October 7, 2010 by staff
Roy Halladay, He started the game of his life twice in one season. Already throwing a perfect game May 29 against the Marlins, Halladay did it again – this time allowing just one runner on foot. Amazingly, Halladay threw first strikes to 25, not 28 batters he faced. Of the 104 pitches he threw, only 25 were balls. He struck out eight.
This is the second series of non-hitter ever. The other was a perfect game by acute Yankees Don Larsen in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Halladay was a perfect match if it had not issued a height of six feet by Jay Bruce in the fifth. He was a finalist Reds isolated basis.
Halladay was just the fifth pitcher of all time to not have two batters in the same season (counting the playoffs). Other: Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973).
There were only two close calls. In the third, the Reds reliever Travis lined wooden stands out sharply to the right. In the fourth, Joey Votto hit a grounder into the hole on the left side that Jimmy Rollins has sent over the edge of the grass. He threw his back foot retired Votto with ease.
In the eighth, Drew Stubbs Halladay struck out on three pitches to end the inning. The third was a knife that Stubbs powerless just watched him fly by. Halladay left the mound slowly that fans waved their towels.
The fans rose after Raul Ibanez popped out to short to end the eighth. They waited quietly as Halladay is finally out of the pond to throw his warm-up tosses.
They chanted, “Let’s go, Doc!” as he pumped strike after strike in the ninth. When it was over, the 46,411 spectators were in amazement that his teammates Halladay stormed the mound.
Before Halladay allowed a hit in playoffs, he had one of his own. Ruiz made a two-star, four-step walk in the second. Wilson Valdez hit an infield single through the middle. Halladay followed with a sinking liner to left that bounced just in front of a lunging Jonny Gomes to score Ruiz.
That’s when things turned from bad to worse for Reds starter Edinson Volques. He walked Jimmy Rollins on eight pitches. Shane Victorino single to center field eighth, he saw to score two points.
Volques night was over, after throwing 39 pitches in the second, without being able to retire the side.
His counterpart did not affect 39 locations until the fourth. Halladay need more than 12 locations throughout a round only twice.
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