August 24, 2009

Wow: Unassisted triple play in the ninth

Only the 15th in baseball history and second to end a game:

With runners on first and second in the ninth inning and a run already in, Jeff Francoeur hit a line drive up the middle that appeared headed toward center field for a single. But both runners were stealing on the 2-2 pitch, so Bruntlett was in perfect position as he moved over to cover second base.

He caught the liner easily, stepped on second to double up Luis Castillo and then turned to tag Daniel Murphy for the third out. Murphy tried to backpedal away from Bruntlett, but had nowhere to go.

And that was that. Game over.

I'm glad I wasn't there because I'd probably be one of those unfortunates who bent down to tie my shoe and missed it entirely.

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