Phils Lose, ESPN Has OCD (Obsessive Cheesesteak Disorder)

Phils Lose, ESPN Has OCD (Obsessive Cheesesteak Disorder)

Sure, the Phils lost to the Braves 5-2 tonight, but thanks to the tireless efforts of the ESPN production team we can now confirm that there's a veritable cornucopia of establishments in the Philadelphia area serving cheesesteaks.

The existence of these "cheesesteak" sandwiches was first brought to light last Sunday during ESPN's presentation of the Phillies/Mets game. Not content to rest on their investigative reporting laurels the ESPN crew ventured back out into the field and silenced those skeptics who remained unconvinced that such a sandwich was made here in our fair city.

In fact, *Buster Olney spent his entire sixty second in-game dugout feature listing nothing but various cheesesteak combinations: "American wit, Whiz wit, American witout, Whiz witout, pizza steak, cheesesteak hoagie, Provolone wit, Provolone witout..." and on he went.

It's Joe Blanton (back from the DL) versus Javier Vazquez as the Phils host visit the Marlins Monday night. Cheesesteaks.

* Not remotely true. Although, it may have actually happened. I blacked out after the 32nd shot of a cheesesteak.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.