FEEL­ING GOOD

Los Angeles Times - - PERSONAL FINANCE -

Edin­son Volquez of the Mi­ami Marlins throws a no-hit­ter against Ari­zona.

MI­AMI — Edin­son Volquez’s day was nearly over af­ter three pitches. And he strongly con­sid­ered leav­ing the game af­ter five in­nings be­cause of sharp an­kle pain.

A cou­ple hours later, noth­ing was hurt­ing.

He stuck around — and pitched the game of his life.

Volquez (2-7) threw the sixth no-hit­ter in Marlins history, fac­ing the min­i­mum 27 bat­ters Satur­day and beat­ing the Ari­zona Diamondbacks 3-0.

Tied for the ma­jor league lead in losses when the game be­gan, he struck out 10 bat­ters, and the two baserun­ners who reached on walks were erased by dou­ble plays.

He needed 98 pitches, the last of those strik­ing out Chris Owings to end the game.

“When I passed the sev­enth, I said, ‘I’m go­ing to go for it,’ ” Volquez said. “And I got it.”

It’s the first no-hit­ter in the ma­jors since Jake Ar­ri­eta did it for the Chicago Cubs on April 21, 2016, at Cincin­nati, and the first time Ari­zona was no-hit since the Marlins’ Ani­bal Sanchez threw one Sept. 6, 2006.

Volquez was nearly knocked out of the game af­ter one bat­ter, when he col­lided with lead­off man Rey Fuentes while cov­er­ing first base, rolled an an­kle and took a hard fall.

“I thought I broke my an­kle,” he said, jok­ingly.

The 33-year-old righ­han­der was one of the pitch­ers Mi­ami ac­quired in the off­sea­son in part to fill the void caused by the death of ace Jose Fer­nan­dez, who died in a boat crash in Septem­ber.

Fer­nan­dez was very much on Volquez’s mind Satur­day.

So was Yor­dano Ven­tura, the Kansas City pitcher who was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Repub­lic in Jan­uary. Satur­day would have been Ven­tura’s 26th birth­day. He and Volquez were not just coun­try­men, but close friends.

“It was spe­cial for me to ded­i­cate the game to him,” Volquez said.

Volquez’s first sea­son in Mi­ami started badly. The Marlins lost eight of his first nine starts and Volquez dropped his first seven de­ci­sions.

But Satur­day was a dif­fer­ent story.

“Great men­tor, great leader on the team,” catcher J.T. Real­muto said, as three work­ers on the field dug up the rub­ber for Volquez. “It’s re­ally awe­some to see a guy like that get an ac­com­plish­ment like this.”

It was the Marlins’ first no-hit­ter since Hen­der­son Al­varez pitched one against the Detroit Tigers on the fi­nal day of the 2013 reg­u­lar sea­son.

Wilfredo Lee Associated Press

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