Jordan Zimmerman fired the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter on the last game of the season, striking out 10 in 104 pitches Sunday to defeat the Miami Marlins, 1-0.
Zimmerman allowed two base runners — walking 1B Justin Bour before allowing RF Garrett Jones to reach first on a throwing error following a swinging strike.
Defensive replacement Steve Souza Jr. preserved the no-hitter in the game’s final at bat, catching Christian Yelich’s liner to left field. By the end of the game, all but Zimmerman and C Wilson Ramos had been replaced by subs.
Henderson Alvarez, starting opposite Zimmerman, no-hit the Detroit Tigers in last season’s final game. Zimmerman became the fifth pitcher to finish the regular season with a no-no. He’s the first starter to accomplish the feat since the Washington Nationals took over the Montreal Expos franchise in 2005. Dennis Martinez threw the Expos’ last no-hitter in 1991. The Expos’ Bill Stoneman threw two no-hitters between 1969-1972. The late Charlie Lea no-hit the San Francisco Giants in 1981. The late Hall of Fame C Gary Carter was behind the plate.
Washington Senators lefty Bobby Burke was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter for a team representing the nation’s capital in 1931 against the Boston Red Sox. It was the first and up until Sunday, the only, no-hitter thrown in D.C. The Senators’ linear history is synchronized with the Minnesota Twins.