Murphy Steals 3rd Base on a Walk

You might remember this. It was the elimination game of the 2015 NLDS. The Mets were in LA facing the Dodgers. Daniel Murphy advances from first base on a walk. At second base he takes off in a run and steals 3rd base!

Daniel Murphy is known for his bat, not his fielding or base running. Earlier in the season after a reckless mistake on the basepaths, David Wright joked about Murph’s base running.

“Sometimes it seems like he thinks he’s invisible out there on the bases. He’ll do something out there that makes you say, ‘What was he thinking?’”

David Wright to Sports Illustrated

But tonight will be different. It’s October 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. Zack Greinke is facing Jacob deGrom in Game 5 of the Division Series. DeGrom lacks command and allows two runs in the 1st. The Mets trail 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning.

Murphy is on first base when Lucas Duda draws a walk on a 3-1 pitch with one out. The Dodgers had a shift on with the lefty Duda at the plate. As Murphy casually trots to second base, he notices that no one on the sleeping Dodgers has moved back to cover 3rd base. So he suddenly takes off in a sprint, sliding safely into the bag! Murphy steals 3rd base on a walk!

Murphy’s heads up play pays off when Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hits a sacrifice fly to score him and tie the game 2-2. Two innings later on a 3-2 pitch, Murphy hits a go-ahead solo homer into the right-field seats against Greinke.

Related: Roger Cedeno steals home!

Noah Syndergaard makes the only relief appearance of his young career in the seventh, throwing a scoreless inning. Jeurys Familia follows with a six-out save, ending the game by striking out Howie Kendrick.

“I’m not fleet afoot. You’ve got to give a peek and hope that nobody calls timeout, otherwise I look like a buffoon. But I was just fast enough to be able to get in there and make it.”

Daniel Murphy after the game

“You never know what to expect with Murph. Just an incredibly heads-up play — a game-changing play. Just incredible. In a playoff game, that’s the difference.”

David Wright to MLB

“Unbelievable, when he’s on the bases, he’s always trying to take an extra base. Sometimes not at the best times, but tonight was at the best time.”

Terry Collins to MLB