Brandon Phillips has had an amazing career as a MLB second baseman. He began his run in 2002 with the Cleveland Indians, and then made his way around to the Cincinnati Reds, where he was put on three National League All-Star teams and won four Gold Glove awards. Phillips has also played for the Los Angeles Angels and the Atlanta Braves, where he made his comeback on Wednesday.
After a half a year without any time in the major league, on June 27th Phillips signed a contract to play for the Red Sox Triple-A team, Pawtucket. He became the first Red Sox player to wear jersey number zero and was moved up to the active roster on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Red Sox completed their third win of the series against the Braves. Making an exciting comeback and hitting a home run with two-outs in the ninth inning – Phillips.
The Red Sox were losing 7-1 at the beginning of the 8th inning and then a spark went off in their offensive motion. Kevin Negandhi of ESPN tweeted that this season, it has been “487-0 when leading by 6 runs entering the 8th inning this season.” There was a reported 92% chance that they were going to lose the game at that point, but the Red Sox weren’t having any of it and scored 6 runs in the 8th. Phillips finished off the offensive streak by hitting a home run and running in Andrew Benintendi off of Braves’ A.J. Minter.
Phillips said of the game,
“[It] speaks highly of hard work and dedication… It was a team effort. These guys went out there and busted their butts to get back. It wasn’t looking good at the beginning but just watching these guys when they’re down and they come back and sometimes they score 11 runs in an inning. I’ve never seen something like that.”
Phillips’ performance was an impressive comeback to win this game and to reboot his career in the major leagues. Now the question is whether or not manager Alex Cora will put Phillips on the postseason roster as the Red Sox make their run in the playoffs.
ZERO IS OUR HERO. pic.twitter.com/jqXL9WzU7A
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 5, 2018
The Red Sox continue their domination over the AL East and have now won 97 games this season. They play the Astros on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET.