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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Washington Post: Nationals Execute Historic Triple Play

The Nationals were in a jam, so Dusty Baker inserted his Triple Play Defense:

The San Francisco Giants had loaded the bases with no outs against two Nationals relievers — Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen — and Baker was back out seeking a remedy. First, he replaced the right-handed Treinen with the left-handed Sammy Solis to face left-handed hitting Brandon Crawford. His next move was to double switch Ryan Zimmerman into the game by replacing Clint Robinson at first base and batting Zimmerman ninth. Baker’s last change was replacing Wilmer Difo with Danny Espinosa at shortstop.

Two pitches later, Crawford hit a soft line drive to Zimmerman, who calmly stepped on first base for the second out. Zimmerman then looked up, saw Denard Span had vacated third base for home unaware that he had caught the line drive, and coolly tossed the ball across the diamond to Anthony Rendon. Just like that, the Nationals had completed the first triple play in team history and the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history.

Genius!


 

 

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