Namely, Mark Reynolds and the rest of the Arizona Diamondbacks administered an old-fashioned ass-whupping to the New York Mets at Chase Field on Monday evening, resulting in a lopsided 13-2 victory.
It was a nonstop hit parade as Reynolds, Justin Upton, and other D-Backs batters piled on the offense early and often against the Noo Yawkers. In total, the Snakes produced a season-high 18 hits during the game and got a roaring start to their seven-game homestand.
Reynolds was one of the busiest batters of the evening, as he nearly went for the cycle and swatted three hits, four RBIs, and his 21st homer of the year. The third baseman was a huge part of the four-run first inning when Arizona began its extended drubbing of the Mets.
Kelly Johnson struck first with a double, plating Chris Young from first. Miguel Montero then grouded into a fielder's choice that drove Johnson home, but he made it to second after a throwing error by New York shortstop Jose Reyes. Reynolds' titanic triple and an RBI single by Gerardo Parra chalked up another two runs.
Upton also had a big night, including a double in the second inning that brought in Young for yet another run and added to the woes of Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey (who was relieved not long after). He repeated his hitting heroics in the sixth, helping the Snakes add another five runs to the scoreboard by walloping a triple against the left-center-field wall and sending Young in to score yet again.
Montero followed with an RBI double, Adam LaRoche singled to put runners at the corners, and then Reynolds cleared the bases with a 426-foot downtowner.
As fun as the game was to watch (as player after player knocked in runs), it inevitably begs a few questions for Diamondbacks fans: Where the eff was all this offense during the team's cringe-inducing sweep to the San Diego Padres this past weekend? And will the D-Backs be able to continue this offensive onslaught during the rest of their homestand, let alone the rest of the season, or will they simply return to their losing ways?
Tune in tonight during the second game of the series, when rookie Barry Enright (1-2, 3.45) goes up against R. A. Dickey (6-3, 2.63). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.