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Roy Halladay throws second ever postseason no-hitter

Oct 6, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

As close to perfection as one can come without actually getting there.
Roy Halladay, already with a perfect game to his credit in the 2010 regular season, dominated the Reds in Tuesday’s Game 1, throwing just the second no-hitter in postseason history. The only baserunner to reach against him was Jay Bruce, doing so on a walk with two outs in the fifth inning. Halladay retired the other 27 batters he faced to join Don Larsen as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters in the postseason.
Larsen, of course, threw a perfect game for the Yankees against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Halladay was the first in many years to even threaten an October no-hitter. The last pitcher to go seven hitless was Jim Lonborg for the Red Sox in 1967. He pitched 7 2/3 hitless innings on his way to a one-hit shutout of the Cardinals in the World Series.
With Halladay making it clear right away that he was on tonight, this one seemed over as soon as the Phillies scored three times against Edinson Volquez to make it a 4-0 game in the second inning. That the Phillies never added another run — they managed just one hit after the second inning — has to be of a little concern.
Still, the Phillies are in a commanding position right now. The Reds must be thinking that coming back and winning Game 4 is a long shot, leaving them with no margin for error in Games 2 and 3 against Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. Oswalt and Bronson Arroyo will duel Friday.

  1. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMN!!!!!!!!! Hell yeah!!!!!!

  2. JBerardi - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Stunning performance from Halladay. Filthy stuff, pinpoint control, crafty sequences (waste pitches? Roy Halladay wastes no pitches). It doesn’t get any better. Amazing.

  3. Knight-of-God - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Best pitched game from the best pitcher I have ever seen. And I am a Yankees fan saying this!

  4. OaktownBrawler - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    That was REDICULOUS. Wow.

  5. Route36West - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM


  6. Kelly - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    That is awesome. Congrats to Doc!

  7. Ari Collins - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    I’ll mostly let the Phils fans enjoy their amazing, historic moment. One fun bit though: Halladay got one more hit than he allowed.

  8. SDelMonte - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    I came in from a long day at work and turned on the radio (lacking cable) to hear that Doc was working on a no-hitter.
    And immediately bought the (somewhat limited) $10 MLB package to watch the last three outs (and the rest of the playoffs). Because sometimes you just have to see it happen.
    Congrats to Doc on an amazing outing.

  9. Reflex - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Imagine that, he accomplished it despite you calling out the no-hitter in the 8th in the previous post. And here RichardD promised us that these comment threads could magically affect the outcome. I am shocked, shocked I say!

  10. JBerardi - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Dude, the fact that you’re a Yankees fan doesn’t make that more impressive. When was the last time the best pitcher in the league was a Yankee? Certainly not since, say, ROY HALLADAY has been pitching. Seriously, the arrogance…

  11. SouthofHeaven - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Doc Halliday’s your Huckleberry tonight. Ho-lee $#!+.

  12. Judy - Oct 6, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Oh it feels good to be in Philly today!!!

  13. Buccofan - Oct 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    On the way home tonight, I was listening to Reds fans on the radio. Not one bit of credit to Halladay. Nope, it was the umpires, the Reds’ inability to hit, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. They are an immature, bratty bunch who just can’t admit it when they’re outclassed for even one game. Then they turn around and proclaim themselves “the best fans in the game”. Give Doc credit and man up a little, Reds and their fans!

  14. Jonny5 - Oct 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    I need to go clean my deck now.

  15. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    There’s a deck for that tent?

  16. BleedGreen - Oct 7, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Even as a Phils fan, if it wasn’t Halladay, they MAY have a sliver of argument, but its Roy Halladay. The man already pitched a perfect game this year. The man has been talked about as the best pitcher in baseball for the past 4 years. He won 21 games this year. He has less walks than starts this year. He’s got a K/Walk ratio thats over 2x higher than the 2nd place pitcher in that stat. Its not like this a relative unknown or an average pitcher in any respect. He’s done this, save for maybe 2-3 games, all season long.

  17. Florioisanidiot1 - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    WInning game 4 is definitely probably a long shot, but the Reds HAVE beaten Halladay this year.

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