Texas Clubs Mets 9-7 in Reyes Debut

They say rebuilding is painful, and when looked at from the outside, a 9-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, the bottom-dwellers of the AL West who had lost nine straight going into the game, was just that. However, dwelving deeper into the boxscore and even beyond, there was one large bright spot for the Mets and their fans.

When looking at the boxscore, one immediately notices that wunderkind shortstop Jose Reyes, who is ranked as the number one prospect in baseball, scored two of the four Met runs. Reyes was called up Tuesday to take the shortstop spot from the injured Rey Sanchez. However, judging from his game Tuesday, he won't be giving that role up anytime soon.

Reyes went 2-4 with a single, and a well-stroked double in his Major League debut. After he hit the single, he scored on a Roger Cedeno double that was just over the outreached glove of the shortstop many Met fans wanted to see man the position for the Flushing nine before they Reyes became the object of their obsession this winter. Cedeno's hit, really a single turned into a double on a weak cut-off throw, was cut off in the gap, yet Reyes scored without a throw to the plate.

In the seventh, Reyes stroked his double to leftfield, and scored from third on a Timo Perez ground out. Reyes also made two strong throws from shortstop, one from deep in the hole.

After Cedeno drove home Reyes with his double, Robbie Alomar drove him home with a single. Jason Phillips hit a solo homer to right in the sixth.

The Mets mounted a comeback when Rangers manager Buck Showalter brought in reliever Jay Powell with two outs in the top of the eighth, hoping to give his reliever a positive outing. Instead, he walked Ty Wigginton and Jason Phillips and let up a three run homerun to catcher Vance Wilson. Showalter then brought in Ugeth Urbina to retire Reyes, and he did, as he got Reyes to fly out to left.

The night wasnt as pleasant for Steve Trachsel, who had a second straight terrible outing. Trachsel went 3+ innings, giving up seven runs, six of them earned. He gave up a two run homer to Texas third basemen Hank Blalock. Catcher Einar Diaz had an RBI and a run scored, as did Rightfielder Carl Everett. Rafael Palmiero hit his 504th homer in the seventh, and another super rookie, Mark Teixeira slammed one in the fifth. Both of those homers came off Met lefthander Pedro Feliciano.

Robbie Alomar broke out of a hitting slump with two hits and an RBI, but made two errors, one on a routine pop up that he simply dropped in the eighth. However, he made the catch on Teixeira's popup with the bases loaded to end the same inning.

Ugeth Urbina set aside the Mets in the ninth, despite allowing a drag bunt single by Roger Cedeno that led off the inning.


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