Roy Halladay fired the first no-hitter in National League history today, blanking the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in the 1st game of the 2010 NLDS at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Halladay gave up only a 3rd inning walk to CF Jay Bruce and threw 104 pitches (79 for strikes) in the process.
He also struck out 8 batters and faced only one batter over the minimum (28) en route to one of the greatest pitching performances of all time in MLB history.
The Phils got Halladay 4 quick runs in the first two frames on a sacrifice fly in the first by Chase Utley and a 3 run outburst in the 2nd on an RBI single by Halladay, and a double RBI single by CF Shane Victorino.
They proved more than enough runs for Halladay who finished the gem by inducing Brandon Phillips to roll weakly in front of the catcher to complete the NL’s first no-hitter.
Halladay becomes the last pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-nos in one year. He also becomes the last NL pitcher to do it when Reds’ righty Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in consecutive starts in 1938.