Volstad's shortest outing
Chris Volstad endured his roughest, and shortest outing of his career.
The 22-year-old right-hander was lifted after 1 2/3 innings on Friday night, and he gave up six runs on six hits with two walks and no strikeouts.
The 1 2/3 innings marked the shortest start in Volstad’s career. Twice previously, he lasted three innings. On July 3 against the Pirates, he was lifted after three innings.
The other time was as a rookie in 2008 at Philadelphia on Sept. 9. But that game had some different circumstances.
Volstad was lifted because he was struck in the lower right leg by a comeback liner off the bat of Carlos Ruiz. Volstad finished pitching the third inning, but he was replaced in the fourth.
The only other big league appearance where Volstad threw less than three innings came on his MLB debut. On July 6, 2008 at Colorado, the 6-foot-8 right-hander made a two-inning relief appearance, and he collected the win.
– Joe Frisaro