Apr 15, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) dives for the ball during the first inning hit by the Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (not pictured) at Great American Ball Park. (Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

Relive Tonight’s Winning Moment (Brandon Phillips Two-Run Single, Bottom 8) [Video]


A night to try a little something different for a change … check out a video from the stands capturing tonight’s “winning moment” when Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead (winning) runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Monday night.

 

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  • metalhead65

    nice win for the reds but will dusty ever stop sending arroyo out for that 1 more inning when he clearly does not have it? I thought he had learned when lecure was warming up as the reds batted in the 7th but he sends him back out to start the 8th, ok give him a chance but as soon as the first guy got a hit you knew what was coming! sure he somehow managed to get out of the inning with only the game being tied but the point is he should not have been left in to give up the tying runs as he always and I do mean always does!. thank god phillips bailed him out tonight but why must he keep doing the same thing and expect the results to be any different?

    • beeker

      I am curious why you feel that Dusty should not have hung in there with Arroyo, yet you think he should stick with Heisey, who has a .152 BA and 16 K’s in 46 ABs. (I don’t mean that as a “gotcha” question. I really want to know.)

      • metalhead65

        6 is the max he can go no matter how well he is pitching without giving up the tying or go ahead runs.last next again proved that fact great game and the reds gave him a 2-0 lead which he immediately gave up and the reds were fortunate that was all he gave up.but this time it was worse because he lecure warming up and Dusty could have avoided that by bringing him the min. the leadoff guy got on base.again if you follow the reds you knew what was coming! my buddy called me the min. he got the hit and said you know what’s coming right?as for Heisey I think he deserves the same chance stubbs and the others before him got.12 games is not the same as playing every single game over 2 seasons and proving you can’t do the job. he has done the job before when given the chance only to rewarded with being benched no matter how well he played. remember ludwick did not take off last year until late June.

        • beeker

          I’m not arguing for leaving Arroyo or yanking Heisey. I just think it is interesting that you want to hook the starter so early (when the bullpen has been so shaky to start) but want patience for the guy who looks lost at the plate. Is it fair to say that you believe Heisey will come around, but you don’t trust Arroyo?

          • metalhead65

            yes it is. I trust Arroyo to go 6 max. but if you have followed his career at all with the reds you would know that this is his pattern,I don’t care if he had thrown only 50 pitches threw those 6 you can count on him losing it and losing it fast like last night. I like the guy but he is what he is and that is a 6 inning max pitcher. he will give you all he has to that point but then it’s gone. trust me when I say they are beyond lucky to get out of the inning with a tie and not be behind. I do not understand you and other fans who are so quick to give up on Heisey when this is his first real shot to play everyday. why was it ok for stubbs to to strike out almost every at bat for 2 years but you are unwilling to give Heisey a chance? don’t give me that speed and defense excuse either,his defense is so great the indians signed bourne to play center and moved him to right field. his speed made him look better in the field than he was,he could play shallow then make up for it by using his speed to get to balls that would have been routine had he been playing at a normal depth. Heisey did pretty well covering for him while he was out those 2 weeks with his injury last year and they did not miss him or is .180 average while he was gone. are you also willing to bench cozart because he is off to a slow start? what about hannigan? what he brings in leadership and game calling is negated by his being a automatic out this year. yet Mesoraco sits and Dusty and fans expect him to perform when he gets his 1 game maybe 2 a week. of course it would not matter if he did produce because he would be on the bench in favor of the veteran hannigan the next day.

          • beeker

            Hold on now. I specifically said that I was not arguing for yanking Heisey. (I was curious about you wanting to yank Arroyo while he was pitching well, yet stick with a guy who is clearly struggling.) I actually believe that this is the perfect time to finally learn if Chris can handle playing every day or not. And 12 games is not nearly enough time to know. If he is still around .150 in another month, I personally might start giving Paul two games a week, but I would stick with Chris as my lead guy until Ludwick returns. It’s the only way to know what he really is.

            Mez should get the next two starts, since he is the guy for Bailey and Leake. My guess is he will get 2 out of 5 games. And if he can produce at the plate, we could maybe see him start catching Latos as well. Or Cingrani while he is up. Hanigan is certainly opening the door for that right now.

            I’ll dispute you a tiny bit on Arroyo. I wouldn’t call him a 6-inning guy. When he’s done, he drops like a rock, and you never know when it will come. It might be the 8th, the 6th, the 5th, or the 2nd. But I will definitely agree with you that it gets dicier with him after 6, and Dusty might want a little quicker hook with him, especially late. I was good with how Dusty handled him until letting him pitch to Utley. That was a crapshoot at best, and they both came up snake eyes.

      • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

        I have to be honest beeker, I knew in my soul that Utley was going to leave the yard. I even tweeted it . As I wrote the other day, when Bronson goes bad, he spoils. He is a very good pitcher through 6. That should be his cutoff point unless a no-no is ensuing.

  • beeker

    Obviously, this was the clutch moment on the game. Brandon is flat out raking right now. It’s hard to say where the team would be without him.

    For my money, though, Bruce had the most impressive AB of the game in the 7th, when he fought Lee for 10 pitches and drew the walk. That was the kind of discipline at the plate that will make him the great hitter we know he can be.

    • JD Rentz

      Absolutely agree. I commented to the usher in my section (really cool guy) how impressed I was watching Bruce battling in that AB as it progressed. Ultimately drawing a walk showed incredible maturation for the guy that will only benefit the team going forward.

    • beeker

      After watching the play a couple of more times, I realized that Phillips’ hit was almost EXACTLY the same hit that Phillips took away from Rollins in the first.

      Love ya Votto, Bruce, Chapman, Cueto. But BP is my guy.

  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    Cool video JD.

    • JD Rentz

      Thank you, sir. :-)