Crazy Finish: Marlins Save Henderson Alvarez No-Hitter with Walk-Off Win on Wild Pitch (Video)
What do you call it when a starting pitcher throws nine hitless innings, but his team doesn’t win the game because they haven’t scored a run?
If you said “nothing,” then you are correct. Unless the game ends with the pitcher still in the game, he doesn’t get credited with an official “no-hitter.” Thus, if a pitcher for the home team has a no-hitter going after nine innings, but the game is tied 0-0, he’s got to pitch a 10th hitless frame and hope his team scores a run in the bottom of the inning. And if they don’t, he’s got to pitch an 11th hitless frame and hope his team scores a run in the bottom of the inning.
Of course, keeping a no-hitter alive after nine innings is not very likely at all. So when the Miami Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez found himself in a no-hit situation through eight and a half innings on Sunday, he was really hoping it would not come to that.
Yeah, that’s right. Alvarez didn’t allow a single hit through nine frames in the season finale against the Detroit Tigers in Miami. However, the Marlins’ offense was also held scoreless through eight innings, which meant that if they did not score a run in the bottom of the 9th, Henderson would have to take the mound in the top of the 10th if he wanted a chance at recording his first career no-hitter.
Take a look:
I’m sure that’s not how Henderson drew it up in his head. He probably always envisioned earning a no-hitter with a strike out, then getting lifted up in the air by his catcher. But I’m sure he’ll take it.
Talk about a crazy finish to the regular season.