07/13/10 11:14 PM ET
Wright continues to flourish in All-Star play
Third baseman extends Midsummer Classic hit streak to five
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
"It was prearranged," Wright said following a fine performance at Angel Stadium. "He said before the game even started that I would get two at-bats and get out of there. We had a more than capable guy [Reds third baseman Scott Rolen] coming in for me."
Wright's two hits in two at-bats provided most of the National League's offense in the early going. He reached on an infield single in the second inning to extend his All-Star Game hitting streak to five games. It is the longest hitting streak in the All-Star Game since Wade Boggs hit in five consecutive games from 1998-2002.
Wright was not finished there.
He hit a leadoff single to center field in the fifth inning against Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. He then stole second base to become the first National League baserunner in scoring position.
Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier singled to right field with one out, but Phillies third-base coach Sam Perlozzo held Wright at third.
Wright said he could not have scored had Perlozzo sent him because Rangers right fielder Josh Hamilton made a strong throw to the plate.
"Great arm. Pretty good throw," he said. "I think even if we tried, I'd be out by 10, 12 feet."
Wright is hitting .462 (6-for-13) with one home run and one RBI in his All-Star career. His .462 average is tied with Al Simmons for fifth best in All-Star history amongst players with 10 or more at-bats.
Not bad, right?
"It's a small sampling, I guess," he said. "You get a couple hits, and all of a sudden, the numbers are probably better than they really are. I've been fortunate to get a couple hits here and there. It's been a lot of fun. So hopefully that continues."
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, whom NL players voted to the team, did not play because of a sore right oblique.
"It's tough," Reyes said on Monday. "I'm disappointed, but I have to understand that I'm not able to play because I have some injuries. Of course I want to play, but I can't play right now. The most important thing is to get better and try to help my team in the second half."
Reyes is hitting .275 with six home runs, 33 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and 52 runs scored. Those are not mind-blowing numbers, but consider for a moment he has hit .297 with a .335 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage since May 2. His .792 OPS is second amongst NL shortstops in that span.
Only Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been better with a .836 OPS.
If Reyes returns to the lineup soon -- center fielder Carlos Beltran said he will be back after the break -- the Mets could cause some problems for the first-place Braves and third-place Phillies in the NL East.
"It's back to business," Wright said. "We've got to grind away and hopefully pick up a few games on the Braves and start playing good baseball. September is right around the corner. We've got to make a move."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.