I grew up listening to Al Michaels and Joe Nuxhall calling Cincinnati Reds’ games on radio.
By Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist
Roy Halladay came to Philadelphia for the chance to make it to the postseason. All he did Wednesday night was make postseason history.
On a chilly night, through a three-inning rainfall, the big bearded righthander they call “Doc” threw just the second postseason no-hitter in Major League Baseball’s long history. Halladay allowed just one Cincinnati Red to reach base. That walk was all that kept him from equaling Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series perfect game.
Halladay, who threw a perfect game himself back on May 29, created another indelible baseball memory for a team and a city that have had so much to celebrate the last several Octobers. By dominating the Reds, the champions of the National League’s Central Division, Halladay gave the Phillies a 4-0 victory in Game 1 of this best-of-five NL division series.
And it was the focus on that, on winning an important playoff game, that allowed Halladay to wave off the building pressure of his no-hit, no-run performance. He even drove in one of the Phillies’ runs with a hit.
“It’s something I wasn’t real worried about achieving,” Halladay said of the no-hitter. “I think if you’re not putting too much emphasis on trying to throw a no-hitter, you’re going out and staying aggressive. It makes it a lot easier.”
But that’s only the first game of a five game series: the Reds’ll get ‘em yet!