Volquez gets it done
If you could write the headline, what would you say about Edinson Volquez? Or about Adam Rosales for that matter?
In a 3-0 victory, Volquez wasn’t the overpowering pitcher he usually is but had one dominant performance. He threw eight shutout innings (a career high) and dealt with just three base runners. He had one hit allowed (in the first inning), one hit batter and one walk. He threw only 106 pitches and at one point, retired 17 in a row. A total turnaround from the seven walk mess he had on Friday vs. the Braves (which included five in one inning).
Rosales was 1-for-2 with a RBI single up the middle that broken the scoreless tie in the fifth. He also drew a walk and added a sac fly in the eighth. He was cheered as he hustled everywhere on the field.
The Reds finished April with an 11-10 record and this home stand 2-4.
Baker on Volquez:
“It was a total turnaround. He had a good tempo going, took his time and he wasn’t rushing. He was concentrating on getting strike one and not just throwing it. He was pitching tonight.”
“Early in the game, he was throwing strike one. It’s important for strike one and not necessarily velocity. His velocity was 92-93 mph but he can get up to 96-97. It’s about control. That’s what he demonstrated tonight. He had that fastball working, especially down and away. If you can get that pitch for strike one, it makes it a whole lot easier to pitch.”
Rosales on his RBI single with Nix on third base and the infield in:
“That’s a situation you were born and raised to do. That’s your job to get him in. That’s what was going through my mind – get him in. when I got to two strikes, I had to change my approach a little bit. I wasn’t going to drive it but put some good wood on it.”
The Astros didn’t think too much of Volquez:
“I didn’t think he was on the top of his game,” said Astros center fielder Michael Bourn “I think he was OK. He left some balls over the plate for us. Some people made some good swings. I didn’t make any good swings, but on a regular (day), we’ll get to him. He has good stuff, no doubt. But I’m not going to say he was at his best.”
“I didn’t think he was all that sharp,” Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. “I thought he had some life to his fastball, but we had some pitches to hit. We just didn’t swing the bat very well. You have to give him some credit, but I didn’t think it was a one-hit type of performance tonight.”
What did you think? I think it was the Volquez people have been waiting for. He couldn’t have done much better than that.
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