There was something special in the air Wednesday night. Roy Halladay, making his post season debut, no-hit the best offense in the National League as the Phils took game one, 4-0.
It was the second no-hitter in post season history with the first being a perfect game by the Yankees’ Don Larson in the 1956 World Series.
Eight strike outs and a walk were all Doc registered in his 104 pitches thrown. The walk came in the fifth inning in an at-bat that should have resulted in a strike out.
The Phils got the scoring going early for Halladay, chasing Reds starter Edinson Volquez in the second inning. Chase Utley drove in Shane Victorino after the centerfielder’s one out double.
The Phils struck Volquez with two outs in the next inning. With two outs, Carlos Ruiz walked and Wilson Valdez, making the start in place of Placido Polanco, reached on an infield hit.
Doc followed up with an RBI liner to left field to make it a 2-0 game, his first post season hit in his first post season at-bat, giving him more hits on the game than the Reds combined.
Victorino then followed up with a two-run single to center to cap-off an eight-hit at-bat, chasing Volquez and ending the game’s scoring.
Cincy brought out Travis Wood to stifle the Phils offense and the Reds bull pen held the Phillies to one hit in the last 7 1/3 innings. But that didn’t matter as their offense got completely shut down by Halladay, who threw a perfect game back in May against the Marlins.
It was truly a special night for Halladay and all Phillies fans as the Phils took a 1-0 series lead over the Reds. Roy Oswalt will take the mound on Friday in game two.
2B: Victorino (1)
WP: Halladay. LP: Volquez.