June 21, 2006: Reyes Hits for the Cycle

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Date: June 21, 2006
Mets starter: Alay Soler
Mets: 5
Reds: 6
Winning pitcher: Jason Standridge
Key player(s): Jose Reyes
Key play: Phillips' single in 9th

The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 49,758 was on hand to see Jose Valentin get three hits and Jose Reyes hit for the cycle. However, two runs off Billy Wagner in the ninth gave Cincinnati a 6-5 win over the Mets.

Each team scored a run in the first inning. For the Reds, Ken Griffey, Jr. got a sacrifice fly off Mets' starter Alay Soler to bring home Ryan Freel. The Mets responded with a leadoff home run by Reyes off Cincinnati's Joe Mays to tie the game immediately.

Griffey's double off Soler in the third scored Freel and Felipe Lopez to put the Reds ahead, 3-1. In the bottom half, Reyes doubled and moved to third when Carlos Beltran reached on an error by second baseman Brandon Phillips. Mays then got Carlos Delgado on a ground ball for the final out of the inning, leaving the runners stranded.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Cincinnati's Austin Kearns reached first base when Soler's third strike got past Mets' catcher Paul Lo Duca. Kearns scored on Scott Hatteberg's two-out double. The Mets answered when Reyes led off the bottom half with a triple and scored on Mays' wild pitch to make it a 4-2 game.

Chris Hammond relieved Mays to begin the bottom of the seventh. Beltran hit a double with one out and later scored on David Wright's single. Switch-hitter Valentin, batting lefthanded against the lefty-throwing Hammond, hit a home run to give the Mets a 5-4 lead.

Following a one-out walk to Julio Franco in the eighth, Reyes hit a single off Reds' reliever Jason Standridge to complete the cycle. Lo Duca followed by lining out into a double play to end the inning.

Wagner came on to pitch the ninth inning for the Mets. Billy retired the first two Reds' hitters before issuing walks to Kearns and pinch-hitter David Ross. Rich Aurilia, batting for Hatteberg, got an infield single to load the bases. Phillips then singled to center field, scoring Kearns and pinch-runner Quinton McCracken to put the Reds in front. Wagner struck out Javier Valentin (Jose's brother) to finally end the inning.

In the last half of the ninth, Todd Coffey came on to pitch for Cincinnati. Coffey walked Beltran before getting Delgado out on a fly ball. Wright then grounded into a double play to end the game. The Mets had a tough loss.

Notes

  • Reyes was the ninth Mets' player to hit for the cycle. He was also the first to do so in a Mets' loss.