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. Brian Richards

    This year there should be an asterisk required for this "no-hitter" : *This "no hitter" was performed in the absence of Umpire Jim Joyce, who would have disallowed the final out.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Jim Joyce screwed up a Perfect Game, not a np-hitter. There is a huge difference. Galarraga didn't walk anyone.

      October 7, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. BigDAWG

    Wow!! It's fun watching history being made!! Congratulations to the Phillies and their fans!!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nimbus

    James: it was not TSN giving him the name. Philly Fans were holding signs with Mr. Doc-tober throughout the entire game. They also have the nickname for their big 3 pitchers on a few signs H2O (Halliday, Hamels and Oswalt).

    Great nickname Philly Fans.

    Pablum Lovers: If it doesn't matter to you, why did you read it and then feel the need to comment on it?

    October 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Randy Johnson

    There is nothing wrong with a little reprieve from death, destruction, political and economic unrest. Congrats to CNN for giving baseball and the 'Doc' some respect. I'm sure things will get back to 'normal' soon!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nimbus

    Appologies to Halladay for the Typo; H2O (Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt)

    October 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joel

    Just maybe the Reds fans should be excited. Don Larson through a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1956 World Series and the Dodgers won the series!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkt210

      The Dodgers lost the series in seven games in 1956. They won the series in 1955, Brooklyn's only championship in nine WS appearances. Try doing some research – it only takes about 30 seconds...

      October 7, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charlie


    October 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GrumpyBearDC

    What the he1l does this even mean, and how in the WORLD is this "breaking news"???

    October 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phils Fan

      It means you should crawl out of the rock y ou live under

      October 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • choooooooccchhh

      aww is mr grumpy pants upset? STFU fairy

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

      One walk.... just one walk kept him from being the second in pitching a perfect game! Definitely CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER.... a no hitter is the next best thing to a perfect game.... he just built his nitche in baseball history...

      October 7, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Randy

    GrumpyBearDC – You are a grumpy tool. Another one who probably got their heads beat in in highschool.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Waytogo

    That was fun to watch. great job.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Teddy


    October 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phils Fan

      Yeah, Hows that workin for you?

      Oh wait, you suck, thats right

      Just shut the Phuck Up

      October 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tcaros

    I call Halladay... Hollandaise sauce..

    October 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phils Fan

      Funny because he refers to you as "Lower Tax Bracket"

      October 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sharon

    CNN, It's tough to care about baseball when you know that your gov't and media have been lying to you for your whole life on EARTH. Don't you think it is kind of weird that the Airport in Mongolia was just shutdown because of The "ufos" or our ancestors communicating with us in the skies. The only news on youtube is about First Contact and our Ancestors who've arrived to earth. and the 150 mile spaceship currently on it's way here. What is going on? Are you really not aware of this stuff? You Mainstreams totally ignored all the Truth information over the past years. A bit weird that the most occuring news on here isn't about Anunnaki, our ancestors in Sirius, Orion, Arcturus, Andromeda etc. What is going on? How long do all of us in the know have to pretend dumb?

    October 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyson

      *golf clap* .. very well thought out troll.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phils Fan

      Shut the Phuck Up Hippie

      October 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      what.......in the hell.........are you smoking? Sharon? Really? Contact your dealer, he's giving you bad weed princess

      October 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Johnson

      Pardon me – but could you please say that again? I am confused – like totally. I am usually good at 'reading between the lines'.......... this time I obviously suck.

      October 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tyson

    As a Braves fan, I cringed through most of his outing, but at the end I was pulling for him. I'm NL all the way, so I'll be rooting for them in the WS anyway, barring a miracle that is. GG halladay, just wish you could of saved that for the yanks LOL.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. be glad

    I'm GLAD this is breaking news!! Be glad it's not someone dying or kids starving. Enjoy the good things in life please!!

    October 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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