It’s the last game of the 2013 season and everyone is talking about the AL Wild card race, how are the Marlins going to make people forget about that? Welcome to The Good, The Walk-Off, and The No-no. Quick rundown- The Good: We won 1-0; The Walk-Off: Wild Pitch; and The No-No: Henderson Alvarez. Let’s dive on in and see what made the baseball world forget for a few moments about the crazy AL race.
We beat the Tigers 1-0 to sweep them this series and end the season on a 4 game winning streak. Although that is good, it wasn’t the best part.
Neither team could score a run today. This was mainly because Justin Verlander struck out 10 Marlins players, but he couldn’t go the distance only lasted 6 innings. In comes the bullpen who held it until the 9th. Justin Ruggiano started the 9th with a ground out. Up next comes Giancarlo Stanton who singles into centerfield with a 3-2 count. Logan Morrison hit the first pitch and sent it to center field. With Adeiny Hechavarria at the plate, Luke Putkonen throws a wild pitch advancing the runners, so now we have players at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out! Hech, unfortunately, grounds out to the shortstop. Up comes Chris Coghlan, who falls behind early 0-2, but fights back to draw the walk. We have the bases load with 2 outs and up comes Greg Dobbs. What happens next? Does Dobbs line a single? Nope. Grand slam? Nope. Hit by Pitch? nope… How about a wild pitch that scores Giancarlo? YUP! You read that right, the first pitch goes through Brayan Pena legs and Giancarlo scores the winning run! Yet, that still that wasn’t the best part!
A few months back someone asked me why do I still watch Marlins game even though they aren’t going to be that good. My response was A- I love this team, B- I cheer for my team win or lose, and C- you never know what’s going to happen. Today was a perfect example of that. Alvarez this season came into the game with a 4-6 record and an ERA north of 3.60; but today he was magical. He started the 1st with no hits, then went into the 2nd going 1-2-3, onto the 3rd again 1-2-3, again in the 4th, in the 5th there was an error but still no hit, 6th 1-2-3, 7th yup 1-2-3, and ended the 8th with a K looking. Finally in the 9th Alvarez got Alex Avila and Don Kelly to ground out to him. He just needed 1 more out and he walks Andy Dirk. Here comes Matt Tuiasosopo to the plate. He gets the count to 3-2 and… STRIKE OUT SWINGING! A NO HITTER! The first by a Marlin in Marlins Park! This was also the first walk-off no-hitter in the majors since 1952! Wow!
What a way to end the season! A no-hitter walk-off. I had a blast this season and I hope you guys did to. We had our ups and we had our downs, but as long as you love your team and cheer them on you are always a winner. Till next season as always: Let’s Go Marlins!