CHICAGO — Roy Halladay was bent over, dizzy and light-headed. That sent a shiver through the Philadelphia Phillies on a hot and steamy night.
No worries, though. Their ace should be ready for his next start, so there was some good news to go with the misery Monday.
Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena homered to back a dominant start by Rodrigo Lopez, and the Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia, 6-1, on a night when Halladay exited early because of the heat.
Team spokesman Greg Casterioto said Halladay “absolutely” expects to make his next start against San Diego on Sunday. The pitcher was not available for comment after the game.
Halladay (11-4) doubled over and was visited by a trainer after Starlin Castro led off the fifth inning with a single. Drew Carpenter came in to replace him.
Halladay was drenched in sweat on a humid night when the game-time temperature was 91. The heat clearly affected him.
“He got a little dizzy,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We were a little concerned about dehydration, brought him in here and got (the Cubs’) doctor and he was looking at him.”
Lopez, too, was soaked, but he got through it “with a lot of Gatorade.”
Halladay gave up three runs and seven hits and took his first loss since May 15. He had his first outing since starting for the National League in the All-Star Game and pitching two perfect innings, and pitching coach Rich Dubee said the hectic schedule might have contributed to the problem.
“You have to have the All-Star Game, I understand that, but guys who go to the All-Star Game come back a little drawn,” he said.