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Roy Halladay throws playoff no-hitter against Cincinnati Reds | From our archives

Sam Donnellon

Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:39 PM

Phillies players rush to celebrate with Roy Halladay after his no-hitter. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

You can't script this better.

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

As Roy Oswalt was finishing his pregame press conference in Philadelphia yesterday, Cliff Lee was throwing his first pitch of the 2010 postseason.

And Roy Halladay was, you know, preparing for his first postseason start.

A near-perfect no-hitter.

With amazing command of all four pitches and a surprising reliance on a 78-mile-an-hour curveball as his strikeout pitch, Halladay fanned eight Reds, three coming during an incredibly dominant stretch of the seventh and eighth inning, when Halladay threw seven pitches and still managed to strike out Johnny Gomes and Drew Stubbs. He ended it by getting a tapper in front of the plate to conclude a 4-0 win in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against Cincinnati.

"It’s surreal," Halladay said. "I just wanted to pitich in the postseason. To go out and pitch a game like that is a dream come true."

His no-hitter was the first in the postseason since Don Larsen's perfect game on Oct. 8, 1956 for the Yankees. It is the 11th no-hitter in Phillies history.

There are all sorts of Phillies angles in this postseason, from Scott Rolen's first playoff appearance as an opponent (he was roundly booed), to a potential next-round matchup with Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand.

But the best is this three-act play involving Halladay, Lee, the prodigal ace, and Oswalt, acquired at the trade deadline to fill a gaping hole that would not have been there if Lee was allowed to pitch out his option here.

By the time Halladay had thrown the first pitch of his first-game masterpiece, Lee's sixth postseason win in as many tries was in the books. By Lee's standards it was pretty pedestrian - he allowed five hits and a run and struck out 10 over seven innings pitched. But it still set up the potential for a long day of radio talk should Halladay's first postseason start belie his regular-season success.

It did not. Through rain, through long innings watching his team grind out at bats and even an RBI foray on the basepaths, Halladay answered Lee s gem with his diamond, allowing only a fifth-inning walk to Jay Bruce on a 3-2 pitch that dove low. He treated the National League's most potent regular-season lineup as if they were the Mets. Or Marlins.

"This is what you come here for," Halladay said. "This team, they know how to win … It’s been a great year, a fun year. We have a ways to go. We have a veteran team and I can’t say enough about them."

Now it's Oswalt's turn. He's a seasoned and superb postseason pitcher already, 4-0 in the postseason with a 3.63 earned run average. But that doesn't mean there's any less pressure on him today than there was on Halladay yesterday. Oswalt may have saved the season, may have put up second-half regular-season numbers that were actually superior to Lee's of a year ago, but Lee's 4-0 was all done as a Phillie last postseason, was the biggest reason they went as far as they did.

Oh, and he has to follow this. More great history for a team that is already unforgettable.

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Here are more comments from Halladay during his postgame news conference:

On nerves about his first postseason start: “You try and disconnect from the emotions a little bit. You try to go out and execute your plan. Once the game started I felt like I was able to do that. I wasn’t thinking about all that stuff, first playoff or anything. It was go out and try to execute the plan. That made it a lot easier. It was a challenge that I’ve looked forward to. Excited is a better word to describe it than nervous. It was a lot of fun to look forward to this game.”

On the pitches that worked best: “I thought we used everything pretty well tonight. Changeup was a big for me today, curveball was good. I know I always go back to Ruiz. He has done a great job of recognizing early on what’s working, what’s effective. The changeup has been a little hit or miss for me, but he recognized it early and continued to call it… we were aggressive and made good pitches.”

On when he knew what could happen: “I would say by the fifth or sixth… It’s definitely not something you’re trying to do. As soon as you try to do it, it takes you out of your plan. I knew what was going on, I was aware of it … I was trying to keep focus on what was going on in the game. … When you’re out there, your only job is to help your team to win the game. If you can keep that focus off yourself and on your team you can help yourself.”

On being in the company of Don Larsen: “I’m not really yet. At this point, we’re one game up. We’ve got to win two more. I think these are types of things once the season is over you are able to soak it all in and enjoy it. Right now, it’s easy to keep your focus on the team, especially at this point in the season, knowing we need a couple more wins to move on.”

On the crowd: “When it gets that loud, it’s hard to ignore it. The last three innings it seemed like it got louder every inning. One of the most electric atmospheres I’ve ever been in. It was pretty neat.”

On teammates: “It’s a great atmosphere and been that way all year. We feel that team unity and it’s a great thing to be a part of.”

On the weather: “I didn’t have to change anything. It definitely got sticky. You spend some time cleaning your shoes in between innings. It never got slick, never got out of control. I’m glad we got it in,that’s for sure. It wasn’t a problem. It didn’t change anything about the way you went about it.”


Sam Donnellon

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