September 4, 2007

Former Matador Murphy Makes MLB Debut


Former Matador Murphy Makes MLB Debut
Phoenix, Ariz. -- Current Arizona Diamondback and former Matador baseball player Bill Murphy, recently activated from the club's AAA affiliate, made his debut on Monday in a 10-2 Arizona loss to San Diego. The left handed pitcher tossed 1.2 innings in relief, surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks.

Murphy became the sixth former Matador to log playing time in the senior circuit this season, joining Adam Kennedy, Robert Fick, Terrmel Sledge, Erasmo Ramirez, and former Northridge teammate Kameron Loe.

In his debut, Murphy tossed a scoreless eighth and came back on for the ninth. After getting a quick first out, Murphy walked consecutive batters and surrendered a Mike Cameron line drive single to left field. Eric Byrnes caught Morgan Ensberg attempting to score, preserving Murphy's scoreless bid, but after intentionally walking Milton Bradley, Murphy gave up a two-run single to Adrian Gonzalez, ending his evening.

Even so, Murphy was ecstatic- and shocked- to be called up on Friday. "All the guys were jumping on me, real happy for me, so that was probably the neatest thing, how happy everyone was," Murphy said.

Murphy will continue to fill the role of left-handed relief for the Diamondbacks.

To view the full release on Murphy's call-up, visitDiamondbacks.com.