Video Highlights: Union Top DC on Gorgeous Goals

Video Highlights: Union Top DC on Gorgeous Goals

Thursday night's match hosting DC United had huge playoff implications for the Philadelphia Union, and they came out of the gate looking like they fully understood that.

Sebastien Le Toux continued his tear through the MLS's second half, potting two goals in the game's first 15 minutes. If you were late coming to PPL Park, you probably missed the first one. The U again did their best to catch the opposing backline flatfooted with the blazing fast Le Toux in motion, and it worked to precision on these two goals, which you can see in the first two minutes of the video below. Right about the 2:00 mark, you'll see Le Toux doing his flashmob dance.

The match would stay level until the 57th minute, when Michael Farfan struck a great ball from distance, burying it in the top left corner. You can see that just after the 6:30 mark. Enjoy:

Farfan had been beaten for a costly goal during DC's comeback, and I'd say he more than made up for it there.

His pass on Le Toux's second goal was a thing of beauty, and his work with Roger Torres on the give-and-go, then sneaking through a porous defense showed a talented young player gaining confidence with the ball. Brilliant night for Marfan.

Just four regular season matches remain for the Union. Up next, they'll will be in LA to face Chivas USA on Sunday at 8PM, televised on The Comcast Network. Then they'll play Seattle Sounders FC on October 8 before returning home for their final regular season match at PPL Park, hosting Toronto FC. The season ends, hopefully in a playoff tuneup, at Red Bull Arena on October 20.

We're growing accustomed to meaningful baseball in October, and this year, the soccer will high-stakes as well, with an eye toward the MLS playoffs. Despite conceding a pair of goals to equalize on Thursday night, the Union topped another team desperate for points to get into the playoffs.

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P