The reaction was muted. Henderson Alvarez's arms went up and he gave a little hop after Matt Tuiasosopo struck out. Alvarez had just completed his ninth inning of no-hit baseball in Sunday's regular season finale against the Detroit Tigers.
Where was everybody? Catcher Koyie Hill didn't run out to greet him and leap into his arms. None of Alvarez's teammates mobbed him.
The celebration would have to wait half an inning.
Locked in a scoreless game with the American League Central Division champions, the Marlins orchestrated a ninthinning rally to secure the fifth no-hitter in franchise history. His jaw working feverishly on a piece of gum in the dugout, Alvarez ultimately emerged to the on-deck circle and from there watched the unthinkable conclusion.
Luke Putkonen's first delivery to pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs with two outs and the bases loaded was wild, giving the Marlins a 1-0, walk-off win and Alvarez the Marlins' first no-no since current Tiger Anibal Sanchez did it to the Diamondbacks on Sept. 6, 2006.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, the season's third no-hitter also was the first in a regular season finale since Mike Witt no-hit the Angels as a member of the Rangers in 1984.
"That's how the Fish roll right there," said rookie manager Mike Redmond, after the 62-100 campaign that ended on a seasonhigh
four-game winning streak. "A walk-off, no-hitter wild pitch. Why not? That was crazy."
Since 1940, of the now 21 no-hitters that ended in a 1-0 victory, this was just the third instance when the winning pitcher tossed nine scoreless ahead of a walkoff victory.
On May 15, 1952, Virgil Trucks of the Tigers no-hit the Washington Senators through nine and Vic Wertz in the bottom half hit a home run to end it. Dick Fowler on Sept. 9, 1945 no-hit the St. Louis Browns through nine, but his celebration had to wait for a Hal Peck triple and Irv Hall single to seal it.
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