Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Roy Halladay. It appears that he was credited with a win and complete game.
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 Valdez. Orlando 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.
TwoOne run sscores. 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.
- 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.