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Chris Volstad earns first win since July 2011

Aug 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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Chris Volstad snapped a 14-game losing streak that extended back more than a year by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 5-0, rain-shortened win over the Rockies on Sunday.

The game was delayed and then called prior to the top of the ninth.

Volstad was 0-9 in 13 starts for the Cubs this year and 0-14 dating back to July 10, 2011, when he beat the Astros for his last victory as a Marlin.

Volstad was largely unlucky last year when the streak got started; he allowed three runs or fewer in each of his final seven starts for Florida. The Cubs picked him up for Carlos Zambrano over the winter, and he definitely deserved the lousy record this year; he entered the day with a 6.88 ERA and just two Quality Starts. The Cubs had been 1-12 when he pitched.

The soon-to-be 26-year-old Volstad needs a serious rally from here on in to avoid being non-tendered this winter. He’s making $2.655 million this year in his first season of arbitration eligibility.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    IS it really a win if you beat the Rockies? Thats just one step above the Astros!

  2. tjg25 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Both are only half steps below the Cubs.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    The Battle of the Smurfs!

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