What a night it was for Chicago Cubs’ newcomer, Donnie Murphy. Last night, Murphy banged two home runs into the stands as the Cubs downed the Phillies 5-2.
“I was just thinking base hit right there,” Murphy said of his ninth inning at-bat in a 2-2 tie. “But in a count 3-1, he didn’t want to put another guy on. I faced him [Tuesday] night. Thankfully, I knew he had a little giddy-up on his fastball.”
This was Murphy’s third home run since Sunday since being called up from Triple A.
Players like Murphy and Junior Lake continue to show the strength of the Cubs’ farm system and Triple A. The team’s chances of a wild card spot are all but gone, so to see the stellar play of these guys this late in the season is encouraging to the Cubs’ faithful.
“Each time I get called up, I’m not as nervous anymore,” said Murphy.
Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro was taken off of the field after a collision with Chase Utley. He’s listed as day to day.
“I don’t think anything was wrong or anything,” Dale Sveum said. “He was blocking the plate, guys have the right to do that. That’s what you want your guys to do, to do everything they can to get home plate.”
It was a convincing win and in light of the current PED scandals going on, it was good to see an “Old Fashioned” win the hard way. Grinding it out and sticking to it late in the game.
The Cubs look to continue their winning ways when Jeff Samardzija faces Ethan Martin. Game Time is 1:05 eastern.