5. Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter to close season (2014)
For every no-hitter, there almost always seems to be the one defensive play that sticks in our mind as much as the actual pitching performance. Dewayne Wise. Aaron Rowand. Watch a full compilation here.
Souza was a defensive replacement in left field for Ryan Zimmerman, who almost certainly does not make that play. He fully extended his body for an over-the-shoulder catch with the sun beating down and center fielder Michael Taylor barreling towards him. Souza’s grab is quite the possibly the greatest defensive play in team history. (Somehow, the guy who made that amazing catch is also the same guy committing this hilarious defensive blunder).
The no-hitter also highlighted the most dominant stretch in Zimmermann’s career. In his final 13 starts of 2014, including the playoffs, Zimmermann posted a 1.79 ERA over 90.1 innings with 87 strikeouts to just 10 walks. Before Max Scherzer arrived in town, Zimmermann was the horse of the Nats’ rotation who held the staff together through Stephen Strasburg’s injury concerns. He would be gone a year later, but Zimmermann’s one-walk, 10-strikeout no-hitter was the culmination of an excellent Nationals’ career.