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. AnaHadWolves

    I was switching back and fourth between watching the amazing performance by Roy Halladay and watching the Flyers. I finally settled on watching Roy's game; glad I did.

    Congrats to Doc and the guys...very nice thing to witness first-hand.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carl Buehler

    All these comments are from Toronto fans. That also shows some class. I've got to get my boys to a Phils game IN Toronto. In the meantime Phantastic job from a Phillies Phan!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. White Lotus

    Dallas Braden's feat was much more impressive. Look at the team around him, not a single All Star, minimal talent, and the A's are not exactly known for their defense. The Phillies have been in the World Series the past two years, winning it all in 2008. They are a talent laden team with very good defensive players like Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JDolm

      only a complete moron would downplay a guy pitching a perfect game.

      May 30, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      While defense certainly comes into play, when you're pitching a perfect game, most of that result comes from the individual, not who's playing around you. This is especially true when you don't even need your defense and you're striking guys out (11 out of Halladay's 27 outs were strikeouts; Braden had 6).

      May 30, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Phil

    Probably no coincidence that the this happened to the team with the lowest payroll in the league.

    May 30, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Wrong. Pirates have the lowest payroll.

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

      Wow, you need to check your facts. You're not even close! Florida has the FIFTH lowest payroll, not FIRST. Jeff's right, it's Pittsburgh. Then San Diego, Oakland and Texas.

      May 30, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Gdksdi

      It's amazing that the Pirates payroll is just 16% of the Yankees'!!! ($33.9 million vs $206.3 million)

      May 30, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Gdksdi

      Sorry, I meant 34.9 million (not that it makes much of a difference). 🙂 So the Pirates payroll is 17% of the Yankees'.

      May 30, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Gangemi

    Maybe the steriod era is over???

    May 30, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. play fair

    Its amazing how much better the pitchers are now that the hitters are no longer juiced!

    May 30, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • vte

      if a juiced player was gay would that make him juicy fruit?

      May 30, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      Do steroids improve your accuracy?

      May 30, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lbow

      Will S, you completely missed the point he was making, which had nothing to do with a pitcher's accuracy. His point was that if with a lot less guys on steroids these days, the chances of someone hitting a homerun (thus ruining a pitcher's game) are a lot greatly decreased.

      June 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DaveL

    It is still possible for the winning team to commit an error and still produce a perfect game..... How? Easy... the batter hits a pop foul and the catcher, first baseman, etc, drops the ball. That individual is charged with an error. The pitcher then retires the batter on the next pitch(es). 27 up, 27 down still a perfect game........

    May 30, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Kellin

      Uh, no error is charged for a dropped foul mall. lmao

      June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    2010: Year of the Pitcher, the sequel! (referring to 1968)

    May 30, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. fireybuddha

    Wow – uber impressive.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    I knew it was just a matter of time before Doc threw a perfect game! Way to go!!!

    May 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. damiao

    I spent two years in Filipines, nice country by the way.

    May 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ruffnutt

    its a well known fact that florida people cant hit anything cept a bottle of beer.

    May 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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