Halladay, Philies Pitcher, Joins Perfect Club
This year is turning out to be a breakout season for MLB pitchers, with the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Roy Halladay becoming the latest to join the perfect club. Halladay shut down the Florida Marlins on Saturday, helping the Phillies to a 1-0 victory in what turned out to be the 20th perfect game in MLB history.
Halladay’s perfect game came three weeks after Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s threw a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9, marking the first time in modern MLB history that two perfect games were recorded in the same month. Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez chalked up the first perfect game this season when blanked the Atlanta Braves on April 17. Halladay is the first Phillies pitcher to score a perfect game since Jim Bunning entered history book in 1964.
Halladay struck out 11 in a performance that had the Angels defense just watching in awe of their pitching ace, who joined the Phillies at the end of the 2009 season after playing for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998.