You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Phillips backs up words with big hit


The pen is mightier than the sword, and Brandon Phillips proved Friday the bat is mightier than the mouth.

A Cincinnati Magazine article caused a stir Friday when it quoted the Reds second baseman saying his 2012 contract extension, signed days after Joey Votto inked a much larger deal, was a slap in the face and that he’s still scarred by the experience. Phillips brushed off the controversy before the game, repeating that he said nothing wrong. Even Votto defended his statements.

No one would have argued Phillips deserved anything close to what Votto got in 2012, but it’s been a different story this year. Phillips continues to back up his words with action. He drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the fifth, leading the Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pirates in front of a sellout crowd of 40,831 at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds (54-42) now trail second-place Pittsburgh (56-38) by three games in the NL Central.

“My teammates put me in a great situation to come through, and I came through,” Phillips said. “I try to drive runs in. I’ve been doing it so far this year. Hopefully, I can keep it up. He just left me a ball out over the plate, and I drove it to left center. All my teammates were cheering me on. I was looking at them. We were going crazy. This is what it’s all about.”

Phillips now has 77 RBIs, tying him for third in baseball. He’s on pace for 130 RBIs. That would be 36 more than his career high and the most by a Red since George Foster had 149 in 1977.

Phillips is 9-for-11 with 21 RBIs with the bases loaded this season. He said he starts thinking about ribeye (or RBI) steaks when he sees runners on base.

“I’m going to eat maybe two tonight,” he said. “I don’t think I can eat three. I might try to fit that in there. When I see guys in scoring position, I’m like, ‘Wow, I’ve got to do my job. This is what I’ve been working my butt off for.’”

Phillips provided the big hit, but Chris Heisey provided the first one. Heisey’s home run in the first gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. It was the third home run in the last eight games for Heisey.

Reds starter Mike Leake gave up just three hits with five strikeouts in the first five innings.

The Reds then gave Leake some breathing room with four runs in the fifth. Three scored on Phillips’ double after Votto walked to load the bases.

The Reds’ 5-0 lead didn’t look so safe an inning later when Leake gave up home runs to Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin. Logan Ondrusek relieved Leake after the third home run and combined with Alfredo Simon, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure and Aroldis Chapman combined to hold the Pirates scoreless the rest of the way.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

H.S. Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

The Stivers boys basketball team ended the game with five unanswered points to edge Belmont 54-51 in overtime on Friday night. Tony Boddie led the way with 23 points and Trevon Ellis added nine, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throw in OT. Miles Clark hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play that iced the game for Stivers (8-6)...
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win

It may have been Danny Davis’ birthday on Friday night, but he did the gift giving. Davis gave Springfield fans a performance to remember in the Wildcats’ 70-64 win over Fairmont. He scored 26 points, including a dunk in the last minute to help secure the victory. But as important as his scoring was, Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That&rsquo...
What to watch this weekend in sports
What to watch this weekend in sports

The NFL’s conference championship games are this weekend, but that’s not all.  Here is what you’ll want to watch this weekend in sports:  Archie Miller’s crew plays host to Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.  No. 2 Louisville is at No. 10 Florida State on ESPN at 2 p.m.  At 4, flip it over to CBS...
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness

It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Seven weeks before Selection Sunday, here’s a rundown of where the Dayton Flyers (14-4) stand in the minds of the experts as they seek a school record fourth straight trip to the big dance. With an RPI of 26, Dayton’s chances look good at this point, but its shortage of top-50...
More Stories