Halladay no-hits Reds in postseason debutby Joseph Birmingham
Roy Halladay was happy to get to the postseason.
The Phillies go to guy on the mound this year should receive serious consideration in the Cy Young balloting. He didn’t hurt his cause with a masterful performance tonight, including a 2nd inning run scoring two out single.
But time to talk about his pitching folks.
Halladay was near perfect with a no hitter, only one walk, 104 pitches.
The Phillies main offensive weapons didn’t have much impact after Volquez got chased after allowing 4 runs and 4 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings to start the game. Utley started 0-2, Howard 0-3 and Werth 0-3 with 1 RBI and no runs between them.
The Phillies offense didn’t need to do a whole lot as Halladay made his postseason debut with an exclamation point by throwing a no hitter.
The Reds hardly looked like the majors best offensive ball club. The Phillies DID look like the team to beat. They began their 4th straight postseason with the win. Over the last 4 years, they have now won 5 of 7 postseason series, and lead this one 1-0.
They have improved the last 5 years, going from 85 to 89 to 92 to 92 to 97 wins, winning the NL twice and the World Series once. Halladay became the fifth pitcher in history to record 2 no hitters in the same season, and the only one to do it with such flair, recording his second one in the opening game of the post season. Tonight was only the second no hitter in postseason history.