May 19, 2021

Remembering Mets History (2017) Terry Collins Become Mets Longest Tenured 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 marked Collins' 1013th game as skipper of the Mets, surpassing Davey John's old record. Terry Collins is the oldest manager in the game as this point, at 67 years old.

Tonight he sends Zack Wheeler to the mound to face Alex Meyer.

In the 1st, Michael Conforto led off with a walk. Jose Reyes then singled, for the 200th hit of his career.  Conforto, scored on Neil Walker's ground out to make it 1-0. In the 3rd inning, Conforto walked & Jose Reyes singled, 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 Wheeler out of the game. 

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

But the Mets bullpen, would not let their manager set his record
calmly. In the top of the 9th, Mets reliever Neil Ramierez, making his MLB debut, walked the lead off man then gave up back to back singles to load the bases with no one out.

 Addison Reed was brought in by 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 no where else to go & with faith in no other, Collins stuck with Reed. Reed reared back & struck out Danny Espinoza to end the game & win it for the manager.

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

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