Every player seems to remember their first ever professional home run in the major leagues. Two weeks ago, Dean Anna hit his first ever home run as a member of the New York Yankees against Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox.
On Saturday, it was Yankees rookie catcher John Ryan Murphy who finally got the chance to send one out of the ballpark on Saturday. With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Murphy got a pitch from Los Angeles Angels lefty starter Hector Santiago in which he sent it over the left field wall and gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead. That 4-3 lead would stick for the Yankees and would be the final score of the game on Saturday, so not only was the home run the first of Murphy's career, but it was a pivotal moment in the game as it ended up being the go-ahead run.
Murphy was called back up to the majors when Francisco Cervelli went down with a hamstring injury two weeks ago running out a ground ball against the Red Sox on Sunday night baseball. The team could have called up Austin Romine, but instead, wanted to see Murphy up in the majors and thus far, Murphy has done the job as the Yankees backup catcher when he plays in place for Brian McCann.
In six games for the Yankees thus far in 2014, the 22-year-old Murphy is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with one home run and three RBI; all three RBI came in Saturday's win against the Angels. Murphy could really stick with the Yankees if he continues to hit like that with Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list and not expected back until the beginning part of the summer.
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