7/3 The streak
Once again, one bad inning hurt Chris Volstad, and once again, he lost. Volstad took the loss Tuesday in the Cubs’ 10-3 loss to the Braves. He has not won in his last 20 starts. This was Volstad’s first start after a mid-May demotion to Triple-A Iowa.
“I think it’s a matter of me trying to be perfect and too fine and trying to be better than I have to be,” he said. “Nobody’s perfect, so how can I expect myself to be? I need to relax and throw pitches like I had in innings one, two, three, four.”
Volstad (0-7) gave up six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. He has not won since July 10, 2011, nearly a full calendar year, and is 0-12 with a 5.68 ERA in the 20 starts. If Volstad stays on schedule, he’ll have one more chance for a “W” before the All-Star break on Sunday against the Mets.
“Not much has changed, obviously,” Dale Sveum said. “It was another big inning. There was still some hard contact going on before that [inning] and his stuff and location wasn’t all that good anyway. The ball wasn’t down. It didn’t seem as if anything was sinking very good. He didn’t pitch to the game plan either. That was a little bit discouraging, too. He shook [catcher Steve Clevenger] off a lot for some reason. Another combination of a lot of things he’s got to learn to work on.”
Was Volstad disagreeing with his catcher?
“Not really,” Volstad said. “I think I shook more in the other innings than in the fifth. For the most part, we were right there on the same page. A couple one or two, here or there.”
Volstad looked good in the first four innings.
“I think it’s just a matter of attacking, attacking the zone,” Volstad said. “You see what I can do when I do that — four innings of two hits and one run.”
— Carrie Muskat