Put your pencils down, folks.
The award for the best defensive play of the 2013 Major League Baseball season belongs to Reds Gold Glove second basemen Brandon Phillips. The spectacle occurred Friday night in front of a soggy home crowd at Great American Ball Park.
With the Reds clinging to a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun stepped to the plate with two runners on and one out against Reds reliever Sam LeCure. After working the count full, Braun chopped a ball over the head of LeCure and toward the direction of second base.
That is when Phillips turned the most magnificent double play fans are likely to see all year long. Watch as the sure-handed Phillips snares the grounder with his bare hand, tags second base with his knee, and then chucks an off-balance throw (from his knees) on to Joey Votto at first base to nip Braun and complete the twin killing.
Let us not forget Votto for making a nice snag himself over at first base, but Phillips is definitely the guy who made this whole play possible. Hats off to Phillips for coming up with the timely play, just as he has done countless times in his career with Cincinnati.
Then, Phillips proceeded to hammer a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning, which turned out to be the game-winning run. Not a bad night for @DatDudeBP, eh?
The Reds won the series opener, 4-3, over the Brewers.