There have been six no-hitters thrown in Florida/Miami Marlins history. Although A.J. Burnett walked nine in a no-no in San Diego in 2001, the most bizarre no-hitter in club history is still probably the one that took place on this day 10 years ago.
Henderson Alvarez accomplished the feat for the Miami Marlins, but the contest did not end with him on the mound. Instead, Miami scored a walk-off run in the ninth inning to complete Alvarez’s no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the regular season finale.
The Marlins had walked off the Tigers the day before in the 10th inning on Giancarlo Stanton’s single as the teams arrived for the rubber game of a three-game set at Marlins Park on Sept. 29, 2013. Matched up with All-Star Justin Verlander, Alvarez shined.
Detroit managed just three baserunners throughout the day—one on a hit by pitch, one on an error and one on a walk. Alvarez needed just 99 pitches to complete nine innings. After issuing his lone walk with two outs in the top of the ninth, Alvarez struck out Matt Tuiasosopo to conclude his afternoon on the mound and to pick up his fourth punch-out.
Despite Alvarez’s efforts, the contest was still scoreless. To that point, Miami had managed just four hits.
Against Detroit reliever Luke Putkonen, Stanton and Logan Morrison laced one-out singles on consecutive pitches in the bottom of the ninth. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, but Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out. After Chris Coghlan walked to load the bases, Greg Dobbs was called on to hit for catcher Koyie Hill.
Standing in the on-deck circle, Alvarez watched as Putkonen’s first pitch to Dobbs went to the backstop. Stanton scored standing up to give the Marlins the victory and to complete Alvarez’s improbable no-hitter.
The no-no served as the fifth in club history and the first at Marlins Park. It came on this day a decade ago.
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Mike Ferguson is a contributor for Fish on First, who covers Miami Marlins history. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson