September 28, 2011: Batista Two-Hits Reds, Reyes Wins Title

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Date: September 28, 2011
Mets starter: Miguel Batista
Mets: 3
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Miguel Batista
Key player(s): Miguel Batista, Nick Evans, Mike Baxter, Jose Reyes
Key play: Reyes’ single in 1st, Evans’ single in 4th, Baxter’s home run in 6th

The Mets and Reds concluded the season on a Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The day was highlighted by Jose Reyes, who became the first Mets player ever to win a National League batting title. As for the game, Miguel Batista pitched a two-hit shutout and Mike Baxter hit his first major league home run in a 3-0 Mets victory over Cincinnati.

Batista gave up only a single to Edgar Renteria in a scoreless top of the first inning. Reyes got a bunt single off Cincinnati starter Edinson Volquez to lead off the bottom half. With his batting average at a league-leading .337, Jose came out of the game as Justin Turner entered as a pinch-runner. Volquez retired the next three batters to end the inning. Chris Heisey doubled to begin the top of the second. Juan Francisco and Devin Mesoraco followed up with infield ground outs. Batista caught a pop-up by Paul Janish for the final out of the inning. Volquez then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third inning, Batista pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Volquez walked Willie Harris with one out in the bottom of the inning. David Wright got an infield single and was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Satin. A single by Nick Evans scored Harris from second base for a 1-0 Mets lead. Baxter popped out to shortstop Renteria. Ronny Paulino then hit a grounder to Renteria for an inning-ending force play.

Batista and Volquez each pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Miguel shut down the Reds once again without a hit in the top of the sixth. Satin got a one-out infield single and Evans went down on strikes in the bottom half. Baxter homered to extend the Mets’ lead to three runs. Paulino hit a fly ball to center fielder Drew Stubbs for the third out. Batista pitched his fifth straight hitless innings with a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Volquez then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

In the eighth, Batista and Reds’ reliever Jose Arredondo each retired the side in order. Renteria grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada to open the top of the ninth. Joey Votto hit a grounder to first baseman Evans for the second out of the inning. Miguel then got Jay Bruce on a fly ball to left fielder Harris to end the game. In closing out their 50th season, the Mets had a win on Batista’s two-hitter as Reyes became the first batting champion in team history.