Henderson Alvarez throws no-hitter while standing on the on-deck circle

9/29/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Henderson Alvarez throws no-hitter while standing on the on-deck circleComing into today, the final day of the regular season, nobody gave a damn about the Tigers-Marlins tilt. The Tigers postseason plans were set, and they sat most of their regulars as a result (although Justin Verlander did start the game). The Marlins had lost 100 games and were completely irrelevant. Well, the old saying is at every baseball game you see something you've never seen before, and boy was that true about this game. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez was dominant, throwing 9 no-hit innings. Here was the final out.

 

Note I didn't say he pitched a no-hitter. That's because at the time the Marlins had not scored any runs, so the game was not over. Miami thus came up to bat with the possibility of making this game a walk-off no-hitter. Justin Ruggiano led off by grounding out, but Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison hit back to back singles. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. The next batter grounded out, with the runners not advancing. Then Chris Coghlan walked, setting up pinch hitter Greg Dobbs. Alvarez was on-deck, but with 2 outs in the bases loaded, would not have batted. However, if Dobbs didn't get it done, Alvarez would have to pitch the 10th.

That wasn't necessary, because this happened.

 

Yes, that is a walk-off wild pitch that is also a walk-off no hitter. Congratulations to Henderson Alvarez. Baseball is so awesomely weird.
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