8/26 Volstad’s streak is over

After waiting 413 days and 24-starts without a win, the longest wait for Chris Volstad must have been the extra 30 minutes on Sunday when the umpires called for the tarp because of rain.

“The tarp being pulled in the ninth inning, it’s like, ‘C’mon, let’s get it over with,'” Volstad said. “It’s only fitting that it took pretty long, right?”

The delay gave his teammates enough time to prep for a victory shower. Volstad could finally celebrate a win Sunday, ending a string of 24 consecutive winless starts as the Cubs edged the Rockies, 5-0.

It was Volstad’s first “W” since he beat the Astros way back on July 17, 2011. If that seems like a long time ago, it was. He had to wait even longer as the start of the game was delayed 2 hours 23 minutes, and was called after eight innings and another 30-minute delay. Hopefully, he’ll get the “W” flag flying on top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard after the game.

“It was nice for him and I know that’s a huge monkey off his back,” Dale Sveum said. “I think the team was incredibly happy for him.”

Not as happy as Volstad (1-9), who was pitching for the Marlins the last time he won a game. He gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking three. His reward? The Cubs took the series, and he was showered in beer.

“He was really excited,” Darwin Barney said of Volstad. “When you’re an offensive position player and you have a game where your team wins and you contribute and have a couple knocks, you go home feeling pretty good about yourself. He hasn’t had one of those days in a while. He hasn’t had that day when everything worked out and they didn’t get a cheap hit off him and the defense picked him up. He’s been pitching pretty consistent of late and has been just getting some bad luck, and today we were able to get him a lead,” Barney said. “It was good. I think he liked the little shower we gave him.”

The Cubs had scored one or no runs while Volstad has been on the mound in eight of his 12 starts prior to Sunday. He had not received more than three runs of support in a game until Sunday.

“The biggest thing was me putting up zeros — that’s always nice,” Volstad said. “They definitely backed me today and did a good job at the plate.”

– Carrie Muskat

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