New York Mets: Aneury Rodriguez

Murph says walk is legit

May, 15, 2011
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Daniel Murphy


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GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
36 3 12 16 .311 .248
Daniel Murphy said he is not a con man.

While it appeared Murphy walked on only three balls during a sixth-inning plate appearance, Murphy said that wasn't the case. Although it went largely unnoticed, Murphy said second-base ump Angel Hernandez called a ball on Aneury Rodriguez for going to his mouth -- the third ball charged to Rodriguez during the encounter.

"I don't know. I wasn't paying attention," Murphy initially said about what happened. "I heard, 'Balk.' And then, '3-1.' I guess that's what Angel said -- ['ball']. It went from 2-1 to 3-1. It was a four-ball walk."

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Astros 4

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WHAT IT MEANS: With Sunday’s 7-4 rubber-game victory, the Mets have won three straight series. The Mets (19-21) split their six meetings with Houston for the year, and have lost only two season series to the Astros since 1998.

TURNER CLASSIC: Justin Turner produced his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the sixth, that gave the Mets a 7-2 lead and chased starter Aneury Rodriguez. An inning earlier, Turner twice failed to sacrifice two runners ahead with a bunt, but then delivered a two-run double to left field.

Turner had been buzzed up-and-in for the second time in the series on the 0-2 offering that immediately preceded the double. In the opener, Bud Norris sent a fastball screaming in the direction of Turner’s face. Turner, who once was drilled in the face with a pitch while playing in the College World Series, admitted he was sheepish for several pitches after the close call on Friday.

HOME THEFT: The Mets executed a double-steal to cap the scoring in the four-run fifth. Jason Pridie was able to take home after catcher J.R. Towles threw through to second base on a steal attempt by Jose Reyes.

The last Met to steal home: Luis Castillo at Chicago on Sept. 4, 2010.

Reyes then also swiped third base, giving him 14 steals for the season. Houston’s Michael Bourn entered the day leading the majors with 14 steals. Bourn was caught stealing in the first inning on a pickoff move by Chris Capuano.

OH, NO: Rodriguez held the Mets hitless through four innings. His outing then unraveled. First baseman Carlos Lee missed Jason Bay’s leadoff pop-up by the mound for an error to open the fifth. Daniel Murphy followed with a clean single to right field to break up the bid. That’s when Turner scored both with the double.

The Mets have been no-hit six times in franchise history, most recently by Darryl Kile and Art Howe's Astros on Sept. 8, 1993 in Houston.

CAPPER: Chris Capuano’s shortest start of the season nonetheless resulted in a win. Capuano, whose pitch count was at 94, departed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the sixth after the Mets had taken a 7-2 lead. Capuano (3-4) pulled even with Mike Pelfrey for the team lead in wins.

BAY WATCH: Bay’s solid fielding continued Sunday. He made a diving catch on the dirt track near the left-field line -- in fair territory -- on Bourn to end the fourth with two runners on base.

RETURN: Carlos Beltran went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup after a one-day absence because of right-eye discomfort that blurred his vision. Bay threw out Lee at the plate during the series and also recorded a pair of tough catches on sinking liners.

FAST ONE? No, Murphy did not walk on three pitches in the sixth apparently. The official scorer believes Rodriguez went to his mouth and was charged with a ball.

K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 12th save. He has finished 15 of the Mets’ 40 games. K-Rod needs 40 games finished in the team’s final 122 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. Rodriguez is on pace for 61 games finished, six over the threshold for the vesting option to kick in.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets return home for a two-game series against the Florida Marlins. Pelfrey (3-3, 5.74 ERA) opposes Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.63) in the opener.

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Juan Lagares
BA HR RBI R
.314 1 7 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 3
RBID. Wright 10
RE. Young Jr. 14
OPSJ. Lagares .816
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Niese 2.84
SOB. Colon 18

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