Henderson Alvarez threw a complete shutout for the Miami Marlins in their tense and tactical 1-0 win over Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park.
The star of the show Alvarez threw 88 pitches and 58 of them were strikes which enabled the right-handed pitcher to destroy some statistics.
According to the Marlins Twitter account, Alvarez threw the fewest pitches ever in a nine-innings shutout with 88, breaking the franchise’s record.
The 24-year-old has been hot on form over the past nine months, which began with a no-hitter on September 29 last year in the Marlins final game of the season.
A no-hitter or no-no is when no runs or hits are registered in nine or more innings and it has only occurred in 282 games in the entire history of MLB.
Alvarez meant business last night after he was forced to exit his previous game after just five innings with a stiff right elbow against Washington Nationals.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond heaped praise on his pitcher and was happy to keep him on the mound to avoid using the bullpen.
“That’s big. Any time you can keep your bullpen off the mound is a big thing. Alvarez coming out, doing what he did and us being able to scratch across a run for him was big.”
Alvarez was even involved in scoring the only run of the game. He helped load the bases with a sly single down centre field and Christian Yelich got Miami on top with an RBI free pass from Chris Archer.
It was a tough loss on Archer who finished the day with stats the Rays pitcher could be proud of: seven innings, one run, five hits and eight strikeouts.
But when you are competing against Alvarez, sometimes your best stuff isn't good enough.
The win boosted the Marlins’ impressive home record to 22-11 and pushed their overall record to 30-28 for the season. They now travel to the Rays' Tropicana Field to complete the four-game series and are 2-0 up from their home clashes.
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