Anthony Reyes. Cardinals Shock Detroit In World Series Opener

Oct. 21, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Former Trojan right-hander Anthony Reyes (Whittier/California HS) had the odds stacked against him. As a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals, he got the call to start Game 1 of the 2006 World Series in Detroit. He also had the fewest wins of any Game 1 starter in World Series history, but that fact failed to deter Reyes as he pitched a gem Saturday in the Cardinals' 7-2 victory against the favored Tigers.

After Detroit scored a run in the first, Reyes settled down and went eight innings, allowing only two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. At one point in the game, Reyes retired 17 straight batters, which was the longest in a World Series game since Cincinnati's Jose Rijo retired 20 in a row against Oakland in 1990.

In an ironic twist, Reyes was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 13th round after his 2002 season, but he elected not to sign and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 15th round after his 2003 senior season.

Reyes, who made his major league debut last year, is 5-8 this season with a 5.06 ERA. The Whittier, Calif., native has pitched this season for St. Louis and the Cardinals' Triple-A farm team in Memphis. He started Game 4 of the NLCS against the New York Mets, allowing two runs (both on solo home runs) and three hits in four innings of work. Reyes did not figure in the decision.

During his collegiate career, Reyes made 53 starts in 60 appearances for the Trojans and was a member of the 2000 and 2001 USC squads that played in the College World Series. Reyes was 17-16 in his college career with a 3.85 ERA (320 IP, 331 H, 98 BB, 273 SO, .271 opponents' batting average). He was also a member of the U.S. National Team in 2000 and 2001.

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