Brignac's heroics rewarded with another start

Brignac's heroics rewarded with another start

PHILADELPHIA -- Reid Brignac will always remember his first start as a member of the Phillies.

The third baseman ripped an 0-1 cutter to left field to score the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning early early Saturday morning in Philadelphia's marathon victory.

"It felt great to be out on the field and playing," Brignac said. "I love playing this game, it's something I've done my entire life, so it felt great to be out there and hopefully a night like tonight will get me in there tomorrow."

Brignac got his wish, and is starting for the second consecutive game at third base on Saturday against the Mets.

With Cody Asche on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring for the foreseeable future, and Cesar Hernadez struggling to adjust at third base, Brignac seems poised to get more playing time at the hot corner. Still, he is ready to assume any role manager Ryne Sandberg assigns him.

"It's not up to me," Brignac said about his playing time. "I'm here to play every day. I'm here to come off the bench. I'm here to do whatever the team needs me to do in any situation on any given day. It's not up to me. I like to play. We all like to play. So whatever skip has for me that day, I'm all on board for."

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.