Dugout Digest – goodbye, Doc?

To say that Phillies starter Roy Halladay had a rough game on Sunday might be an understatement. The Phillies fell 14-2 to the Marlins (Halladay's second straight start in a 14-2 loss), and the former Cy Young Award winner's line was hideous: 2 1/3 innings, four hits, nine runs, one home run, four walks, two hit batters, and four strikeouts. Put it all in a blender, and you get a cool game score of 13. After the game, Halladay admitted he has been dealing with shoulder soreness for his last two starts, and will be seeing Dr Lewis Yocum for an opinion on his shoulder. If this really is the beginning of the end, it's a sad way to go out.


Shin-Soo Choo meets the wall. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Game of the Day: Royals 6, White Sox 5 (ten innings). Trailing 3-1 through six, the White Sox couldn't touch Kansas City starter Wade Davis. But Davis exited to begin the seventh, and Chicago struck against Royals reliever Tim Collins. Collins allowed a pair of singles and a double to make it a 3-3 game before he was relieved by Aaron Crow. Crow then let Alejandro de Aza to score on a wild pitch to put the Sox in front, and an Alex Rios homer extended their lead to two. But in the ninth with closer Addison Reed on the hill, Billy Butler hit a two-run double, bringing in Chris Getz and George Kottaras to tie the game. The teams went into extras, and Brian Omogrosso fell into a trap after allowing a leadoff single to Lorenzo Cain. With two outs and Cain on second, he intentionally walked Getz to put two on and two out for the slow of foot Kottaras. But then, Omogrosso walked Kottaras on five pitches, with the Kansas City catcher never moving his bat. Alex Gordon then smashed a walkoff single to give the Royals the win.

Pitching Lines of the Day: Is it even news when a pitcher dominates the Astros anymore? In the Tigers' 9-0 win in Houston, Justin Verlander allowed two hits in seven shutout frames, striking out nine and walking two. Kevin Slowey dominated the Phillies in Miami's 14-2 win, not allowing a run in seven frames and allowing only a pair of hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Brandon Morrow led the Blue Jays to a huge 10-2 win over the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits, walking five and striking out eight. Yu Darvish blistered the Red Sox in a 4-3 win, but got saddled with a no decision. The Texas ace allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out 14 and walking just two. 

Hitting Lines of the Day: The Miami duo of Justin Ruggiano and Adeiny Hechavarria had an awesome day in Philadelphia. Ruggiano went 2/3 with four runs, three RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and two homers, while Hechavarria went 2/4 with seven RBI, a walk, a homer, and a triple. Rookie teammate Marcell Ozuna also pitched in by going 4/5 with three runs, three RBI, two doubles, and a walk. In non-Marlins offensive highlights, Mark Derosa led the Jays offense by going 3/5 with three runs, three RBI, two doubles, and a homer, while Andy Dirks powered the Detroit offense in Houston by going 4/4 with three runs, two RBI, a walk, and a homer.

Other Games: The Twins beat the Indians 4-2 behind Mike Pelfrey's arm. The Braves pounded the Mets 9-4. The A's edged the Yankees 5-4. The Nationals beat the Pirates 6-2. The Cardinals finished a four game sweep by whooping the Brewers 10-1. The Reds beat the Cubs 7-4. The Orioles beat the Angels 8-4. The Padres stymied the Diamondbacks offense in a 5-1 win. The Rays allowed three solo homers, but beat the Rockies 8-3. The Giants swept the Dodgers, winning 4-3.

Today's Games: Chris Sale takes on James Shields in Kansas City. Paul Maholm starts for the Braves in Cincinnati. Jarrod Parker takes on Ubaldo Jimenez in Cleveland. Clay Buchholz gets the nod for the Red Sox, hosting the Twins. Mark Buehrle starts for the Blue Jays in Tampa against Jeremy Hellickson. Andrew Cashner and the Padres host the Marlins. Cliff Lee and the Phillies will take on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

National TV: Braves-Reds (7 PM, ESPN)

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

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