Brandon Phillips fell a single short of the first Reds cycle since Eric Davis in 1989 in the Reds 8-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday night. Phillips, who was 3-3 with a home run, triple and double through the fifth inning, struck out and grounded out in his last two plate appearances to leave him a single shy of the feat.
Tonight was the second time in a week and a half span in which the Reds had a player on “cycle watch.” Last week, Shin-Soo Choo fell a triple shy of the cycle against the Diamondbacks.
Despite the disappointment of Phillips not getting the necessary single, he still had a fantastic night at the plate. Phillips finished the night 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBI.
With the two RBI, Phillips now sits just one shy of 100 on the year. His 99 RBI on the season are a career best for Phillips who still has 26 games to add to his total.
With all of the focus on Joey Votto’s low RBI total this season, Phillips has quietly batted over .350 with runners in scoring position.
When Phillips eclipses the 100 RBI total, he will become the first Reds second baseman since Joe Morgan in 1976 to surpass the century mark on the season. Prior to this year, Phillips previous career-high was 98 RBI in 2009.
Phillips currently sits in the top five in all of baseball in RBI, leading all second basemen in the category and trailing only Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks in runs driven in by a National League player.