Three days ago, Max Scherzer threw his second no-hitter of 2015, the sixth pitcher ever to do it twice in a season. That's pretty good. But compared to Roy Halladay, the last pitcher to pull off the feat, it could've been just a bit more impressive.
Five years ago, on Oct. 6, 2010, the Phillies hosted the Reds for Game 1 of the NLDS. It was Halladay versus Edinson Volquez on the mound. Volquez didn't last long: The Phillies scored four runs across the first two innings, and he was out before the end of the second. Halladay had the exact opposite kind of night. He ripped through the Reds' order, doing things like this all night:
And more important: For the second time that season, he didn't allow a hit. So, when catcher Carlos Ruiz retired Brandon Phillips at first for the final out of the game, Halladay joined Don Larsen as the only two pitchers to ever throw a no-hitter in the postseason.
In fact, only a fifth-inning walk to Jay Bruce kept Halladay from repeating Larsen's postseason perfect-game performance.
Halladay even added to his own cause, knocking an RBI single:
That is one heck of a way to pitch yourself into no-hitter and postseason history.
Scherzer won't be throwing a third no-no this year, but Mike Fiers, Cole Hamels and Jake Arrieta all have a shot at matching Halladay's feat this October. And if one of them throws a no-hitter, expect things to look a lot like this: