CHANDLER, Ariz- Saturday featured excitement if you are a baseball fan. Doesn’t matter what team you route for or a fan of, but a day of accomplishments was achieved for the pure fan to appreciate.
The afternoon featured the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball of the 2017 season.
On the east coast, Miami Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez threw a no-hitter in the 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on just 98 total pitches and 10 strikeouts, as he faced the minimum of 27 outs thanks to two double plays after his walked two hitters. On the Strikeouts, they were the most in a Marlins no-hitter.
In this game, it was questionable if Volquez would even finish the inning let alone the game. After a tweak of his ankle on a play and the collision with Arizona’s Rey Fuentes at first base in the first inning. On the play, ” I thought I broke my ankle” replied Volquez.
Volquez acknowledged both former teammates with the Kansas City Royals Yordano Ventura, which today was his 26th birthday and former Marlin Jose Fernandez.
“I dedicated this game to Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura,’’ said Volquez. As for his accomplishment at Marlins Park, “I’m really blessed to throw a no-hitter in this ballpark.”
After the game, there was a lot of Twitter action, including myself where I posted ‘Was Edinson Volquez pitching with a little extra today with it being the birthday of Yordano Ventura’?
This was the sixth no-hitter in Marlins franchise history, and last, since Henderson Alvarez accomplished that on September 29, 2013, beating the Detroit Tigers 1-0. Ironically enough, this was not the first time both these teams have hooked up in a no-hitter. This was done in 2006 by Anibal Sanchez who beat the Diamondbacks 2-0.
As if that was not enough excitement on the day, there was more on the on the west coast in Anaheim. Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols added another accomplishment to the 2017 season hitting a grand slam for his 600th home run off former teammate and current Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. This gave the Angels a 7-1 lead in the fourth inning and eventually winning the game by the score of 7-2.
Pujols becomes the ninth player in history to accomplish the feat, and first to do so with a grand slam. With nine home runs this year, he should pass both Sammy Sosa (609) and Jim Thome (612) on the all-time the season ends.
That was not it for the excitement on the day for Major League Baseball. There was a total of seven grand slams on the day, breaking the previous record of six accomplished on May 21, 2000.