There is something that always seems mystical about October baseball. Be it the crisp autumn air or the rejuvenated crowd, incredible things tend to happen.
October 6, 2010 was no different. Yet at the same time, it undoubtedly was. Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay successfully tossed a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS, becoming the first person to do so during postseason play since Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Halladay also became one of a handful of players to throw two no-hitters in the same season, as he tossed a perfect game against the Marlins earlier in the year.
After just one fifth-inning walk to Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, Halladay settled down and defeated a team that had not been in the playoffs since 1995. Roy kept his composure throughout, knocking out eight batters en route to his historic outing. The Phillies won the game 4-0 after RBI from Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and even Halladay himself.
Edinson Vólquez began the contest for the Reds, but quickly exited after just 1.2 innings. He was relieved by Travis Wood.
The final play of the game occurred when second baseman Brandon Phillips lightly knocked a ball in front of catcher Carlos Ruíz, who quickly fielded the ball from his knees and fired it over to Ryan Howard for the out.
Sometimes baseball never fails to amaze. Tonight is no different.
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