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Volstad leaves game early

Chris Volstad just can’t get a break. He has pitched well enough to have an impressive record but the Marlins just don’t’ score for him. Finally on Tuesday night the Marlins put up some runs in a Volstad start, scoring nine runs in the first four innings against the Phillies.

But Volstad couldn’t get the victory, because he had to leave the game after just three innings with a contusion on his right leg. Volstad suffered the injury in the bottom of the third when Carlos Ruiz hit a shot back up the middle that hit Volstad’s right leg. After wincing, Volstad stayed in the game and retired the next three Phillies. But he didn’t go back out for the fourth.

The Marlins had scored just 21 runs for Volstad in his first 11starts – 1.9 runs per start – but Volstad still managed to have a winning record (4-3) despite the lack of run support. He was sharp Tuesday, allowing just two infield hits over the first three innings and striking out two without allowing a walk. The Phillies did not hit the ball out of the infield (not even a fly ball) against Volstad, who held Philly scoreless over six innings in a 3-0 victory at Philadelphia Aug. 7. Volstad has a 1.00 ERA in Philadelphia.

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