In the game thread for today's game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals, I mentioned the irony of having Henderson Alvarez finish another year for the Fish and have a chance, of course, at another season-ending no-hitter. Well, Alvarez had a good outing, giving up 11 hits in seven innings but allowing only one run, on an Ian Desmond home run in the second inning. The Fish were able to help Alvarez out with two 5-4-3 double plays that kept the baserunners to a relative minimum. Alvarez struck out three batters and walked none as well.
But it turned out it was going to be a no-hitter the other way around for the Fish in 2014. Jordan Zimmermann went the distance for the Nationals, struck out 11 Marlins, and fell one walk and one dropped third strike away from a perfect game. Zimmermann was completely dominant on a day when the Marlins were absolutely hopeless against him. It was fortunate enough that the Fish put up one relevant baserunner on a Justin Bour walk.
The Marlins finish the season 77-85, a massive improvement over the previous year despite a number of key injuries. The Fish wrap up the year poorly, but there is nothing to frown about in 2014.
Hero of the Game: Henderson Alvarez (0.185 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (-0.125 WPA)
Play of the Game: Ian Desmond homered in the second inning. (-0.118 WPA)