Reynolds heating up
Lost in the final outcome of Saturday’s 7-5, 11-inning loss was the pair of homers from Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who is starting to show exactly why the organization traded this winter to bring his power bat to Baltimore.
Both homers hit by Reynolds came off Rays starter David Price, who he entered the game hitless against, going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.
“He’s not fun to face,” Reynolds said of the Rays’ ace. “I got two fastballs out over the plate. One was a 3-0 count and he just kind of grooved it in there. Buck [Showalter] gave me the green light so I was able to take advantage of that.”
Reynolds said this was the first time he’s been given the green light on 3-0 this season, and the decision was made with good reason as he’s the team’s hottest hitter.
“I was kind of happy that he gave it to me,” Reynolds said of the one-out, one man on situation in the sixth. “I know [Price] doesn’t want to put a runner in scoring position right there so he gave me a heater.”
And Reynolds sent it 421 feet, marking his sixth homer in 11 games and extending his team lead to 12 long balls. Saturday marked the third multi-homer night of Reynolds’ career, his first as an Oriole.
“He’s starting to swing the bat like we thought that he had the potential to,” Showalter said. “He’s going to have his periods, but he’s not missing many mistakes right now.”