The gesture fit the Angels’ effort in a 3-0 loss to the Mets on Friday evening as well as the batted ball that would seal their demise.
Down two runs in the seventh inning with the bases loaded, Ben Revere fought a fastball inside toward the green not far past second base. It looped and spun, and Reyes gave chase.
When Reyes reached up the first time, his glove flipped the ball up as a chef flips an omelet. Then he recovered and scooped underneath to secure the catch.
The bobble and catch neutralized the Angels’ only threat in an inning when they’d loaded the bases with no outs, their best scoring chance of the evening against the Mets’ slumbering star Jacob deGrom. DeGrom struck out nine in seven innings.
“All night, we didn’t get too many good looks at him,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “When we did get a couple good looks he made some pitches and got out of it.”
The loss ended the Angels’ four-game winning streak. The Mets, losers of seven straight, dropped the Angels to .500, at 22-22.
The lineup had been shut out only two other times, but the Angels never awoke on Friday. A few innings into the game, Mike Trout noticed the air conditioning vents in the Angels’ dugout had gone quiet. It was a warm and sticky evening, and sweat was starting to drip from the Angels hitters.
“I was like, ‘Dude, turn it on!’ ” Trout said across the clubhouse after the game, in the direction of the Angels’ starting pitcher, Ricky Nolasco.
“I figured you wanted it to stay warmed up,” Trout said.
In fact, Nolasco did stay loose and comfortable. It was the Angels’ bats, despite the lack of air conditioning, that went cold. They managed only six hits. Trout had two of them, and reached a…