Folks, there isn't a more likable pitcher in MLB right now than Harry Leroy Halladay. Any single man that can bring together an entire country full of people who absolutely despise Philadelphia and actually make them cheer aloud for the Phillies to have success must be quite the charmer.
Halladay did just that against the Reds, throwing a masterful no-hitter while allowing but one baserunner. Yes, Jay Bruce's fifth inning walk was the only blemish on Halladay's night, but don't hold that against him. Tonight's performance was nothing short of dominant and will go down in history as one of the top ten moments in the pantheon of Philadelphia sports.
Interestingly, the Reds bullpen also did a fantastic job tonight, holding the Phillies to one hit and one walk over six and one-third innings. I can only imagine that the quick pace of this game after slowpoke Edinson Volquez departed helped Halladay out in his quest; he never had to sit and wallow in the dugout after the third!
Also helping out Halladay tonight, at least according to Orlando Cabrera, was home plate ump John Hirschbeck:
"(Halladay) and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance."