Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips isn’t hitting much in 2014, but the guy is still a wizard with the leather.
The Reds found themselves tangled up in a low-scoring, extra innings affair with the Washington Nationals on Monday night. For those of us who enjoy pitcher’s duels, this one had it all, including a number of fine defensive plays throughout.
In the 12th inning Wilson Ramos was up to bat for the Washington Nationals with runners on the corners. He flared a shot towards center field that looked like it would result in a walk-off victory, only to see Phillips make a fine diving catch to end the inning and extend the game further.
The Reds would eventually pull this one out, a key victory on the road, thanks to a two-run home run from Todd Frazier that led to a 4-3 victory.
Frazier would never have had that chance if not for this gem from Phillips. While the Reds surely hope an offensive turnaround is coming soon for their popular second baseman (.276/.306/.400 with only 14 RBI so far), they will gladly take his reminder of his value on the defensive side of things in the meantime.
Video of the catch below: