The 2013 MLB season may have been forgettable for the Miami Marlins, but it certainly ended in style, as Henderson Alvarez threw a truly wild and unlikely no-hitter in the final game of the regular season against the Detroit Tigers.
From Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post:
Here's Alvarez getting the final out in the top of the ninth:
MLB provided historical context surrounding the feat:
The game ended in wild fashion. There was a scoreless tie heading into the bottom of the ninth, with Alvarez's no-hitter hanging in the balance. Greg Dobbs stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded, facing Luke Putkonen.
Here's how it ended:
Alvarez was dazzling in this game, striking out four and walking just one. He was also extremely efficient, throwing just 99 pitches on the afternoon.
As if the dramatic finish wasn't cool enough, Alvarez also had a very special guest watching in the stands.
From Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:
Since being inserted into the starting rotation in July, Alvarez has gone 5-6 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 57 strikeouts. In a season when the Marlins lost 100 games—only the Houston Astros have a worse record—this was a wonderful highlight.
It was the 282nd no-hitter in league history and the third of the MLB season. However, this was clearly one of the most unique due to its unlikely finish.
Alvarez's teammate Giancarlo Stanton expressed his excitement on Twitter:
Detroit fans may be somewhat worried that their team will be entering an ALCS series against the Oakland Athletics having just been no-hit, though it should be noted that Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson didn't play in this one.
ESPN's Pedro Gomez followed:
It may not have been the Tigers' best lineup on Sunday, but Alvarez probably won't be too bothered by that.