Only one other person in Major League history has thrown a no-hitter in the post season: Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game in the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 will go down as one of the most memorable days for Roy Halladay. Not only did Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, the best offensive team in the National League during 2010, but it was done in his first career playoff start. Playing his entire career in Toronto, Doc failed to reach the post season until he was traded to the Phillies in December 2009.
Halladay needed only 104 pitches – 79 of which were strikes – to make quick work of the Reds. He walked only one batter, Jay Bruce in a controversial fifth inning at-bat, and struck out eight. With a 2-2 count to Bruce, Doc’s fastball, which appeared to cross the plate, was called for a ball. He walked Bruce on the next pitch.
This was the first time I was able to watch a Phillies no-hitter in full. I saw the last two innings of Kevin Millwood’s no-no in 2003 and was at work when Halladay threw his perfect game in May (my father was in the back giving me the pitch-by-pitch because were were busy all night).
Carlos Ruiz made the no-hitter happen. With two outs and an 0-2 count to Brandon Phillips, Ruiz made a spectacular play when Phillips hit a soft grounder and dropped the bat by the ball. Ruiz picked up the ball cleanly with his bare hand and made a perfect throw from his knees to just beat the runner and seal Doc’s no-hitter.
Here is the ninth inning courtesy of TheSituation103’s YouTube page.
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