They may not have needed it, but the Washington Nationals will certainly take Jordan Zimmermann throwing a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season.
Having already secured the top spot in the National League playoffs by nature of having the best record, the Nats were able to simply enjoy a sun-splashed afternoon in DC with no pressure whatsoever. Clearly, Zimmermann didn't care about the low-key environment, capping his outstanding regular season with a dominant stat line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 104 pitches.
The no-hitter looked in doubt with two outs in the ninth, but a stunning catch by Nats reserve outfielder Steven Souza Jr. preserved the first no-no in the history of the franchise:
The Nats now await the winner of the NL Wildcard playoff, and will hope to avenge their poor performance during their appearance in the 2012 postseason. This is a pretty nice way to get things started.