Roy Halladay struck out eight through nine innings in the midst of his first career post-season start, no-hitting the Cincinnati Reds to lead his Philadelphia Phillies to victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The 13-year veteran became the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs behind Don Larsen, who tossed a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series. “It’s surreal, it really is,” said Halladay. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”
The Phillies lineup produced all four runs in the first two innings to take the pressure off their ace. Shane Victorino scored the initial run courtesy of a Chase Utley sacrifice fly to right. Victorino came through again in the second with a base hit to center to bring in two runs. Even Halladay contributed from the plate with an RBI single and run scored. “This is what you come here for,” Halladay continued. “It’s a good team, they know how to win. It’s been a great year, a fun year, we obviously have a ways to go.” Game 2 is scheduled for Friday, October 8th at 6:07 PM. Find the best deals for Phillies vs. Reds NLDS tickets right here at Ace!