Take a Load Off, Bullpen: Lee Goes Seven, Phils Win 10-0

Take a Load Off, Bullpen: Lee Goes Seven, Phils Win 10-0

Coming off a series featuring two agonizing late-game losses, the Phils
owed it to their fans tonight to win their first game against the Mets
by fifteen or more. Sadly, the Phillie Phaithful in attendance had to
content themselves with a 10-0 nail-biter, in which the Phillies only
hit two home runs and in which Cliff Lee allowed a staggering half-dozen
baserunners in just seven innings of scoreless work. Ingrates.

Down a pair of starters in Jimmy Rollins (groin) and Raul Ibanez (bald),
the Phils' offense showed no signs of shorthandedness tonight, as the
boys strung together ten runs (the first eight each coming with two
outs) on 11 hits, with Chase being the only starter to post an 0-fer.
The two fill-ins performed more than adequately, as Wilson "You Can't
Get Rid of Me That Easily" Valdez punched home the first run of the
night with a double in the second and John "Put Me In Coach, I'm Ready
to Play" Mayberry "(Today)" Jr. blew the game open with a two-run blast
in the third. And Hunter Pence continues to own the NL East, homering for the second time in three games and coming around to score each of the four
times he reached base.

But as it so often has this summer, the night belonged to Cliff Lee.
Blowing up Met hitters like you thought he would—with some help from
home plate ump Mike DiMuro on a third-strike call or two, including a
particularly comical punch-out of Philly whipping boy David Wright—Cliff
was beautiful for seven scoreless innings tonight, walking an
uncharacteristic three but only allowing three base hits and racking up
seven K's. And has practically become rote for him, the Phife Dog wowed
at the plate as well, singling to keep a rally going in the second and
nearly homering in his last at bat in the eighth—after which he was
taken out of the game, receiving a standing O for his two-way efforts.

The Braves seem on their way to a win against the hapless Cubs in
Chicago, so the Phils' lead in the NL East should hold at 6.5 tonight,
but man, have you guys seen how far the D'Backs and Giants have fallen
out west? Well into a weeks-long match of one-downsmanship, the two
clubs have sunk to 14 and 15 games behind the Phils, respectively—and
all Philly really has to do is beat one of them to ensure a playoff
spot. I'm not smart enough to figure out what their magic number is yet
for that one, but suffice to say, it's not nearly as high as it should
be for a season that still has a month-plus to go. (Oh, and they also
clinched a winning record for the year tonight, the team's ninth in a
row. Whatevs, yo.)

Tomorrow night, Vance Worley goes up against Jon Niese for a chance to
NO WE'RE NOT F--ING LOSING TWO SERIES IN A ROW. 7:05 first pitch from
CBP. It was a long weekend—let's give our bullpen another day of rest if
we can, huh?

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.