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Did that really happen? A no-hitter

Quite frankly, I still can’t believe what I saw tonight. I had never in-person witnessed a no-hitter before and the one I saw from Roy Halladay in a 4-0 Reds loss in Game 1 was only the second ever thrown in a postseason game.

It was remarkable. It was incredible. It was…almost perfection had it not been for Jay Bruce’s walk in the fifth inning.

*104 pitches, 79 strikes, 25 balls.

*25 of 28 first-pitch strikes.

*11 batters began with 0-2 counts.

Here is my game story

It’s hard to appreciate what you’re seeing while trying to work, type and everything else, but you could definitely sense it was coming — especially after Philadelphia took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Each inning seemed to speed along and by the eighth, Halladay needed just seven pitches to retire the side.

I won’t lie — my heart was beating a little harder when we got to the ninth. Each pitch was more exciting than the previous one. A no-hitter? It’s still almost impossible to fathom that it happened and that I was here to see it.

*Credit many of the Reds players postgame. They realized they were on the wrong side of history but were graceful about it.  .

“I think words would ruin that performance,” Scott Rolen said. “He just dominated the game, from beginning to end.”

“I appreciate it right now,” Joey Votto said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Roy. To throw a no-hitter in your very first playoff game is amazing. I think our team, speaking the Reds, we keep in mind it’s just one game. We’re in Philadelphia. We just faced arguably the best pitcher in baseball. We didn’t go in with the mindset we were going to lose but we knew we’d be in for a real challenge. We’re down 1-0 in the series and that’s the most important part. We cleared the dugout with the mindset, not necessarily that we were no-hit, but that we lost a game in a best-of-five series.”

*Many also were right-on with their attitude that it was just one loss — one really rough loss to go down 1-0 in the best of five series.

“A loss is a loss. If we had lost 10-9 and gotten 15 hits, it’s the same result,” Drew Stubbs said. “We’ll come back Friday with a re-energized effort and hopefully have success.”

*Shortstop Orlando Cabrera was not thrilled however with the strike zone of plate umpire John Hirschbeck and let it be known.

“He was basically getting every pitch. We had no chance,” Cabrera said.

*Jonny Gomes disagreed and had no complaints about Hirschbeck’s calls.

“I don’t know if it was a big zone,” Gomes said. “I think Doc actually took the umpire out of the game by just throwing strikes. I really didn’t have any questionable strikes on me. I’m not really worried about the umpire too much. I’m worried about the guy on the mound. He did a great job. All four corners down and in, up and in, down and out. He threw all four pitches in all four corners.”

Some other trivia:

*The last time the Reds were no-hit was by the Phillies and Rick Wise in a 4-0 loss on June 23, 1971. That one was at Riverfront Stadium.

*The only other pitcher to have a no-hitter in the postseason was Don Larsen. It was a perfect game vs. the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

More quotes —

“It still counts as a loss, but that was a very dramatic loss.  That is the best pitched game I’ve seen since I’ve been going to the playoffs and the World Series.  You have no choice but to bounce back.  You’ve got to put that one behind us.  Figure we got beat by a great performance tonight.” — Dusty Baker

“It was a lot of fun.  It’s just one of those special things I think you’ll always remember.  But the best part about it is the playoffs take priority, and that’s pretty neat for me to be able to go out and win a game like that and know there’s more to come for us and more to accomplish.  So that makes it a lot of fun.” — Roy Halladay

“He just pitched so well. When you’re trying to thread a needle up at the plate, it’s just miserable. It’s not fun being up there trying to hit nothing. Tonight was a nothing night. Sometimes you just don’t get pitches to hit. I took the one pitch I saw all night to hit because I wanted to see a strike. He just acted like Roy for the rest of the bat. I hate to use hyperbole, he’s an ace among aces.” — Joey Votto

“Congratulations to him. It was unbelievable what he did tonight. I’ve never seen it before. He pitched a truly great game.” — Edinson Volquez

