"I don't keep tabs on that too much, but I think everyone else does," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I'm sure he was happy. He's been hitting the ball on the barrel, and I think the thing that's made such a difference is he's really been using the entire field. He's been shooting some balls to right field and right-center, left-center gap.
"That, to me, suggests that he's feeling a lot more comfortable at the plate, and he was able to get to his power field, to straightaway left, and that one down the left-field line for the second homer, and a hard-hit ball to second base right on the screws. Right now, almost every at-bat it seems like he's putting the ball on the barrel of the bat, and that's a sign of good things to come."
Since 2006, Phillips, who wasn't available to the media after Saturday's loss, has fallen short of double-digit home runs just once, in 2014, when he was limited to 121 games.
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.