Roy Halladay became only the 20th pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a PERFECT GAME tonight against the Marlins. In Phillies history, it was only the 2nd perfect game ever with the first being tossed on Father’s Day on June 21, 1964 by Jim Bunning.
Halladay mowed down Marlins all night, striking out 11 batters. Carlos Ruiz was in sync with Halladay throughout the game, calling all the right pitches. And the defense behind Halladay was amazing, despite missing several key players.
Placido Polanco sat out for the 2nd game in a row and Juan Castro, who does not play third very often, filled in for him. Oddly enough, Castro recorded the final out, which turned out to be a very difficult play. Off the bat, it looked like the ball might squirt through a hole in the infield and ruin the night. But Castro did not let it get past him and made an incredible catch, pivot and throw to first just in time to seal the deal.
After getting beat up in his last outing with 6 runs allowed, Halladay showed what he is made of by bouncing back with this historical performance. The perfect game is such a rare and incredible feat. What a special day for the Halladay, the Phillies and fans of baseball everywhere. Amazing.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography