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Henderson Alvarez completes wild walkoff no-hitter

Sep 29, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

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Here’s something we definitely didn’t see coming.

Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has no-hit the American League Central-champion Tigers through seven innings Sunday in Miami. It’s not a fully-loaded Detroit lineup for Game 162, but Prince Fielder is in there along with Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante and a couple other regulars. Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Victor Martinez, Alex Avila and Torii Hunter are on the Tigers’ bench.

We’ll have inning-by-inning updates as Alvarez tries to make history on the final day of the 2013 regular season. The 23-year-old from Venezuela has thrown only 76 pitches so far. It’s a scoreless game.

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UPDATE, 2:49 p.m. ET: Alvarez cruised through the top of the eighth on two groundouts and a strikeout of Ramon Santiago. His pitch count is only 86 through eight no-hit frames, but the score remains 0-0.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m. ET: Alvarez snagged two comebackers for the first two outs in the top of the ninth. He then walked Andy Dirks on four straight pitches but rallied back to strike out Matt Tuiasosopo. That’s nine innings of no-hit ball, but it’s not an official no-hitter yet because the Marlins still haven’t scored a run in the 0-0 game. Alvarez is at 99 pitches and would almost certainly come back out for the top of the 10th.

UPDATE, 3:14 p.m. ET: Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning against Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen and Giancarlo Stanton scampered home for the winning run on a two-out walkoff wild pitch. What an odd scene at Marlins Park. It was the fifth no-hitter in Marlins franchise history.

  1. indaburg - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Even if they no-hit the Tiggers, the Feesh still might lose.

    • indaburg - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Feesh win! Congrats, Alvarez!

  2. rbj1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Walk off wild pitch no hitter?
    Never seen that before.

    • indaburg - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      A win is a win.

      • Old Gator - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Yeah, but a weird win is more fun.

  3. chill1184 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    lulz @ the wild pitch. Congrats to Alvarez

  4. boltbacker - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I don’t care who is out of the lineup, a no-no is hard to get. Now, if he can just get some help from his offense. Ten inning no-hitters are few and far between.

  5. hcf95688 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Thanks for the heads up! I switched over to MLB TV and caught the last three ABs. Good stuff!

  6. sdelmonte - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    No reason to actually assume that Alvarez’s future is in Miami, but the rotation there has come together well around Fernandez and this finale should be a sign of things to come.

    Though I can’t say it WILL be, given Loria.

    • chill1184 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Well according to baseball reference he is a FA in 2018 and arb eligible in 2015 so take that as you will

  7. Old Gator - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Well, if you’re gonna have a horrible season, you might as well go out with a flourish. Everything that was right and wrong with this team this past season was on display this afternoon: the promising young rotation, and the all but congenital inability to drive in runs. And of course the thing that was most wrong with the team, Scrooge McLoria, was on display in the owner’s box, penguin face and all.

    That bottom of the ninth was a gift – they still couldn’t get the big hit and needed the wild pitch. Not that it matters, finally – a win is a win is a win and Henderson Alvarez peetched his regulation magic nine. But the Feesh are still gonna need some real RBI guys next season if they want to compete and be taken seriously.

    Great afternoon for Henderson Alvarez. Like a number of the young guns on this peetching staff, he’s labored without much run support this season but you could always see that he had terrific stuff.

    • cur68 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      The two guys I was least happy about leaving the Beavz: Aideny Hechevarria and Henderson Alvarez. Both are going to turn into some damn fine representatives of their respective positions. So, I think its official: The Feesh have the makings of a decent team.
      The Feesh Kid & Henderson Alvarez as the leading edge of the rotation

      The Iron Giant behind Hechevarria to get on base and then score runs. That’s an official kernel of a team, right there.

      C’mon, you have a glimmer of hope, dontcha?

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    That was truly awesome. I think it was the first walk-off no-no since the Pirates extra-inning Cordova & Rincon combo job in 1997.
    And on the topic of no-nos, congrats to the Padres for completing their 45th season without one! They stand alone among MLB teams, since officially the Mets have one thanks to MLB not having instant replay.

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