Alvarez needed the run for his no-hitter to be official, because a Major League Baseball ruling in 1991 said only complete games of nine or more innings with no hits count as no-hitters. Alvarez got it when Luke Putkonen's first pitch to pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs was low and inside, eluding catcher Brayan Pena. Alvarez (5-6) struck out four, walked one and hit a batter against a patchwork Tigers lineup on the last day of the season. When he closed out the top of the ninth, he pumped one fist and then both, thinking the game was over.
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. This was far from a typical no-hitter, too. In fact, it was the wildest no-hitter one could possibly dream up. The Marlins offense was also shutout by Justin Verlander and the Detroit bullpen until the ninth inning, meaning Alvarez's feat was completed on a dramatic walk-off. In the deciding inning, Miami loaded the bases with the two outs, and then Luke Putkonen uncorked his second wild pitch allowing Giancarlo Stanton to race home with the game's only run.
It was a crazy ending to an abysmal season. Henderson Alvarez pitched the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, but didn’t know it until a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth scored the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. "I don’t think you could ever in your life envision that," said manager Mike Redmond after the Marlins closed out their season on Sunday in a way that was as historic as it was bizarre.
Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter today. He didn't get to jump into his catcher's arms like most pitchers do in that situation. Instead, he had to wait until his teammates scored an unlikely run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 1-0 victory against Detroit.
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. It was the ending that made this one unique. The Marlins, like the Tigers, couldn’t put a run on the board. At the end of 8 1/2 innings, Alvarez had his no-hitter ready to go, he just needed some help. And if he didn’t get it, he was going back out for the 10th. For Alvarez, it was his first start against an American League team since the Blue Jays traded him to Miami in the big Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson deal last winter. In 2012, he went 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA for the Blue Jays, allowing 216 hits in 187 1/3 innings. Rick Porcello was the only pitcher in the AL to give up more hits last year.
Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins has no-hit the Tigers in a most unlikely fashion. Alvarez didn't allow a hit through the first nine innings, but his opposite numbers -- Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello -- shut out the Marlins throught eight. That means Alvarez didn't technically have a no-hitter until a Luke Putkonen wild pitch plated Giancarlo Stanton with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The on-deck hitter when all that unfolded? Henderson Alvarez.
What a finish to 2013! Congrats to Henderson Alvarez on a most unique no hitter!— Tommy Hutton (@THUT14) September 29, 2013
Wow! A walk-off wild pitch no-hitter (Henderson Alvarez) in Game 162 from a club (Miami) that lost 100 games.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) September 29, 2013
Alvarez is 1st P to have his no-hitter end when his team won on a walkoff since Virgil Trucks on May 15, 1952. #Marlins— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) September 29, 2013
Walk-off, season-ending no-hitter for the Marlins ... on a wild pitch. The Hill-Jennings administration is off to a good start. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 29, 2013
The Marlins have 5 no hitters in franchise history. The Padres remain the only club shutout from that feat.— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) September 29, 2013
Marlins opened the season being shut out their first two games. They end it on Alvarez's no-hitter #Marlins— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) September 29, 2013
Dan Jennings now the only undefeated GM in baseball history #CongratsAlvarezMarlinsHillJennings— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) September 29, 2013