September 20, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 162 Review: Zimmermann no-hits Marlins; First in Nats history

ZIMMERMANN THROWS FIRST NO-HITTER FOR NATIONALS

As if the Washington Nationals march to the pennant and playoffs wasn’t dramatic enough, Jordan Zimmermann authored a little bit of history on the season’s final day.

The Nats stoic right-hander dominated the Miami Marlins in the final game of the season, no-hitting the young Marlins in a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Zimmermann walked one and struck out 10 to record the first no-hitter for the franchise since the relocation in 2005. There have been two previous no-hitters in Washington baseball history, and the Montreal Expos had four no-hitters in their history.

As with most no-hitters, this one required a terrific defensive play. Unlike most no-hitters though, in this one the defensive gem came on the very last out.

On a 1-2 pitch, Christian Yelich lined a 94-MPH fastball the opposite way, into the left field gap. Zimmermann would say later that he thought it was a double all the way, as did most in the park. In fact, the replay from behind home plate centers on center fielder Michael Taylor trying to track the ball down.

But at the last, left fielder Steven Souza, Jr. — more known for his offense — sprinted into the picture and leaped away from home plate, diving full-out, to make the circus catch to preserve Zimmermann’s historic feat.

Bedlam ensued.

The Nats picked up all the run support they needed in the second inning, when Ian Desmond clubbed his 2th home run of the season off Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez.

Coincidentally, Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the Marlins on the last day of the regular season last year.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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