MIAMI -- The buzz of a memorable Saturday lingered into Sunday morning.In a sport where players typically have short memories and are ready to quickly turn the page, the talk continued to be about Edinson Volquez and his dominating no-hitter thrown on Saturday in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the
MIAMI -- The buzz of a memorable Saturday lingered into Sunday morning.
In a sport where players typically have short memories and are ready to quickly turn the page, the talk continued to be about Edinson Volquez and his dominating no-hitter thrown on Saturday in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the D-backs at Marlins Park.
:: Edinson Volquez's no-hitter ::
"An amazing game," shortstop J.T. Riddle said. "You could just tell after that first play, you didn't know what was going to happen. He hurt his ankle there. To come back and do that is just incredible."
Prior to Sunday's series finale, club president David Samson and president of baseball operations Michael Hill presented Volquez with the pitching rubber from his no-no.
Volquez struck out 10 and polished off the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history on 98 pitches. The 33-year-old was in sync all game with catcher J.T. Realmuto, striking out the side in the ninth -- all on changeups.
Making the feat even more unimaginable is the fact Volquez had rolled his ankle at first base after a collision with Rey Fuentes.
The ankle is still an issue, and manager Don Mattingly said it was questionable if the right-hander will make his scheduled start on Thursday at Pittsburgh.
"It will probably be touch-and-go when we get there," Mattingly said. "If he were in the NFL, he'd be on the questionable list. We wouldn't let anybody know until the end. I'm hoping he will be able to make it with a few days of treatment."
Volquez is cautiously optimistic.
"It won't be 100 percent, but I'll be good to go," Volquez said.
The way Volquez was limping around on Saturday, there were questions concerning whether he could even face a second batter, let alone go the distance -- facing the minimum -- courtesy of two double plays.
The standout defensive play came on second baseman Dee Gordon's sliding stop to throw out Fuentes in the fourth inning.
"First of all, Eddie pitched a great game, and J.T. called a great game," Gordon said. "I didn't think the play in the fourth inning would do that [save the no-hitter]. For him to go out for five more innings and dominate was just amazing in itself."
The no-hitter was a complete effort, with the infield making plays behind Volquez.
"I was trying not to think about it because I didn't want to jinx it," Gordon said. "I didn't want to think about it, but we were definitely trying to get every ball that was hit. J.T. Riddle made some great plays as well. Eddie and J.T. had a great game plan."
Riddle did get picked up by first baseman Justin Bour on Paul Goldschmidt's ground ball in the fourth inning.
Riddle said he didn't have a good grip on the ball, and his throw pulled Bour off the base. Bour did make a swipe tag, but Goldschmidt was originally called safe. The Marlins challenged, and the call was overturned.
"It looked like it hit his arm, I couldn't really tell," Riddle said. "As soon as he called him safe, J.B. turned around and was saying, 'Replay.'"
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