We have seen plenty of flashy plays from four-time Gold Glove Award winner Brandon Phillips over the years, but this one might take the cake.
Just to set the scene here, the Reds were clinging to a one-run lead tonight when Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler stepped to the plate with two on and two out in the seventh inning. Soler hit a ground ball up the middle, but Phillips went into a slide to make the stop before making a behind-the-back toss to shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who made a barehanded catch to get the force out at second base and end the inning. Just watch it already:
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So pretty. This is one of those things which would be hard to recreate if you tried.
By the way, the Reds held on to win 5-4, so this play proved to be critical.