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Phillies defeat Reds, 4-0.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Roy Halladay.  It appears that he was credited with a win and complete game. 

Key Plays

  • Edinson Volquez gave up a double with one out in the first to the speedy Shane Victorino.  Victorino then stole third and scored on Chase Utley's sac fly to right.  Phillies lead, 1-0.

  • Volquez looked okay through 1 2/3, but then the wheels fell of the wagon.  He walked Carlos Ruiz on four pitches and then allowed a soft ground ball up the middle to Wilson ValdezOrlando Cabrera couldn't handle it cleanly and the Phillies had runners on first and second.  Halladay then hit a liner to left field that should have been caught by Jonny Gomes.  I haven't seen the replay but I think Gomes slid and the ball hit him in the torso.  Two One runs scores.  After a Jimmy Rollins walk, Victornio hit a single to center to score another two runs.  Volquez departed the game but the damage was done.  Phillies lead, 4-0. 

  • Nothing exciting after the second.  In fact, the only hit was a Raul Ibanez double.  Reds lose, 4-0.

Other Notes

  • With the victory, Philadelphia takes a 1-0 lead in the LDS.  Game 2 will be on Friday.  Bronson Arroyo will go against Roy Oswalt.
  • Cincinnati's relief pitching was masterful.  Travis Wood, Logan Ondrusek, and Billy Bray combined to shut out the Phillies for over 6 innings.  The trio struck out four and walked one, while allowing only one hit.  A few balls may have been kept in the park by the wind and damp weather. 
  • Roy Halladay pitched the first postseason no-hitter since Don Larsen of the Yankees in the 1956 World Series.  Also, this was the first no-hitter against the Reds since 1971, by Rick Wise of the Phillies.