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.

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.