Mets turn triple play thanks to Yasiel Puig baserunning blunder

Monday August 25th, 2014

On Sunday, the Dodgers fell victim to a triple play for the second time this season.

Once again, an overly aggressive Yasiel Puig ran into the third out.

With starter Kevin Correia surrendering a trio of homers to Travis d'Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada, Los Angeles entered the bottom of the sixth inning of Sunday's game at Chavez Ravine trailing the Mets 7-1. Thanks to a single by Dee Gordon, a walk by Puig and an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez, they put up a second run against New York starter Bartolo Colon and appeared poised for more. That is, until Colon induced Matt Kemp to hit a grounder to third baseman Eric Campbell. Campbell fielded the ball cleanly and threw to Daniel Murphy at second to force Gordon, then Murphy threw to Duda at first to beat Kemp.

Improbably -- or perhaps not so improbably given that he came into the day with an MLB-leading 13 outs on base (not including caught stealing) --  Puig ignored third base coach Lorenzo Bundy's stop sign and rounded the bag. Duda threw a perfect peg to catcher d'Arnaud, and Puig, who went in standing up, was out by a country mile:

Score that 5-4-3-2! It was the fifth triple play of the 2014 season. On April 17, the Yankees turned one against the Rays. On May 18, the Rockies pulled one off against Padres with the benefit of an interference call. On June 6, the Cardinals completed the feat against the Blue Jays, and on July 2, the Indians did so against the Dodgers.

In that last one, Gonzalez flew out to left fielder Michael Brantley for the first out, and Brantley threw home to catcher Yan Gomes to nab Gordon, who had tagged up from third base. Just when the play appeared over, Puig, who had been on first, bolted toward second. Gomes threw to Jason Kipnis, who tagged him, but umpire Paul Nauert called Puig safe. Indians manager Terry Francona challenged that call, while Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the call on Gordon at home plate. Francona won his challenge, while Mattingly lost his, thus creating a triple play.

Before this season, the Dodgers hadn't hit into a triple play since August 15, 2011. Via Dodgers Insider, the last season in which they hit into two triple plays was 1955, the same year they won their lone World Series as Brooklyn residents; future Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella were the players who hit into them. On the other side of the ledger, Sunday’s triple play was the first turned by the Mets since May 19, 2010 against the Nationals.

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