The 30 MLB teams have been narrowed down to 8 teams. It is time for the playoffs. So far today we have seen 2 games played and 1 in progress.
The big story is Roy Halladay’s pitching performance in today’s NLDS match-up between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. The Big Red Machine sent Edison Volquez to the mound and the Fighting Phil’s sent Mr. Harry Leroy “Roy” Halladay III. Volquez went 1 2/3 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, (all earned) and 2 walks. That was all the Phillies need as the bullpen was able to hold the Phil’s to 4 runs, but the Doc was dealin’. Halladay went into the 9th throwing a shut-out and a no-hitter giving up nothing but a meaningless walk to the Red’s right fielder, Jay Bruce. The first batter of the 9th was the Cincinnati back stop, Ramon Hernandez and quickly flew out to second basemen Chase Utley. Then Miguel Cairo pinch hit for pitcher Bill Bray. Cairo flew out in foul territory to the third basemen Valdez. Then the all-star second basemen, Brandon Phillips, came up. Like all of the other Red’s, Phillips was 0 for 3. Then on a 0-2 slider, Phillips hit a slow dribbler right in front of home plate and the Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz nearly over ran it, but recovered to throw out Phillips. The game was over. Roy Halladay threw a no-no in front of 46,411 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It was enough to rename a month after Halladay’s nickname, “Doctober.” This was the first time since Don Larson’s perfect game in the World Series in 1956 that a pitcher threw a no hitter in a playoff game. It’s Amazing. Halladay took the win and Volquez took the loss.
Earlier in the day the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays faced off. The Rangers sent ace south-paw Cliff Lee to the mound while the Rays countered with an ace lefty of their own in David Price. Price went 6 2/3 innings giving up 5 runs, (4 earned) 9 hits, and punched out 8. Cliff Lee was great going 7 innings, 1 run, (earned) 5 hits, and striking out 10. Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina both went deep for Texas as Molina led the offense for Texas going 3-4 with 1 homerun and 2 RBI’s. Ben Zobrist was the only Ray to leave the yard. He led the offense going 2-4 with 1 homerun and 1 RBI. The Rangers were able to take Game 1 at a score of 5-1. Cliff Lee got the win and David Price got the loss. Neftali Feliz shut the door for Texas with a shaky save but a save none the less.
The Yankees and Twins are currently playing in the bottom of the 7th with the score at 6-4 with New York in the lead. I’ll have more on that game tomorrow.
That’s about all that’s going on in the MLB Playoffs tonight. The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves play tomorrow at 9:30 PM ET on TBS.