Ryan Howard Photo: I Got This

Ryan Howard Photo: I Got This

We mentioned Ryan Howard's sick basket catch in foul territory which earned him a standing ovation last night, but this photo really does the reactions justice. The guy in the front row on the far right even has one of those awful full-photo t-shirts with Ryan Howard on it.

As for his penchant for making the difficult basket catches as of late, Howard said with a smile after the game, "I don't know what happened."

"Once it starts coming down, it just kind of starts going back and forth. Really just trying to put myself in position to make a play. How I held onto it, I don't really know, but I guess it looked alright."

[watch video of Howard's grab here]

CAPTION: Sep 05, 2011; Philadelphia, PA,
USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) shows the ball
after making a sliding catch in foul territory during the fifth inning
against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated
the Braves 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.