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09/23/09 2:00 AM ET
Reynolds tops own strikeout record
D-backs slugger notches 100th RBI before 205th K
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- While the attention will likely be focused on the fact that he set the Major League record for strikeouts in a season for the second year in a row, Mark Reynolds will remember Tuesday's game against the Giants for a different milestone. 100 RBIs. Reynolds, who hit 28 homers and drove in 97 runs last season, set a goal of 30 homers and 100 RBIs this year. After Tuesday he had 43 homers, second in the Majors to Albert Pujols, and 100 RBIs. "That was one of my goals at the beginning of the season and I finally reached it," Reynolds said after the D-backs' 10-8 victory over the Giants. "It's kind of like the monkey off my back; now I can just go out there and have fun." One of the reasons Reynolds has been able to have so much success at the plate this year was the fact that he didn't let the strikeouts wear on him like they did last year when he blew past Ryan Howard's record of 199 and finished with 204. "So what?" Reynolds said when asked about the strikeout mark. "We won the game today, I got 100 RBIs, it was a good day." The D-backs third baseman tied his record when he struck out swinging on three pitches from Giants starter Matt Cain in the third inning. Then in the fourth, Reynolds set a new mark when he whiffed on a 1-2 breaking ball from Madison Bumgarner, Reynolds' 205th strikeout of the year. That was followed by another whiff in the sixth. "Nobody is proud to have your name next to a mark like that," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "The way that it was discussed last year, the amount of stress and turmoil that was involved with it. He's handled it remarkably well. Deep down inside, I'm sure it bothers him more than he likes to portray, but at the end of the day he's 40-plus home runs, 100 RBIs, his average is inching back up towards .270. That's a heck of a productive season for anyone to really focus on the fact that the strikeout record was re-set. When that production is coming with the strikeouts, it's almost a moot point."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.