"Reyes is sensational. He has done it since game 1, now were in game 165 and he is still doing it." - Terry Collins
Colorado (AP) - The New York Mets looked as if they were going to fall into an 0-2 series hole before Jose Reyes ignited the team as he has all year long. The most exciting player in baseball, Jose Reyes, took a game from a dreary one to nothing defeat into a sensational ballgame in a fourteen second span.
The Sensational Reyes came up to bat in the 8th inning with the mets trailing 1-0 for the second straight game. Jorge De La Rosa was spinning a gem on the mound and had limited the mistakes he made. A 1-1 Fastball on the outside portion of the plate did not seem like a mistake pitch to Reyes. He drove a soft line drive into the left centerfield gap. Charging came Dexter Fowler, diving and extending his body to make a highlight reel play and suddenly the ball bounced under his glove. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez got caught watching the play develop, and did not begin to chase the ball down until after it got by Fowler.
All Reyes needed was to see the ball bounce. From that point he was off to the races. He kicked it into fourth gear and steered around second base, heading for third. Third base coach chip hale was waving his arm frantically while pointing towards home plate, and Reyes took off for the most exciting play in baseball. Reyes turned third and scored easily, with a throw coming a few seconds after he touched home plate. Exhausted and excited, Jose Reyes' inside the park homerun as well as his smile ignited the New York Mets postseason.
The game was not finished, as it was merely a tie game. Mike Pelfrey pitched an incredible 7 innings of 1 run 3 hit baseball. D.J. Carassco came in to shut down the Rockies in the 8th. Bobby Parnell threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning touching 101 miles per hour on the radar gun.
In the top of the tenth inning Josh Thole lead off by pinch hitting for starting catcher Ronnie Paulino. Thole took the first pitch he saw into the left center gap, leading off the inning with a double. Second baseman rookie phenom Brad Emaus followed up with a groundout to shortstop, moving Thole over to third base. Manager Collins made a questionable call pinch hitting Scott Hairston for the pitcher spot, while still having left handed bats on the team bench. Hairston struck out in a situation where a fly ball could have won the game, frustrated and disgruntled, Jose Reyes stepped up to the plate. The gritty Reyes took a 1-2 fastball from right hander Matt Belisle and hit a screaming line drive back up the middle into center field, scoring Thole from third base.
Francisco Rodriguez came in to slam the door shut in the bottom of the 10th inning, earning his first save of the postseason. The Mets showed a lot of life winning on the road in Colorado, and take the series home for two games to New York on October 5, first pitch is at 1:05 pm Eastern Standard Time.