Originally written on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 9/29/13
The Miami Marlins ended 2013 in a big way as Henderson Alvarez completed the fifth no-hitter in team history on a walk-off wild pitch.   The 1-0 win completed a three game sweep of the playoff bound Detroit Tigers and gave the Marlins their first four game winning streak of the season.   With the four final wins, the Marlins managed to stay at 100 losses and finish with 62 wins.   It was a season filled with sporadic offense but a lot of positive signs for a young exciting team. Alvarez dominated a Tigers’ lineup for nine innings but could not celebrate a no-hitter due a lack of run support from his offense.  It took until the bottom of the ninth that featured two wild pitches for the fish to have a runner cross the plate.   Interestingly enough, Alvarez was on deck to end the game and was mobbed by his teammates when the winning run scored.  It was a unique no-hitter as the circumstances hadn’t happened since 1952.  That was when Virgil Trucks completed a walk-off no hitter in a game between Washington and Detroit. For Alvarez, his line in the game included four strikeouts and a walk to go along with the no hits and no runs.  It gave the right-hander a final stat line of 5-6 with a 3.59 E.R.A   Acquired in the much maligned blockbuster deal with Toronto, Alvarez is set to be the number two or three guy in the starting rotation to begin 2014 for Miami. The Marlins will begin the 2014 season on March 31, 2014 vs the Colorado Rockies.
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