Murph has eventful finish

April, 28, 2011
4/28/11
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Daniel Murphy delivers a ninth-inning two-run double Wednesday to lift the Mets to a 6-3 comeback win.
It would be a nice storyline if Daniel Murphy, inspired by Jose Reyes seemingly unjustly getting called out at third base, resolved to homer in the next at-bat to pull the Mets even. However, Murphy said, it was not quite that way.

Murphy said he was merely trying to get an extra-base hit to get into scoring position for David Wright and Carlos Beltran when he instead took Tyler Clippard deep as a pinch-hitter to pull the Mets even at 2 in the eighth. Murphy also delivered a two-run double in the ninth as the Mets rallied twice for the 6-3 win.

Asked if the Reyes issue charged him up, Murphy said at best it perhaps forced him to focus more.

“In that situation, Clippard has such a good changeup that I can’t come out there and just come unglued. It’s a real good one,” Murphy said. “He actually threw me two of them to start the AB. I feel like if I’m looking to come unglued right there, he’s probably going to beat me. So I tried to take a deep breath as much as I could and slow it down and understand the situation. I wasn’t trying to hit a homer. I was trying to hit a double. I wanted to get it to David and Carlos. The fact that it went out of the ballpark was just kind of a bonus.”

Murphy soon thereafter was kicking himself.

With the score tied at 2 a half-inning later, Adam LaRoche sent a fly ball to the left-field line that Jason Bay narrowly missed making a sliding catch on. Bay came up firing to second base and may have caught LaRoche trying to make it a double, but Murphy got caught up in the moment and did not speedily cover second base. A pinch-runner for LaRoche eventually scored the go-ahead run as the Nats took a one-run lead into the ninth.

“I got caught watching the play,” Murphy said. “I don’t know if it was maybe the excitement of what had just taken place. Hopefully with a little more maturity on defense you watch that offense and now it’s time to play defense. And I caught watching that play. Jason goes full bore after it, gives me a good throw and I wasn’t there. We would have had a chance to get him. Another learning opportunity.”

As for the sliding catch attempt, Bay was shaded way over toward left-center for the pull hitter. Still, the left fielder said: “I’d like to think I catch that ball nine out of 10 times. I slid and I had to put my glove right in front of my face. And I had no idea where the ball was. It’s like Outfield 101. You don’t want ever to get the glove between the ball and your face. But when I slid, that’s where I ended up. I just didn’t know where [the baseball] was. I knew it was there. It was the perfect storm at a bad time in the game, but the boys picked me up.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187