After undergoing elbow surgery last August and serving a 50-game suspension for taking fertility drugs, the righty was throwing 95 mph heat, fanning nine and walking two for the win.
Just before getting a face full of shaving cream from teammate Johnny Cueto during his post-game interview, Volquez said:
It wasn’t easy, but I felt comfortable after the first inning. That first inning, I was really excited -- big crowd. It felt like my first time in the big leagues. I let my emotions get to me in the first.Why was it packed at Great American Ball Park? Well, aside from the Reds being pretty awesome and it being a Saturday, 41,300 fans showed up to enjoy the club's annual Hall of Fame inductions of third baseman Chris Sabo, reliever Pedro Borbon and pitcher Tony Mullane.
Now the National League Central-leading Cincinnati Reds (by just a half game over the St. Louis Cardinals) may reconsider the need to trade for pitching by the July 31 deadline. Manager Dusty Baker had this to say:
It’s like a major trade... That was an outstanding performance. It picked the whole team up. The guys were elated to have him back.As for the run support last night, the Reds managed only five hits against Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa and company, with four of them coming as homers.
Welcome back, Edinson!
[AP] | [Cincinnati.com] | [Redleg Nation]