Brandon Phillips Leads Reds to Series Sweep in Finale
The Cincinnati Reds completed a series sweep of the Miami Marlins in 10 innings. NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips homered in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th.
“We wanted to win the game in nine,” Phillips said to reporters. “We could have just put our heads down, but we went with the flow.”
Mat Latos and Aroldis Chapman both gave up triples in the ninth inning with the Reds leading by one. This pushed the game into extra innings where, Phillips had to drive in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to left-field.
Phillips went 1-4 at the plate, but that one hit was the solo shot to put the Reds up 2-1 in the sixth. They would hold that lead with the same score until the bottom of the ninth, when Marlins rookie Marcell Ozuna connected with a 98 mph fastball for an RBI triple to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
“We thought we were out of it. Then they tied the game up,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You’ve got to come back and keep fighting. You have no choice.”
This prompted Phillips to play the hero and bail the Reds out with his one-out sac fly. Reds right fielder Jay Bruce followed with a two-run double to cushion their one-run lead in extra innings; however, Phillips’ RBI proved to be all the Reds needed to secure the win and the series sweep.