Harris caught on bases

May, 10, 2011
The good news: Willie Harris managed to get a check-swing single in the ninth inning, snapping an 0-for-13 drought overall at the plate since April 27 and getting his first hit as a Met in 13 pinch-hit at-bats.

The bad news: With Daniel Murphy batting, Harris attempted to steal and was thrown out by catcher Chris Iannetta for the inning’s second out. Murphy subsequently grounded out against closer Huston Street as the Mets lost, 2-1, to Colorado.

“Probably a bad pitch to run on,” Harris said. “I think the first pitch to Murphy was a fastball. He fouled it off. I was trying to play the game. He threw him another fastball, up and away, the guys said. I didn’t see it. And Iannetta threw me out. I was just trying to get in scoring position for those guys. When you sit on the bench for a while, you want to help the team. But, you know, I guess I picked a bad spot.”

Terry Collins intimated Harris was running on his own.

As for finally getting a hit, even if it was fortuitous rather than a rocket, Harris said: “Oh, man, that was one of the best feelings. I haven’t had a hit in forever. You know, I’ve been hitting the ball decent. When I did hit it, I lined out a couple of times in Philly. But a check swing, it found a hole. So I guess the saying is true that they even out.”

Adam Rubin

ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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