Reynolds Wraps Up Success For Rockies
DENVER — Hours after he joined the Rockies, lefthanded reliever Matt Reynolds made his major league debut at Dodger Stadium. It didn't last long—just six pitches, four of them strikes—as Reynolds got James Loney to fly out and struck out Casey Blake.
The day after Reynolds joined the Rockies, they designated veteran lefthanded reliever Randy Flores for assignment, an indication the organization wanted to use the final six weeks of the season to size up the 6-foot-5 Reynolds, a strike-thrower whose height gives him an excellent downward plane.
Reynolds pitched on each of his first three days in the majors, retiring five of six batters he faced.
Reynolds rose quickly through the Rockies system, which he entered with relative obscurity after being drafted in the 20th round in 2007 out of Austin Peay State. He began this year at Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 1-3, 2.62 with seven saves in 50 games, allowing just two homers in 55 innings with 16 walks and 67 strikeouts.
One of those homers came in Reynolds' next-to-last outing, when he allowed three hits, four runs and a walk without retiring anyone. Reynolds would have left Colorado Springs with a 1.96 ERA except for that outing, a rare occasion when he didn't throw strikes. He had not pitched for four days before that appearance due to a mild strain in his rib cage.
"Not your typical lefty, where he can only come in and face a lefty," Colorado Springs pitching coach Doug Linton said. "He does a good job against righties, too. The split (is) a plus out pitch, and I would say that's what the majority of his strikeouts come off.
"The one thing he has gotten away from is his changeup. He actually has a very good changeup when he throws it, but it seems like just the fastball/slider/split has really, really done well this year."
• Double-A Tulsa lefthander Christian Friedrich, who is 3-6, 5.05, strained a muscle in his left side on Aug. 18. He missed nearly a month early in the season due to left elbow soreness, missed two starts in July when a batted ball struck him on the left elbow and has pitched 87 innings in 18 starts.
• After going 4-1, 1.12 at short-season Tri-City, righthander Chad Bettis was promoted to low Class A Asheville where he won his debut, allowing one run in seven innings. Bettis was a second-round pick in June out of Texas Tech.