The Miami Marlins really saved the best for last in an otherwise forgettable season. Henderson Alvarez had the best day of his career and the Marlins finally came up with a run in the bottom of the ninth to accomplish something that had not been done since 1952, a walk-off solo no-hitter.
With the Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez tossing a no-hitter on Sunday afternoon in Miami and the Tigers’ pitching staff matching him zero for zero through eight innings at Marlins Park, the stage was set for a rare event in baseball history.
Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter in the final game of the 2013 season. How did he beat the Detroit Tigers, and what other factors entered into the spectacular game?
The Miami Marlins season was anything but memorable, but Henderson Alvarez sure gave the home fans a finish on Sunday afternoon throwing the season’s third and final no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers.
The pecking order has changed in the Miami Marlins’ front office hierarchy, but the names — for the most part — remain the same. So does the goal: putting the last-place Marlins back on a winning track.
Actually, it was prime no-hitter time: a meaningless game on the final day of the season. The opposing team had nothing to play for and thus started several backups. The umps were also looking to get things over with in a hurry. If there was ever a day for Henderson Alvarez to throw a no-no, this was it.
Plenty of ex-Marlins players have received warm receptions upon their returns with opposing teams. Perhaps none was as boisterous as the one Miguel Cabrera got Friday night.
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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.
The final game of the season could not have better represented the 2013 Miami Marlins season than how the game ended. After 9 no hit innings for Henderson Alvarez, he had to come to the on-deck circle in the bottom of the ninth before he knew his faith of collecting the fifth no hitter in Marlins history.
Henderson Alvarez has a no-hitter through 7 innings. The Miami Marlins are facing the Detroit Tigers in the last game of the regular season. Alvarez has a good pace going and his breaking stuff has really been fantastic. Unfortunately for him and the Marlins, they are going up against Justin Verlander.
At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria announced the new structure for Miami Marlins moving forward. This past week has seen the dismissal of president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and his special assistant Jim Fleming.
Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been out since late July due to a fracture and torn ligaments in his left thumb and he cannot wait to get back into the lineup, according to his manager Mike Redmond.
With the firing of President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest taking center stage on Friday afternoon, a couple of news pieces went under the radar. The Miami Marlins announced that catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick were out for the season with injury woes. Both injuries certainly put a damper on the Marlins playoff chances. (Okay, maybe that’s a bad joke.)