Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins pitched the first no-hitter in the major leagues in more than a year Saturday, and although it wasn’t a perfect game, thanks to two double plays, he faced the minimum 27 batters in a 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Volquez is the first pitcher to throw a non-perfect-game no-hitter and face the minimum number of batters since Justin Verlander did so on May 7, 2011.
What turned out to be a key moment came in the fourth inning. Paul Goldschmidt reached base on an apparent infield single, but the call was overturned upon a manager’s challenge -- keeping the no-hitter intact.
Volquez struck out 10 and walked two. He threw 98 pitches in all. He joined David Cone (in his 1999 perfect game) as the only pitchers in the past 30 seasons to throw no-hitters with at least 10 strikeouts and fewer than 100 pitches. Volquez’s 98 pitches were the fewest in a no-hitter since the Marlins’ Henderson Álvarez threw one in 2013 (Volquez’s was the 17th no-hitter since then).
Saturday’s start was Volquez’s first this season in which he pitched more than six innings. Before Saturday, Volquez's longest no-hit bid was six innings, in August 2014 against the Reds (when Volquez was with the Pirates).
The most recent Marlins pitcher with a no-hitter was Álvarez on Sept. 29, 2013, against the Tigers. Four other pitchers have thrown one for the franchise: Al Leiter (1996), Kevin Brown (1997), A.J. Burnett (2001) and Aníbal Sánchez (2006). Sánchez’s opponent for his no-hitter was also the Diamondbacks.
In the time the Marlins have been in the major leagues (since 1993), their six no-hitters are the most in the majors. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants have five each since the start of 1993.
Volquez, playing with his seventh team, is the seventh player born in the Dominican Republic to throw a no-hitter. That puts the Dominican Republic ahead of Venezuela for the most no-hitters by pitchers born outside of the United States.
Volquez entered the game with a .125 win percentage this season (1-7). Elias Sports Bureau research shows that is the lowest win percentage by a pitcher at the time of his no-hitter in major league history (minimum three decisions).
Saturday’s game was the third time the Diamondbacks have been no-hit. The other instances were in 1999 by José Jiménez of the Cardinals and by Sánchez in 2006.
The most recent no-hitter in the major leagues before Saturday was on April 21, 2016, by the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta at the Reds.