Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips: ‘I choked’

Sep 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) bunts the ball during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

After losing the National League wild card game 6-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, Cincinnati Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips didn’t mince words.

“I feel like the city of Cincinnati really deserves better,” Phillips told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “During the season, there was no point to [people who] say negative things. But now, since the season is over, we deserve everything. We choked. I don’t care how my teammates feel about what I am saying now, because it’s truth. Either you win or you go home. And I’m going home. The last place I want to be is on my couch.”

Later on, Phillips changed the “we” to an “I.”

“I choked,” Phillips explained. “I didn’t do [anything] to make the team win.”

Obviously the loss isn’t all on Phillips. Although he had a poor night, going 0-for-4 and stranding four runners, the pitching wasn’t good either. Starter Johnny Cueto lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk.

On the season, Phillips batted .261, had an on-base percentage of .310 and slugged .396. He hits 18 home runs and drove in 103 runs.

Topics: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates

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