Halladay throws second no-hitter in postseason history

by Derrick Johnson on October 7, 2010

Roy Halladay spent 11 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays without the opportunity to start a playoff game. On Wednesday, he got his chance with the Philadelphia Phillies – and he made the most of it.

Halladay threw just the second no-hitter in postseason history, and shut down the Cincinnati Reds to lead the Phillies to a 4-0 victory in front of 46,411 at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay, who threw a perfect game earlier in the season against the Florida Marlins, only allowed one base runner when he walked Jay Bruce in the fifth inning.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay told ESPN.com. “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 joins Don Larsen as the only other pitcher in the MLB history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs. Larsen pitched a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Philadelphia gave Halladay an early cushion by jumping out to a quick 4-0 off Reds’ starter Edinson Volquez. It was certainly more than enough. Halladay struck out eight and threw just 104, with 79 of them going for strikes.

The win gives the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the NLDS, as they are looking to return to the World Series for the third straight year. Philadelphia finished the regular season with the highest win total in the MLB (97) and won their fourth consecutive NL East title. Halladay, too, was the dominant during the regular season. The right hander won a league-leading 21 games, and was tops in the majors in innings pitched, complete games and shutouts.

Philadelphia looks to extend its lead in the best-of-five series to 2-0 when the teams meet again in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

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