PHILADELPHIA – About 12 years and a month ago, Dusty Baker sat in about the same spot in the visitor’s dugout at CItizens Bank Park.
He was doing the same thing – managing in the playoffs and witnessing history.
The difference is that in 2010 he was in a helpless situation watching his Cincinnati Reds be no-hit by Phillies ace Roy Halladay for just the second playoff no-hitter in history.
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On Wednesday, as the manager of the Houston Astros, he had more of a hand in the third playoff no-hitter ever as he sent four pitchers to the mound to blank the Phillies, 5-0, evening the series at two games apiece.
Cristian Javier pitched six innings and he was followed by Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly for an inning each.
“Javier was electric, he threw the ball up, down and it shows you the best pitch in baseball is a well-located fastball,” said Baker. “He was calm and cool. He was cool like it was a game in the middle of July. That’s just the way he is.”
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Baker admitted thinking back to the 2010 National League Division Series game where a future Hall of Famer twirled one of the gems of his legendary career.
“I was on the other end in this ballpark, that’s what’s strange about life,” recalled Baker of the 4-0 loss 12 years ago. “It was the seventh inning and it seemed like the second inning. I looked up on the board and it’s the seventh inning and it was like you’re trying not to be no-hit and trying to win a ballgame. …. That’s pretty remarkable to be on both ends and to be here for two out of three.”
The only other playoff no-hitter came in the 1956 World Series when the Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.
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