Royals’ Edinson Volquez pitches in World Series after father’s death

Updated 11:57 AM EDT, Wed October 28, 2015
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Story highlights

Edinson Volquez's father died hours before Volquez was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the World Series

The Royals said the team found out about the death before the game but did not tell Volquez at family's request

Volquez has left the team to go home to the Dominican Republic; it's unclear when he will return

(CNN) —  

Game 1 of the World Series had a little bit of everything. There was a rare inside-the-park home run. Viewers watching the broadcast on Fox lost the game when Fox’s production trucks lost power. Fans were treated to extra innings and the second-longest Fall Classic game ever.

But there was also a tragic loss.

Daniel Volquez, the father of Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, died Tuesday, just hours before Edinson was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets, a game the Royals won 5-4.

Daniel Volquez was 63 and died in the Dominican Republic from complications of a heart condition, MLB.com reported.

There are conflicting reports about when the pitcher learned of his father’s death, and whether he knew before the game.