Reynolds Breaks His Own Record

Reynolds Breaks His Own Record

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds broke his own record of 204 strikeouts in a season set last year. After whiffing three times Tuesday night, Reynolds now has 206 strikeouts with 10 games remaining in the 2009 season.

Third baseman Mark Reynolds was more than a little defensive after breaking his own major league record for strikeouts Tuesday. He fanned three times to reach 206, two than he had last year.

"So what?" Reynolds said when asked about it.

The Diamondbacks seem about as disturbed about it as Reynolds is.  The team already has had general conversations with Reynolds' representatives about a long-term contract beginning in 2010, although particulars have not been discussed.

"I said I'm open to it," Reynolds said.  "If it would work, yeah. I mean, I'm not going to sign away years. We have not talked money. We have not talked years."

Reynolds, 26, is the only player in major league history to strike out at least 200 times in a season, and has done so twice, although Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard reached 199 in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  The D-backs are willing to overlook that based on his other attributes.

Reynolds is hitting .266 with 43 homers and 100 RBI. He is second to St. Louis' Albert Pujols in home runs in the major leagues and was the ninth man in the NL to reach 100 RBI. He has also set career highs with 93 runs and 74 walks in his second full season in the majors. He has made several spectacular defensive plays at third base in the last several weeks, although he still leads the major leagues with 26 errors while playing both corner infield spots.

"Deep down inside, I'm sure it bothers him more than he likes to portray," manager A.J. Hinch said. "At the end of the day, he has 40-plus home runs and 100 RBI. That's a hell of a productive season. When that production is coming with the strikeouts, it's almost a moot point. We all want him to be a more productive player and strike out less, but when the production follows, it is hard to knock him."

DIAMONDBACKS 10, GIANTS 8: Miguel Montero had three hits and the D-backs drove Giants RHP Matt Cain out of the game in a six-run third inning, breaking a three-game losing streak. The D-backs had 16 hits and built leads of 9-4 and 10-5 before the Giants closed the gap in the ninth inning, but RHP Juan Gutierrez did not let the tying run reach base. 2B Rusty Ryal was a double short of the cycle, and his home run came off LHP Randy Johnson, making his second relief appearance of the season after missing time with a shoulder injury.

SNAKE BYTES

--A.J. Hinch has been managing with the flu for about a week but is not about to take a sick day, even after the Diamondbacks committed three errors Monday. That increased their season total to 121, second in the majors entering play Tuesday. "It's not the cause of my sickness, but it's certainly not part of the cure," Hinch quipped.

--LHP Doug Davis won for the first time in eight starts, although his evening did not begin well. Davis gave up four runs in the first three innings before being the beneficiary of the D-backs' big offensive night. He didn't give up another run until the Giants scored once in the eighth. "It feels good. I have to hand it to our offense tonight. They battled back after I had a rough three innings," said Davis, who also had two singles.

--RHP Dan Haren set a career high with 208 strikeouts after getting seven in a 5-1 loss to Colorado on Sunday, the fifth consecutive season in which he has established a career high. He had 206 strikeouts in his first season with the D-backs in 2008. Haren's total is eighth in franchise history, although he is only the third D-backs pitcher to have as a many as 200 in a season. LHP Randy Johnson owns the franchise record with 372 strikeouts in 2001 and had four other seasons of 290 or more with the D-backs. RHP Curt Schilling had the other two 200-plus strikeout seasons.

--C Chris Snyder will undergo microdiskectomy surgery Wednesday to repair a bulging disk in his lower back, a procedure that LHP Randy Johnson has had three times in his career. Snyder has been bothered by back pain most of the season and has been on the disabled list twice, in the process losing his starting position to C Miguel Montero. Snyder, the superior defensive backstop, is expected to be healthy by spring training, at which point the cost-conscious Diamondbacks could shop him. Snyder is owed $11.25 million over the final two years (plus an option) on the contract extension he signed last winter. Alternatively, the D-backs could keep both catchers and consider it a position of strength.

--OF/1B Conor Jackson did pregame work with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in preparation for beginning his participation in the Instructional League program at the team's minor league training facility in Tucson on Wednesday. "I feel good. I'm feeling better. I feel more like myself every day," said Jackson, who has missed the final five months of the season with valley fever. Jackson expects to play winter ball, but the D-backs have not determined a destination.

--2B/OF Ryan Roberts did not start Tuesday but was available after being forced to leave Monday's game with a sprained ankle. Roberts, who was 2-for-3 with two singles Monday, collided with RHP Esmerling Vasquez as the pair tried to field Aaron Rowand's bunt single to the right of the mound in the eighth inning of the Giants' 5-4 victory. Vasquez's off-balance throw to first was errant, allowing runners to end up on second and third, and the Giants scored the winning run three batters later.

DIAMOND STAT: 5 -- Consecutive seasons in which RHP Dan Haren has won at least 14 games. He won his 14th on September 15th this year.

QUOTABLE: "Outside of a few guys in that steroid era, I've never seen a guy with more pop." -- OF Eric Byrnes, on teammate 3B Mark Reynolds.


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