Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds.
There have been 18 perfect games since 1900.
Interestingly enough, 11 of those 18 have come since 1981. Perfect games used to be rare. What we have seen this year is unprecedented. It is unlikely that the perfect and near-perfect games will continue. It is possible that we won't see another one for 20-30 years.
Way back in May of 2002, Mike Cameron and Shawn Green each hit four home runs in a game. In 2003, Carlos Delgado also accomplished this. Many fans thought that we would see this more and more.
However, no one has hit four homers in a game since. We will know soon enough if the same thing will happen with the perfect and near perfect games of 2010.
One could argue that giving up one hit, or one base runner, is not close to a perfect game at all. As soon as the pitcher gives up a hit, the pressure is gone. There may be something to that.
Here is a rundown of the perfect, near perfect, and no-hit games of 2010.
When: October 6th
On October 6th, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Reds. It was the second no-hitter in postseason history. Halladay dominated the Reds with a full arsenal of pitches.
Like he did against the Marlins, Hallday was throwing the ball exactly where he wanted to all night.
Halladay allowed only a two out walk to Jay Bruce on a full count in the fifth. He struck out eight.
When: April 17
On April 17th, using his 98 mph fastball, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter in the Rockies’ 18-year history and the big leagues' first this season. Jimenez walked six and worked from the stretch exclusively after the fifth inning.
There was some excitement in the seventh inning when Dexter Fowler made a diving catch in left-center on Troy Glaus’ line drive. Jimenez struck out seven and had an RBI single in the fourth inning.
When: May 9th
On May 9th, Dallas Braden no-hit the Rays. Earlier in the season, Braden made news for calling out Alex Rodriguez, who ran across the mound during a game when Braden was pitching.
On this day, Braden baffled the Rays with his fade-away pitch and an 88-mph fastball. Braden is a crafty lefty. Other crafty left-handers that threw perfect games in recent years include Tom Browning, Kenny Rogers, David Wells, and Mark Buehrle.
Braden ended up with six strikeouts.
When: May 11th
On May 11th, Johnny Cueto was an infield single and a hit batter away from a perfect game. In the bottom of the third inning, Ronny Cedeno singled to shortstop. Paul Janish deflected Cedeno’s ground ball into left field, barely missing making the play. Cedeno also reached when he was hit in the left wrist by a Cueto pitch in the sixth inning.
Cueto finished with a one-hitter. He struck out eight.
When: May 13th
Where: San Francisco
On May 13th, Mat Latos allowed only an infield single and an error against the Giants. In the sixth inning, a come-backer off the bat of Eli Whiteside deflected off him and went for a single for the only Giant hit.
Latos struck out six and also drove in the only run in the game.
When: May 28th
Where: San Francisco
On May 28th, Matt Cain gave up a double to Mark Reynolds (and later plunked Reynolds) on his way to a one-hitter. Cain finished off the last 14 Diamondbacks for the win.
Cain struck out a season-high nine Diamondbacks.
When: May 29th
On May 29th, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins. Umpire Mike DiMuro had a generous strike zone that day, and Hallday took full advantage. Halladay has been a pitch-to-contact hurler over his career.
It wouldn't have been unexpected for a hitter to sneak a grounder through the infield, but Hallday was throwing the ball exactly where he wanted to all night.
Halladay’s perfect game was the third in baseball in less than a year, which has never happened before. He struck out 11.
When: June 2
On June 2nd, Armando Galarraga had recorded twenty-six straight outs when his perfect game was taken away by a bad call by first base umpire Jim Joyce. In the ninth inning with two outs, Jason Donald hit a ground ball off the end of his bat to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera went to his right to field the ball. His throw to Galarraga beat the runner. The play wasn’t even that close, but Joyce called Donald safe.
Galarraga’s perfect game is now seen as a lesson in sportsmanship and grace. This near perfect game is similar to Harvey Haddix's 12-innings of perfection and Pedro Martinez's nine perfect innings with a 10th inning hit. All three were perfect but not official perfect games.
When: June 25
Where: St. Petersburg
On June 25th, Edwin Jackson pitched a no-hitter against the Rays. He was wild at the beginning but ended up with the fourth no-hitter of the season. Unlike the others, this no-hitter was not perfect.
Jackson walked eight and threw a season-high 149 pitches in the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks’ history. This is the third time the Rays have been no-hit since last July, including Dallas Braden’s perfect game at Oakland on May 9.
When: July 10
On July 10th, Reds rookie Travis Wood retired the first 24 Phillies. His bid for perfection ended when Wood allowed a double to Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz in the ninth inning to break up the perfect game. He ended up pitching a scoreless inning and gave up no runs while picking up eight strikeouts.
Unfortunately, Wood's efforts did not earn him a victory as the Reds could not score against Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay.
When: July 26
Where: St. Petersburg
Facing a depleted Tigers lineup, Matt Garza put up the fifth no-hitter of the 2010 season and the first in Rays history. Garza was only a walk away from perfection.
The Rays have been a part of three no-hitters in 2010.
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