“In the three at-bats I had, I might have had one pitch I to really do something with, and I fouled it back. He was working both sides of the plate. He was in total command of the strike zone, pounding both sides of the plate. We weren’t able to get anything going.” — Drew Stubbs

“He’s the best pitcher in baseball. I obviously didn’t expect that. I don’t think anybody did. But it’s just part of the game. At the end of the day, it’s a loss. We’ve got to come back.” — Jay Bruce

MLB. com story links:

Cabrera takes issue with strike zone  

Phillies game story from colleague Todd Zolecki

Reds tip caps to Halladay

Notebook: Edmonds, Bailey

No-no highlights feast or famine offense

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PGX: Big win for many reasons

Wednesday afternoon’s 4-3 Reds win over the Phillies on Jay Bruce’s two-run home run in the eighth was big in many ways.

*They took two of three to claim the series

*It meant a 4-2 home stand before beginning a tough 11-game, three city road trip heading into the All-Star break.

*The Reds beat Roy Halladay, who pitched a complete game. They’ve now beaten two pitchers that have thrown perfect games this season, incidentally. (Dallas Braden at OAK was the other)

“It is a big win because those are the type of guys were going to be facing if we make it to the playoffs,” Bruce said. “It was big for us to come back and [for] everyone to put the at-bats together that they did to get that win.”

*It was the Reds’ MLB leading 25th come-from-behind win and their 14th win in the final at-bat, which tied the Braves for the MLB lead. Cincinnati was trailing 3-0 after four innings.

“You want to leave before this road trip on a high note. It doesn’t get any higher than this game today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It was a very well-played game in all respects.”

The good —

*Joey Votto moved into a tie for the NL lead with 18 homers when he hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field bullpen. It was a tough pitch low and inside. Not many dudes could have done that there with that location. Votto has reached base in a MLB season-high 38-straight games.

*On the heels of his rare bad night and 33-scoreless appearance streak ender, Arthur Rhodes got the win when he pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth — striking out Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and getting Raul Ibanez to fly out.

“It was good to see Dusty get me out there today against the same guys and me have a 1-2-3 inning,” Rhodes said.

*After Jonny Gomes leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth, Bruce completed the comeback when he smoked a first-pitch into the right field seats. It was a no-doubter.

The not-so-good –

*Starter Aaron Harang’s one blemish was a big one. Dane Sardinha, the former Reds prospect and a .130 career hitter in the big leagues entering the day, hit a first pitch for a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth and Halladay on deck.

*The Philadelphia seventh and eighth hitters were a combined 10-for-17 with three homers in the last two games. Whether it was Brian Schneider, Sardinha or Wilson Valdez, all of them were playing because a regular is injured.

“Aaron made just one mistake to Sardinha,” Baker said. “The bottom of the order here, they killed us. We held their big boys in check pretty good. But the seventh and eighth hitters hit three three-run homers in two days.”

News –

After the game, the Reds optioned LHP Daniel Ray Herrera to Triple-A Louisville. Herrera has been inconsistent this season while going 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 36 games. He had 11 of his 39 inherited runners score and retired 23 of 36 first batters faced.

“We sent him down there to get his act together and find his control,” Baker said. “Usually he’s a guy that can throw wherever he wants to throw it. It seems like the last couple of months, he’s been in and out with control and location. He will be back.”

More quotes —

“It’s important to anybody, I don’t care who you are. Arthur was the first one to come in here and say ‘thanks for getting me back out there.’ I really didn’t need that. I was going to get him back out there no matter what. It’s apropos that he got the loss last night and got the win today.” — Dusty Baker on getting Arthur Rhodes back on the mound after Tuesday night.

“We had some opportunities with runners on third and less than two outs. You just pray those don’t haunt you. You could tell that very good pitchers, they seem to bear down and know how to get out of those situations. He reached back. He had his best velocity and location when he was in trouble.” — Baker on Halladay.

“I made bad pitches in the eighth. I left two balls up that cost me.” — Phillies starter Roy Halladay

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