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2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-7 – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-7 – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#7 – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

ROY HALLADAY

The Dominant Day – October 6, 2010.  On this day, Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in baseball’s postseason history.  It was his debut in the playoffs, and the Reds had no chance against the dominant Halladay.  In the complete game, Halladay threw 104 pitches en route to 8 strikeouts and a victory for the Phillies.

Progress – 7/15

Roy Halladay Captures The 2,000th Strikeout Of His Career!!

Roy Halladay Captures The 2,000th Strikeout Of His Career!!

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

ATLANTA — Roy Halladay struck out the 2,000th player of his career in the first inning in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.

He struck out David Ross, which Halladay and catcher Carlos Ruiz thought was the third out of the inning, but home-plate umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled Ruiz did not catch the ball. As Halladay and Ruiz walked off the field, Ross went to first to keep the inning alive.

The right-hander, who was facing a bases-loaded jam after giving up two runs, escaped the threat by getting Paul Janish to pop out to Ryan Howard in foul territory.

Halladay, who spent seven weeks on the disabled list earlier this season, is the fourth active pitcher with 2,000 or more strikeouts, joining Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Kevin Millwood.

“We made some changes mechanically,” said Halladay. “It’s going to take some getting used to, but pitch-wise, I thought there was better movement. The cutter was better. The curveball was better. It was a good step, but I need to keep working on it and be more consistent with it. I definitely felt like it was a step in the right direction; things were better.”

There are just 67 pitchers in baseball history with 2,000 or more strikeouts.