Roy Halladay Throws No-Hitter: The Top 10 Performances of His Career

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IOctober 7, 2010

Roy Halladay Throws No-Hitter: The Top 10 Performances of His Career

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    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. Halladay threw the first postseason no-hitter sinc
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    Roy Halladay entered the major league baseball record books for the second time this season, as he threw just the second no-hitter in postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

    Of course, the first time he did so was the perfect game he authored earlier in the year.

    But this is not a guy who is a stranger to fine pitching performances. Maybe on this level, certainly, but he has pitched some great games in his career.

    So let's take a look at those games and rank them accordingly.

    Here we go!

10. May 29, 2005 Vs The Twins

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    DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch during a split squad practice game on February 27, 2006 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Yep, this isn't the first time that Roy Halladay has dominated a team. 

    Back in 2005, Halladay allowed just just two hits in a complete game victory vs. the Minnesota Twins. He struck out 10 and walked nobody.

    Amazingly, it took only 99 pitches for this masterpiece.

9. April 29th Vs The New York Yankees: Three Hit Complete Game Shutout

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
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    This one was even more impressive because it came against the New York Yankees in April, a time when pitchers, especially in this era, aren't known for pitching complete games.

    Halladay allowed only three hits over nine innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts.

8. July 11, 2008 Vs, The Yankees: Two Hits In Complete Game Shutout

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    ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: American League All-Star Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game against the National League at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image
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    In a 5-0 win over the arch-rival Yankees, Halladay was brilliant. He allowed only two hits, while striking out eight and walking only one.

7. September 4, 2009 Vs. The Yankees: One Hit Over Nine Innings

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    NEW YORK - JULY 04:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees on July 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    This one was a true masterpiece. Once again against the hated Yankees, Halladay stepped up to the plate and hit the proverbial home run.

    He allowed just one hit, walking three and striking out nine.

6. September 30, 2009 Vs. Red Sox: Three Hits In Complete Game Shutout

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    TORONTO - APRIL 4:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Rogers Centre on April 4, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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    What makes this so impressive, in addition to being against a very good Boston hitting team, is that it was in his last start of the season.

    At a time when most pitcher are shutting it down and icing their arm following a long season, Halladay was still bringing it and dealing.

    He needed only 100 pitches in this gem.

5. 14 Strikeouts Against The Angels On June 2, 2009

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 6: Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium May 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    One thing that Halladay was never known as was a high strikeout artist. Sure, he struck out his share of hitters but he was no Roger Clemens, for example.

    But on this night against a very solid Angels lineup he was dominant. Yes, he allowed four runs but those were soft runs and he improved to 9-1 on the season in this complete game victory.

4. September 27, 2010 Vs Washington: Two Hits In Complete Game Win

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts on the mound in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 30, 2010 at Dodger Stadium  in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Once again, at a time when most pitcher's arms are falling off, Halladay fires a gem. In hi last start of this season, he allowed just two hits over nine innings while walking no one.

    He required only 97 pitches to notch his 21st win of the season.

    What a way to go into the postseason, where he was even better.

3. July 10, 2010 Vs The Reds

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    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 29, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    What was significant in this game, and why it is ranked so high, is that it was not only a harbringer of things to come, but it came in a game the Phils had to have against the best hitting team in the NL.

    He did allow five hits over those nine innings, but he struck out nine and walked only one.

    What is amazing is that he did not get the decision in this game, but he kept them in it until the Phils were able to win 1-0.

2. May 29th Vs The Marlins: Perfect Game!

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    DENVER - MAY 12:  Starting pitcher Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 12, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Phillies 4-3 in 10 innings.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty
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    Halladay was truly amazing ins this game as he didn't allow a hit or a run over nine innings while striking out 11 and walking none.

    Yep a perfect game!

    What can be better. Well, just this...

1. The Second No-Hitter In Postseason History!

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks to the dugout in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on October 6, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
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    Halladay threw just the second no-hitter in postseason history on Wednesday night against the NL's best hitting team. He struck out eight and walked one and needed only 104 pitches.

    And this was his first-ever start in the playoffs!

    And this was his best game ever.

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