Reds No-Hit by Halladay in Series Opener

Didn’t see that one coming.

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the Cincinnatiti Reds during the third inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Halladay was almost perfect. Image source: Yardbarker

For the first time since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956, a no-hitter. This one was masterfully orchestrated by Phillies’ ace #1 Roy Halladay. He only permitted one walk in keeping him from authoring a perfect game to match Larson’s effort. It was also only the second time a no-no happened in postsseason history.

Okay. It’s over. Tip our collective hat to Halladay for an incredible effort. Forget this one and concentrate on Roy Oswalt.

You know? The pitcher the Reds have a 2-0 record against this season? Does it matter that he’s now in a Phillies uniform? Maybe, but after going 23-1 until the begining of this season, Cincy has gotten to Oswalt in 2010.

A reversal of fortunes for Friday? One hopes so, but who knows. The Reds will send Bronson Arroyo, who does not have a stellar record against the Phillies or lefty lineups, to the mound. A day off to work on a offensive strategy may not be the best of ideas. Getting back out there to prove to the world that you’re not nearly as inept with a bat as what was seen would be a motivating factor. Hopefully, Dusty and the guys can harness that motivation and steal a win in Philly.

On the wrong side of history for this day. A Halladay.

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