With the temperature at 91 degrees by first pitch, Roy Halladay was still donning his signature 3/4-sleeved shirt.
Common sense kicked in and the heat forced the right-hander to remove that shirt. But then, fatigue and heat exhaustion also settled in and Halladay’s day was done in the 5th inning, leading to a poor outing by the Phillies ace.
Chicago took advantage of a weary Doc and weak Phillies bull pen as they went on to win, 6-1, and take the first game of the series against the hardest pitcher they would face.
Halladay allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in four-plus innings of work while managing only one strike out. He left the game after allowing a lead-off single to Starlin Castro in the 5th.
The 3rd inning took the most of Halladay. The Cubs, already up 1-0, scored two runs and forced Halladay to throw a grueling 31 pitches. Rodrigo Lopez singled, Kosuke Fukudome walked and Castro singled to start the inning. Aramis Ramirez followed up with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 and Carlos Pena singled home Fukudome to make it 3-0.
The Phils finally solved Lopez in the 4th. Jimmy Rollins had the Phils first hit of the day, a solo home run to close the gap to 3-1. But that was all they would manage off Lopez, who allowed a run on five hits and striking out three.
Chicago added two more in the 6th inning thanks to RBI doubles by Darwin Barney and Fukudome off Andrew Carpenter to make it 5-1. Pena led off the 7th with a solo home run off David Herndon to make it 6-1.
Halladay had his 63-game streak of pitching six or more innings on the road snapped. It was the longest streak since Walter Johnson’s streak of 82 from 1911-15. The Phils also snapped their 10-game winning streak with Halladay on the hill.
POLANCO RECEIVES SHOT — Placido Polanco didn’t want it to come down to this but it had to. Polanco requested and received a shot for his aching back, hoping it will help subside the pain in the bulging disc he has.
VICTORINO TO RETURN — Shane Victorino was activated for tomorrow’s game. Peter Orr was re-assigned to AAA Lehigh Valley. His injured right thumb is fine.
2B: Mayberry (11). HR: Rollins (9).
WP: Lopez (2-2). LP: Halladay (11-4).