The Chicago White Sox pull off a ridiculous 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play in their Friday night home game versus the Texas Rangers.
It doesn’t happen all that often, maybe a couple of times a year at best, but the Chicago White Sox pulled off one of the craziest triple plays any baseball fan will ever see. In their Friday night home game against the American League West’s Texas Rangers, just about everybody on the diamond touched the baseball in the White Sox’s 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play.
So the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland lines out to the White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton several feet shy of the warning track. One out. Eaton then tries to double-up the Rangers’ runner on first base Ian Desmond. However, Desmond over runs the first base bag like a fool and proceeds to evade White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu with the ball in his glove. Desmond fails miserably and is tagged out shortly by Abreu. Two outs.
Abreu proceeds to throw a sloppy two-bouncer to his catcher Dioner Navarro covering the plate. It would have helped had Abreu not been on his knees, but he was starting to think that the Rangers’ Prince Fielder was going to try to score from third.
All the while, the Rangers’ runner on second base Adrian Beltre is caught completely in no-man’s land halfway between second and third with Fielder just chilling on the third base bag. Navarro fires the ball to the White Sox shortstop Tyler Saladino and proceeds to chase him towards third base in an effort to draw the hefty Fielder off the third base bag.
It works marvelously as Fielder is now in a pickle of his own. Saladino throws the ball back to Navarro in the run down, who quickly gets it to White third baseman Todd Frazier who then tags Fielder from behind to pull off the improbable triple play for the White Sox.
It was anything but pretty. However, the White Sox were able to pull off their first triple play since September 18th 2006. This was by terribly executed triple play by the White Sox and even worse base running by the Rangers. This is not how they teach it in Little League…at all.
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