The Cincinnati Reds pulled out a tightly-contested 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. They would have never done it without the presence of Brandon Phillips, who contributed in spectacular fashion with the glove and the bat during a critical seventh inning swing of fortunes.
With the Reds holding on to a slim 3-2 lead in the top half and Milwaukee mounting a scoring threat, Phillips pulled off the one of the more creative and exciting double plays you'll see.
At the time, the Brewers had runners at first and second with one out and the dangerous Ryan Braun at the plate. Braun would chop one just over the mound that Phillips had to field at the second base bag with his momentum carrying him towards third. In one incredible motion, Phillips snags the bouncer with his barehard, which is ridiculous in its own right, but he also has the presence of mind to plant his knee on the base to stop his momentum and record the force out, and then fires across his body to complete the double play at first.
Just an incredibly heads up and athletic play that very few second baseman have the ability to pull off. Not to mention perfectly timed considering the score and situation.
Speaking of which, in the bottom half of the inning Phillips launched his sixth home run of the season to add that all important insurance run. That's about as complete an inning as a ballplayer can have, and the Reds certainly needed every bit of it when all was said and done.