Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter Sunday in a 1-0 victory against the Miami Marlins, striking out 10 and walking one in the regular-season finale.
Zimmermann threw 79 of 104 pitches for strikes in the fifth no-hitter in the majors this season.
The first no-hitter in Nationals history was preserved with two outs in the ninth inning on a diving catch by rookie left fielder Steven Souza Jr., who came on as a defensive replacement. Souza was positioned toward the line but made an incredible play to track down the ball in the left-center gap.
“I don’t think anyone in the stadium expected Souza to get to that,” Zimmermann said.
It was the fifth no-hitter in major-league history pitched in a team’s final game of the season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first no-hitter in major-league history that ended with seven position players on defense who did not start the game.