Topic: needed just one out into the series finale against the Astros

Volstad admitted he was “probably a little mentally shut down” after he went home from his Triple A Charlotte season in early September.

A few days after he was settling into offseason mode, the Sox, in need of extra bullpen help, asked the veteran of eight major league seasons to join the big league team for a few weeks. That call led the 30 year old to Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, where he was needed just one out into the series finale against the Astros.

Carson Fulmer was removed with a blister on his right index finger, and Volstad entered to pitch 4 1/3 innings of relief in a 3 1 victory. He allowed just one earned run Nate Jones Jersey, on Brian McCann’s solo homer, to earn his first major league victory in five years.

Volstad’s last win was on September 10, 2012, while pitching for the Cubs. It also was in Houston, and it was against the same Astros pitcher who started Thursday – Dallas Keuchel.

“It’s kind of crazy how things can change,” Volstad said. “I guess it’s been about two weeks now. I was at home getting ready for a hurricane and then getting called back up to the big leagues.”

Volstad had some warning he might be needed.

Fulmer first started to feel his finger blister after his last start in Detroit against the Tigers, when he allowed one earned run over six innings.

Fulmer got George Springer to ground out for the first out of the game Thursday. After he walked Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve, the Sox pulled him from the game after just 20 pitches. He said a couple of his pitches started cutting on him, and he realized he may have been babying the finger.

“It was something I noticed a little bit after my last start,” Fulmer said. “I thought it would go away and dry up, and it came back tonight. I did everything I could to stay out there until Ricky Renteria pulled me. It’s something I have to look out for a little bit and make sure I maintain.”

White Sox 3, Astros 1
Photos from the White Sox Astros game on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Houston.
Volstad did his part, one of seven Sox relievers who combined to hold the Astros to three hits as the Sox broke a three game losing streak.

Keuchel surrendered a pair of runs over six innings, and Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to a career high 12 games with his 17th homer of the year in the eighth inning. That helped to secure Volstad’s 36th career victory.

Volstad, a former starter who has worked in 11 games in relief in the big leagues since 2013, said his family and friends were texting him about the win.

“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,” Volstad said. “It’s a little surprising but I’m glad to be a part of a team for sure.”