Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart know how to turn a double play.
The second baseman and shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds have developed a great chemistry between them, which can be seen by their latest tailor-made masterpiece.
The double play turned by these two in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks was pure baseball poetry.
Cozart made an off-balance throw to second right to Phillips, who leapt over the runner sliding into second and made a precise throw to first to nail Wil Nieves to complete the double play.
This double play was clutch, as it came with Nieves being the tying run. The D-Backs were threatening to have a big inning that could have potentially tied the game, or worse. However, the double play essentially ended the rally, and the Reds went on to win 5-3 because of it.
The Twitter universe took notice as well, as Phillips and Cozart made their case for double play of the year.
Simply gorgeous double play turned by Cozart, Phillips, and Votto. Wow. Two away in the ninth.— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 20, 2013
Cozart and Phillips with a B-E-A-UTIFUL double play! #SCTop10— Kyle Miracle (@DaRealMeezy) August 20, 2013
That double play by Cozart and Phillips is as good as you'll ever see.— Champion Reds (@WorldSeriesRun) August 20, 2013
Thank you, Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart. Thank you kindly— Timbo(!) (@OlGilby) August 20, 2013
This isn't the first time we've seen Phillips make incredible double plays. Earlier this year in May, he pulled off a spectacular double play. In that incident, he barehanded the ball on his knees, touched second and rifled a throw to first from his knees to retire Ryan Braun at first.
That double play also killed a potential rally, as the Milwaukee Brewers had runners on first and second and just one out at the time.
Phillips and Cozart were at it again on Monday night, as they helped lift the team to another victory with this play.