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Murphy's fielding gaffe costs Mets

New York Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy starred at the ground as he sat at his locker inside the clubhouse, contemplating what he could’ve done differently -- both in the field and at the plate.

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

#28 2B
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM46
  • HR4

  • RBI15

  • R19

  • OBP.323

  • AVG.259

Murphy failed to field a ground ball in the ninth inning -- a gaffe which gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 lead they’d never relinquish -- then grounded into a game-ending double play with runners on the corners.

“I just misplayed it,” said Murphy, who played pinch-hitter Domonic Brown’s grounder off to the side in an attempt to start a 3-6-3 double play, only to let it scoot under his glove and into the outfield, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Phillies wound up beating the Mets, 6-4, on Friday night at Citi Field.

Murphy wasn’t charged with the error on the play, but the anguished look on his face suggested he knew he should’ve been.

“I thought it was gonna take a different hop. I should’ve stayed on it. I gotta make that play,” Murphy said. “It was just a bad play.”

Murphy had a chance to redeem himself in the bottom of the frame, but grounded into a 4-6-3 twin-killing.

“I was trying to have a good at-bat, and it wasn’t a very good one,” Murphy said. “I was over my [fielding miscue]. I knew I was up in a situation where I could try to tie the game, at the very least.

“[Ryan Madson] threw me a sinker, and it turned out to be a double play. It was a s---- at-bat.

“But hey, I’m a human being. It wasn’t my day. You just gotta put it behind you and just be ready to play tomorrow.”