Reds’ Brandon Phillips Sets Obscure Baseball Record
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had a great game in the Reds’ rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates in their game July 30th in Cincinnati. Phillips was four for five at the plate, with a pair of three run home runs and seven RBIs, plus he had two stolen bases and scored two runs. That’s a pretty good week for a lot of players, let alone one game.
Well, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phillips is the first player since 1920 (when RBIs became an official statistic) to hit two homers, seven RBIs, four hits, and two stolen bases in the same game. That got us to wondering just how many different combinations of statistics do these statisticians keep track of?
Phillips big night was good news for Fantasy Baseball team owners who have him on their rosters. Except for us. We had Phillips on the bench for that game so his big numbers went for naught on our team.