Roy Halladay had to be perfect.
And he was.
The Phillies traded for the ace righthander in part because he had the ability to carry a team when it faltered in all other avenues toward victory, and on Saturday night against the Marlins he did just that, pitching the 20th perfect game in Major League history as the Phillies topped Florida 1-0 at Sun Life Stadium.
It was the sixth time in history that a pitcher threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win. While it may seem hard to believe, according to box scores on Baseball Almanac and Retrosheet.org, the five previous pitchers to do so were backed by a single unearned run: