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Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

HOUSTON -- Two weeks ago Chris Volstad was focused on Hurricane Irma prep when the White Sox called to invite him to the majors. On Thursday night, he earned his first major league victory in more than five years as the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park.

Volstad, who had only made 10 big league appearances the previous four-plus seasons and spent all of 2017 at Triple-A Charlotte, allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings to pick up his first win since Sept. 10, 2012.

He hadn’t just shut it down after the Triple-A season ended, Volstad was actually shuttering his Jupiter, Fla. home and business the day the short-handed White Sox called.

“I was probably a little mentally shut down,” Volstad said. “But yeah, it’s kind of crazy how things can change. I guess it’s been about two weeks now. At home getting ready for a hurricane and then getting called back up to the big leagues.”

Volstad received word he might pitch early in Thursday’s game when a blister on Carson Fulmer’s right index finger worsened. Fulmer felt some discomfort after his Friday start at Detroit.

The White Sox let Fulmer try to go but yanked him after 20 pitches, including two walks. That brought out Volstad, who along with Al Alburquerque was promoted Sept. 10 after the White Sox lost several pitchers to injury.

The White Sox actually had to track Volstad down two weeks ago as he’d already been home for a week. He spent part of the time prepping for Irma, including boarding up his brewery.

He escaped a first-inning jam with a double play ball of the bat of Carlos Correa and ended a threat in the second with a pickoff at second base of Alex Bregman. After he surrendered a solo homer to Brian McCann in the third, Volstad retired the final eight men he faced.

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He was awarded his first victory since he defeated Thursday’s Astros starter Dallas Keuchel 1,836 days ago here. Volstad remembered the win because Houston was still in the National League and he had a base hit in the five-inning start for the Cubs. He went 3-12 for the Cubs that season.

“You’re able to lock it in pretty quickly and get focused at the big-league level, you have to,” Volstad said. “But being home in Triple-A for the last few years, just getting called up about 10 days ago, I’ve got people following it, but it’s kind of unknown I guess. It’s a little surprising, but I’m glad to be a part of a team for sure.”

Fulmer, Volstad, Jace Fry, Mike Pelfrey, Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar and Juan Minaya combined on a three-hitter for the White Sox. Tim Anderson extended his hit streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning solo homer, his 17th.

White Sox set to part ways with veteran pitcher Derek Holland

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White Sox set to part ways with veteran pitcher Derek Holland

Derek Holland's era on the Southside is expected to come to an end.

The White Sox announced on Tuesday they have requested waivers on the veteran starting pitcher for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

The 30-year-old Holland, who signed a one-year deal with the White Sox last December, is 7-14 with a 6.20 ERA and 1.711 WHIP in 29 games this season. Holland had a 2.37 ERA through his first 10 starts of the season, but fell on hard times after the calendar flipped from May to June. Holland's ERA since June 2 is 10.375.

Holland could pitch for another club once he clears waivers, but he won't be eligible for a postseason roster.

In a corresponding roster move, the White Sox purchased the contract of pitcher Jace Fry from Double-A Birmingham.  

The 24-year-old Fry went 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA and had 52 strikeouts in 33 games with the Barons in 2017.

Fry, who was originally selected by the White Sox in third round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Oregon State, missed the 2016 season and the majority of the 2015 season following Tommy John Surgery. Fry has a career record of 4-9 with a 3.63 ERA and 101 strikeouts in four seasons in the White Sox farm system.

The White Sox also reinstated infielder Yoan Moncada from the 10-day disabled list. Moncada hasn't played in a game since Aug. 24 due to a bone contusion on his right shin.

The White Sox continue their series with the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night.