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. fizzlerz

    wow. someone threw a ball and no one could hit it. yay! breaking news!

    are you kidding me? to make matters worse – its baseball.

    k haters, you can have a go at me now.

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

      "k haters, you can have a go at me now." silly troll, that would be hater on hater crime.

      October 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sunnyjack

    It's nice to see the Cincinnati Reds in the playoffs even if they did get beat. I'm tired of watching teams from much larger cities(with much more $$$$$$ to spend) all the time. The first professional baseball team still performs constantly well even with a rookie group, showing the love of the sport Cincinnati has. Good to see this group of young players made it to the playoffs, hop they do better next game.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. be glad

    Go Braves!!

    October 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phils Fan

      Phuck you Loser

      October 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Edgar Allan Schmoe

    This guy is simply awesome. The sound you hear is the Hall of Fame bust being made!

    October 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GoPhilly

    Sharon please stick to reading AboveTopSecret and let us baseball fans enjoy a historic moment without all your prophetic doom and gloom.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phils fan

    If you don't like baseball, then don't comment. If you don't understand it, keep your trap shut. If you don't like the Phillies, too effin' bad, because tonight's game was just the beginning. Little Roy will be pitching on Friday, and the Reds will, once again, go home to the HALLADAY INN with their tails 'tween their legs. GO PHILLIES! ALL THE WAY!

    October 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. zippy

    I played baseball as a kid, over 25 years ago and am not a Phillies fan. Yet, given all the headlines, this is the story I chose to read first. The jealousy of the liberal haters is scary. So easy just to skip the story if it doesn't interest you. How hard is it to enjoy life and be pleased at the success and happiness of others. Hats off to you Phillies fans and sports enthusiasts.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    That it happened to a guy who came to the Phillies for the expressed reason to pitch in the post-season makes it all the more fantastic.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MichaelP

    Baseball will always be the National Pastime. Red Sox in '11!! The Splendid Splinter's .406 average will stand for all time. Go Minnesota! Beat the evil empire.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M.W

    Congrats to Roy Halladay! What an incredible post season debut!

    And to all you haters out there. Get a life. America loves baseball. And a post- season performance like this hasn't happened in over 50 years!


    October 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve


    October 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    We'll see Philly in the World Series. The only question is will the Yanks be back too? This will be Philly's year!

    October 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    Halladay is THE MAN

    October 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leroy


    October 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Phillie fan

    Thank you, Reds' fans who posted and have shown such great sportsmanship in acknowledging Halladay's awesome achievement. I'm sorry there is such a pointless debate about whether this qualifies as "breaking news," but whatever your opinion on its newsworthiness, it is still an historic moment worth celebrating.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
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