04/22/12 2:37 PM ET
Baker was impressed with Humber's perfecto
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
"Was he dealing?" Baker asked.
The Reds' manager answered his own question.
"A perfect game is a perfect game," Baker said. "That's dealing, that's impressive."
Humber needed only 96 pitches to complete his perfecto against the Mariners, a team ranked 12th in the American League in runs scored and 13th in batting average. That lack of offense -- and spacious Safeco Field -- didn't make Humber's feat any less impressive to Baker.
"They still have some guys that can hurt you, just not as many," Baker said.
Plus, there's the feat itself -- which involves everybody.
Playing defense you have to stay on your toes. You don't want to make an error, you don't want a ball to fall in," Baker said. "On offense, on the other side, man, you're just not even thinking about winning the game. You're just thinking about breaking it up."
The Reds faced the White Sox twice in Cactus League action this spring, but they didn't see Humber either time.
Phillips gets two days off to rest hamstring
CHICAGO -- Brandon Phillips isn't experiencing any additional pain in his left hamstring after playing Saturday, but manager Dusty Baker still opted to sit his second baseman for Sunday's series finale against the Cubs.
Coupled with the team's off-day Monday, Baker is hoping that it will give Phillips two solid days of rest and treatment before returning to the lineup Tuesday in Cincinnati against the Giants.
Baker reiterated Sunday that his original plan was to start Phillips on Friday and Saturday and then sit him in the series finale for the two-day break he'll now get. Instead, Friday's chilly weather -- 37-degree windchill at first pitch -- forced Baker to sit Phillips in two of the three games at Wrigley Field.
Phillips started Saturday and went 1-for-4, driving in the Reds' only run with an RBI single in the first inning of a 6-1 loss. In the fourth, Phillips slid into second base on a force out and eventually came out in the middle of the seventh inning with Cincinnati trailing, 5-1.
Baker said he simply decided Phillips needed to take the rest of the day off.
"Yesterday, I thought he was swinging a little too hard and I saw him wince a couple times swinging," Baker said. "He's OK, but we've got to get this thing out of there. This weather isn't helping."
Pitching coach Mack Jenkins turned 48 on Sunday.
Reds pitchers entered Sunday having issued only one walk in the last 30 innings.
The Reds will honor the University of Kentucky's national championship men's basketball team at Great American Ball Park prior to Tuesday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Giants.