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. jude

    im a die hard mets fan and hate the phillies but i do say im dam impressed, a perfect game in the spring and the first no hitter since don larson. impressive i do say

    October 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dippy

    you are obviously a #### nerd Propervillian. this is the most intersting news all week. get a life.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimmy

    nice, Yanks are gonna have a tough time with the Phils in the WS

    October 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Jeff

      Jimmy - If by some chance the Yanks make it to the Series, I agree.

      October 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JT in AZ

    To the whinners who are complaining that this is not breaking news STFU! It is also on FOX News,MSNBC, and others. Sorry if you can't get your fill of death and destruction..

    October 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leroy

    get a life "it's baseball!" we have people being murdered and living in caves.....take it easy people, IT'S BASEBALL!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Oski

    It didn't seem like anyone from the Reds even tried after being down 4-0...looked like a gift...(unwritten rules of baseball???). Great game, though.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc77

      Definitely not a gift...they just couldn't handle him. He was Masterful!

      October 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fattest Movnkey

      Unwritten rules of baseball are more like...... don't yell at a guy fielding a pop-up while rounding the base, or don't cross over the pitcher's mound to get back to the dugout.... not.. give away a chance at winning the first playoff game of the series... Doc is the best in the game for a reason.. guys can't hit him!

      October 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aap1970

    I guess the Phillies really did know what they were doing when they traded Cliff Lee to bring in Holliday.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oski

    This is more historic and newsworthy than most of the crap posted on CNN and/or other news outlets...Like..What did Michele Obama wear today? Chelsea Clinton's wedding?? Come on, THAT isn't news. This hasn't happened in 50+ years.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nimbus

    Finally, CNN has something worth reading on their website!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bvs

    its made a biggr deal caus its his first playoff start and he thu perfect game earlier this season sports r just as big a part of life as anything

    October 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    TSN is already referring to him as "Mr. Doc-tober". Best name ever.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. doc77

    We Reds fans are in mourning tonight...:-( He was a MASTER though. He could have no-hit a lot of teams the way he pitched tonight. The Reds' youth and inexperience was part of it although Rolen struck out, I think 3 times. He beat them handily...no question; no game saving plays; they just couldn't handle him. He is probably the best in the game right now. Congrats Roy...wait till next year...!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lapz06

    Nice Job,how boring though??????

    October 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • choooooooccchhh

      why wouldnt it matter?

      October 7, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pablum Lovers

    And this matters because why?

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

      Pablum Lovers – It matter because you are a tool.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    I agree its nice to hear something nice rather than all the horrible stories of misery.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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