Let’s Hear it for Mark Reynolds
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The Orioles lost 5-4 in 12 innings to the New York Yankees last night, and while it wasn’t completely Mark Reynolds’ fault, he certainly did all he could to aid the losing effort.
In addition to the wonderful display of fielding you see in the above animated photo, Reynolds also booted a grounder by Yanks’ catcher Russel Martin in the 6th inning. If Reynolds makes the play, the inning ends with the O’s still holding a 4-2 lead. Instead, two more runs scored as New York tied the game and eventually forced extra innings.
“The Sheriff” was also caught stealing, struck out three times, and had a line drive by eventual game-winning runner Robinson Cano carom off his glove and into left field for a double.
Through four games played in 2012, Reynolds has as many errors (2) as he does hits, and twice as many strikeouts (6) as total bases (3). After making 26 errors last season, he looks well on his way to crushing that total, despite insisting that he play third base as opposed to first.
Manager Buck Showalter’s patience with the 28-year old has to be wearing thin already.