Playoffs! Doc Clinches Phillies Postseason Berth with Complete Game Shutout

Playoffs! Doc Clinches Phillies Postseason Berth with Complete Game Shutout


Sometimes all you need is Roy Halladay and a couple of hits to put an end to the losing ways. Doc was sharp against the Astros, finishing the day after throwing all 9.0 innings and allowing 6 hits while striking out 7 and walking only 1.

The win clinches the Phillies their 5th-straight spot in the postseason and earned Roy his 18th win of the season.

[watch the clinching moment here]

There was no real celebration on the field following the game, the goal is to lock the division up and follow that up with three-straight playoff series victories.

As for the Houston finale today, the Fightins' were stifled all day by the always dominant Bud Norris who allowed only 4 hits in 7.0 innings of work. But a pair in the first inning got the Phillies an early lead and it was all Roy Halladay after that.

Shane Victorino led off the game with a double to deep center before being plated by the batwork of Placido Polanco who singled up the middle to put the Phillies up 1-0 after only four pitches.

Halladay got into some major trouble in the bottom of the second when the Astros loaded the bases with no outs. Carlos Lee reached on an error, that Bogusevic guy singled to left, and Paredes reached on a bunt single. That's when Cyborg Halladay flipped the switch and forced Altuve to ground out, getting the runner at the plate. He got out of the inncing by forcing Quintero to ground into a double play and the goose egg was intact on the Astros scoreboard.

It would stay that way the rest of the day with Roy throwing a complete game shutout.

Clinching a playoff berth after 146 games is a team record and the magic number to clinch the NL East crown now sits at 4.

Feels good. You know they're headed to the playoffs officially. Plenty more work to be done.

Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.