Reynolds speaks up after D-backs loss
Infielder vents after Arizona commits three errors
DENVER -- A sellout crowd turned out at Coors Field looking forward to a postgame fireworks show.
As it turned out, Mark Reynolds provided one of his own following the D-backs' 5-0 error-filled loss to the Rockies.
It was Arizona's eighth loss in its past nine games and its 11th in the past 13.
And it was the one that finally prompted someone in the Arizona clubhouse to speak up.
"It seems like we get down one or two runs and no one [cares] anymore ...," Reynolds said in front of his locker in an otherwise quiet room. "This is the Major Leagues. You can't go out there and make three errors a night and expect to win a game. We look like the Bad News Bears out there and it's frustrating. It's to the point where stuff's got to change."
No one could argue with that statement. The D-backs lead the Majors in errors and the only team with a worse record is the Nationals.
How to get things changed, well, that's less clear. D-backs manager A.J. Hinch has tried meetings -- three in a 10-day span -- but they have not provided a boost.
"You can give all the rah-rah speeches you want and have all the team meetings you want and yell at guys, but guys have got to [care]," Reynolds said. "I don't really see it. I know I care. I'm out there busting my tail every night trying to win. Physical errors are fine, but guys loafing, guys not being where they're supposed to be or guys giving up on ABs, it's not acceptable at any level."
On Friday, the mistakes were numerous, starting with Gerardo Parra fielding a double by Dexter Fowler in the fifth and throwing the ball wildly. The ball got past second baseman Felipe Lopez and Reynolds at first, and by the time right fielder Justin Upton got to it, Fowler had rounded the bases.
"You've got to give it to Fowler," Reynolds said. "He was hustling. He made us make a play and we didn't make it and he ended up scoring. It seems like we've had a lot of that lately. J-Up should have been over there, I should have been over there backing it up. He just made a good play and we didn't."
One inning later, center fielder Chris Young missed a routine fly ball to allow Ian Stewart to reach. Then, when Stewart pulled a delayed steal of second, no one was covering the base and catcher Luke Carlin's throw sailed into center as Stewart moved to third.
It was sloppy play like that five days ago that prompted booing from the home crowd at Chase Field.
"I feel sorry for the fans, for A.J., because he's trying to do everything he can to get us to snap out of this," Reynolds said. "We're not responding. It's a poor effort and it feels like night in and night out it's the same old song. It's just not fun to be in this clubhouse right now. I don't know what it's going to take to change it. It's frustrating, and I don't know what else to say."
Offensively, the D-backs could do little against Jorge De La Rosa, who came into the game with a 5.64 ERA. The left-hander allowed four hits and four walks while striking out six over eight innings.
"We get behind a run and, oh, here we go again," Reynolds said. "We lose focus. We don't play hard. It's like everyone is up there for themselves ... It's very frustrating. The effort's there when we're winning or when we're blowing somebody out, people are having fun. If it's 7-1, 7-0, guys are out there playing hard, having fun. It's easy to do that when you're winning or when you're on a winning streak or 20 games over .500. When you're in the cellar like we are, it's embarrassing. I know we have a better team than that, but we're not showing it. It's frustrating and it's embarrassing."
Hinch agrees and that's why he took the unusual step of holding a closed-door meeting with his coaching staff after the game. The topic was a new pregame approach, which is going to focus less on typical batting practice and more on fundamentals and defensive work.
Whether that helps remains to be seen. The team is 19-32 since Hinch took over for Bob Melvin on May 8.
"I don't want to say guys are packing it in, but it sure seems like it and it [upsets] me," Reynolds said.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.