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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Reds 8, Mets 4

When a guy comes in 10-4 with 2.71 ERA -- as John Maine did Friday for the Mets -- jumping on him early is a good idea. Brandon Phillips did that by hitting the first pitch he saw well out to the left for a grand slam.

Phillips tied a career-high with six RBI on the night. He may look more like a sprinter than the cleanup hitter, but he's doing the job.

“He's not scared,” Pete Mackanin said. “He’ll take on the challenge. There's more to hitting clean-up than hitting home runs but he’s doing that well.”

Phillips has 18 home runs -- one more than he hit last year, which was his high as a professional.

“I'm happy to have a job,” Phillips said. “Hitting fourth is a privilege. It shows he trusts me.”

Phillips extended his hitting streak to nine games. He’s hitting .366 with four home runs and 13 RBI during the streak.

Aaron Harang pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, to improve to 10-2. He walked two and struck out eight. Harang has won five straight decisions.

The Reds are 6-2 under Mackanin.


at 1:07 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Mackanin is obviously good for the Reds.

at 2:41 AM Blogger JerBear said...

It'll be interesting to see what all those anonoymous posters who were criticizing Freel last night have to say about his effect on the game tonight.

Phillips had a great game, but I give the credit to Freel and Hopper's speed for giving the Mets problems.

Unfortunatley neither is a .300 hitter, but it was nice to see the speed tonight.

Back to Freel...that was a great break up of a double play to take out Reyes. Kinda scary for Mets fans, but you gotta love the agressiviness/crazines of Freel at times.

at 8:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So which Brandon Phillips do you want? A guy who won't try to go to third on an infield ground ball in a one-run game? A guy who won't try for the long ball on a pitch that might be out of the strike zone?

Do you really want this ballplayer to be less aggressive? Let him play the game. That's what he's paid to do.

at 10:54 AM Blogger Aaron said...

Phillips has had a big swing since joining the Reds, and my guess is that part of his problem in Cleveland was that they wanted him to cut down on the swing and become more of a protypical middle infielder that sprays the ball with more contact, especially since they have no shortage of power in Cleveland. Anyhow it seems to have worked out for Brandon and the Reds.

at 2:39 PM Blogger Big B said...

What's the point of the blog, if you're just going to cut and paste sentences out of the main article? I can't even give you an E for effort sir.

at 3:22 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I give a different take on the blog. I do cut and paste some stuff from the story that goes in the paper. But the blog comes out about eight hours before the paper.

at 5:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freel is a great utility player. I'm glad he plays for the Reds, but he is not an everyday center fielder.

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