Sean Murphy's game plans creating confidence in Athletics pitchers

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Murphy's game plans creating confidence in A's pitchers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Athletics dig the long ball, apparently. 

Each of the A’s runs scored in their 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Friday night came on home runs. Oakland hit four in total. 

A’s catcher Sean Murphy, who crushed a two-run homer in the win, has found his form at the plate after a slow start to the season. 

It's understandable that Murphy took time to get going since he was coming off of two surgeries after sustaining a collapsed lung in January.

Murphy’s value behind the plate is just as important for the A's. During the 2020 season, fans had to constantly be reminded he was just a rookie. His maturity showed well beyond his now 26 years.

“He studies hard, he’s prepared for each guy,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s a game plan for each guy. He’s always well-versed in it.”

A’s starter Frankie Montas allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings Friday.

“Murph has done an amazing job behind the plate,” Montas said. “I’m proud of the way he’s been working and everything he has been doing. I feel like, not just me, but he has to create a relationship with all the guys and that allows to get more confidence and get more comfortable with him and I shake him off a lot which makes him understand the game a little more.”

The two had a good plan -- each one of Murphy’s plans seem to be that way. 

“We spend a lot of time putting together a game plan with the starting pitchers and when it works out, it’s a good feeling,” Murphy said.

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As far as the four homers the A's hit, balls tend to fly at Target Field, but Murphy wasn’t too worried about the geographic location. 

“Hitting home runs is cool anywhere,” Murphy said. “What did we get, four tonight? If the offense keeps doing that, we’ll be pretty happy.”