All eyes were on Tommy Greene as he snared a come back hit in the 9th inning to give him a No Hitter vs. the Montreal Expos on Thursday, May 23, 1991. The Phillies won this game 2-0 in Montreal behind the great pitching of Greene. It was only the 8th no-hitter in Phillies history which began in 1885 with the first one ever thrown by a Phils pitcher.
A Perfect Game is a special category of the no-hitter, it is accomplished when no batter reaches a base during a game, a no-hitter game can have base runners, in fact Greene’s game had 7 walks issued but no one got a hit. Roy Halladay is only the 2nd Phillies pitcher in it’s long history to pitch a Perfect Game which came against the Marlins on May 29th 2010, of course Jim Bunning was the first on June 21, 1964.
The batters in Greene’s no-hitter vs Montreal:
|Delino DeShields 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||.234|
|Marquis Grissom CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||.290|
|Ivan Calderon LF||2||0||0||0||2||0||.303|
|Andres Galarraga 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||.263|
|Larry Walker RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||.224|
|Tim Wallach 3B||2||0||0||0||2||0||.209|
|Ron Hassey C||2||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Spike Owen SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Oil Can Boyd P||2||0||0||0||0||1||.118|
|Eric Bullock PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Scott Ruskin P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Barry Jones P||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Tommy Greene recently wrote his recollections of the great day he had in Montreal on MLB.com, the entire article can be found here.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
It was a day like any other day for me except it was a 12:35 p.m. getaway game in Montreal. I had been pitching out of the bullpen up to that point except for a spot start for Jose DeJesus because of back spasms. Mentally, I told myself I was going to treat this start like I treated my relief appearances. Be aggressive and go as long and as hard as I can. My thought was if I run out of gas they will put someone else in for me. Hold nothing back! ….