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Brandon Phillps' lack of hustle costs him a triple

May 5, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Brandon Phillps running bases.jpgAnd may have cost the Reds the game.

Phillips had already hit a homer off John Maine last night. In the third inning he hit another blast. Only problems: (a) it didn’t go out of the park; and (b) Phillips admired his handiwork with a casual trot out of the batter’s box and wound up with a double.  Dusty Baker said after the game that he thought it should have been a triple. Based on balls I’ve seen hit to that part of the Great American Ballpark in the past, I’d have to agree.

This was huge, because Joey Votto came to bat next and hit a deep fly to left field which would have scored Phillps had be been standing on third. The Reds ended up losing the game by one.

You’d figure that Phillips would get benched or something for this, but it sounds like Dusty Baker is treating him like the parents on 1980s sitcoms treated their kids:

“He’s been talked to about this. We’ve talked to
Brandon quite often. I guess he’s better than he used to be. We’re trying to get him to
the point where he can be a big difference maker every day. He certainly
has the skill and ability. What’s tough as a manager is when you’ve got an A student who’s
getting Bs.”

I haven’t seen “tough love” like that since “Growing Pains” went off the air. Wait, that’s not true. I think even even Mike Seaver would’ve gotten grounded over a boner like that.

  1. Ross - May 5, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Obviously, Phillips’ lack of hustle is grounds for Dusty using a taser. That will teach Phillips and all other members of the Reds’ organization that you’ll get what’s coming to you if you don’t hustle where and when you should be hustling. The rules are clear; this is simple and obvious. It’s clearly what he deserves.
    .
    Captcha: marathon board. That’s fitting. Cryptic when trying to imagine the context it was taken from, but still fitting.

  2. Joey B - May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    The thing that kills me is that he is not admiring a majestic HR. I’d prefer players to be professional about it, but a 480 foot cannon shot is something that even opposing fans might admire. When You hit a rinky-dink HR 2 feet over the fence, there’s no reason for styling.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    you said “boner”. heh heh
    Mike Seaver had a boner for most things back then, methinks.

  4. Sam OCR - May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Growing Pains? Boner? Too soon, Craig!
    Captcha: Mongol it.

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - May 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    This is hardly the first time that Phillips’ stylin’ and profilin’ has cost the Reds a run and possibly the game. This from the guy who thinks he’s the “team leader”.
    .
    Reds fans, don’t worry. I doubt that one game will cost them a playoff spot.

  6. scatterbrian - May 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    “This was huge, because Joey Votto came to bat next and hit a deep fly to left field which would have scored Phillps had be been standing on third. The Reds ended up losing the game by one.”
    Ignoring the butterfly effect is one of my pet peeves about game analysis. If Phillips is on third instead of second, Maine and Barajas are attacking Votto differently. It could have led to a home run, or a popup, or a wild pitch, or a deep fly to left field.

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