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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Roy Halladay throws a no-hitter to beat the Reds

On May 21, 2010 Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins. I believe he has out done that by throwing a no-hitter in his first post season debut, in his first season with the Phillies. Halladay's perfect game was the 20th one in the MLB, while the no-hitter tonight was only the 2nd ever in postseason.

The Phillies ended up winning 4-0. The Phillies offense wasn't all that great all 4 of their runs were scored in the 1st two innings with Edinson Volquez pitching. Volquez was given the losing decision after allowing 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and an ERA of 21.60. After Volquez was pulled out by Reds manager Dusty Baker, 3 other pitchers tried to fix his horrendous outing they were somewhat successful. Travis Wood (rookie), Logan Ondrusek (rookie), and Bill Bray came from the bullpen to help out the Reds and they all kept the Phillies offense to tacking on more runs. Travis Wood pitched for 3 innings and 1 out allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs, and struck out 3. Logan Ondrusek pitched for 1.2 innings allowing 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, and 0 strike outs. Bill Bray pitched for 1.1 innings also allowing 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, but he struck out 1 batter.

Roy Halladay was actually really close to another perfect game he only walked one batter. Halladay struck out 8 Red players, obviously allowed no hits, and pitched a full game. Only 4 Phillies players got a hit: Shaun Victorino (a double, a single, and 2 RBI), Raul Ibanez (double), Wilson Valdez (single), and the Doc (Roy) Halladay (RBI single). Chase Utley had no hits but he did record an RBI.

Only 1 error was committed in this game and it was by a horrible, horrible throw by relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek, who sailed a ball way over the first basemans head on a force out.

For any of you that missed this game, I feel deeply sorry for you. It was an amazing game even if your not a Phillies fan and if your a Reds fan some day you'll realize what an amazing historic event you witnessed. I hope every postseason game is as exciting as this but I do hope that some of them are with an offensive battle than a pitching or defense battle because I love high scoring, thrilling games.

Link to box score: http://bit.ly/dkwb8U
Other Links
"Doctober! Halladay hurls second playoff no-no" by Todd Zolecki if MLB.com: http://bit.ly/a50pwn
ESPN's recap, box score, play-by-play, and photos: http://es.pn/d9AnLz

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