Welcome to Citizens Bank Park South, Where The Phils Won 5-0

Welcome to Citizens Bank Park South, Where The Phils Won 5-0

WASHINGTON, DC -- This screen grab from tonight's Phillies vs. Nationals game in DC comes from none other than the Twitter account of Jayson Werth's Beard, who adds "I guess the smartest don't travel down here ;)"

I can't attest to the education levels of all the Philly fans that trekked down here this weekend, but I can say with 100% certainty there are a buttload of them and they were treated to a 5-0 Phillies victory on Saturday night. Holy crap, there are lots of Phillies fans here this weekend. And they are loud.

The sellout crowd and announced attendance of 44,685 was the most ever for a game at Nationals Park.

Tonight's winning pitcher, Roy Oswalt, commented that the crowd in DC was "pretty much like a smaller Philly."

After Roy Oswalt was missing from last night's affair, he was the man of the evening on Saturday night. Lil Roy set a personal best with the Phils by striking out 9 Nats in eight innings of shutout ball. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of his night was the heightened velocity on his fastball, which was consistently hitting 92-94 on the gun.

"I think mechanics is the best thing that happened tonight," Roy Oswalt said following the game. "I stayed back a lot better than I did times before, was rushing a little bit. It's coming back. It feels better and better everyday."

As Charlie Manuel said prior to Friday's game, when they get Oswalt pitching as well as he's capable of doing, this team truly has four aces -- a very rare thing in baseball.

When asked following the game what he thinks the Phillies formidable aces-stacked rotation could be like if he's on his game like he was tonight come the postseason, "It'll be interesting," Roy responded.

It sure will.

Oswalt's 9 Ks were the most he's had since June 10th, 2010, according to Todd Zolecki.

As for the strange two days for Oswalt after being scratched last night due to the lenghty rain delay, Roy took it in stride.

"It was the first time I started two games back to back," Oswalt said. "I told them they keep doing that they're going to have to pay me more."

If he keeps pitching like he did tonight, it could be worth it.

The Phillies showed their support for Roy in the fourth and sixth innings. A Wilson Valdez triple in the fourth with two men on put the Phils up 2-0 and a Hunter Pence homer in the sixth, coupled with some poor Nationals pitching that eventually lead to a two-run single by Jimmy Rollins to put the Phils up 5-0 after six.

Mike Stutes came in to finish off Oswalt's night in the ninth and got things done, 1-2-3 style. The only thing this night was missing was some Harry High Hopes on the jumbotron and the centerfield bell-ringing we love so much at Citizens Bank Park.

Roy Halladay goes for the series victory Sunday afternoon.

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.