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Roy Halladay comes out with heat-related illness

Jul 18, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

Roy Halladay, Scott Sheridan AP

Roy Halladay was forced from his start Monday against the Cubs because of a heat-related illness,’s Todd Zolecki reports.

The gametime temperature in Chicago tonight was 91 degrees.’s Jim Salisbury points out that Halladay opened the game with red undershirt, but that it was gone when he came out for the fourth inning.

His early departure ended a string of 63 straight road starts in which he had lasted at least six innings.  It was the longest such streak since The Big Train, Walter Johnson, did it in 82 starts in a row from 1911-15.

Halladay was charged with three runs in four-plus innings in the game and went on to take the loss in a 6-1 game.  It was his shortest outing since he left his June 12, 2009 start for the Blue Jays with a groin injury in the fourth.

  1. yippityskippity69 - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    LOL! Chitown heat was to much for him! I live an hr outside of Chicago and the heatwave is expected to last all week! maybe the cubs will win a few kinda like a home field advantage! Bears use the snow n cold to their advantage! LOL!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Roy Boy cant take the heat!! He never could in toronto either, way to go Cubbies!

  3. cup0pizza - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:52 PM


  4. thephilsabide - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Career ERA of 4.02 when gametime temp is 90 degrees or higher. Next scheduled start is Saturday in Philly where forecasted high is 97 degrees and it’s a 4:10 start. Advantage: Padres.

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:16 AM

      The advantage is never with the Padres… if anything, using tennis terms, it’s “Deuce”

    • jeffhink - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      “Career ERA of 4.02 when gametime temp is 90 degrees or higher.”

      That means about as much to me as what Ryan Howard is hitting at 5:32 on a Thursday when the previous three batters made bunt-ground outs and the pitcher weighs between 200-250 pounds.

  5. sasquash20 - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Go ahead Cubs fans enjoy it. When it cools down in DOCTOBER you can watch him pitch his ass off in the playoffs. You remember the playoffs don’t you? Its the thing you have to do to go to the world series. Of course Cubs fans you have to make the playoffs before you can play in the playoffs.

    • jwbiii - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:30 AM

      The Phillies have made the playoffs four times in the last ten years. The Cubs have made the playoffs three times in the last ten years.

      • mercyflush - Jul 19, 2011 at 7:48 AM

        The Phillies have made the playoffs 4 times in the last 4 years. It will be 5 times in 5 years after this season.

        The Cubs have made the playoffs 2 times in the last 4 years. It will be 2 times in 5 years after this season.

      • jeffhink - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Is that a rebuttal? You clearly just said that the Phils have been to the playoffs more than the Cubs int he last 10 years.

    • gogigantos - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      looking forward to it, again :)

  6. sonoco - Jul 19, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    It’s Bochy’s fault !

    • gmsingh - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:42 AM

      We’ll see who’s laughing when Doc is name to the All-Antarctica team.

  7. wickedworld123 - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Ha…the irony. Of ALL things that could take Halladay out of a game it’s 91 degree weather. Whatever, if it was 89 degrees he’d have probably pitched a 16 inning perfect game…even if it didn’t go to extras.

  8. jwbiii - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    Thank god it isn’t a heart related incident.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:54 AM

      totally thought the same thing at first glance.

  9. gmc173 - Jul 19, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    jwbii- love how you use 10 years as a time frame in order to add that 2003 division title into the discussion. Well the Philles have won 2 WS in the past 50 years or 5 NL Pennants compared to the Cubs 0.

  10. funkygoorilla - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Awwww poor Roy, gets paid millions of dollars to play a game….(Only if its cool outside) Ha!! Suck it up Dude.

  11. thephilsabide - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Haha “deuce” is acceptable. And his next start is Sunday (forgot about off day Thursday) where the temp will be a “cool” 93 degrees compared to 100 Friday and 95 Saturday. They should give him an IV at about noon Sunday.

  12. sportsdrenched - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    How many of you kicking Roy while he’s down actually engage in physical activity in heat like this?

    If you work construction or something fire away. But if you’re just blasting a guy for heat exhaustion and the extent of your outside activity is running from the Circle J to your car with a Pepsi you should pipe it down.

    • funkygoorilla - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      I ran a 10k in 95 degrees during my lunch hour and continued to finish out the rest of my day. Did it in about 47 minutes to, I was quite proud.

      • sportsdrenched - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        No where near as fast as you, but I have a trail 10K that starts at 830pm in a few weeks. The way the summer is going it will be nice and toasty even at 830. Only way to get ready for it, is to train in it.

    • professor59 - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Phils fan here, so not knocking Roy. I got pretty concerned when they showed him in the dugout looking wiped out.

      I’ll knock the Phils’ hitters for not making Lopez work just as hard.

      And I was golfing in Myrtle Beach Wednesday with the temp at 96 and the heat index at 116. I felt on the first tee the way I usually feel walking up 18. But major props to my playing partners in their late 70s. My folks. Don’t know how they did it.

  13. johnbaptistephilouza - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Phillies’ next move: trading Wilson Valdez for a swamp cooler.

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