Botched Base Running, Bullpen Woes Cost Phils Who Can't Secure Sweep Once Again

Botched Base Running, Bullpen Woes Cost Phils Who Can't Secure Sweep Once Again

Dom Brown continued his string of nice games at the plate by ripping what appeared to be a triple to left center in the sixth inning. But not so fast! After Dom was standing on third for a few moments, someone on the Marlins thought it would be a good idea to appeal to second base umpire Kerwin Danley. They must have seen Brown's stutter-step before touching the base, because Danley called Brown out. It was ruled a triple-turned-into-a-single and Brown was called out at second. [watch the play here]

But did he really miss the bag? It was very tough to say from all of the replay angles shown on TV. Perhaps the most telling sign? There was absolutely no argument from Brown, who walked right off the field after being ruled out.

If you watch the replay here, it looks as if Kerwin Danley says to Charlie, "he stepped over the bag."

As it turned out, Brown told reporters following the game that he didn't, in fact, touch the bag. D'oh!

The botched base running/call would have likely cost the Phillies a run because John Mayberry Jr. hit his second home run of the game minutes later. Instead of a two-run shot, it was only a solo shot.

It would have been a run the Phillies could have used to win the game, as the pen couldn't keep hold the lead after Kyle Kendrick left after only five innings. Mike Stutes was great per usual, but David Herndon, Andrew Carpenter, and Danys Baez all gave up what proved to be important runs.

Time to come home and get their game faces on for the Braves this weekend.


One of the true highlights of the game, which could have been a game-saver, was the double play turned by Michael Martinez and Chase Utley in the bottom of the seventh to prevent Florida from going ahead. One of the more difficult DPs pulled off in a while by the Phils. [watch it here]


For a full recap of the game, check out John Finger's game story.

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."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.