Phillies-Reds, Game 1: Big Play X-ray

Posted: October 07, 2010

THE PLAY: It's hard to pick just one when you're talking no-hitter, so we'll go with the seven-pitch eighth inning Roy Halladay unfurled.

THE SETUP: Having allowed only a fifth-inning walk to Jay Bruce and in full command with a 4-0 lead, Halladay had thrown 87 pitches in seven innings.

THE AT-BATS: Jonny Gomes swung through a curveball, fouled off a fastball and missed a changeup, which Carlos Ruiz failed to hold on to, so the catcher had to throw him out at first. Bruce grounded a first-pitch fastball to Ryan Howard. Drew Stubbs took a fastball for strike 1, missed a changeup and got rung up by plate umpire John Hirschbeck on a cutter.

THE AFTERMATH: The inning took so much out of Halladay, it took him all of 10 pitches in the ninth to complete the feat.

THE STATS: Halladay became the fifth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year. He joined Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938).

ALSO CONSIDERED: Halladay's second-inning RBI single to double the Phils' 1-0 lead . . . Halladay scoring from second on Shane Victorino's single later in the inning . . . Halladay finding his way to the ballpark without any trouble and warming up without pulling something.

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