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Game 162 Features a Walk-Off No-Hitter. Really.

“How many pitchers have celebrated a no-hitter coming from the on-deck circle?” asked one of the Marlins announcers after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning made the final score 1–0, thereby securing Henderson Alvarezs no-hitter against the Tigers.

Never? (Honestly, I have no clue.)

 

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What I do know is that the 23-year-old Alvarez, who threw only 99 pitches, walked one batter and hit another, became only the third pitcher in MLB history to record a no-hitter in the final game of the regular season. (Mike Witt pitched a perfecto in 1984 and Bill Stoneman threw a no-no in 1972.)

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.