Ex-Yankee John Ryan Murphy has somehow found a way to be smack in the middle of some amazing Yankees history. If it’s not Mariano Rivera, it’s CC Sabathia.
Tuesday night at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks backup catcher became Sabathia’s 3,000th strikeout victim. It happened in the second inning, when Sabathia struck out the side and also gave up a solo home run to ex-Met Wilmer Flores.
Flores knocked in a second run in the fourth as the Diamondbacks went on to a 3-1 victory.
Murphy swung through a diving 84-mph changeup as the left-hander reached the milestone only 17 major league pitchers have reached.
Murphy, then a rookie, also was in the middle of Rivera’s last game, Sept. 26, 2013, at Yankee Stadium, catching the Hall of Famer. He was on the mound when Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came from the dugout to take Rivera out of the game, an incredibly emotional moment in Yankees history.