Jordan Zimmermann put on a show today, tossing a no-hitter, the first in Nationals history since moving to Washington in 2005. His nine brilliant innings came in Washington's 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins. He will forever reside in the record books.
Zimmermann's no-hitter is the second consecutive no-hitter on the final day of the season. Last year, Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez tossed a no-no in Game 162 against the Detroit Tigers. He was starting against Zimmermann today, so he gets to be a part of history for the second straight season.
My brother Gavan was at the game today. He witnessed Nationals history.
"What a game," he said. "I can't believe that Jordan Zimmermann, on the last day of the year, got the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history."
"The fans were so loud I thought that the stadium was going to explode. The Nats sure have some good fans...It was awesome being there and I am so glad that he was able to do it."
On the offensive side, it was a Ian Desmond home run in the second inning that led to the Nationals lone run today. They did get 11 hits overall, but were not able to string any of them together to put a real dent in the scoreboard.
But it wasn't necessary.
Jordan Zimmermann retired the first 14 Marlins batters before walking Justin Bour in the top of the fifth. He and Garrett Jones -- who reached on a strikeout wild pitch -- were the only base runners the Marlins got all day. Zimmermann struck out 10, lowering his season ERA to a career-best 2.66. He finishes with a 14-5 record in 32 starts on the season.
Zimmermann was through 8 2/3 innings and only Christian Yelich stood in his way between him and history. Then, Yelich hit a hard line drive to left center field, and Steven Souza Jr. made an unbelievable jumping catch, crashing to the ground to wrap up history. You can view the video of Souza's catch here.
"A magnificent catch," Gavan said. "Seeing it in person was just amazing."
Congratulations to Jordan Zimmermann on throwing the first no-hitter in Nationals history.