I wasn’t going to write anything this weekend, but Roy Halladay would have none of it.
Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history and the 2nd in Phillies history tonight as the Phillies beat the Marlins 1-0.
I only saw the first 2, and the final innings of the game, so I can’t give an in-depth analysis, but for a performance for the ages, getting too in depth isn’t really necessary.
Bill Lyon of the Inquirer said it better than I could:
He was, by turns, a painter, brushing the outer, unreachable edges of the plate. And he was a surgeon, carving the hitters with cool dispatch.
He made the ball dive and he made it rise.
He pitched up and in, and he pitched down and away.
And everything he threw moved in a different direction save one – straight.
The ball was his with which to do whatever he pleased. He had caught the genie of baseball in a generous mood.
In that case, said Roy Hallaway, I think I’d like to be perfect. You know, for a night.
The only thing that was missing was Harry calling it “and ROY HALLADAY HAS PITCHED A NO-HIT, NO-RUN GAME!”
For trivia purposes, here are all the other Phillies no-no’s.
2010: Roy Halladay (perfect game)
2003: Kevin Millwood
1991: Tommy Greene
1990: Terry Mulholland
1971: Rick Wise
1964: Jim Bunning (perfect game)
1906: Johnny Lush
1903: Chick Fraser
1898: Red Donahue
1885: Charlie Ferguson
And here is a list of the Mets’ no-hitter for comparison: