One night after being removed in the first inning as a precaution to protect one of the most valuable players on the team Jose Reyes proved that value. Reyes led off the game with a single, stole second, advanced to third when Angels catcher Jeff Mathis‘s throw to second went into centerfield and scored when David Wright grounded to second base. Then in the third inning he tripled and scored on a Marlon Anderson sacrifice fly.
In the middle of the fourth the Mets were leading 3-0 (the third run was due to a solo homer by Carlos Delgado) when the wheels began to come off as the Angels took over the lead 4-3. The big hit was a two run single by Vladimir Guerrero.
It remained that way into the 9th inning when Reyes took over the game again. This time he singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Wright single to left.
The Mets eventually won the game 5-4 in 10 innings. The winning run was scored on a Damion Easley homer.
This game really underscored an important point for this teams offense. How Reyes goes so goes the team. He is a rare player whose intensity and play making ability (especially offensively) can create opportunities for his team to win.