Their pleas came in the form of a chant during the fifth inning from the center field seats at Citi Field.
“Keep Jose! Keep Jose!” “Don’t trade Rey-es! Don’t trade Rey-es!”
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Jose Reyes put on another show on Friday night, finishing with two hits -- including his major league leading ninth triple of the season -- and a run scored. However, the soon-to-be 28-year-old shortstop committed a crucial eighth-inning error which allowed the tying run to score, and the Mets fell to the Atlanta Braves by a 6-3 final.
“I have to make that play,” Reyes said of Alex Gonzalez’s two-out grounder which scooted under his glove, allowing Dan Uggla to score and the Braves to knot the game at 3. “I left my glove up. It’s no excuse. I just need to make that play or at least keep the ball on the infield. That changed the momentum.
“I tried to do my best. That’s a routine play. We were up by one run. I feel like I need to make my play.”
Reyes said he could hear the crowd chanting his name.
“They want me [here],” said Reyes, who is in a contract year and has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the season. “But right now my mind is on this tough loss today. We had the game all the way until the eighth and we let it go away. I needed to make that play. Mistakes are part of the game, but hopefully they don’t happen again.”
Reyes did manage to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is hitting .486 (17-for-35) during the run.
He also scored a run for the seventh consecutive game to tie for the third-longest streak of his career. Reyes’ personal-best is a nine-game stretch from June 17-25, 2006.