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Edinson Volquez pulls off a first: seven innings, no walks

Apr 25, 2013, 1:33 AM EST

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Padres starter Edinson Volquez blanked the Brewers for seven innings Wednesday to win for the first time this year. Normally, that wouldn’t necessarily be worthy of a blog entry. However, it happened to be the first time in 127 career starts in which Volquez went seven innings and walked no one.

Volquez, who walked 105 batters in 182 2/3 innings for San Diego last year, had just three previous BB-less starts and none compared to this one:

Sept. 14, 2006 against LAA: Lost after allowing two runs in five innings
Sept. 25, 2006 against LAA: Lost after allowing five runs in three innings
Sept. 19, 2012 against ARI: Lost after allowing four runs in six innings

Volquez tonight threw 94 pitches, 61 of them for strikes. He’s allowed two runs over 13 innings in his last two starts after going 0-3 with an 11.68 ERA in his first three.

Tonight’s game was also notable for another reason: Brewers first baseman Martin Maldonado was called out for batters’ interference to end the game with the tying run on second, giving the Padres the 2-1 win. He ran into his own batted ball while partly in the batters’ box, but was called out.

  1. advantageschneider - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    This is what is known in the newspaper business as burying the lead. Who cares about Edison Volquez?The story is how the Brewers got screwed out of a chance to win 10 in a row by a horrible call by the home plate umpire. You make a call like that to end a game you better be right, and Maldonado clearly had one foot in the batters box.

    • ptfu - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Umm, no. The story is about the Walking Man somehow not walking anyone, and the lead accurately reflects that. Why should it focus on the controversial ending to the game? Volquez had nothing to do with it. What you want is another article entirely, that focuses on the game end. Or go nuts on ATH.

      Anyway, I’m glad to see the staff “ace” pitching well. Starting pitching has been the Padres’ biggest problem this season.

      But if we’re going to talk about highly unusual events from last night:

      The Padres actually won a game! That’s their sixth win of the season (against 15 losses). In the race to avoid the NL basement, the Padres are now only half a game behind the Cubs. They had to win last night to remain ahead of the surging Marlins–who also somehow won their last game.

  2. ddjesus - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Figures that Milwaukee gets almost no mention for their winning streak until it’s over.

    • hoober27 - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Braves have a 10 game win streak and everybody stumbles all over themselves talking about it. Rangers/Rays game ends on a bad call that AJ Peeyourpanksie makes look monumentally worse and everybody is up in arms. Crew wins 9 in a row and has an even worse call to end a game and it’s not even mentioned anywhere. Hell, the official game recap gives it one sentence. The only way the Crew gets national attention is when a player is accused of using PEDs or get busted for a DUI.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        “AJ Peeyourpanskie?” Lol!
        I agree Hoober. Not much Brewers talk. Other than the PED’s and DUI of course.
        Keep playing well and you will have forced everyone’s hand.

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