Roy Halladay left in the fifth inning with what appeared to be a heat-related illness, and the Phillies absorbed a 6-1 loss to the Cubs in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Halladay allowed eight baserunners (seven hits and a walk) and struck out one before exiting one batter into the fifth. As CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury points out:
"The game time temperature at Wrigley Field was 91 degrees and the humidity was oppressive. Halladay was drenched with sweat by the third inning. In that third inning, he hunched over his knees twice, as if trying to get a breather. He did not appear right throughout his time on the mound."
Halladay, who was replaced by Drew Carpenter, had pitched at least six innings in each of his last 63 road starts. Beerleaguer will update his status once it's addressed in the postgame interviews.
The update: Halladay did not speak after the game but told team officials that he will "absolutely" make his next start. The issue, more specifically, was that the right-hander was battling dizziness and dehydration.
The offense: Not too much to talk about here. Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer in the fourth - his ninth home run of the season - against ex-Phillie Rodrigo Lopez. John Mayberry Jr. finished with two hits, including a double, but the Phils finished with just five hits as a team.
The hot stove: Like so many of us, Charlie Manuel's wish list includes a hitter and a reliever. But not just anyone. "I'm talking about a good one," Manuel said.
Up next: Cliff Lee makes his first start after the All-Star break on Tuesday night, opposite Matt Garza. Shane Victorino will be activated from the DL prior to the game. First pitch is once again at 8:05.