Volquez gave up one earned run, two hits and two walks over six innings with a career-high 12 strikeouts. The fastball was dynamite at 96 mph and the 84 mph changeup often froze bats in their places.
“Today, I had better command of my fastball,” Volquez said. “All my pitches were there tonight.”
This kid continues to be simply amazing. Check out this page, where you will see Volquez’s face as the Major League leader in strikeouts and ERA (you’ll also see the guy who was traded for Volquez; he’s leading the majors in RBI).
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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