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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NLDS Game 1: Halladay stomps Reds in his 2nd no-hitter of the year (1-0)

Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter tonight, the second one he's thrown this season and the second ever in MLB playoff history. Oh, and he also had the biggest hit of the game, which led to a three-run Phils second inning. They won 4-0, and it felt like it was 14-0. A Jay Bruce walk in the 5th inning with 2-strikes was all that prevented a perfect game.

A loss Friday, however, entirely neutralizes this game.

Completely lost in the post-game nonsense will be the absence of Placido Polanco and the placement of Jimmy Rollins at the top of the order. I wrote yesterday that Rollins needed to not swing at an Edinson Volquez pitch without a strike in the count, and, sure enough, he popped out on a 1-0 pitch to lead off the first inning. Nice. Manuel's only mistake today was allowing Rollins to bat first.

Game 2 is Friday at 6:07 pm when Roy Oswalt faces RHP Bronson Arroyo.


Scott Graham said...

Eh, he could have given Rollins the take sign in that first at-bat after he watched a pitch go about 1.5' outside.

Did anyone else notice how the announcers kept saying that Volquez "isn't missing by much"? I heard it a lot and it was absurd. He had almost no control, and was missing terribly.

Henry Rowengartner said...

*Roy Halladay pitches no-hitter*

*David Aldridge asks, "What wasn't working for you today?"*

Keep up the good work TBS!