Tater Trot Tracker: Division Series, Day 3

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips stretches in the batting circle before hitting in the 6th inning against the San Diego Padres during their MLB National League baseball game in San Diego, California September 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

For those who missed it, check out the semi-live Tater Trot Tracker from last night. I tried to start tonight’s post earlier than yesterday’s, but I still wasn’t in time to catch the first homer of the night. Silly Reds trying to end no-hit bids in the first at-bat.

The rest of tonight’s tater trots should be posted shortly after they occur. Be sure to check back often. And follow me on Twitter for other thoughts about tonight’s games.

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Reds vs. Phillies

Game 2
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds – 21.75 seconds [video] (Season average: 22.6): Seemingly the slowest trotter of the Reds, I don’t think it mattered tonight. Phillips’ leadoff home run off of Roy Oswalt made it clear real quick that the Reds weren’t going to be putty at the hands of another Roy.
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds – 20.03 seconds [video] (Season average: 20.41 seconds): Fourth inning leadoff blast for Bruce puts the Reds ahead 3-0. We all knew the Reds’ offense would show up at some point.

Braves vs. Giants

Game 2
Pat Burrell, San Francisco Giants – 24.45 seconds (Season average: 23.81 seconds): With a team like the Giants, with an outstanding rotation but less-than-stellar offense, getting the early lead is big. Pat Burrell made sure to take care of that tonight, with his first-inning, three-run bomb to left.
Rick Ankiel, Atlanta Braves – 18.93 seconds (Season average: 21.48 seconds): The 11th inning splash hit from Rick Ankiel puts the Braves ahead 5-4. Pretty huge moment to step up for Ankiel, and a great, quick trot to go along with it.

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.