Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Postseason Memories: 2010

If you happened to watch Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies today, you witnessed an instant classic. More than that, you witnessed a piece of baseball history at Citizens Bank Park.

After spending his entire career in Toronto pitching for the Blue Jays in the American League, starting pitcher, Roy Halladay, joined the Phillies rotation in 2010. This afternoon, he made his first career start in the postseason. Questions were raised as to how he would respond to the pressure. He only proceed to throw a no-hitter. That was the first no-hitter in National League playoff history, and only the second no-hitter in postseason history. The last time was when Don Larsen, a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Earlier in the 2010 season, Halladay also threw a perfect game.

The NL East champion Phillies claimed an earlier 1-0 lead in a best-of-five series against the NL Central champion Reds.

Sounds like quite the game.
LGrant   Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I imagine the pubs in Philly are flowing with beer!! The last play of the game got me to do a little thinking about something maybe you can help me with. If Ruiz's throw to first (which was high) would have gone over Howard's glove, most likely it would have ruled it a throwing error - which leads me to the question on official scorers. Who are they appointed by, the team or the league, and are there more than one official scorers in each game?
stheinz   Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I believe there is one official scorer who is appointed by MLB. I'll have to check that though.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, October 6, 2010
That last throw - from Ruiz to Howard - scared me! I was afraid it was going to go over Howard's glove. What a wonderful game to kick off the postseason play!! GO PHILLIES!!!
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