Sky Sox's Phillips belts two homers in slugfest

Tenth-ranked Brewers prospect collects three hits, plates four runs

Brett Phillips ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 31 RBIs in 31 games for the Sky Sox. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

By Alex Kraft / MiLB.com | May 17, 2017 2:34 AM ET

Brett Phillips' rebound season bounced back again Tuesday.

Milwaukee's No. 10 prospect went deep twice, smacked a triple and drove in four runs as Triple-A Colorado Springs bested El Paso, 15-11, at Southwest University Park.

"[There were] good hitting conditions tonight," Phillips said. "There were a bunch of runs put on the scoreboard, but it seemed like every time they scored, we scored more. That's the name of the game. It was a fun one."


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The 22-year-old was held hitless in his first two at-bats as he struck out in the first inning and grounded out to first base in the third. He broke through with a triple to right field off Christian Bethancourt in the fifth, then slugged a solo shot to right-center off reliever Jason Jester in the seventh.

"With [a 1-2 count], you're just always trying to battle," Phillips said of the first homer. "He threw a curveball that just hung up there and I was able to put a good swing on it."

He struck out later in the seventh as the Sky Sox batted around. But after the Chihuahuas tied the game, 11-11, in the eighth, the Florida native helped his team respond in the ninth.

A two-out RBI single by Wei-Chung Wang gave Colorado Springs the lead back. Then Phillips drilled his second homer, a three-run shot to right-center off Carlos Fisher, to put the game out of reach.

"It was the same situation [as the first]," the outfielder said. "Luckily, he just put a fastball in a good spot right down the middle. That was a good pitch to hit. He missed his spot and I took advantage of it."

Phillips gave the bulk of the credit to Wang. The Sky Sox reliever was pressed into pinch-hitting duty and delivered the game-winner with the fifth hit of his Minor League career.

"We go up one right there and I was able to get an extra at-bat because of him," he said. "This is a bullpen pitcher. He put together a really good at-bat. That was the biggest at-bat of the game for us."

Video: Brett Phillips hits another homer for the Sky Sox

The multi-homer outburst -- Phillips' second of the season and the third of his career -- marked another dominant performance in a resurgent season for the 2012 sixth-round pick. After batting .229 in 124 games with Double-A Biloxi last season and falling out of MLB.com's Top 100, Phillips has hit .306 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in his first 31 games with Colorado Springs.

"I'm just riding the wave," Phillips said. "I'm trying to make the consistency of my at-bats better by not getting into holes like 0-for-10s. This year, I'm really focused on making more contact, and if I get myself 0-for-4 or 0-for-5, just trying to put together good at-bats each time I go up there."

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Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee's top prospect, finished with two doubles and two RBIs for the Sky Sox. Nate Orf and Kyle Wren chipped in three hits apiece.

In addition to his heroics at the plate, Wang (1-0) notched the win after walking two and fanning one while recording the final four outs.

Fisher (0-2) surrendered four runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth for El Paso.

Jabari Blash plated four runs and drew four walks for the Chihuahuas.

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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