Major League Baseball: Truly Rare Achievements

Major Baseball: Truly Rare Achievements


The Houston Astros' zero-run, no-hit game in Game 4 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday will forever be remembered by most baseball fans n 'having never seen in the playoffs such a feat in their lifetime before. 

In fact, the performance accomplished by pitchers Cristian Javier, Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly is outstanding. Never had a game without a run or a hit been achieved by a group of gunners in the post-season playoffs. It was also the third such game overall to take place in major league history. Here is a brief look back at these three particular events.

– Game number 5 of the 1956 World Series, Yankees v. Dodgers

Obviously, the case remains the most famous in the category and Don Larsen's performance remains unmatched to this day. On October 8, 1956, the New York Yankees color holder held off the Brooklyn Dodgers, scoring the only perfect game in major league baseball history in the World Series. The right-hander had struggled in his previous outing, though, giving up four runs in one and two-thirds innings in a 13-8 loss in the second game. However, when he returned to the mound, he was intractable: 27 batters, 27 outs. The hero of the day, who later earned Finals MVP, needed less than 100 shots to make history. On the enemy side was a Jackie Robinson, who nearly got an infield hit on the second turn at bat.

Larsen's feat allowed the Yankees to 2-0. However, they needed a seventh game, won 9-0 at Ebbets Field, to finish off their rivals.

– 2010 Division Series Game Number 1, Phillies v. Reds

The Phillies were involved in another no-hitter game in the playoffs a dozen years ago. This time, they found themselves on the right side of history thanks to former Toronto Blue Jays Roy Halladay. The right-hander frustrated the Cincinnati Reds on October 6, 2010, in a 4-0 triumph at Citizens Bank Park. In his first appearance in the playoffs, the pitcher committed only one odd, a walk awarded to Jay Bruce after two outs in the fifth inning. Of 104 shots, 79 were called strikes.

Elsewhere, Halladay, who died in a plane crash in 2017, was more productive at bat than all of his rivals, as he hit a one-run single in the second innings. His Phillies swept Cincinnati in three first-round contests before losing the National League Championship Series to the San Francisco Giants.

– Game number 4 of the 2022 World Series, Astros v. Phillies 

Also in Philadelphia, four Astros gunners helped their club tie the final against the Phillies, a series that was to continue Thursday night in Pennsylvania before returning to Houston this weekend. Javier, who totaled 97 shots, and his three successors on the mound thus made up for the humiliating 7-0 loss suffered on Tuesday.

“We had received a slap in the face and we wanted to come back in force to convey a message. In this part, you had to have the memory of a goldfish,” Pressly told