During the New York Mets 11-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, 22-year-old shortstop, Ruben Tejada, collected three hits in five at-bats, while scoring two runs and driving in one:
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Tejada collected his second hit of the night — a two-out RBI single to center — extending the Mets lead 5-1. After advancing to second on the throw to the plate, he scored the games sixth run on an RBI single by Daniel Murphy. Tejada collected his third hit of the contest just two innings later when he drilled a 1-2 pitch just past the reach of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. #11 scored his second run of the game just two batters later when David Wright delivered his tenth homerun of the season; a three-run jack that landed beyond the centerfield wall.
Photo taken by Michael Baron
Following the victory, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters he has been very impressed with how comfortable Tejada has been at the plate, saying:
“Probably the fact that he’s so comfortable at the plate. He’s basically had 20 at-bats in Triple-A. Some at A-ball. To come up here and have the discipline at the plate he’s had is truly amazing.”
Earlier in the week, Collins stated the following about Tejada:
“He’s got all the skills. He’s not going to be base stealer. He’s never going to do that. But he’s going to be a very solid defender, and it’s going to get around the league that this guy is very solid defensively. …He knew he was replacing Jose and he came into spring training and never tried to do more than he was capable of. We said, ‘You don’t have to be Jose Reyes . Just be Ruben Tejada.’ . . . I just think he’s going to end up down the road here, in a couple years his name’s going to be mentioned among the elite shortstops.“
Tejada has been great for the Mets. And his play has Mets fans asking, “Jose who?” Who can blame them? His three-hit performance on Tuesday night was his 12th multi-hit game of 2012 and the eighth time this year he has collected three- or-more hits in a game. Since his return from the disabled list on June 24th — a span of nine games — the 22-year-old shortstop has collected 14 hits in 39 at-bats (.385) with eight runs scored. Over his last 18 games, he is 31-for-77 (.403) with 14 runs scored improving his season average to .326 in the process.