this Instagram tribute to former teammate Yordano Ventura on what would have been his 26th birthday:
Volquez said he dedicated this game to Ventura and Jose Fernandez, the Marlins ace who was killed in a boating accident last September.
"This is one of those days, you didn't know what was going to happen," Volquez said. "And today I had a no hitter."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.