Colorado Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy used his head to get out of a rundown Tuesday night in the Rockies’ 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Yes, Murphy literally used his head to escape an almost certain out and score the game’s first run.
Daniel Murphy shows us a new way to get out of a rundown. pic.twitter.com/O8m2Hv20TU
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 21, 2019
The play happened in the top of the second inning. Murphy was on third base with two outs and Tony Wolters at the plate.
Wolters hit a slow roller to Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, and he immediately threw the ball home to try and nail Murphy, who was three-quarters of the way down the baseline.
Seeing that he was dead to rights if he went home, Murphy headed back to third but was caught in a pickle.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli ran him back more than halfway up the baseline, then tossed the ball to third baseman Colin Moran. But on the throw, the ball bounced off the bill of Murphy’s helmet and caromed back behind third base.
Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker tracked it down, but it was too late to catch Murphy, who took off for home and scored easily.
The play was scored a throwing error on Cervelli.
Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Nolan Arenado had two hits for Colorado.
Trevor Story added a home run, his 11th.
Trevor Story homers (11): fly ball to LCF (solo)
Hit: 389.4ft, 97.24mph, 31.3°
Pitch: 93.6mph Two-Seam Fastball (RHP Chris Archer, 7) pic.twitter.com/RHZBdtPTRB
— Home Run Tracker (@DingerTracker) May 21, 2019
Rockies starter German Marquez was brilliant, allowing just three hits and no runs in eight innings of work. He got the win to improve to 5-2 and lower his ERA to 3.38.
Pirates starter Chris Archer took the loss to fall to 1-4. He gave up four runs, three of them earned, in five innings.
by making the catcher throw the ball at his helmet. cervelli is atrocious.
— seven springs ski lift (@gethurdled) May 21, 2019
The Rockies improved to 21-25. They are in fourth place in the NL West, 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the Pirates fell to 24-21. They are in third place in the NL Central, 3.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
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