9/30/2013 4:37 P.M. ET
After no-no, Alvarez gets Player of the Week honors
Righty posted fifth walk-off no-hitter by single pitcher in MLB history on Sunday
By Andrew Simon / MLB.com
Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday, a day after the right-hander tossed an unusual no-hitter in the regular-season finale against the Tigers.
Making his second start of the week, Alvarez held Detroit hitless for nine innings at Marlins Park on Sunday afternoon, issuing one walk and hitting one batter while striking out four in only 99 pitches. The game remained in a scoreless tie until the bottom of the ninth, when Giancarlo Stanton scored on a wild pitch to give Alvarez only the sixth walk-off no-hitter in Major League history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was the fifth such no-no achieved by a single pitcher and first since the Tigers' Virgil Trucks in 1952
The no-hitter was the third in the Majors this season and the fifth in Marlins history. The 23-year-old also became the first pitcher to achieve the feat on the last day of the season since the Angels' Mike Witt in 1984.
Alvarez began his week with another solid performance. Although he took a loss against the Phillies on Tuesday, he limited them to two runs over seven innings, giving up five hits and striking out five.
The Venezuela native finished his week with a 1.13 ERA to claim his first Player of the Week nod. In his first season with the Marlins, Alvarez made 17 starts and went 5-6 with a 3.59 ERA.