Mark Reynolds was coming off a walk-off home run on Friday night, but wanted to make an even bigger difference on Saturday. He did just that, becoming the 15th player in MLB history to drive in 10 runs in a game, as the Washington Nationals won their third straight over the Miami Marlins, 18-4. Reynolds hit two home runs, while setting a career high in RBI, as he helped Max Scherzer get his first win since June 5th. Scherzer allowed four runs over seven innings, and moved to 11-5 on the season. Reynolds tied a career-high in hits, while tying the Nationals' RBI record, as Anthony Rendon also knocked in 10 runs on April 30th, 2017. Rendon and Reynolds are the only two in franchise history to achieve the feat, as Reynolds is forcing himself back in to the starting lineup following a struggling June. He is the fourth player to go a perfect 5-for-5 with 10 RBI since 1920, as Rendon and Scooter Gennett also accomplished that last season. Reynolds' Saturday consisted of a two-run home run in the second, an RBI double, also in the second, a two-run single in the fifth, a three-run home run in the sixth, and a two-run single in the seventh. He will lead his team to a possible sweep of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.
Myers' Three Home Runs Not Enough in Big Loss
Another batter who had a big day at the plate on Saturday was Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres, but the end results were much, much different. Myers went deep three times, but the Padres were crushed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, 20-5. The D-backs got home runs from five different players, while setting the franchise scoring record at Chase Field. David Peralta set a career-high with five hits and drove in three to lead the offense. Paul Goldschmidt, Steven Souza Jr., Alex Avila, Nich Ahmed, and Ketel Marte all went deep, as the Diamondbacks broke their old scoring mark, which came in an 18-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 17th, 2014. Goldschmidt, Avila, and Ahmed all drove in three runs apiece as well. Meanwhile, Myers became just the third Padres player to go deep three times in a game, but his team still fell for the 16th time in 21 games. Tyson Ross was charged for eight runs on seven hits in just two innings in his seventh loss for San Diego. The Diamondbacks also scored at least three runs in four consecutive innings for the first time in franchise history. The first-place D-backs will look to complete the sweep of the Padres in the series finale on Sunday.
Suns Give Booker Max Extension
It was in the works since the end of the regular season, but the Phoenix Suns have officially paid and locked in Devin Booker. The Suns gave Booker a five-year, $158 million max extension on Saturday night. The deal was announced and signed late Saturday, as Booker revealed the news on Twitter, saying he was "humbled and honored" for the opportunity. The 21-year-old is quickly looking like he will become the face of the franchise. On March 24th 2017, he became the first player in franchise history with 70 points against the Boston Celtics, He was 20 years, 145 days old at the time, making him the youngest player in NBA history to score more than 60 points in a game. He averaged 24.9 points per game in his third year since getting drafted No. 13 overall out of Kentucky in 2015. He has averaged 19.8 points per game in those three years combined. These talks stem back to the NBA Draft, as the organization admitted that they had already begun talks about this massive deal. They went on to draft really well, bringing a lot of young talent to join Booker this season. That includes Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick, as well as Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges with top-10 picks. The end of Booker's tweet was music to Suns' fans ears as he stated "I look forward to the future & pursuing a title as a Sun."