The Phillies Are Your 2011 NL East Champs Behind Oswalt's Gem

The Phillies Are Your 2011 NL East Champs Behind Oswalt's Gem

There was Brett Myers tossing his glove high into the air in 2007, there was the beautiful Rollins-to-Utley-to-Howard double play in 2008, there was Brad Lidge's one pitch against the Astros at CBP in 2009, and there was Roy Halladay's complete game shutout in DC in front of throngs of Phillies fans in 2010.

Now we can officially add Chase Utley's bare-handed grab and put out of Rafael Furcal to that wonderful list.

Although it was Raul Ibanez's grand slam in the eighth inning that we'll all likely remember from this special night. Boy, did that Raul blast feel good.

The National League East Champions reside once again in Philadelphia.

The Phillies defeated the Cardinals 9-2 on Saturday night to lock up their fifth-straight NL East crown. It's only one step in this team's quest for a World Series Championship, but it's an accomplishment that the team doesn't take for granted. Yes, the core guys like Jimmy, Chase, Ryan, Cole, Chooch, Madson and Shane have had the pleasure of celebrating a handful of these together, but as Charlie Manuel said on Friday, it gets better every time.

And then there's the new guys like Hunter Pence, John Mayberry Jr, and Vance Worley who get to unwind and pop a bottle for the first time as members of the Phillies.

They did it tonight behind a great performance from Roy Oswalt who blanked the Cards for seven innings, giving up only 5 hits while striking out 7 and walking none. He consistently hit 93 with his fastball. There's no doubt in my mind who your fourth playoff starter is.

Stutes stumbled in the eighth, but the Cards could only plate two.

The offense finally got over their 3-runs-or-less funk, and eventually let the flood gates open in the eighth.

Hunter Pence got them on the board early in the game and Shane Victorino added to that by working a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, depositing a homer into the bullpen in the sixth, and knocking in his 3rd RBI in the eighth.

Jimmy Rollins and his four-hit night are certainly worth mentioning as well. You know what they say about the Phillies when J-Roll is hot.

Hunter Pence legged out an infield single for another RBI in the eighth and that, of course, set up Raul's beautiful grand slam.

There are plenty of things to worry about heading into the postseason, but not tonight.

Tonight is a night to let loose a little, throw back a couple of your beverage of choice, and appreciate that your favorite baseball team has won their division five years running.

we hope to have more from the team's celebration later tonight...

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.