Carlos Rodón got here oh-so-close to an ideal sport on Wednesday night time, settling as a substitute for a no-hitter after he hit Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez with a pitch within the ninth inning, two outs away from what would have been the primary perfecto within the majors since Félix Hernández’s in on August 15, 2012.
Even rarer than an ideal sport is the unassisted triple play, which final occurred on August 23, 2009, when Eric Bruntlett of the Phillies caught a line drive from Jeff Francoeur, stepped on second to cancel Luis Castillo, and tagged out Daniel Murphy to complete a 9-7 win over the Mets.
That’s what you consider whenever you consider an unassisted triple play: runners on first and second, double steal try, line drive to a center infielder, two outs at second base.
Right here’s Asdrúbal Cabrera’s trifecta from 2008.
The final eight unassisted triple performs have all been of this selection, a second baseman or shortstop catching a line drive, touching second base, and tagging the runner — apart from Randy Velarde’s in 2000: he caught a line drive, tagged the runner, then touched second.
Solely two of MLB’s unassisted triple performs have been turned by first basemen: George Burns of the Crimson Sox on September 14, 1923, towards Cleveland, and Detroit’s Johnny Neun on Might 31, 1927, additionally towards Cleveland.
Cleveland, already having barely prevented the historical past books as soon as this week, did so once more on Saturday in Cincinnati, the place Joey Votto had a chance for an unassisted triple play within the eighth inning, however handed it up for a nonetheless outstanding however much less historic standard treble.
Had Votto held the ball, it may have been the primary triple play in main league historical past not involving a touch-up of second base, as each Burns and Neun caught line drives, tagged the runner from first base, after which ran to second for the ultimate out.
There wasn’t even a steal try on the play. Josh Naylor merely hit a laser that Votto snared. He dove again to first base to tag Franmil Reyes, then appeared up and noticed that Eddie Rosario had crossed the plate, considering he’d scored a run and unaware that Votto had made the catch. Votto may have walked to 3rd base to document the out on Rosario, however he threw throughout the diamond to Max Schrock to finish the nonetheless exceedingly uncommon 3-3-5 TP.
Votto wasn’t the one participant on the Reds to depart one thing on the desk in a manner that doesn’t spoil the result in any respect. Within the tenth inning, Tyler Stephenson hit what may have been a walk-off ground-rule double, however stopped working at first base, simply as Ty France did within the Mariners’ win over the Astros on Friday — the modified Robin Ventura Special.