Phillies Sweep the Reds

Next stop: the NL Championship. Plus: The Eagles win an unnecessarily close one, PNC won't take your house, and more of what's news in the city this morning

Hamels Shutout Clinches Division Series. Despite Reds fans trying to get him drunk at lunch, the ace threw a 2-0 shutout in Cincinnati yesterday to take the Phils to their third straight NL Championship series. [The 700 Level, Daily News]

Kevin Kolb Held It Together Yesterday. Mostly. The Eagles put points on the board early, but then had to fight to win 27-24 over the 0-5 49ers. [The 700 Level]

What With All the Sporting and the Winning, Nobody Much Cares That the Prez and VP Were Here. Except a streaker who was trying to win a million bucks. [Daily News]

PNC Latest Big Bank to Stop Foreclosures. The Philadelphia area’s third-largest bank is taking a break from throwing widows and orphans out of their underwater McMansions. [Business Journal]

Solomon Burke, R.I.P. The legendary West Philly-born soul singer died of natural causes yesterday on the way to a gig in Amsterdam. He was 70. [Daily News]

Get Out Your Diamond-Studded Vest and Custom-Made Cue. Developer Paul Giegerich wants to turn the lobby of a former bank building at 12th and Chestnut into an upscale pool hall. [CBS 3]