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Roy Halladay fires no-hitter past Reds in playoffs

Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 7:57 PM

Roy Halladay's no-hitter was only the second in postseason history. ( David M. Warren / Staff Photographer )

The ball just sat there. It was a few feet from home plate, a sure out. But Brandon Phillips' bat was in the way.

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate Halladay's no-hitter and win in Game 1 of the NLDS. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
The Phillies celebrate Roy Halladay's no-hitter and win in Game 1 of the NLDS Series at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
The Phillies celebrate Roy Halladay's no-hitter and their win in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay raises his cap in salute to the fans after his no-hitter and win in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay tips his cap to the crowd after throwing a no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Phillies, won 4-0. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Wilson Valdez takes a practice swing before batting practice prior to Game 1 of the NLDS against the Reds. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer )
Shane Victorino will lead off for the Phillies in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino prepares for batting practice prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins chats with hitting coach Greg Gross prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Right fielder Jayson Werth waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielder Raul Ibanez gather prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins meets with hitting coach Greg Gross prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
General manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel huddle at the batting cage prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Wilson Valdez, who will play third base for Placido Polanco in Game 1 of the NLDS, jogs around the bases before batting practice at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
From left to right, pitchers Roy Oswalt, Kyle Kendrick and Ryan Madson shag balls during batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Cincinnati Reds. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Fans hang a sign in support of pitcher Roy Halladay before Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Roy Oswalt, left, leaps for a ball hit to the outfield during batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. Pitcher Kyle Kendrick looks on during the play. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
An usher watches as the Phillies practice before Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Fans try to catch a foul ball hit by Carlos Ruiz during batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
A fan holds a sign in support of Roy Halladay during batting practice at Citizens Bank Park before Game 1 of the NLDS against the Reds. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Terri Johnson, left, and Mary Kobad, both of Schwecksville, Pa., laugh prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Bryen O'Boyle, lead singer for Mr. Greengenes, entertains the crowd prior to Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Dana Dilliplane and her father, Doug, of Pottstown attend Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Fans cheer as fireworks explode and the Phillies take the field for the start of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Fans stand for the playing of the National Anthem as both teams line the field before start of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Fans cheer the National Anthem as both teams line the field before the start of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
The Phillies are introduced before the start of the first game of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay's first pitch for Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay pitches in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay pitches in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
The Reds' Edinson Volquez pitches in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino steals third base in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS. The Reds' Scott Rolen is late with the tag. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay pitches in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Chase Utley drives in the first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino slides home to score in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Ryan Howard greets Shane Victorino, who scored the first run in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay's first pitch in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
The Reds' Edison Volquez pitches in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino scores on a sacrifice fly from Chase Utley in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino scores in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay gets set to make a pitch in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay throws the first pitch of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Reds starting pticher Edinson Volquez throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Scott Rolen strikes out in the second inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez and pitcher Edinson Volquez confer in the second inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Catcher Carlos Ruiz is safe at second base, as Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips can not get to the ball in the second inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz is safe at second base in the second inning on a Wilson Valdez single in Game 1 of the NLDS. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay helps himself with a RBI-single in the second inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz celebrates scoring the first run of the second inning in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino claps his hands after hitting a two-RBI single in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay is greeted at the plate after scoring in the second inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Pitcher Roy Halladay crosses the plate to score the fourth run of the game on a Shane Victorino single in the seocnd inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. Wilson Valdez and Chase Utley greet him. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino celebrates with Davey Lopes after driving in two runs in the second inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Wilson Valdez points to a pop-up from Drew Stubbs in the third inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. ( Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
A Phillies fan struggles to stay dry in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Fans cover up from the rain during Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
A Conan blimp flies over Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
The Conan blimp flies above centerfield during the first game of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Orlando Cabrera strikes out for the second out of the fourth inning in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay continues his no-hitter in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
The Reds' Scott Rolen exchanges words with umpire John Hirschbeck after striking out in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay carries a no-hitter through eight innings of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Dusty Baker makes a visit to the mound in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay no-hits the Reds through eight innings of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay gets ready to pitch to the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips for the final out of Game 1 of the NLDS. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay throws the last pitch in his no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz charges pitcher Roy Halladay to celebrate his no-hitter in the NLDS Game 1 win at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate Halladay's no-hitter win in Game 1 of the NLDS. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz and pitcher Roy Halladay celebrate his no-hitter in the win in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate after no-hitting the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay runs up to hug Carlos Ruiz after the last out in the ninth inning. Halladay pitched a no-hitter and the Phillies won, 4-0. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz gives Roy Halladay a hug after Halladay pitched a no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Phillies won, 4-0. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay celebrate Halladay's no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay celebrate Halladay's no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate the no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate the no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz hugs Halladay after the no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard celebrate with Roy Halladay after his no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates his no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz celebrate at the end of Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay hugs Brad Lidge after throwing a no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
Photo Gallery: Phillies 4, Reds 0 - Game 1 NLDS

A sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park gasped. Carlos Ruiz fell to his knees. He finally found the ball and threw to first.

Roy Halladay achieved immortality. Again.

The Phillies' ace threw the second no-hitter in postseason history Wednesday in a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League division series.

He pitched the game of his life twice in one season.

Already having thrown a perfect game May 29 against the Marlins, Halladay did it again - this time allowing just one runner on a walk. Incredibly, Halladay threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. Of the 104 pitches he threw, just 25 were balls. He struck out eight.

It's the second postseason no-hitter ever. The other was a perfect game pitched by the Yankees' Don Larsen in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Halladay's would have been a perfect game had he not issued a six-pitch walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth. He was the Reds' lone base runner.

Halladay is just the fifth pitcher all-time to have two no-hitters in the same season (counting the playoffs). The others: Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973).

There were just two close calls. In the third, Reds reliever Travis Wood lined out sharply to right. In the fourth, Joey Votto hit a grounder in the hole on the left side that Jimmy Rollins fielded on the edge of the grass. He threw off his back foot to retire Votto with ease.

In the eighth, Halladay struck out Drew Stubbs on three pitches to end the inning. The third one was a cutter that a helpless Stubbs just watched fly by him. Halladay slowly walked off the mound as the fans waved their towels.

The fans rose after Raul Ibanez popped out to short to end the eighth. They waited quietly until Halladay finally emerged from the dugout 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 fans in attendance stood in amazement as Halladay's teammates stormed the mound.

Before Halladay allowed a postseason hit, he had one of his own. Ruiz drew a two-out, four-pitch walk in the second. Wilson Valdez hit an infield single up the middle. Halladay followed with a sinking liner to left that bounced right in front of a lunging Jonny Gomes to score Ruiz.

That's when things turned from bad to worse for Reds starter Edinson Volquez. He walked Jimmy Rollins on eight pitches. Shane Victorino singled to center on the eighth pitch he saw to score two runs.

Volquez's night was over, having thrown 39 pitches in the second without being able to retire the side.

His counterpart didn't hit 39 pitches until the fourth. Halladay needed more than 12 pitches in any one inning just two times.

The Phillies jumped on the mound as if they had won a postseason series. Not yet, but Wednesday was a memorable start.

Contact staff writer Matt Gelb at 215-854-2928 or mgelb@phillynews.com.

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Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

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