The Juice: Stop, thief! Daniel Murphy overcomes Brett Gardner’s home-run stealing ways

David Brown
May 28, 2013

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Darn them Yankees: If the 2013 Subway Series teaches us anything, it will be this: If you can't win by hitting it over Brett Gardner, then hit it in front of him. Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets, angered because Gardner denied him a home run with a leaping catch earlier, found peace with a line-drive RBI single to shallow center in the eighth. His hit produced the go-ahead run in a 2-1 victory at Citi Field on Sunday night against the dreaded New York Yankees.

"There was a lot of prayer that went on between the robbing of the home run and the next at-bat, mostly for peace, because I was fairly angry after he took that from us. ... I had to calm myself, and I had to ask for some help with that."

In the sixth, Gardner saved the Yankees' day — for the moment — by stealing what would have been Murphy's fifth homer. Gardner said the ball carried deeper than he anticipated. From the Associated Press:

Murphy sent a fly that Gardner tracked to the wall. He jumped in front of the 385-foot marker and caught the ball above the fence.

''I didn't think it was hit as good as it showed,'' Gardner said. ''I didn't realize it was going out.''

It's a good thing his glove realized it!

David Wright can't go wrong: Murphy coming through also probably made David Wright feel better about his night, which include a score-tying home run, a triple, a great play on defense and a big hug for at least one big Mets fan. (H/T: The Score)


Orioles 6, Nationals 2: Baltimore's Jason Hammel strikes out eight over eight innings, allows eight hits. You wonder what would have happened if he went nine.

Reds 4, Indians 2: Cincy gets blotto because of Joey Votto's eighth-inning two-run homer into the grotto.

Twins 6, Brewers 3: After a second home run review in three days, it's like they don't believe it when Joe Mauer goes deep. Well, I believe in Mauer Pauer.

Rays 10, Marlins 6: Have a day, Kelly Johnson: A pair of three-run homers. Did you have him active on your fantasy team?

Diamondbacks 5, Rangers 3: D-backs rookie Tyler Skaggs strikes out nine over six in Game 1.

Diamondbacks 5, Rangers 4: Rookie Didi Gregorius ruins a 14-strikeout performance by Yu Darvish, taking him deep for a tying two-run homer in the eighth. That just set up Cliff Pennington to win it in the ninth and finish off the doubleheader sweep.

Mariners 9, Padres 0: After twirling a four-hitter out of nowhere, it would not be surprising for Aaron Harang to just burst into flames on the mound during his next start.

Cubs 7, White Sox 0: Jeff Samardzija was the classiest dude in the joint, tossing a two-hitter.

Tigers 6, Pirates 5: After experiencing some struggles, Justin Verlander strikes out 13. Conversely, Francisco Liriano turned back into a pumpkin for the Bucs.

Astros 3, Rockies 2 (12 inn.): Even the Astros occasionally are allowed one day to have fun! Thanks to Brandon Barnes, who doubled home the winning run.

Cardinals 6, Royals 3: It wasn't vintage Adam Wainwright, but it was good enough. And Yadier Molina helped out, hitting a home run from the No. 2 spot in the order, an unusual place for him.

Athletics 4, Giants 1: Josh Donaldson and Dan Straily lead Oakland to its fourth straight victory.

Blue Jays 9, Braves 3: So many Rasmusses.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 3: Alfredo Aceves comes through in a spot start.

Dodgers 8, Angels 7: Who can underachieve more? Let's watch!

''I didn't watch much of the playoffs last year, but I heard the Giants won the World Series." — A's reliever Sean Doolittle, being a smart-aleck left-hander.

Ke$ha at the Mets. If she likes baseball, she should get points for that. One-hundred points awarded to Ke$ha!

• Yu Darvish had not allowed a run beyond the sixth inning this season before Didi Gregorious's tying home run in the eighth.

• Matt Harvey takes the mound for the Mets on Tuesday night against the dreaded Yanks.

• Verlander had not pitched more than five innings in any of his previous three starts.

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