The Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of Arizona on Wednesday by defeating the Diamondbacks 6-2.
The win on Wednesday was significant not only because the Reds are the first team in the MLB to win 80 games this season, but also because it was the quickest the Reds franchise has recorded win number 80 since 1976.
Being compared to the 1976 team is also special. That team ended up winning 102 games on their way to a second consecutive World Series title.
Brandon Phillips explained to MLB.com why the Reds have been so successful this year:
“We’re just having fun,” Phillips said, not long after getting a playful kiss on the cheek from teammate Todd Frazier. “Everybody is joking around with people. Everybody is getting clutch hits when we need them.”
Phillips hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Reds complete the sweep. He would not take all the credit, admitting his Tuesday night push-ups might have helped him get the ball over the wall:
“When I hit it, I was like ‘Please get up, please get up,’ but I didn’t think it was going to be like that,” Phillips said. “I did some pushups (Tuesday) night and I was like ‘Maybe pushups really work.'”
The Reds have an off day on Thursday and get back to work against the Houston Astros on Friday at 8:05PM ET.
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