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. Itsallgood

    It speaks volumes to just how classy and what a quality person Doc is that every Toronto Blue Jay fan I know is now cheering for him and the Phillies. (little ironic too, considering 17 years ago, touch-em-all Joe happened against the Phillies) One of the most decent men in all sports. His performance tonight was both mesmerizing and inspiring and I will be telling my grandchildren I got to see it years from now. Lead story, breaking news, call it whatever you want. Doc earned it and he deserves it. Baseball maybe the canvas he paints on, but he as a person transcends mere sport.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jo

    Joe wins moron of day award today!! "Why is this news!!" DUH!! Don't read it, don't comment on it. It's reeaal easy if you try to distract yourself with the comic section. Man, there's always at least one clueless idiot.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. poopihead

    Of course it's news. This is America, not the United Arab Emirates. Otherwise there'd be camel racing or something instead.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edocol

    A no hitter in the playoffs? Front page news for sure. Way to go Roy.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jaysfan

    Halladay signing with the Phillies after 12 years with the Blue Jays and then pitching a no-hitter in his first post-season appearance is Phillies payback for the Jays winning the World Series in 1993...

    October 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dennis

    To all of those complaining that this is not news, you are wrong. There are many other links which you can click on CNN.com. It just so happens that this is the top story. Don't worry, there are plenty of stories about the awful things going on in our world, and the rest of us are aware of them. But do not let what you consider "real" news cloud the joy that good stories such as this bring about. I suppose that people who do not think this is news are probably watching some crap like TMZ or ET right as we speak. There are things in our world that people enjoy, and baseball and sports are one of them. Do not take that away from those of us who actually enjoy our lives and have baseball partly to thank for it. I am well aware of what the situation is in Iraq, Afghanistan, the currency issue with China, the upcoming midterm elections, etc. But I can balance that out with some enjoyable news as well, such as this. I guess the rest of you who complain don't have the mental capacity to manage that much information at once.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    Check out a full length video of the 9th inning as well as a post game interview with Roy here. http://www.sportsorgtfo.com/roy-halladay-tosses-no-hitter-in-first-career-postseason-game/

    October 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    1) Conrgats to Halladay – despite being a huge Braves fan I still think that it is a great accomplishment. I only wish it were Tim Hudson pitching...
    2) This is breaking news since a) it just happened (satisfying the "beaking" element);b) it's only happened twice in all of post-season play (making it newsworthy); and c) people care about baseball, so a news company should report it (which is why CNN is running the story).
    3) Using "Ph" to make a profane word makes you sound like an idiot – try expressing yourself like an intelligent adult as opposed to a 17 yr. old.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tgmee

    Love the Phillies!

    October 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Christopher Brown

    Sat in section 303 for this game and have to admit it was the most amazing sports event I have ever attended. I have my ticket and rally towel that will be passed down from generation to generation so this is breaking news.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hausen

    this is funny reading this argument on whether this is breaking news or not, tis breaking news ya buncha facking babies GO BRAVES!!! WE GONNA BEAT DEM PHILLIES!!!!!! 😛 go twins defeat the evil empire!!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. howie

    Love the reds but have to respect what happen with the no-hitter. Btw sports is news. In shapes many life. Its ok there will be something to cry about trw and you will have your day back.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. kevin

    It's Bush's fault

    October 7, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    @ Charlie: get your facts straight. The Yankees won the '56 series, not the dodgers...

    October 7, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    @ charlie, the Yankees won the 56 world series...not the dodgers

    October 7, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
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