The Phillies Also Lost a Baseball Game Last Night (But At Least Lidge Looked Solid)

The Phillies Also Lost a Baseball Game Last Night (But At Least Lidge Looked Solid)

What was that? The Phillies played a game last night. I must have blacked out and forgot. Who knew tasering had that effect.

Joe Blanton pitched surprisingly well in his first outing of the season last night for the Phils. Unfortunately for Joe the Lumber and Phillies fans everywhere, the Phillies opted to go with Nelson Figueroa in a tie ball game. That didn't turn out so well.

While the end result of the game was less than desirable, there were a few positives to take away from this one. For one, Brad Lidge had some good stuff with the velocity on his fastball reaching 93 on the regular.

After the game he talked about being ready to close again. If Lidge can be as effective as he was last night on a regular basis, and more importantly in bigger spots, that will give the Phils bullpen a huge boost.

Here's Lidge on his outing:

The Cardinals showed that they're a top notch ball club and one the Phillies could likely see in the postseason if they want to make it three straight trips to the World Series.

Also of interest was the play in which Joe Blanton bunted and got called out at first base for interference. Charlie Manuel argued his face off and was eventually tossed. Personally, I'd have to side with Cholly on this one. The throw from third brought Pujols Schumaker far enough away from the bag that I felt that Joe was fine in his action of reacting.

Here's Charlie talking about the play:

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.