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BCubb2003
08-02-2007, 02:28 AM
Here's what I found at Retrosheet.org about getting two stolen bases on the same pitch, but I think Phillips takes the honors for the purity of his play.

6-10-1911 BRO @ PIT - The Pirates' Bobby Byrne stole around the horn in an unusual fashion. His trip began as part of a double steal with Fred Clarke on 3b. Clarke scored on a controversial call, and while Dodgers' catcher Bill Bergen jawed at plate umpire Bill Klem, Byrne snuck to 3b and apparently was awarded a stolen base. Dots Miller walked, and the double steal was worked again, completing Byrne's circuit. It was an unusual game for baserunning: the Pirates suffered a 64(1)4(2)/DP when pitcher Babe Adams running on 2b for some reason attempted to scamper back to second on a ground ball (perhaps forgetting the force?), and the Pirates attempted a triple steal in the eighth up 8-0, which succeeded in scoring a run but only due to a throwing error (no stolen bases were awarded).

6/19/71: In the top of the 14th at Shea Stadium, Larry Bowa was on 2b and Oscar Gamble on 1b for the Phillies. On a double steal attempt, Bowa reaches 3b and Gamble is caught in a rundown. Bowa continues on to score and draws a throw while Gamble reaches 2b. NL president Chub Feeney ruled that Bowa should be credited with 2 stolen bases on the play and Gamble 1.

Eric_Davis
08-02-2007, 08:50 AM
Ahh, but has anyone ever been caught stealing twice in the same inning?


Yes, and it's happened 5 times.

Don Baylor was the first in 1974 and four others have since then.

lollipopcurve
08-02-2007, 08:59 AM
Here's what I found at Retrosheet.org about getting two stolen bases on the same pitch, but I think Phillips takes the honors for the purity of his play.


Nice finds. Still, Phillips is the only player ever to do it as a lone baserunner -- as you say, the purity of what he did goes beyond these other cases.

redsmetz
08-02-2007, 09:07 AM
Nice finds. Still, Phillips is the only player ever to do it as a lone baserunner -- as you say, the purity of what he did goes beyond these other cases.

It's surprising it has happened before given the number of power hitters teams employ "the shift" on. I like it because maybe it will cause teams to hedge their bets with it in the future, thereby opening holes for Junior or Dunn. I loved the fielders reaction when Phillips just kept going - it became a foot race between the two of them!

MrCinatit
08-02-2007, 09:08 AM
In other words, a very strong argument could be made that is is the first one-man double steal of its kind - and in my opinion, one of the smarter plays I have seen in a while.
One could tell as he neared second, Brandon had absolutely no intentions of stopping there. Once he realized the ball was going to the pitcher, and not second, he knew it was a footrace between he and Zimmerman. No contest.

princeton
08-02-2007, 09:32 AM
li'l princeton did it. Bunt attempt, third sacker crashed, bunt missed, lp stole second and I pointed out that third base remained unoccupied because the third baseman seemed to be looking at his mom.

Reds and Nats play the game like little leaguers.

nate
08-02-2007, 10:01 AM
I just saw the highlight of it on MLB.com. Wow...never seen anything like that. Nice play by BP.

The postgame report from Reds.com says BP is the first 20/20 2nd baseman since Joe Morgan.

Chip R
08-02-2007, 10:16 AM
Reds and Nats play the game like little leaguers.


That's probably not the first time someone has said that. :p:

blumj
08-02-2007, 12:25 PM
It's surprising it has happened before given the number of power hitters teams employ "the shift" on. I like it because maybe it will cause teams to hedge their bets with it in the future, thereby opening holes for Junior or Dunn. I loved the fielders reaction when Phillips just kept going - it became a foot race between the two of them!
It's not quite the same thing, but another player went from 1st to 3rd on a 3-2 walk with the shift on just last night, too. So, yeah, the more teams keep using those shifts, the more ways players are going to find to make them pay for it, and the more teams will have to think twice about using them. I actually saw someone put the shift on Eric Hinske, how stupid can it get?

Stormy
08-02-2007, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the tip, BCubb. That was my favorite play of the year. The beauty of stellar baserunning is mostly a lost art, especially on a team with Freel and Hopper. ;)

RedLegSuperStar
08-02-2007, 01:29 PM
Brandon plays with such passion for the game.. something that I wish would rub off on others..

remdog
08-02-2007, 01:33 PM
My comment in the game thread when this play occured:

"Pretty heads up play by Brandon. Caught the Nats in the shift and took advantage of it. Not a play that everyone can make (you have to be sure you can outrun the remaining infielder on the left side) but Brandon made it work against Zimmerman.

About the only plus thing we've seen by the Reds tonight."

The key here was that Phillips had apparently already planned to do this if the situation played out the way he wanted it to. It did and he did. Personally, I don't think someone like Freel would have pulled this off because Freel would (IMO) simply react without thinking about what circumstances that had to be in place to make the play successful.

Rem

Big Klu
08-02-2007, 03:32 PM
My comment in the game thread when this play occured:

"Pretty heads up play by Brandon. Caught the Nats in the shift and took advantage of it. Not a play that everyone can make (you have to be sure you can outrun the remaining infielder on the left side) but Brandon made it work against Zimmerman.

About the only plus thing we've seen by the Reds tonight."

The key here was that Phillips had apparently already planned to do this if the situation played out the way he wanted it to. It did and he did. Personally, I don't think someone like Freel would have pulled this off because Freel would (IMO) simply react without thinking about what circumstances that had to be in place to make the play successful.

Rem

I agree. I think that Brandon's baseball intelligence level (and probably regular intelligence level, too) is much higher than Freel's. Brandon could become the leader of this team in the not-too-distant future.