Daniel Murphy started the night on Saturday with a 10-game hit streak going, over which he was 16 for 40 (.400 AVG) with two doubles, two home runs, six RBIs, one walk, and four runs scored, and he extended it to 11-straight games with a single off Miami Marlins’ right-hander Tayron Guerrero in the first at bat of the seventh.
Murphy scored the first of the two runs the Nationals put up in that inning, tying the second of three with the Fish in Washington up at 4-4 before Washington eventually lost it in ten.
The second baseman was more concerned with two defensive plays he didn’t make in the Marlins’ sixth than he was with the one hit he connected for in the loss when he spoke with reporters after last night’s game.
Murphy botched a potential double play ball that loaded the bases before a two-run single by JT Riddle that the Nats’ second baseman leapt for but couldn’t bring down put the Marlins up 4-2.
“It was a direct hand in us losing this ballgame,” Murphy said, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.
“Two plays I should’ve made. I didn’t. And it really hurt us a lot tonight, unfortunately.”
Murphy’s range on defense, which wasn’t great before his knee injury and surgery, hasn’t quite come back yet, though he’s looked good with a bat in his hands.
Since July 1st, the 33-year-old infielder, who missed the first 65 games of the season, is 46 for 133 (.346/.390/.534) with seven doubles and six home runs in 146 plate appearances.
On the season, Murphy has a .305/.347/.449 line after last night’s game.
He has multi-hit games in five of the last 11. He’s looking like himself at the plate. Will he avoid any miscues in the field today?
Will he extend his hit streak this afternoon, assuming he’s in the lineup again for the series finale with the Marlins?
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE FINALE WITH THE MARLINS:
#Nats vs #Marlins 3 of 3: Eaton RF, Turner SS, Harper CF, Rendon 3B, Soto LF, Murphy 2B, Adams 1B, Wieters C, Gonzalez LHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 19, 2018