Murphy catches Cubs by surprise on steal

Murphy catches Cubs by surprise on steal

CHICAGO -- Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy caught the Cubs napping on Wednesday night, stealing third base in the sixth inning of the Mets' 2-1 loss while pitcher Jason Hammel held the ball behind the mound, with the Chicago righty unable to throw Murphy out due to a defensive overshift.

Shortly after Michael Cuddyer grounded out to break a scoreless tie, the Cubs began aligning their shift with left-hander Lucas Duda coming to the plate. As Hammel stood behind the mound with the baseball, Murphy saw third base empty and sprinted toward it.

Murphy was left stranded at third when Wilmer Flores hit a soft liner to first and Kevin Plawecki grounded into a forceout to end the inning.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.