Patrick Murphy throws two scoreless innings in AAA rehab, Bisons return to Trenton with victory | Sports
TRENTON – Patrick Murphy continued his return to the big leagues with two scoreless innings of relief on an AAA rehab mission.
The right-hander, who has been on the IL since Feb. 28 with a sprained right shoulder, allowed a hit, walked one and struck out two as the Bisons returned to Trenton with a 3-2 victory over the Syracuse Mets Tuesday evening. .
Murphy made his major league debut for the Blue Jays in the abridged 2020 season, appearing in four games and throwing a 1.50 ERA in six innings.
Selected in the third round of the 2013 Chandler High Draft in Arizona, the 25-year-old appeared in three rehab games for Low-A Dunedin before moving on to Triple-A. Murphy’s fastball was between 96 and 98 mph, and he showed good control of his curveball, fanning the first hitter he faced on three consecutive breakers.
“It was his first competition in a while, and he was mastering his curve very well and he was throwing the ball pretty hard, so it was really a quality positive outing for him,” said manager Casey Candaele. “He hadn’t been in a competitive situation for a while, so it was good to see him come out and pitch in a game that mattered. That’s what he said too.”
The Bisons (13-10) won the game in the bottom of the ninth when Logan Warmoth worked on a full basis. Warmoth came back 1-2 in the scoring and threw a high fastball on Bradley Roney’s field 3-2.
Kevin Smith (3-for-4) and Tyler White also scored points for the Bisons. White tied the game on a short sacrifice fly in the sixth when Christian Colón sprinted at home and forced a bad throw from right fielder Quinn Brodey.
The Bisons are 10-3 in Trenton and 3-7 on the road.
“It’s a lot better here, I guess,” Candaele said with a laugh. “It’s always good to come home and be in a familiar setting. I actually thought about (taking the Thunder shirts on the road), but no, we love the Bisons.”
Patrick Mazeika managed an RBI double for Syracuse (8-17).