The rare “infield triple”:
Ryan beat out a grounder to shortstop Eric Sogard and was behind first baseman Conor Jackson as Jackson held the ball while facing the pitching mound. When Ryan saw no one covering second, with Jemile Weeks having gone over to back up first base, he took off and slid in safely at second without even drawing a throw.
Ryan then popped up and headed for third, seeing third baseman Scott Sizemore had run over toward second and no one was near the bag at third, either, as Jackson continued holding the ball with no one to throw it to. Thus Ryan wound up with what essentially was an “infield triple,” though the official scoring on the play was a single, with the runner advancing to third on a fielder’s choice.
Video at the link.
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