Chris Volstad’s First Win Arrived as the Cubs Beat the Rockies
The long wait has been over, for an attendance of 32,346 seeing the first pitch of the rubber match of the series finale at Wrigley Field waiting, and more importantly and meaningfully, for Volstad who has waited 24 starts in between to get his first win of the season as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-0 .
The right-hander starter tossed a stellar performance under rain on Sunday afternoon. He handed seven scoreless innings to the visiting team allowing only three hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking three.
It was the best outing for Volstad whose previous victory dated back on July 10, 2011.
He gave up a one-out single to Wilin Rosario in the second inning but Tyler Colvin hit a line out which doubled off Rosario at first. In the fourth, Jordan Pacheco singled off Volstad with two outs but Volstad was able to force slugger Carlos Gonzalez to hit into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
The Cubs opened the score in the second inning when Starlin Castro led off with a double, advanced to third on Steve Clevenger’s fly-out and two outs later, was sent home on Darwin Barney’s fielder’s choice.
Barney drove in his second run of the game to concrete the Cubs’ lead and a victory for Volstad in the sixth by tallying Castro again with a soft line-drive single to right field.
In the eighth, the Cubs really got into the Rockies relievers and widened their lead to five. Castro scored his third run of the game on pinch-hitter Joe Mather’s sacrifice fly. Brett Jackson tallied home on reliever Will Harris’s wild pitch and Barney was brought home on a single by David DeJesus.
The rain poured heavier and umpire ordered a second rain delay. But it did not matter for Volstad. He knew the win would be in his pocket. The officials finally called the game to not give the Rockies a chance to bat in the ninth inning and to snap Volstad’s winless streak.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, who was outdueled by Volstad, left the games after five completed innings in which he gave up one run on five hits striking out three and walking two.
Patrick Au Yeung