Smashed in the Mouth: Eagles Fall to Cardinals, 27-6

Smashed in the Mouth: Eagles Fall to Cardinals, 27-6

Poof. And Philadelphia's undefeated football season is over.

Okay, so that was never gonna happen, but any good vibes that carried over from last week are dead effective immediately.

Trailing
17-0 and already on the hook for two turnovers, the Eagles finally went
on the offensive late in the second quarter in some desperate attempt to
stop the bleeding. They made it all the way down to the 1-yard line with
16 seconds remaining.

First down, incomplete. Second down, incomplete.

Third down, catastrophe.

With
six seconds to work with, Michael Vick dropped back and stared
hopelessly at his options. He didn't have time to take a picture either,
not with Kerry Rhodes given a straight line to the quarterback. Vick
never saw the safety coming (shock), and rather predictably, the ball
came free upon contact.

Far less predictably, the ball kindly
bounced into the hands of James Sanders for red, who took it back 93
yards with minimal assistance.

Finally, there was a deficit in
points -- and in turnovers -- the Eagles would not recover from. They
showed some fight in the second half, but a pair of field goals wasn't
enough to cover it. From there, Arizona was able to grind out the 27-6
victory.

The big fumble was Vick's second, the first of which
coming when he failed to tuck the ball away on a scramble. Damaris
Johnson also coughed one up on a punt return, which the Cardinals'
offense was able to turn into six.

That's 14 total points off of
giveaways, though defensively the Eagles were not at their best. Kevin
Kolb was 17 of 24 for 222 yards and two scores, roughly half of his
production going to Larry Fitzgerald. Ryan Williams also produced 83
yards on 13 carries, much of that late in the contest as the Eagles wore
down. Arizona won the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes.

[GIF: DRC gets pissed, 15-yard penalty]

Now
there's no such thing as a good loss in the NFL, but the overreaction
was already in full force before the game was even over. Folks, the
Cardinals are a good team. They upset the Patriots a week ago, and have
won 10 of their last 12 dating back to November. They're 3-0.

Fans
understandably will be upset over the effort on Sunday, but this wasn't
a gimme. As we remarked in the pregame, a lot of the intangibles
favored the home team, a better team than most realize.

This
season gets right back on track quickly if they beat the Giants next
week. Before very long, it will be time to bury this debacle and start
looking ahead to a rivalry game.

Apparently, the Eagles were way ahead of us there.

Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

MIAMI — The Phillies came within one out of being shut out for the second time in as many games in an embarrassing 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins roughed up Zach Eflin, who fell to 3-4 on the season.

The Marlins beat the Phils, 5-0, Tuesday night. A garbage-time RBI double by Cesar Hernandez with two outs in the ninth prevented the Phils from being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 8-9, 2015, when Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke got the wins at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are 4-9 in 13 games since the All-Star break. They are averaging just 2.6 runs in those games.

The Marlins are 55-46. They entered the day in second place in the NL East, four games behind Washington.

Starting pitching report
Eflin had pitched brilliantly in the month of July — he entered with a 1.80 ERA in four starts this month — but his success ended as the Marlins tagged him for nine hits, including a homer and two triples, and seven runs in five-plus innings.

Eflin had pitched a three-hit shutout at Pittsburgh in his previous start.

Lefty Adam Conley pitched 6⅔ shutout innings, scattered eight hits, walked three and struck out six. He pitched out of bases-loaded trouble twice.

Bullpen report
Andrew Bailey struggled. He faced three batters and gave up two hits, a walk and a run before Brett Oberholtzer cleaned up the sixth inning.

The Marlins eventually got to Oberholtzer for three runs in the eighth. The lefty picked up three innings to protect the bullpen.

At the plate
The Phillies did have 10 hits in the game, but they left the bases loaded twice and stranded 11 runners in all.

The Phils went 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the three-game series.

The Marlins got to Eflin early. They scored three runs in the first inning. The rally was highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton’s 22nd homer, a two-run laser beam to left that exited the bat at 112 miles per hour.

Don Kelly had a pair of triples against Eflin and scored two runs. One of the triples drove in two runs.

The Marlins had 16 hits.

Ejected
Bench coach Larry Bowa got the boot for arguing a called third strike on Cameron Rupp in the fourth inning.

Health check
Peter Bourjos' injured right shoulder could send him to the disabled list Thursday as the Phillies make room for Aaron Altherr.

Up next
The Phillies open a four-game series in Atlanta on Thursday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday night — RHP Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92)

Friday night — RHP Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.34) vs. RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 6.17)

Saturday night — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.65) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-8, 2.71)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.83) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (2-2, 3.38)

Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

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Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

This is a good baseball catch.

It took place on Saturday night when the Hickory Crawdads' Tyler Sanchez belted a ball with men on base but was robbed by Lakewood BlueClaws outfielder Zack Coppola.

It certainly saved a few runs in the first inning but the Crawdads would find other ways to score, topping the BlueClaws by a final of 3-2.

Coppola's Great Grab

The "Web Gem" of the BlueClaws last homestand was made by Zach Coppola on this catch in the first inning on Saturday night."

Posted by Lakewood BlueClaws on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

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Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

You have to give Marcus Vick credit, he still has that breakaway speed. But it's not exactly "getaway" speed as he demonstrated in his failed attempt to elude police in an incident that took place back in April. 

TMZ posted video of Vick's attempt to elude the law on Tuesday. Here's how the Washington Post described the incident back in April:

The incident occurred at Onelife Fitness when a police officer tried to arrest him on an outstanding contempt of court charge in Montgomery County, Va., and Vick ran, according to the police report obtained by WAVY.com, damaging a door as he did so. As the officer tried to grab him, Vick pushed him and, after a brief chase on foot, he was taken into custody. Online arrest records originally indicated that he was charged with a hate crime, but Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston told WAVY that was an error.

Vick, 32, was charged with one count each of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, destruction of property and felony assault on a law enforcement officer. 

The video ends with Vick on the ground and the police officer whose camera caught the whole chase with his weapon drawn and pointed at Vick. Scary and strange stuff for the brother of former Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.

TMZ posted the video on the same day that Vick accused former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy of giving his "baby mamma" herpes.