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High Up: Union in Colorado to Take On Defending Champ Rapids

High Up: Union in Colorado to Take On Defending Champ Rapids

The Union, fresh off of their six goal explosion last week against Toronto, are in Colorado tonight to face the defending MLS Cup Champion Rapids (9PM/The Comcast Network).

Both teams will be without offensive contributors. The Rapids will be without Omar Cummings, who has not played since April due to an ankle injury, was just sent home from the Jamaican Gold Cup training camp because of the injury. The Union will be without Carlos Ruiz, who will play for Guatemala.

Ruiz did not play last week, and the Union went on to score six goals. Coincidence? Actually, I think so. You'd be hard-pressed to find a worse ninety minutes of defensive soccer than the "effort" given by Toronto. Full marks to the Union for capitalizing on the defensive breakdowns, but I don't think it's fair to say that Ruiz' absence led to the sudden offensive output. Now, if they go into Denver and hang three or four on Colorado I may buy into that Ruiz-less theory.

Colorado (4-3-6) has played five consecutive draws. I know, looking at the MLS standings and seeing T-T-T-T-T in the Last 5 columns was a bit odd. They sit in fourth place in the West, with 18 points from 13 games. Without Cummings the offensive burden will fall on the shoulders of Jamie Smith, local product Jeff Larentowicz (Chestnut Hill Academy), Caleb Forlan, and Conor Casey.

Defensively, the Rapids will be without the services of Marvell Wynne, who is out with a hamstring strain. Tyrone Marshall was released from Jamaican national team duty, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be available tonight.

As for the Union, well, what do you do to top a six goal performance? How about beating the defending champs in their building? In altitude? That'd be a heck of an encore. As great as it was to see the Union break out offensively they did not play well in their own third.

They have not yet shown the ability to open things up offensively while remaining responsible defensively. It'd be nice to see them play a complete game and create offense without sacrificing defensive discipline. The gaps in the midfield were all too frequent and all too large. They need to clean that up.

Here’s the lineup I hope we see today: Mondragon, Harvey, Valdes, Califf, Williams, Mapp, Nakazawa, Carroll, Daniel, Le Toux, Ruiz.

Final Score Prediction: As well as they played last week I just don't see them picking up consecutive road wins. I'll go 1-0 Rapids.

The Toni Stahl Memorial Union Player Most Likely To See Red: Have I gone with Kyle Nakazawa yet? Ok, I'll got with Nakazawa.

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Enrico says: Did you know the Rapids actually have four mascots???

In 2007, the Colorado Rapids began the introduction of four new mascots
for the club! Each new mascot is an animal naturally found in the Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, which is adjacent to the
Rapids' home at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park complex!

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Instant Replay: Phillies 9, Astros 0

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Instant Replay: Phillies 9, Astros 0

BOX SCORE

Aaron Nola pitched another beauty and batterymate Cameron Rupp smacked a pair of two-run homers to lift the Phillies to a 9-0 win over the powerful Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

The Astros entered the ballgame averaging a majors-best 7.9 runs in 19 games in July and they had outscored the Phillies, 18-4, in winning the first two games of the series. Nola held them scoreless for six innings.

The Phillies are 35-64.

Houston has the best record in the American League at 67-34.

Starting pitching report
Nola (8-6) held the Astros to four hits over six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out 10, a career high.

Over his last seven starts, Nola is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA. He has struck out 60 batters in that span and walked just 14. Opponents have hit just .189.

Houston right-hander Mike Fiers (7-5) gave up five hits and three runs over four innings.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris completed the shutout for the Phillies.

Houston right-hander Michael Feliz was hit hard. He gave up eight hits, including two homers, and six runs in two innings of work.

At the plate
Rupp became the first Phillies catcher since Mike Lieberthal in 2006 to hit two homers in a game. Maikel Franco clubbed his 15th homer. Tommy Joseph doubled twice, singled and walked.

Houston hit machine Jose Altuve had a pair of hits, raising his hitting streak to 18 games. He leads the majors in hitting at .365.

Health check
Trade candidate Howie Kendrick left the game with soreness in his left hand. He was hit by a pitch. It's unclear how that will affect his trade status. The Phillies might have to wait until after Monday's non-waiver trade deadline to deal him. Players traded after Monday must first clear waivers.

Reliever Pat Neshek is the Phillie most likely to be dealt before the deadline. The Phils have received extensive interest in him.

Transaction
The Phillies placed Daniel Nava on the disabled list and activated Aaron Altherr from the DL. Altherr started in center field in place of Odubel Herrera, who was not benched (see story).

Up next
The Phillies are off on Thursday. They host the Atlanta Braves in a four-game series beginning on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday night -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (6-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (7-8, 4.76)

Saturday night -- RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-7, 4.71) vs. LHP Sean Newcomb (1-5, 4.81)

Sunday afternoon -- RHP Vince Velasquez (2-6, 5.49) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (6-7, 4.31).