Roy Halladay Perfect Game: Throws 2nd No-Hitter In MLB Playoff History

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIOctober 7, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on October 6, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history today, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

The only other pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter was former New York Yankees Don Larsen, who threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"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."

Halladay also struck out eight batters, and simply dominated the Reds all-around. All that separated him and a perfect game was a walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning.

"I felt like we got in a groove early," Halladay said. "Carlos [Ruiz] has been great all year, he helps me get into a rhythm early, throwing strikes."

The ace threw a perfect game on May 29 against the Florida Marlins, and is widely considered as one of the premier pitchers in the MLB.

Even more impressive, tonight was Halladay's postseason debut. He was traded to the Phillies last offseason from Toronto.

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These are the type of performances that true World Series contenders post, and the Phillies proved that they should be the favorites to repeat as National League champions. 

This is a great start to the series, and a game that Halladay will never forget. 


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