Murphy continues offensive surge

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians right fielder David Murphy is in an offensive groove.

The veteran went four for five in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins, and reached base in all three of his plate appearances, while driving in four runs in the Indians' 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres at Progressive Field Tuesday night.

"I don't know if the Lord's up there swinging the bat for me or what, but I just stepped in the cage the other day and the feel was there and carried over," Murphy said after Tuesday's win. "It's one game. Now, it's two games. It's early in the season, but hopefully, something's working here and it will continue."

Murphy started the year with just two hits, with one run scored in eight at-bats in the opening series against the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum, and did not have any success early against the Twins, as he did not register a hit in six at-bats.

Since that time, Murphy has gone six for his last seven at-bats with three doubles, one home run, four RBI and three runs scored.

"You're always working on something specific," Murphy said of his approach after a long spring training. "Whether it's time, what your hands are doing, there's so many things that you can dissect (with) hitting. There's so many different aspects of it. There's so many different variables, and at the end of the day, you simplify it and things just feel good.

"That's what's so weird about it. I felt so terrible most of spring training. I didn't feel like I necessarily resembled a big-league hitter and then, even the first few games of the season, I had some good at-bats the last week of spring, went and played in those minor-league games. I still can't say I felt great after those. I felt better, and had some good at-bats after that. To be able to show up, it's night and day. I haven't felt this feeling in a while."

Murphy got rolling early Tuesday when he drew the second of back-to-back walks surrendered by Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross to begin the third inning. Murphy would come around on Nick Swisher's RBI groundout to first base.

After the Padres trimmed a three-run lead down to 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning, Murphy got those runs back and then some with one swing of the bat. Murphy took a 3-1 pitch from Ross deep to right field for a 372-foot home run that brought the 9,029 fans to their feet.

Murphy added another RBI when he doubled home catcher Yan Gomes, who got on base with a bloop double of his own, with one out in the sixth inning.

"It just goes to show you at the beginning of the year, how things can get skewed," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You have a couple really good games, and all of a sudden, people are writing, 'You're off to a good start.' I think it allows everybody, especially new guys, the chance to relax and then, play their game, which is good."


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