Patience pays off for Murphy

CINCINNATI -- Daniel Murphy doesn’t hit many home runs, so each one stands out -- few of them as much as his three-run shot off of Mike Leake in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

#28 2B
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM157
  • HR13

  • RBI76

  • R92

  • OBP.318

  • AVG.285

It stands out because of the work Murphy did to get there, fouling off one 2-2 pitch and three full-count offerings before driving a cutter 389 feet into the right-field seats with two outs in the second inning.

“Any time you hit one with two outs and a couple guys on and it extends the lead is great,” Murphy said before Wednesday’s game, pointing out that he had a lot of help in getting to that situation, including pitcher Jonathon Niese contributing a single. “A whole bunch of guys had great at-bats before me.”

That wasn’t the first time Murphy has come through at Great American Ball Park. He remembered working now-teammate Aaron Harang for eight pitches before homering on the ninth to give the Mets a 1-0 lead on their way to a 2-1 win on Opening Day of the 2009 season. Murphy drove in both New York runs in that game.

The pitch sequence Tuesday was foul ball, ball, foul ball, ball, foul ball, ball, three foul balls and the home run, his career-high 13th of the season.

“That was really impressive,” manager Terry Collins said. “He fought off some close pitches to get one he could get the barrel on. That’s what good hitters do.”