David Murphy’s fingerprints were all over the Indians 12-2 blowout win over the Texas Rangers Friday at Progressive Field – in some really good ways and a few head-scratching ways as well.
Against his former team, the first-year Indians right fielder went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and threw a runner out at the plate on a perfect one-hop throw that ended a promising second inning for the Rangers without a run scoring.
But Murphy also was tagged out on an odd fielder’s choice play in the bottom of the inning on some ill-advised base running. In addition, Murphy was charged with an error when he fumbled a double off the bat of Robinson Chirinos in the corner, allowing him to take third.
The error led to Texas’ first run in the fifth inning, as Chirinos came around to score on Roughned Odor’s ground out. The Rangers added a late run in the ninth inning against Indians starter-turned-reliever Carlos Carrasco.To read more or comment...
Here are the lineups for Friday night’s game between the Indians and the Rangers at Progressive Field, the first game of the three-game weekend series.
RF Shin-Soo Choo
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