Halladay no-hitter: Notes and player reaction
*Reds' MVP candidate and Etobicoke native Joey Votto to ESPN.com: "It's no fun out there. It's like trying to hit nothing. He's an ace among aces.
*Catcher Carlos Ruiz: "In the bullen he was hitting his spots and I said, 'Oh my God.' I'm not surprised. I'm with him every day and he's a horse. It was a big win for us, but we have to come back Friday and score some runs for (Roy) Oswalt and get a win."
When the clubhouse doors opened, the media swarmed in, but was stopped at the clubhouse proper. The players were applauding loudly for Halladay as he entered from the field. The closed the doors for a couple of minutes to have a special moment with Doc who had been out on the field doing interviews. As the doors opened, coach Davey Lopes pushed his way against the tide saying, "Is something happening tonight?"
*Reds' skipper Dusty Baker on what his team tried to do to disrupt Halladay: "When a guy's dealing like that, they were stepping out and it didn't seem to faze him. If he took a pitch it was a strike anyway. If he swung, it was a low percentage pitch to hit. You're almost helpless because the guy was dealing."
The last Phillies pitcher to throw a shutout in the post-season was Curt Schilling in Game 5 of the '93 Series vs. the Jays. The last time the Reds were no-hit was 1971 by the Phillies' Rick Wise on June 23 at Riverfront Stadium.
*Halladay on his heart skipping a beat on the final play of the game with Ruiz throwing Brandon Phillips out from his knees on a dribbler in front of the plate: "Yeah, I saw it bounce around the bat, tough play, good runner. Carlos made a great play. It kind of hit the bat and checked up a little bit. It definitely wasn't an easy play."
Halladay faced 28 batters and threw 104 pitches. He threw just 25 balls to the 28 hitters, less than one per batter and only went to three balls twice. Doc has allowed one or zero bases-on-balls in 26 of 34 starts this year.
*Manager Charlie Manuel on when he started thinking about a no-hitter: "When he got through the sixth. When he got through the sixth I started looking at the lineup and how it's going to come back around. Because if you start counting outs and and everything -- like I said everything got real quiet and everybody got definitely interested and they were thinking about him throwing the no-hitter."