Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Reds 5, Mets 4 (13)
By Adam Rubin
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: Jose Reyes took a curtain call after his second homer Tuesday night. But is it curtains in New York after the season finale Wednesday afternoon?
Reyes went 3-for-6 while producing the seventh multi-homer game of his career. He is hitting .336 entering the season’s final day. Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and is hitting .335.
Reyes last went deep twice on June 19, 2010, against the Yankees’ Phil Hughes.
The Mets lost in the 13th when Juan Francisco tripled and scored on a squeeze bunt by Drew Stubbs against Dale Thayer. Justin Turner lined into a double play with the bases loaded to end the game.
Reyes’ first long ball gave him 100 runs scored for the fourth time in his career, extending his franchise record. David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Edgardo Alfonzo, Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry each scored 100 runs twice as a Met.
The Mets were one out from winning, 4-3, but Bobby Parnell entered with two on and two out for Manny Acosta in the ninth and suffered a blown save that prolonged the game. The Mets had taken that one-run lead on Josh Thole’s tie-breaking single in the seventh, which scored Nick Evans. Reyes also had a diving stop on Chris Heisey’s grounder to his left for the final out of the top of the eighth, which stranded the potential tying run in scoring position.
CAPPER: Chris Capuano allowed a two-run homer in the first inning to Jay Bruce as well as a solo shot by Joey Votto in the sixth that tied the score at 3, but departed after that frame with the lead thanks to Thole’s RBI single. It potentially was Capuano’s final game as a Met, although the Mets hope to re-sign him for next season for a still-to-be-determined role.
Capuano earned $3.925 million this season with bonuses. He was poised to earn the victory, but ended up with a no-decision to finish his first Mets season with an 11-12 record and a 4.55 ERA in 33 appearances (31 starts).
Said Terry Collins: “It’s been really amazing, because coming off the injuries he’s had, in spring training we talked, ‘Gosh, if we get half a season out of him and then Johan (Santana)’s ready, then he’s an option to go to the bullpen.’ Obviously we’ve needed him all year long. All he’s done is stepped up and given us quality outings.”
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets complete their season Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field as Reyes potentially plays his final game as a Met. Right-hander Miguel Batista (4-2, 4.24 ERA) opposes Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.84). Don’t look for a start by Jason Bay in the finale. Bay, who has been limited to three innings because of illness over the past eight games, likely is too weak to start in the finale, according to Collins -- although he did pinch-run in the 13th inning Tuesday night. He joins Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan(concussion-like symptoms) and Jason Isringhausen (right leg numbness) on the shelf.