Remembering Mets History (2008) Jose Reyes Sets Mets All Time Triples Mark

Sunday July 20th, 2008:
Jerry Manuel's first place Mets (53-46) were on the road in Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark to play Dusty Baker's fourth place Reds (48-52).

The starters were the Mets Mike Pelfrey (8-6) & the Reds Edinson Volquez (12-3). 

A good crowd of 31,195 came out for the matinee in Cincinnati. The Mets were trying to salvage a game in the series & avoid being swept.

In the 1st inning Jose Reyes led off the game with a base hit. He advanced to second on a wild pitch & then scored a typical Reyes run on a Carlos Beltran base hit. 

In the 2nd inning, with one out & one on Jose Reyes singled to left field for his second hit of the day. He was stranded at first base.

The Reds, Adam Dunn hit a solo HR in the 2nd inning, but Ramon Castro answered with a two-run shot in the 3rd putting New York up 3-1.

In the top of the 4th inning, Jose Reyes got his third hit of the night, it was a milestone hit as he tripled to right field setting the Mets all time triple mark passing Mookie Wilson with 63 career triples. 

It was his 11th three bagger of the season. 

Trivia: Jose Reyes went on to hit 113 triples in a Mets uniform. By far the most of any player in franchise history. The next player behind him is still Mookie Wilson at 62.

Two batters later Reyes scored on David Wright's sac fly making it 4-1. But Mike Pelfrey had a bad 4th inning topped off by Edwin Encarnacion's HR, tying the game. In the 6th Brandon Phillips connected off Pelfrey to put the Reds ahead, but in the top of the 7th Carlos Delgado drove in David Wright with a base hit to tie it.

The game went into extra innings, then in the top of the 10th, pinch hitter Robinson Cancel doubled to lead off. Jose Reyes then dragged a bunt for an infield hit. Then Argenis Reyes (an infielder who played 58 games for New York over two seasons) with no relation to Jose, reached on an error which led Cancel to score.

An eventual Carlos Delgado sac fly scored Jose Reyes & the Mets sealed their 7-5 win, as Billy Wagner saved it in the 10th inning.

On the night Jose Reyes had four hits, scored three runs & kept his average over .300.


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