In the first half inning of today's game between the Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Marlins starter Edinson Volquez nearly left after three pitches. As he was making a play at first base, he collided with Rey Fuentes, and he fell awkwardly on his ankle. It appeared as if his night was done after three pitches. But, Volquez pitched through the pain, and he wound up doing something pretty special. He threw a no-hitter, the first no-hitter for any pitcher so far.
He was only sixth pitcher in Marlins history to toss a no-hitter. Volquez struck out 10 Diamondbacks and walked only two batters. This performance was particularly special for Volquez, who dedicated the game to late Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who died in a car crash in January. Today would've been Ventura's 26th birthday, and Volquez pitched the game of his life for his close friend.
This was the first no-hitter for a Marlins pitcher since Henderson Alvarez did it in 2013. The Marlins won 3-0, and Justin Bour was responsible for two of those runs. His RBI single in the fourth gave Miami a 1-0 advantage. Marcell Ozuna and Bour both drove in a run in the eighth to put the Marlins up 3-0.
Volquez would finish off his masterpiece by striking out Chris Owings, which was the first no-hitter in baseball since April of last year. Randall Delgado actually pitched a solid game for Arizona, as he allowed one run and six hits in 5.1 innings pitched. The Marlins should be able to use this as a momentum boost as they look to turn their season around.
They are currently eight games under .500, but they are obviously trending in the right direction. These two teams will meet for the rubber match tomorrow at 1:10 ET. Vance Worley will pitch for Miami, while Braden Shipley will be on the mound for Arizona.
Swordfish: Edinson Volquez (obviously) (.604)
Flounder: Brandon Drury (-.209)
Play of the game: Justin Bour singled to left, Giancarlo Stanton scored (.149)