In the ninth inning of today’s game, Justin Turner made a diving stop and threw out Jayson Werth at first for the second out of the inning. The play preserved the Mets’ one-run lead. Replays showed, however, that Daniel Murphy’s foot came off the bag.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman disputed first base umpire Phil Cuzzi’s call, but to no avail.
After the game, Daniel Murphy spoke about the play. He said:
Justin made a great play right there. Yeah, I thought I was on the bag. I haven’t seen a replay, so you guys probably know better than I do, but I feel like I was able to stay on, and hat’s off to Justin right there.
Well, once Murph gets a chance to look at it, I think he’ll agree he got away with one. But it was a very head’s up risk by Daniel. Instead of playing it safe and coming off the bag, Murphy took the chance and hung with the play. He was able to sell it to the first base umpire and he got a pivotal second out for his pitcher.
Last night, Terry Collins spoke about how good of a first baseman he thinks Murphy is and I have to agree. Even though Mets fans have seen Murph look very uncomfortable at other positions, he really seems at ease at first. In fact, I think his defense could have been the difference in this two-game series. Yes, the umpire blew the call, but a less savvy first baseman may have not even given Cuzzi the option to call Werth out.