May 29th, 2010
10:10 PM ET

Halladay throws perfect game for Phillies against Marlins

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history Saturday.

The right-hander retired all 27 Florida Marlins batters he faced in a 1-0 victory in Miami. He struck out 11. See the boxscore at

Halladay, 33, came into the game with a 6-3 won-loss record and a 2.22 earned-run average, according to

Although the feat is among the rarest in baseball, 2010 will go down as the first year in the modern era in which a perfect game has been thrown twice in the same season. The Oakland Athletics' Dallas Braden was perfect against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9.

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  1. Jack Bentley

    Atta Boy DOC...... Room for a few more......

    Jack ......... Windsor Ontario...

    May 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seanski

      I'm from Windsor Ontario 😀

      May 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |

      WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      also the new method to be used by BP to (just try to) stop the oil spill (cut the oil riser, near the wellhead's top, and put a valve with a pipe to pump up the oil to surface) has the main goal to "save the BP oil" (like all other, failed, methods used so far) but, this time, if the second part of the attempt (plug the just cutted riser) will FAIL, there will be NO FAST OR EASY WAY to stop the oil spill for at least TWO-THREE MONTHS, since, without the riser, BP can't no longer adopt other, simpler, methods to stop the leak, like these:

      May 30, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Adam

    Had the pleasure of watching Doc for years in Toronto. Classy athlete who worked his butt off every year and deserves all the success in the world. Well done!

    May 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jimbo

    Good for Doc.

    Toronto either lets them go before their prime – or picks them up afterwards. Doensn't matter whether it's hockey or baseball.

    Good for you Doc!

    May 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BRian

    A perfect game, but they still had an error? I thought perfect games = no errors?

    May 29, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaros

      BRian = Mets fan.

      May 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad from Niagara Falls, Canada

      Perfect game = 27 batters faced and retired. He faced 27 batters, the error doesn't matter.

      May 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      errors in baseball don't count as walks or hits and are only charged to the person who committed the error

      May 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      The Phillies didn't commit the error, the Marlins did.

      May 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      the marlins were the one to commit the error, not the phillies. if the phillies had committed any error of any sort, it would not have been a perfect game.

      May 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Star Wars RULES!

      >> Perfect game = 27 batters faced and retired. He faced 27 batters, the error doesn't matter.

      W R O N G ! ! You are obviously a Yankee fan.

      Any time a base-runner reaches first base safely, regardless of how he gets there, ends the bid for a perfect game. The only time a team can give up an error and still get a perfect game is if it's a dropped foul ball.

      May 30, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Actually, a true perfect game would be 27 strike-outs, but that has never happened and probably never will. So the working definition is that no runners reach any base in any way. That's different from a no-hitter, in which runners can reach base on errors, walks, etc, as long as it was not a hit charged to the pitcher. If an error is committed by the pitching team that allows a runner to reach base, then it comes down to who (which player) gets charged with the error. But that wasn't the case here anyway, so it's academic.

      May 30, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. tbank

    Look @ the box score the E1 is on the Marlins not the Phils bozo

    May 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Is the box score correct though? I thought I read that the Marlins scored their only run on an error, yet PHI has no errors recorded.

      May 30, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. phlyphan4eva

    2 perfect games against 2 Florida teams in just 3 weeks. hmmmm

    May 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cian

    Helluva feat. I would love to see the overall hitting stats to see if the pitching is just getting better.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Halliday fan

    Watched Roy with pleasure for years in Toronto. I am so happy for him though I wish it happened in TO.

    May 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. fred simonds

    couldn't happen to a nicer guy,works his butt off and makes other pitchers better on his team. Too bad Toronto couldn't keep him, hope he gets his ring.

    May 30, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. fred simonds

    roger clemens ,may have been a better pitcher, but he never had Roy's class and humility. He gave most of the credit to the catcher,that's the halliday,we Jays fans have enjoyed, never got much run support either,not to mention blown saves.He's a horse.Lucky phillies fans, best since Steve Carleton.

    May 30, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Halladay is probably actually the better pitcher, anyways. He's just had the misfortune of needing to pitch against both the Yankees and Red Sox more than any other team who isn't Toronto, Baltimore, or Tampa Bay.

      May 30, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Tampa needs included in that first list. The past couple of years while he was still in Toronto he strugged a lot against them, even at home. It's also kinda funny including the Rays in the list of "losers" when they have the best record in baseball right now.

      May 30, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Montana fan

    Also there was a perfect game thrown in the minor leagues also.

    May 30, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
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    May 30, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pippan

    Not to be picky, but instead of saying "2010 will go down as the first year in the modern era in which a perfect game has been thrown TWICE in the same season," the article should say "MORE THAN ONCE" because "twice" doesn't eliminate the possibility that it occurred three or more times in a season.

    May 30, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • y2daddy

      "Not to be picky..." Dude, that's exactly what you're doing! Just shut up already!

      May 30, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • hatter

      If something happens three times, it also happens twice, unless somehow you manage to skip two on your way to three

      May 30, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      actually you're right pippan, your point is good, just ignore jerks like y2daddy who obviously have anger issues and need to get personal over a friendly comment, i guarantee you that dude doesn't have many friends

      May 30, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Kairho

      OK then ... TWICE in the same MONTH.

      May 30, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • JDolm

      i agree with jeremy,,,y2daddy go fu*k yourself

      May 30, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Janice

      just shut up already? what is that guy, like 6 yrs old?

      May 30, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony Bickert

      Good point, Pippan - though some will accuse you of being "elite."

      May 30, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny

    Now that Roy's a Philly all will take notice as this guy has been the Gretzky of baseball in Canada forever!!

    May 30, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
    • fidly

      "the Gretzky of baseball in Canada". LMAO. That's like being the greatest baseball player in Iraq.

      May 30, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tj brown

    Nice pitching, but always phials stink! 94 was the best fun with them. Go mets!

    May 30, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
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