Marlins' Henderson Alvarez pitches 'walk-off' no-hitter vs. Tigers
Henderson Alvarez has thrown the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, and he's done so in most unusual fashion.
Alvarez didn't allow a hit through the first nine innings, but his opposite numbers -- Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello -- shut out the Marlins throught eight. That means Alvarez didn't technically have a no-hitter until a Luke Putkonen wild pitch plated Giancarlo Stanton with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
The on-deck hitter when all that unfolded? Henderson Alvarez.
Here's a look at Alvarez's final out of the day:
Did you see Alvarez triumphantly raise his arms after getting the whiff? As he explained after the game on the Marlins telecast, he had it in his head that the Marlins were winning 1-0, but then he glanced over at the scoreboard and noticed the game was still scoreless.
For what it's worth, the Marlins had no one warming up in the bullpen, and Alvarez was set to pitch the top of the 10th. But there turned out to be no need.
On the day, Alvarez struck out four and walked one in picking up his fifth victory of the season. Of his 99 pitches, 66 went for strikes. More importantly, he twirled the 282nd no-hitter in baseball history. Alvarez's no-no was also the third of 2013 (he joins Homer Bailey and Tim Lincecum) and the fifth in Marlins history.
Sunday's gem lowered Alvarez's 2013 ERA to 3.59 across 102 2/3 innings.
The Marlins originally acquired the 23-year-old right-hander as part of the November 2012 blockbuster that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and others to the Blue Jays.