A dense, fogged filled the Chicago air last night and whether anyone saw it or not, Brandon Phillips tied a career high with six runs batted in Monday's 6-2 in over the Chicago Cubs.
Phillips gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. He stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in third inning and smacked a 1-1 curveball through the fog and into the left field stands at Wrigley Field.
"The fog, it was coming in and out," Phillips said. "For me to hit the ball the way I did today, I think the fog wasn't there when I was up to bat. Maybe it was when everyone else was up to bat."
The home run was the tenth for Phillips and was also his fifth career grand slam.
It was a big win after losing two of three at the hands of the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals.
"You can't bring it back," Dusty Baker said. "It's in the past. We've got to learn from it, because we were embarrassed over the weekend — personally, as an organization and as a team.