Thornley: Run-scoring triple plays

From SABR member Stew Thornley at Twins Daily on August 2, 2017:

The official scoring scene at Twins games has been quiet the last few home stands. We like quiet, but it doesn’t leave much upon which to comment, so I will instead go to my favorite city in the world, where a run-scoring triple play occurred Tuesday, July 25, which ties to a similar play from Twins history, and leads to some interesting questions.


Jacob Pomrenke of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) keeps the SABR Triple Plays Database and reports that the last run-scoring triple play was May 27, 2006 at the beloved Metrodome.

The Mariners, down 8-4 to the Twins in that game, loaded the bases in the eighth. Juan Rincon relieved Jesse Crain and, on his first pitch, got Kenji Johjima to hit a grounder to second. As Richie Sexson scored from third and Carl Everett went from second to third, Luis Castillo tagged out Adrian Beltre, the runner from first, and threw to Justin Morneau to retire Johjima. Morneau then threw across the diamond as Everett had rounded third too far. Tony Batista took Morneau’s throw and tagged out Everett coming back to the bag for a triple play.

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Originally published: August 3, 2017. Last Updated: August 3, 2017.