The Miami Marlins have had a season they would just as soon forget. The Marlins own the worst record in the NL and with one game remaining on the season, they had 100 losses
Today, Marlins hurler Henderson Alvarez tossed a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers, one of the best teams in the American League. But victory was far from certain. After Alvarez had pitched 9 no-hit innings, the score was still 0-0. But the Marlins would prevail in the bottom of the ninth as Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen uncorked a wild pitch which scored Giancarlo Stanton from third.
Alvarez’s no-hitter is the third of the 2013 season. The other two no-hitters were tossed by Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.
It marks the first time a no-hitter has been thrown on the final day of the regular season since Mike Witt of the California Angels tossed a perfect game against the Texas Rangers on the final day of the 1984 season. It also marks the first time there has been a walk off no-hitter since Detroit Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks’ first no-hitter of the 1952 season. On May 15th, Trucks tossed a no-hitter against the Washington Senators. The Tigers won 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth on a solo home run by Vic Wertz. (Wertz is, of course, best remembered for hitting a long fly ball that was caught by Willie Mays in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series). Trucks, of course, would throw a no-hitter against the Yankees later in the ’52 season despite losing 19 games. Trucks passed away last March.
The 23-year old Alvarez was acquired by the Marlins last off season from the Toronto Blue Jays in the deal which sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonifacio up north. The deal hasn’t worked on either end so far, but in the long run the Marlins will come out ahead. Those dividends began to pay off today.