August 15, 2006: Reyes Hits 3 Home Runs

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Date: August 15, 2006
Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez
Mets: 4
Phillies: 11
Winning pitcher: Randy Wolf
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Shane Victorino, Dave Dellucci
Key play: Reyes' home runs, Victorino's & Dellucci's homers

Coming off a 13-0 loss the previous night, the Mets looked to get even with the Phillies in the second game of a series at Citizen's Bank Park. Jose Reyes drove in four runs for the Mets with three homers. Starting pitcher Orlando Hernandez got shelled for ten Philadelphia hits in only four innings as the Mets went down to defeat, 11-4.

Reyes homered to lead off the game against Phillies' starter Randy Wolf. In the third inning, Jose homered off Wolf again with one out and no one on base. However, Shane Victorino and Dave Dellucci both homered for four runs in the first, Victorino hit a two-run triple in the second and Wolf got a two-run double in the third before Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly for a 9-2 Phillies' lead. Hernandez continued to pitch into the fourth inning and gave up another two runs.

Pedro Feliciano and Roberto Hernandez held the Phils scoreless from the fifth inning to the seventh. Endy Chavez then led off the top of the eighth with a single off reliever Brian Sanches and Reyes came up to bat. Jose hit his third home run of the game to cut the Phils' lead to seven runs. Sanches then finished the inning, getting Carlos Delgado to line out for an inning-ending double play.

Geoff Geary pitched the ninth inning for the Phillies. Michael Tucker led off with a single before Jose Valentin grounded into a double play. Geary then got Chris Woodward to ground out, ending the game. The Mets had suffered their second straight lopsided loss to the Phils, despite three home runs from Jose Reyes.

Notes

  • Reyes became the seventh Met to hit three homers in a game and the first to do so in a team loss.
  • Reyes became the second Met to have a 3-homer game and hit for the cycle. Only Jim Hickman had done both previously.