Well That Was Fun: Reds Scrape Together Run, Beat Phillies in Ten Minutes

Well That Was Fun: Reds Scrape Together Run, Beat Phillies in Ten Minutes

Don't know how much drama we expected from a 19-hour-delayed bottom of the
ninth inning, but this coda to last night's scoreless, postponed
Phillies-Reds game didn't provide it. Philippe Aumont took the hill
against the heart of the Reds' order, surrendered a base hit and a walk,
a runner reached on error to load the bases, and then Jay Bruce knocked
him home with a single to right. Two hits, one walk, one error, zero
outs, one run. The game re-started at 5:32, and by 5:42 it was over:
Reds 1, Phillies 0.

The only thing of interest from this
fraction of a fraction of a baseball game was that error sandwiched in
the middle there--courtesy of center-fielder Ben Revere. The play he
failed to make was not even close to the degree of difficulty of the
couple of highlight-worthy catches he made two nights ago--particularly
the insane leaping one
he made to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases--but rather, a routine-ish
(for an outfielder like Revere, anyway) running catch that just bounced
off his glove after he misjudged it. Blame the sun, blame the early
start time, blame the boringness of the game the night before, but
Revere probably shoulda had that one, and it's kind of a bitterly ironic
way to lose this one. Whatever.

6-8 for the Phils now. Stew
about it for an hour, then report back to the GAP for a 7:10 first pitch
tonight. Hooray John Lannan!

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.