Halladay Pitches No-Hitter In Playoff Debut

Halladay pitches a no-hitter in his playoff debut and is congratulated by teammates

In his playoff debut, Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0.

The New York Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only other postseason no-hitter in MLB history (a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series).

Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins in the regular season.  In this game, the perfecto was ruined when Hallday issued a two-out walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning.  Nevertheless, Halladay became the fifth pitcher to pitch two no-hitters in the same year (first since Nolan Ryan in 1973).

In nine innings of work, Halladay threw 104 pitches (79 strikes) and threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced.  Of the 28 batters he faced, only three had reached three-ball counts.  Halladay also helped himself, igniting a three-run second inning after he hit an RBI single.

Chase Utley’s sacrifice fly would prove to be the only run needed for a victory tonight.  The Phillies’ bats weren’t exactly knocking the Reds’ pitchers around, as Edinson Volquez failed to pitch two innings while struggling with control issues.  The bullpen pitched very well for the Reds; unfortunately for them, Halladay was Halladay.  Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth were a combined 0/11 with four strikeouts tonight.

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