Conceding Halladays is the greatest, whats the second-best postseason pitching performance in Phillies history?
Nothing comes remotely close to Halladay’s no-hitter, but there are a couple of obvious candidates for No. 2. In Game 1 of the ’50 Series, Jim Konstanty, the Phillies’ closer, was the surprise starter, even though he’d done nothing but come out of the bullpen all season. Against a Yankees team that would win the second of five consecutive World Series, Konstanty allowed just one run and four hits in eight innings of a 1-0 New York win. In Game 1 of the ’83 NLCS, Steve Carlton shut down the Dodgers, allowing seven hits and no runs and striking out six in 72/3 innings of a 1-0 Phillies win. In Game 5 of the ’93 World Series, with the Phils facing elimination, Curt Schilling shut out Toronto, 2-0, at Veterans Stadium, allowing five hits and striking out 10 in a gutsy, 147-pitch performance. In Game 1 of the ’08 NLDS, 24-year-old Cole Hamels allowed two hits and struck out nine over eight innings as the Phillies defeated Milwaukee, 3-1.
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