October 6th, 2010
07:42 PM ET

Phillies' Halladay no-hits Reds in playoff opener


Halladay no-hitter came in the first postseason start of his career.

Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched the second no-hitter in Major League Baseball postseason history on Wednesday as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in their National League Division Series opener in Philadelphia.

Halladay, making his first postseason start in his 12-year career, struck out eight and walked one. He threw 104 pitches, 79 for strikes.  Read the boxscore at SI.com

The only blemish on his night was a two-out walk on a 3-2 pitch to Jay Bruce in the Reds' half of the fifth inning.

There were at least two hard hit balls against Halladay. Reds pitcher Travis Wood lined to right in the third. In the fourth inning, Reds star Joey Votto hit a hard grounder between second and third base that Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins fielded and threw to first for the out.

On May 29, Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, the 20th perfect game in MLB history. On the night he struck out 11 batters.

The only other no-hitter in playoffs history was a perfect game thrown by the Yankees Don Larsen, who won Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0.

Ramon Hernandez popped out to second to start the 9th inning. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo popped out to third baseman Wilson Valdez in foul territory.

Brandon Phillips hit a slow roller about 10 feet in front of the plate that catcher Carlos Ruiz fielded and fired to first baseman Ryan Howard for the final out.

"I felt like we got in a groove early [with catcher Carlos Ruiz]," Halladay said.

"This is what you come here for. You come in you try to chip in and be a part of [the winning tradition]."

It's surreal. It really is. To be able to go out and have a game like that. It's a dream come true.

In Game 2 of the series, the Phillies will start Roy Oswalt against Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo on Friday at 6:07 p.m. ET

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  1. Drew

    Congrats...he really is a clutch player

    October 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • CD

      Sniff...sniff...I live in Toronto...and...well all you baseball fans know why I'm crying....ARRRRGHHH!!!!

      Congrats Doc. You're the best.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      @CD come on man, everyone knows there's no such thing as a Canadian baseball fan...

      I'm kidding, I feel your pain. The strike ruined everything.

      October 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tiny tony

      it is very refreshing to see a high priced athlete actually come through and earn the monies being payed to him.

      October 7, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • morgans

      Tiny Tony...i agree. AND he kept it close to the vest...

      October 7, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe


    October 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    It is breaking news....its on the 2nd time ever in post season play that this has been done.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOW

      sport stats do not equal breaking news. your priorities, they are wrong.

      October 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • KEKC

      For someone, probably. But a leading news company should not humiliate itself by such a nonsense.

      October 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      They have a sports section!!!! its breaking national news!! It's Americas past-time. This will be on every news stations website or TV broadcast, sports is part of news, thus making it breaking news!!

      October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Don't worry, Joe. You can find out who won on "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor" later on this week.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Sorry Joe. I agree with you. I aimed this at HOW. My apologies.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • morgans

      Can we all agree that this is more of a "breaking news" story over Lohan and Paris?

      October 7, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    This might be the biggest sports story of the year. It hasn't happened since 1956. Enjoy it.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    For baseball people, it is news. So ignore it if you have a problem with it.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bob

    What is a sports article doing on a liberal website? Everyone knows Liberals hate sports

    October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • AP

      you are dumb....go away

      October 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • KEKC

      And now everyone knows you a an idiot. "And now we know".

      October 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      No liberals only don't like NASCAR and Hunting. We like real sports unlike red neck nut job conservatives.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phillies fan

      And only die-hard conservatives make statements like that without knowing all the facts.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MuhammedThePedophile

      Bob – you teabagging dolt, get a life. I watch sports and I paid more in taxes last year than you made in the last 4 years. I also have a better gun collection and a bigger truck. Go back to slobbin on Glenn Beck's knob and let the adults have a conversation.

      October 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I think bob is being sarcastic. Or should we take everyting serious Muhammedthepedophile?

      October 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jam108

      KEKC, what are you so angry about? Whatever it is, I hope you get over it soon. Life is to be enjoyed.

      October 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • pedro

      If this is a liberal website, then please go back to Faux news and read about your sports with a right wing slant. I'm sure they're reporting how Halladay attributes this win to a quality of health care he didn't have access to in Marxist Canada.

      October 7, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • dctwmt

      No Bob, liberals hate right wing radicals who try to destroy our country.

      October 7, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Congrats to Doc Halladay and the Phils. And yes, when something happens for the 2nd time in sports history, that's news. And that's part of life too.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rammstein

    Boo-Yao!!! Bong!

    October 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rammstein

    Oh, and right on "Alex". You don't like it or care about it then shut the f*0ck up!

    October 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas

    That last batter was a close one. Almost outran the throw.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. crystar

    wow...this dude is amazing....after 12 yrs i think he was due!!!!

    October 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Darryl

    Congratulations Doc.....A very rare no hitter in the playoffs of America's past time....Yeah that counts as breaking news to me....

    October 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sjherm

    Wow – what a great game - Doc Halladay was amazing- and great move by Carlos! Enjoy the moment – there's plenty of bad news that will take it's place in an hour or so!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PhilliesFan

    To all those whining about this not being breaking news, it's a national game & it was a historical moment since it was only the 2nd time in history it has ever happened. So yes, for the 2nd time something has happened in the history of a national game, it qualifies. My guess these are Reds fans, baseball haters, or people who get off on bad news and just can't stand this not being about death and war. Don't worry, tomorrow they will go back to breaking news of politics, war & death.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc77

      Wrong about part of this. We Reds fans are disappointed, but acknowledge the Halladay is the best in baseball right now. Keep it fun, folks!

      October 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      PhilliesFan-just because some of us are Reds fans doesn't mean that we don't respect the game and the historical significance of his game tonight! He definately deserves props for an outstanding performance.

      October 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amercaneedsrealists

      Don't lump us Reds fans in with the rest of these morons. I have been a Reds fan since 1965 and I recognize a great feat when I see one. Congrats to Halladay. We will just hope for better on Friday.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    A lot of snobs on here today. Guess what? It is a pretty big deal, only 2nd time in history. I bet you would rather have some Lilo fluff story to read about after your soaps. If you don't like it, don't read it.

    Nice job Halladay, all of Canada is pulling for you.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
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