1:10 PM ET, September 28, 2011
Citi Field, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes heard the boos when he was lifted for a pinch runner. Mets fans wanted to see more.At least another at-bat or two. At least another season or two.It was an afternoon of mixed emotions for the effervescent shortstop in what could have been his last game in a New York Mets uniform, a 3-0 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday.After a bunt single in the first inning, Reyes was finished. The strategy paid off: Reyes won the National League batting title late Wednesday when Milwaukee's Ryan Braun went 0 for 4.
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Regular Season Series
|4th||N Evans singled to center, W Harris scored, J Satin to second.||0||1|
|6th||M Baxter homered to right center (397 feet), J Satin scored.||0||3|
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|Stadium||Citi Field, New York, NY|
|Attendance||28,816 (68.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Runge, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim Mcclelland, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|
With a bunt single in the first (he was immediately pulled for a pinch runner), Jose Reyes finishes the season the season with 181 hits in 537 at-bats (.3371 average). Entering his final game of the season, Ryan Braun has 187 hits in 559 at-bats (.3345 average). To pass Reyes, Braun must record at least 3 hits in no more than 4 at-bats. A 3-3 evening will put him at .3381 and a 3-4 evening will give Braun a .3375 average. Anything less will leave him short of Reyes' now final average and give the Mets shortstop his first batting title.
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