NLDS Game 1 - Late Wednesday Afternoon, October 6th in Philadelphia
"Come here, Doug. You have to watch this. I want you to remember this." A father to his son, as the bottom of the 9th inning began.
In his first Postseason start after 13 seasons in the Majors, Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in play-off history. He was amazing. He was dominating. He was . . . unhittable. Halladay allowed just one baserunner when Jay Bruce drew a walk with two outs in the 5th. (A few of the balls to Bruce were borderline.) Halladay joins Yankees' pitcher Don Larsen as the only two pitchers in history to throw a no-hitter in Postseason play. Larsen of course threw a perfect game against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. (Sorry, Night Owl.)
Halladay needed just 104 pitches (79 for strikes!) to mow through the Reds' line-up - the best hitting team in the National League. With two outs in the 9th, Brandon Phillips hit a swinging bunt that rolled slowly up the first base line. Dropping to his knees, catcher Carlos Ruiz grabbed the ball and threw out Phillips at first to secure history.
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