Phillips has message for fans
That’s about as huge of a win as the Reds have had all season. Down 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning, they roared back with seven unanswered runs for a 7-6 victory over the D-backs. It was the biggest come-from-behind victory since May 21, 2007, vs. the Nationals (also six runs).
The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Joe Saunders, ARI — 6 ip, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 86 pitches/53 strikes. Saunders took a no-hitter into the fifth and was dealing strikes. Through the third, he had 30 pitches/21 strikes. He retired his first 10 in a row and 14 of the first 16 with only two walks mixed in.
“They were sailing along pretty good. Saunders had a no-hitter through five and had us eating out of his hands,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
No. 2 star: Todd Frazier — 1-for-3. After fouling off a squeeze bunt attempt, Frazier laced a RBI single off of Brad Ziegler for the go-ahead run in the four-run seventh.
“We know we can hit,” Frazier said. “Do we want Joey in there? Of course. At the same time, we have to play without him. We understand that. We have to put big innings together. When we have runners on, we have to do something with it. We did today. It was pretty cool.”
No. 1 star: Brandon Phillips — 2-for-4, HR, 5 RBIs. Phillips brought his team back from the dead in the sixth with his three-run homer off of the left field foul pole vs. Saunders. In a 2-2 count in the seventh, Phillips’ two-run double tied the game.
Phillips wasn’t in a great mood postgame, however. He was disappointed by the fans that wrote off his team and booed heavily when it was 6-0 as Mike Leake gave up three runs in the top of the sixth.
“It started off ugly, but the ending of the game was beautiful,” Phillips said. “I’m glad we won that game because I know a majority of you all was going into panic mode, knowing we should be winning games and we don’t have our best hitter in the lineup. I love the fans out there, period, but I feel all the booing out there was unnecessary. We’re in first place. We’re playing good baseball.
“I know we didn’t do our job early in the game. It’s not like we did it on purpose. I feel like if you’re going to boo somebody, wait until the end of the game is over. You never when guys will come up in key situations.”
Here’s one more quote from Phillips: “The win today, it makes us feel good to shut a lot of people up. We can just build off that win. It’s time for us to start attacking teams earlier instead of waiting until the last minute. The way we won the game just shows you that the game is never over, regardless of the fact. You just have to keep on going.”
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News and notes:
*Another nice outing for Alfredo Simon, who got the victory with a 1 1/3 scoreless innings. It was his second in three appearances. Simon has a 1.00 ERA over his last 21 games.
*Aroldis Chapman had a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run in nine appearances and 23 of his last 28 outs have been strikeouts.
*Drew Stubbs is on a five-game hit streak and batting .389 (7-for-18). Four of those games came since moving back to leadoff.
*After some very nice starts the past couple of months, Mike Leake was not very good today. (5 1/3 ip, 11 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR). He admitted to some poor pitch selection, especially on Henry Blanco’s two-run homer in the sixth…something that Baker voiced disapproval about postgame.
“We kind of gave them something in the sixth,” Baker said. “I was upset there for a while because we were throwing guys fastball that hit nothing but fastballs inside.”