Any doubts about the Philadelphia Phillies winning the National League pennant for the third straight season were put to rest this evening as Roy Halladay threw only the second no-hitter in postseason history. Sorry, Cincinnati.
Halladay allowed only one walk in nine innings in what was perhaps the best postseason pitching performance in half a century. The Phillies’ starter recorded eight strikeouts while throwing 79 of his 104 pitches for strikes.
Halladay also contributed to his own cause on offense, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Only Shane Victorino had a better offensive game for Philly, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
The Reds looked confused at the plate all game and frequently argued with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck as the game progressed. Starter Edinson Volquez was forced out of the game after allowing four earned runs in only one and two-thirds innings. Cincinnati will need to right the ship quick in order to avoid an early exit from the 2010 postseason.
The NLDS will resume with Game 2 on Friday after a day off.
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http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2010_10_06_cinmlb_phimlb_1 “Boxscore: Cincinnati vs Philadelphia – October 6, 2010” MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2010.