Reynolds solidifying place in Rockies' 'pen

Reynolds solidifying place in Rockies' 'pen

DENVER -- In his first stint in the big leagues, Matt Reynolds is finding himself in a multitude of unfamiliar situations. So far, they've suited him just fine.

Reynolds may have solidified his place in the Rockies' bullpen for quite some time with a stellar performance in Wednesday's incredible comeback victory against the Braves.

In just his fourth career big league outing, the southpaw pitched three shutout innings, allowing one hit while walking three while logging 56 pitches.

"Awesome," fellow reliever Joe Beimel said of the rookie's performance. "I don't know if he's thrown a whole lot of innings down there in Triple-A, but he really stepped up and just came in and threw strikes. That's all we needed."

In fact, Reynolds said it was the longest outing he's thrown all season.

"The last time I threw three innings was last year in high Class A," Reynolds said. "I think I went 2 1/3 or 2 2/3 one other time this year, but the role they've got me in here is I can be doing anything."

In 4 2/3 innings with the Rockies, Reynolds has racked up four strikeouts while allowing just one walk and two hits. He was 1-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 50 relief appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, earning a spot on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Despite his experiences with the Sky Sox, he was able to accomplish another feat on Wednesday, drawing a fifth-inning walk and coming around to score in what Braves manager Bobby Cox called the turning point of the comeback effort.

"I don't know if I so much worked the walk," Reynolds said with a laugh. "But I haven't had an at-bat since junior college, so like six years ago. I'd been on deck a few times. I don't know if I've ever felt more awkward on a baseball field."