Murphy always hits well in 13th inning

 * C Jack Murphy, a Blue Jays farmhand, added to his already growing legend in Australia with a home run in the 13th innings to give the Canberra Cavalry a victory of the Brisbane Bandits. ….

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By Jay Blue
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The Canberra Cavalry are heating up Down Under in the Australian Baseball League and have been led by a few Blue Jays minor leaguers including catcher Jack Murphy and second basemanChristian Lopes.

Three Blue Jays’ prospects got into the game and contributed with the bat in Friday’s 11-4, 13-inning win over Brisbane. Anthony Alford went 2-for-5 with a run scored, two walks and an RBI, stealing two bases Anthony-Alford-300x185without getting caught. Christian Lopes went 3-for-5 with his first home run in the ABL, driving in two runs and drawing a walk.

Lopes also had a sacrifice fly and, playing shortstop (where he hasn’t played more than three games since his first season in 2012), made an error. Murphy hit his home run in typical, Murphy-esque fashion: in the 13th inning, to cap a seven-run inning and put the Cavalry on top for good.

Canberra swept Saturday’s double header with Lopes going 1-for-4 with another home run in the first game. L.B. Dantzler also hit a home run, his second of the ABL season, also going 1-for-4, in the 6-1 victory over Brisbane. Murphy was 0/3, catching Tim Atherton who had an outstanding outing.

In the second half of the double header, the Cavalry won 8-2 thanks to a 3/5 game from Murphy who hit a double, drove in four runs and scored twice. Murphy pushed his batting average for the ABL season to .352 while Lopes remained hot, going 2-for-5 and finishing the day with a .337 batting average. Alford was hitles with a walk and a run while Dantzler played first and third base, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Overall, Alford is hitting .222/.344/.346 with a pair of home runs (including an “in-the-parker”) and five stolen bases.

Dantzler’s overall numbers are .256/.314/.400 with a pair of home runs, seven doubles and 16 RBI over 24 games. In his third Australian campaign,

Murphy is hitting .352/.408/.538 with five doubles and four home runs over 23 games while Lopes, 22, is hitting .337/.384/.461 with five doubles and a pair of home runs and has walked (eight times) more than he’s struck out (seven times).

Scott Harrigan
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