From Goat to Hero — Daniel Murphy Edition
The good thing about baseball is that a player can go from goat to hero in a matter of innings. That’s just what happened in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks.
With the Mets up 4-1 in the fourth, Daniel Murphy committed his first error of the season, allowing a ground ball to skip by him. That opened the door for Arizona to score two runs, and when Dillon Gee allowed a solo homer to Miguel Montero in the sixth, the score was tied at four.
But Murphy turned the tables in the bottom of the inning, driving in the tie-breaking run with a single. He even added an RBI in the eighth for an all-important insurance run as they Mets went on to win their third straight, 6-4.
It’s no surprise the Mets are now 3-0 since Jason Bay returned. The lineup really felt weak without him. Bay hit a long homer to right in the third. It was one of those shots that usually falls short in Citi Field, but this one fortunately found the bullpen.
Gee pitched another solid game, allowing just two earned runs in six innings and getting his second win in as many starts. He’s earned another start, and if he remains successful, the Mets will have a decision to make when Chris Young eventually comes back. I think Chris Capuano should be sent to the bullpen to make room for Gee in the rotation.
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Date: April 23, 2011