Remembering Mets History (2017) Terry Collins Becomes the Longest Tenured Mets Manager & Jose Reyes Reaches 2000 Hit Mark

 Saturday May 20th, 2017: As the New York Mets got ready to host Mike Scioscia's Anaheim Angels (22-23), it marked a milestone day for Mets manager, Terry Collins.

 Tonight's game was Collins' 1013th game as skipper of the Mets, surpassing Davey Johnson's old record. Terry Collins was also the oldest manager in the game at this point, at 67 years old.

Tonight, he sent Zack Wheeler to the mound to face the Angels, Alex Meyer.

In the 1st, Michael Conforto led off with a walk. Jose Reyes then singled, collecting the 2000th hit of his MLB career.  

Conforto, would score on Neil Walker's ground out to make it 1-0. In the 3rd inning, Conforto walked & Jose Reyes singled again (hit #2001) then Jay Bruce's sac fly made it 2-0 Mets.

In the 5th inning, Conforto led off with a double. Jose Reyes walked & Bruce got on by an error.  Neil Walker singled home Conforto & T.J. Rivera hit a sac fly to make it 4-0 Mets.

The Angels came back with a pair of runs in the 6th, knocking Zack Wheeler out of the game. 

The Mets scored again in the 8th, when Lucas Duda doubled with two outs. Rene Rivera was walked intentionally, & pinch hitter, Wilmer Flores doubled to left field bringing in a two more runs.  Jose Reyes topped it off with an RBI single as well, making it a 7-2 Mets lead.

But the Mets bullpen, would not let their manager set his record while relaxing in the dugout.

In the top of the 9th, Mets reliever Neil Ramierz, making his MLB debut, walked the leadoff man then gave up back-to-back singles to load the bases with no one out.

Addison Reed was brought in by Terry Collins, to settle things down. But Reed walked Cameron Maybin, bringing in a run. Then he gave up a single to Kole Calhoun, to make it a 7-4 ballgame.

Mike Trout then lined out to right field but another Angel crossed the plate, making it a 7-5 game. 

Collins kept Reed on the mound, even when he walked Andrelton Simmons to load up the bases again.

With nowhere else to go & with no faith in anyone else, Collins stuck with Reed. Reed reared back & struck out Danny Espinoza to end the game & win it for his manager.

Quotes- Terry Collins: "It's unbelievable to think that I've been here that long. It's a humbling experience & it's been an honor".


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