Mark Reynolds has never been an MLB All-Star. Heck, he hasn’t even been an every day player for the Washington Nationals this season. What the infielder is known for is the ability to produce and he did it in legendary fashion against the Miami Marlins this past weekend.
Saying the 34-year-old had a series for the ages would likely undermine its significance.
Reynolds was a hero, a history maker, and a pitcher all in the same series.
It all started on Friday night when Reynolds complete smashed a pinch-hit, walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nationals an exciting 3-2 victory over the Marlins.
The following day, The Sheriff got the start at first base, and picked up right where he left off the night before. Reynolds hit a two-run homer in his opening at-bat and took off from there. He finished the game 5-for-5 with two home runs, a double, three runs, and 10 RBIs in an 18-4 rout.
Yes, 10 RBIs.
Reynolds became the 15th player in MLB history to drive in 10 runs, and the first since Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett did it last June.
The first baseman also tied the franchise record with Anthony Rendon, who, ironically, did it last season.
As if that wasn’t enough, though, Reynolds was in the lineup Sunday at third base before making his first major league pitching appearance in the bottom of the ninth.
He threw three pitches and got Bryan Holaday to ground out to first base in the 10-2 loss.
Reynolds, a Pikeville, Ky., native who made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007, became the third player in MLB history to have a 10-RBI game and a pitching appearance during his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Mark Whiten and Gennett are the others.
Reynolds is batting .300 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 2018 after starting the season in the minor leagues, and there is no doubt this will be a weekend to always remember.