Steven Souza Jr.'s Incredible Catch Saves Jordan Zimmermann's No-Hitter

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2014

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The Washington Nationals' Steven Souza Jr. has alternated between the majors and the minors this season, but pitcher Jordan Zimmermann must be pleased that the outfielder was on the field in the ninth inning during the team's regular-season finale.

On Sunday, Souza made a great diving catch on the final play of the game to finish off Zimmermann's no-hitter against the Miami Marlins. Miami's Christian Yelich hit the ball hard to left-center field, and it looked like Zimmerman may lose his no-hit bid with one out to go. Luckily, Souza saved the day.

A fan in the stands captured an amazing angle of the play:

The pitcher's reactions to the pitch and the catch are priceless.

Not only did Souza's catch save the no-hitter, but with the Nationals clinging to a 1-0 lead, it also kept the Marlins from putting the tying run in scoring position.

Zimmermann, who struck out 10 and walked only one batter on the day, admitted after the game that he thought he had lost the no-no when the ball left Yelich's bat.

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On the final play, Jordan Zimmermann said he thought "sure double." Souza's play saved it. #JZIMM #NoHitter

The Nationals' Twitter account was obviously fired up.

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THAT'S A FINAL!! Jordan Zimmermann has thrown the first NO-HITTER in #Nats history!! 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K http://t.co/jQROSsneey

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Steven Souza Jr. with an UNBELIEVABLE diving catch in left field ends it! A NO-HITTER FOR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN!!

Coincidentally, the Marlins no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the final day of the 2013 season.

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