Sunday, May 30, 2010

Phils' Halladay throws MLB's 20th perfecto

Unbelievable- two perfect games in one season. For you soccer fans out there a perfect game is when no player on the opposing team reaches base.

Baseball tradition says you don't talk to or even get near a pitcher when he's on the brink of a no-hitter, and especially not if a perfect game is on the line. But Roy Halladay is a different animal. So when asked at what point during his phenomenal Saturday night outing did he feel his teammates were giving him the cold shoulder, the intense right-hander quipped: "I'd say 2:30, 3 o'clock this afternoon."

About seven hours later, his quiet Phillies teammates morphed into an exuberant bunch in the midst of an on-field celebration, and a rare smile crept onto the stoic Halladay's face.

On this Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium, Halladay -- arguably the best pitcher in the game already -- was perfect.

Twenty-seven Marlins hitters came to bat, and 27 were promptly retired, as Halladay edged out ace Josh Johnson and delivered a 1-0 victory for his team while becoming the 20th pitcher in Major League history -- and second this season -- to fire a perfect game.

As if he needed any more affirmation.

"It's something you never think about," Halladay said. "It's hard to explain. There's days where things just kind of click and things happen, and it's something you obviously never go out and try and do. But it's a great feeling."

The 33-year-old Halladay joins Jim Bunning (1964) as the only Phillies pitchers to throw a perfect game. He is the 10th pitcher in Phillies history to throw a no-hitter -- the last one to do it was Kevin Millwood on April 27, 2003, against the Giants -- and the third in the Majors this season, joining Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez and the Athletics' Dallas Braden, who fired a perfect game on Mother's Day.

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