In the Nationals' regular-season finale, Jordan Zimmermann threw a 104-pitch no-hitter in Washington's 1-0 victory against the Miami Marlins. It was the first no-hitter for the Nationals franchise since moving to Washington.
Zimmermann struck out 10 and was one fifth-inning walk away from pitching a perfect game. The no-hitter was preserved and clinched by an unbelievable diving catch in left field by Steven Souza, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.
Zimmermann became the second pitcher in as many seasons and fifth in history to throw a no-hitter in his team's final game of the season. Coincidentally, the last pitcher to accomplish that feat was Miami's Henderson Alvarez, who Zimmermann defeated Sunday.
As the game progressed, manager Matt Williams removed his starters, ultimately ending the game with seven substitute players in the field. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zimmermann's no-hitter was the first in major-league history that ended with seven position players who did not start the game.
The Nationals now await their opponent -- either the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants -- in the NLDS, which opens Friday at Nationals Park.
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