Think no-hitter, and you think of a pitcher getting the final out while on the mound — and being mobbed by his teammates.
But earning a no-hitter while on the on-deck circle?
And earning a no-hitter after thinking, minutes earlier, you already had it secured?
That’s what happened to Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who was in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the ninth when Detroit Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen threw a wild pitch. That allowed Giancarlo Stanton to score in Miami’s 1-0 win.
If you watch the clip, you see Alvarez throw his hands up after striking out Matt Tuiasosopo in the ninth inning—he thought the Marlins were up, 1-0, and was ready to celebrate. But when no one rushed the mound he looked up at the scoreboard and realized the game was tied.
It was the fifth no-hitter in Marlins’ history, and gave the team a rare reason to celebrate this season. The Marlins finished with a 62-100 record, the worst record in the National League and the second worst record in baseball.