Saturday, May 11, 2013

Video: Brandon Phillips turns barehanded double play against Brewers

Cincinnnati Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips might have made the best defensive play we see all season Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The moment came in the top of the seventh inning when Brewers slugger Ryan Braun stepped to the plate with one out and runners on first and second base against Reds reliever Sam LeCure. The two engaged in a 10-pitch battle before Braun smacked a full count offering from LeCure high over the mound and toward the second base bag.

It was there where Phillips, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, made a play that you have to see to believe. Watch as he snares the grounder with his bare hand, while tagging second base with his knee, and then makes an off-balance throw from his knees on to first basemen Joey Votto to retire Braun.

Pretty amazing, huh?

Web gems like these have become customary for the 31-year-old in Cincinnati. Fans have been treated to dazzling defensive plays galore ever since Phillips became a Red in 2006. But this one may stand above them all.

And Phillips wasn't done there. He proceeded to smash a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to extend Cincinnati's lead to 4-2. That turned out to be crucial as the Reds end up winning, 4-3.

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