One Way to Take Pressure of Doc: Phils Grab Rare Early Lead, Beat Cards 8-2

One Way to Take Pressure of Doc: Phils Grab Rare Early Lead, Beat Cards 8-2

They called the game after six-and-a-half innings this time, as the
rains descended upon CBP, but really, we only needed to play one
tonight. The Phils scored five in the first tonight--the first time in a
week, as Sarge and Wheels repeatedly reminded the folks at home, that
they had crossed the plate even once before the fifth inning--and that
was more than enough for Roy Halladay, looking far more like his old,
medically certified self tonight, who cruised for seven frames against
the Cardinals as the Phils ended up winning 8-2.

We'll talk
about Doc in a sec, but first and foremost, shoutout to our old friend
Ty Wigginton, who had arguably his best game as a Phillie tonight at
third base for the Redbirds, going 0-2 both at the plate and in the
field, his wide throw to first on a Kevin Frandsen grounder with two
outs pulling the ripcord on the Phils' first-inning rally. The Phillies
began teeing off against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, with Ben Revere
even notching his first extra-baser of the year with an RBI triple.
Five men passed, the Phils batted around, and the game was placed in Roy
Halladay's hands.

If this was the Roy Halladay of the first two
starts of the season, that'd still be cause for concern. But even if
his gas still peaked in the low 90s, Doc still had a far greater
resemblance tonight to the Cy Young winner of 2010 than the guy who got
shelled in the first two starts this season. His fastball was cutting,
his breaking pitches were landing with pinpoint control, and nothing was
wide in the dirt. He still let up two homers--both solo shots, which
just peaked over the wall--as well as two walks as he wore down a little
late, but those were the only four base-runners Halladay allowed all
night, and he made up for them with six strikeouts, his most since his
rocky first start in Atlanta. If this is the Doc we have to work with
the rest of the season--one who doesn't quite overpower anymore, but
still hits his spots, keeps batters guessing, and doesn't beat
himself--I think most of us would take it.

He also had some
major help in the field. Freddy Galvis, not exactly known as an outfield
patrolman, made two fine-ass catches out in left tonight, include an
awkward backhanded diver that really had no business being a successful
grab. And Ben Revere, who started the season looking like a Gold Glover
before badly misplaying a couple key fliers against the Reds, returned
to SportsCenter-worthy form on a shallow fly to center tonight, padding
what must be his league-leading diving-catch total.

check, pitching, check, defense, check. If only all 162 could be this
simple. Cliff vs. Lance Lynn in Game 3 tomorrow night.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.