Atlanta Braves third baseman Brandon Phillips reached a career milestone Wednesday afternoon, as his RBI single in the top of the first inning was the 2,000th hit of his career. Phillips’ single drove in center fielder Ender Inciarte, who began the game with a single before stealing second base:
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 30, 2017
Phillips wouldn’t be on the bases long, as first baseman Freddie Freeman followed with a two-run home run to give the Braves a 3-0 lead in a game they would go on to win by the final score of 9-1. Phillips finished the game 1-for-6 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored. A second baseman for most of his career, Phillips was moved to third at the beginning of the month when the Braves called up one of the top prospects in the organization in Ozzie Albies.
Phillips, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in February, is hitting .293 with 11 home runs, 53 runs batted in and a .758 OPS. Of his 2,000 career hits 1,774 came as a member of the Reds, with Phillips tallying 89 hits as a member of the Cleveland Indians and 137 with the Braves. 222 of Phillips’ 2,000 hits have come at the expense of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Milwaukee Brewers next on that list at 205, according to Baseball-Reference.
Phillips has made three All-Star Game appearances and won four Gold Gloves to go along with his one Silver Slugger award in his major league career.
Just as big for Phillips was the fact that his mother was in attendance for Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia, which came as a surprise to him:
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 30, 2017