Cubs 6, Phillies 1
Game 95 - Monday Night, July 18th in Chicago
One Sentence Summary: The oppressive heat in Chicago forced Roy Halladay to leave the game early and it apparently also put the Phils offense to sleep, as the Cubs won 6-1.
What It Means: The Phils are 59-36 and the Braves victory puts their lead in the East down to 2 1/2 games.
What Went Wrong: Halladay looked completely and uncharacteristically spent from the get-go. The heat and humidity in Chicago were too much for the All-Star Game starter and he took himself out of the game in the fifth. His early departure broke his streak of pitching 6 or more innings in 63 consecutive road games, which is the longest streak since Walter Johnson’s 82 games between 1911 and 1915.
Other than a Jimmy Rollins solo home run in the 4th, the offense was quiet against former Phillie and Cub starter Rodrigo Lopez. They managed just five hits, with two of them coming from John Mayberry, Jr.
Featured Card: I've entered my Phillies baseball card collection up through 1995 into the Zistle database. I did a quick search of the word "heat," given this game's lead storyline, and I came up with this Curt Schilling beauty from a time when Fleer was making some of the most creative cards in the hobby. I miss Fleer.