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OCT 02, 2013 - Sports Illustrated

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Tom Verducci: Reds didn't choke, Pirates and Liriano were just better

Upon being bounced from the postseason after it had hardly begun, Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips used the most explosive word to be heard in any locker room: the Reds, he said, "choked" in the Wild Card Game last night. It makes for a headline and grabs attention, something Phillips never minds. But it's simply dead wrong. The Reds didn't choke. They were a team leaking oil for weeks that was in no shape to deal with a worst-case matchup: lefty-killer Francisco Liriano dealing in his home ballpark in Pittsburgh.

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