Preview: Union Host Real Salt Lake

Preview: Union Host Real Salt Lake

The Union look to remain unbeaten at home as they face CONCACAF Champions League runner-up Real Salt Lake on Saturday (4PM/ABC). Peter Nowak's side returns to PPL Park after picking up four of a possible six points from back-to-back road games.

RSL sits in fourth place in the West with 20 points. Although they are technically mid-table in their conference they've only played 11 games. By contrast, the Galaxy, who lead the West with 30 points, have played five more games than RSL. Meanwhile, the Union are in first place in the East and have only played 12 games.

The ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup has affected both of these teams in terms of player absences, but there is no question RSL has been disproportionately affected. They'll be playing without Alvaro Saborio, Arturo Alvarez, and Will Johnson due to Gold Cup duty. They are also without Javier Morales, who is out with a broken ankle. With Morales out RSL has relied on Fabian Espindola and Pauolo Arujo Jr. (who is dealing with a hip flexor strain) for goals.

The only Union player missing as a result of the Gold Cup is Carlos Ruiz. Health-wise the Union are in pretty good shape. Justin Mapp may be available after suffering a groin injury in the early going at Colorado. Amobi Okugo continues to rehab an ankle sprain, Stefani Miglioranzi, who also was dealing with a groin strain, made his first appearance in weeks during the 1-1 draw at Colorado.

The question remains - as always - who is going to score for the Union. Mapp had been playing out of his mind prior to the injury. His runs from right to left were incredibly dangerous. Danny Mwanga unleashed a wicked goal on Saturday in Colorado. Perhaps this is the game Jack McInerney opens his 2011 account. It'd also be nice to see Sebastien Le Toux get one from the run of play. His lone goal this season came on a penalty kick. Playing in front of the home crowd should hopefully embolden the Union to get forward and press the attack.

Temperatures should be cooler (current high temperature is listed at 75 degrees, with some rain), so heat-related fatigue shouldn't be an issue.

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

Final Score Prediction: The Union enjoy the home cookin' and remain unbeaten at PPL with a 2-0 win.

The Toni Stahl Memorial Union Player Most Likely To See Red: At this point I am just randomly picking players. Why not go with one of the "Candy Three"? I'll take Sheanon Williams.

Watch: Eagles fan wearing Donald Trump mask gets roll thrown at him

Watch: Eagles fan wearing Donald Trump mask gets roll thrown at him

Philadelphia sports fans have a storied history of throwing things.

They threw snowballs at Santa Claus back in 1968 and bracelets onto the ice at the Wells Fargo Center during a Flyers home playoff game last April.

On Sunday, one fan took that long-standing reputation to new heights.

At a tailgate outside the Linc leading up to the Eagles-Steelers game, a dancing Birds fan wearing a Donald Trump mask had an Amoroso roll thrown at his face.

(h/t Deadspin)

Instant Replay: Mets 17, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Mets 17, Phillies 0

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NEW YORK — This time, there was no lead for the Phillies’ bullpen to blow.

Sunday, the Mets tagged five Phillies relievers for 14 runs in a 17-0 demolition and won the four-game series. 

The Phillies only recorded three hits against Robert Gsellman, a rookie righthanded starter who stands to play a large role in the Mets’ injury-ravaged rotation down the stretch.

The Mets — for now — regained control of the first wild card spot in the NL. They had entered Sunday tied in the standings with the Giants. The Giants’ game against the Padres had no score when the Mets’ game concluded. The Cardinals sit a half-game back of both teams. Their game against the Cubs does not begin until 8:08 p.

The Phillies fell to 70-86.

Players from the Mets and Phillies both poured out of the dugouts for a pregame moment of silence in honor of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who died early Sunday morning in a boating accident at the age of 24.

Starting pitching report
Jake Thompson showed life on his changeup, a pitch he has struggled to wield effectively since his August arrival in the majors. He ran into trouble in the second inning when he surrendered a double to Jay Bruce on a middle-in fastball and a single to T.J. Rivera, but escaped with only one run in damage after inducing James Loney into an easy double play.

He nearly imploded in the fourth, surrendering a solo homer to Curtis Granderson to lead off the inning and then walking Jose Reyes with the bases loaded and two out to force in a run. Thompson elicited a popout to left from Asdrubal Cabrera to end the bases-loaded scenario, but that was the end of his afternoon.

Gsellman erased the rough memories of his first major league start, a 5-1 defeat to the Phillies at Citi Field on Aug. 28 in which he surrendered four runs on five hits and was pulled in the seventh inning.

He struck out eight batters in seven shutout innings. Gsellman only ran into trouble in the first inning when he faced a runners-on-the-corners, two-out situation in the top of the first. He promptly got Ryan Howard to ground out to first base.

Gsellman even managed to reach base with a bunt single in the third despite not being able to swing a bat due to a labrum tear in his non-throwing shoulder.

Bullpen report
Phil Klein made his first appearance since being called up for the second time on Sept. 10. He had been dealing with elbow soreness. Klein only retired one batter in the fifth and surrendered two runs on two walks, two singles and a pitch that hit Rene Rivera in the left hand. He departed with the bases still loaded.

Colton Murray entered to clean up the mess in the fifth and allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch. He added a scoreless sixth but loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and got pulled.

Frank Herrmann inherited the bases-loaded situation and promptly walked the first batter he faced, Jose Reyes, to force in a run. It was all downhill from there, as Asdrubal Cabrera took him deep to right for a grand slam.

Patrick Schuster gave up four runs in the eighth on a Jose Reyes double with the bases loaded and a two-run single by Eric Campbell.

Luis Garcia allowed two runners to score in the eighth on a Michael Conforto double, one of which was assigned to Schuster.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez’s 29-game streak of reaching base safely came to an end.

Freddy Galvis was the only Phillies player to advance past second base, singling in the first and then advancing on a wild pitch and steal of third. He was stranded by Howard’s grandout.

In the field
Hernandez and Freddy Galvis turned a 4-6-3 double play in the second inning in a runners-on-the-corners, no out situation.

Health check
Tyler Goeddel did not play as he recuperates from his concussion. Relievers Luis Garcia and Severino Gonzalez were unavailable last night due to ankle issues. Garcia pitched the end of the eighth in mop-up duty.

Up next
The Phillies will have a day off before they start their final homestand of the season against the Braves on Tuesday. Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.75 ERA) will start for the Phillies. He has a 1.75 ERA against Atlanta in four starts against them this season.

The Braves’ scheduled starter has yet to be determined and their game against the Marlins scheduled for Sunday was cancelled once news emerged of Fernandez’s death.

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