Phillies Complete Sweep of Atlanta with Walkoff Heroics

Phillies Complete Sweep of Atlanta with Walkoff Heroics

Roy Oswalt looked sharp and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the bats provided just enough pop to defeat Atlanta for the third straight evening. Not only did the Phils get to one of the Braves formidable young bullpen arms, Jonny Venters, in the eighth to tie the game up, but they finished in fantastic fashion with a Ross Gload pinch-hit walkoff single in the ninth to put an exclamation point on just who the NL East belongs to this season.

[watch Gload's walkoff single here]

In a bit of bad news, Chase Utley will be evaluated after suffering what is believed to be a mild concussion as a result of being hit on the head with a 92 mph fastball. The television review showed Utley asking the ump where he got hit after the play. Certainly a strange and ominous sight. Hopefully it's mild and Chase could be okay in a few days.

Utley did not get on the team flight to Milwaukee after the game.

[watch Utley's scary HBP in the head here]

CSN's John Finger has much more from the team post-game, including some great quotes from Ross Gload who felt great finally making a meaningful contribution.

“I’m trying to get through the year and if I can get a couple more hits
like that it will be a completely rewarding year for me,” Gload said.
“Hopefully it starts now and it leads into September and October and
stuff like that.”

CAPTION: Sep 07, 2011; Philadelphia, PA,
USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez (29) rounds third
base on his way to scoring during the ninth inning against the Atlanta
Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 3-2.
Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

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.