Reds 7, Giants 3
Brandon Phillips is, Pete Mackanin joked, his favorite player. Hitting a grand slam in a manager's debut will do that.
Phillips went 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBI and couple of nice plays on the night after he caused a stir. I talked to Phillips about what he said before the game. He didn't know it got the run it did. He did not back off.
He said he was mostly talking about media attention, which the players he mentioned have no control over. So his comments may have been misguided, but he said none of players said anything about what he said. "I got no problem with anyone," he said.
Postgame, he said: “It doesn't matter who the manager is, it just felt good to get a win. I was hoping and praying that it went over the fence. It felt good. It felt good to put our team on top. Our team has been struggling with runners in scoring position.”