National League Division Postseason Result: Halladay’s no-hitter marked Phillies win over the Reds in Game 1

By on Oct 7, 2010 in Baseball, Sports Comments

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The Philadelphia Phillies won Game 1 of the National League Division Series over the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0. PhilliesRoy Halladay made history by registering a no-hitter, only the second time in the League’s postseason history.

Halladay, an All-Star right-hander also had a perfect game last May 29, 2010 at Florida. In his postseason debut, Halladay was so dominant with his sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve. The Phillies‘ pitcher only allowed one runner, walked another( Jay Bruce) with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight.

The only other pitcher who had a no-hitter in the postseason is Don Larsen. As a New York Yankee pitcher in 1956 World Series, he had a perfect game against Brooklyn.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay said. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true,” the Pitcher of the Year added.

Before joining the Philadelphia Phillies after a trade last offseason, Halladay spent 12 seasons with Toronto.

With the Halladay‘s perfect game, he is now the fifth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year. Other pitchers who shared the same feat are: Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938).

With the win, the Phillies had their own share of history by leading the majors in wins (97) for the first time in the history of its franchise. Philadelphia also won the division title, four years in a row now. They are now aiming to win three straight pennants and become the first National League team to do it after 66 years.

The best-of-five series will continue on Friday with Game 2 to be played at Philadelphia. – Image credit: AP Photo/Rob Carr

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