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Brandon Phillips strikes out on Pedro Strop's fastball, gives it one thumb up

Brandon Phillips gives Strop's fastball one thumb up

The Cubs are in the middle of the postseason race, and no one's more excited than Cubs fans. Except maybe Pedro Strop.


Yeah, you could say that Strop is excited. After a rough start to 2015, the Cubs' setup man has rebounded to help his team make a push for that coveted NL postseason berth. On Tuesday, Strop took the hill for the eighth inning of a game against the Reds with the Cubbies leading, 5-4.

After Jay Bruce grounded out to second base and on-base superhero Joey Votto lined out to Chris Denorfia in left field, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips stepped into the box.

Phillips worked Strop into a full count before Strop reared back and put a little something extra on his fastball to strike Dat Dude out to end the frame. Strop was pretty pumped about the strikeout, and -- to his credit -- Phillips was pretty impressed. As Strop headed back to the dugout, Phillips gave him a one-thumb up review:


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