With a 5 for 5 game in which he hit two home runs and drove in ten runs, Mark Reynolds became just the 15th player in MLB history to reach double digits in RBIs in a game.
He tied Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon for the franchise record, which Rendon set last season.
Reynolds ended up just two short of the MLB record of 12 RBIs, which was set by St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Jim Bottomley in 1924, and tied by Cards’ outfielder Mark Whiten back in 1993.
Reynolds hit a walk-off home run in Friday night’s win over the Marlins, and homered in his first at bat on Saturday, hitting a two-run shot, then hit an RBI double in his second at bat against Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen, before adding a two-run single in his third trip to the plate, for four consecutive hits.
He hit his third home run in five at bats in the sixth, a three-run blast at which point he was up to eight RBIs.
Hit a walk-off HR.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 8, 2018
Hit a 2-run HR.
Hit an RBI 2B.
Hit a 2-run 1B.
Hit a 3-run HR.
Hit a 2-run 1B.
Mark Reynolds had a pretty solid 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/Jf9YAcSWEe
Reynolds drove in two more with a single in the seventh for 10 RBIs total on the night ... and his sixth consecutive hit in what ended up an 18-4 win for the Nationals.
So what can a night like that do for a hitter?
“Well, it might keep me on the team for a couple more weeks,” Reynolds joked.
“But hopefully the confidence will snowball and when I get my chances I can perform and help us win.”
His previous single-game high was five RBIs. To get to ten?
“That’s like a good two weeks,” Reynolds said. “These things don’t happen often. I’ve been playing a long time and only gotten five, so it’s just one of those that — my last hit, the guy dove and it went off his glove and went into left field, it’s just — you’ve got a little luck involved, and sometimes you just take a good swing the night before and feel confident going into the next day and that’s what happened.”
“Mark Reynolds. Wow. What a day,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said.
“Incredible,” Martinez added. “He’s been — over the last week or so he’s been really hitting the ball really good, so once again I thought I was going to sleep nice, but I have to think about where am I going to put him tomorrow, and I’ve seen him like this, when he gets hot like this he can stay hot for a while, so we’ll have to figure something out to see if we can get him in there tomorrow, but great day, great night, great win for the Nats.”
Reynolds struggled in June, after a hot start at the plate upon joining the team in May, but he said he’s been around long enough to know that it would eventually turn around.
“Like I think I said last night, not getting those everyday at bats it takes a little longer to get some confidence back, especially when you’re pinch hitting off guys throwing hard, but I’m just gonna try to make it hard for Davey to take me out of the lineup going forward. We’ve got a lot of good players and not enough spots, so I’ll take my at bats as I get them and try to help us win.”
Informed of what Martinez had said about being up all night wondering how he’d fit the first baseman into the lineup, Reynolds laughed, “I’m going to sleep just fine. That’s his problem. I’ll be ready to go either way, ready to come in late or play from inning one.”