Twins turn second triple play in two weeks in finale vs. Braves
The Minnesota Twins pulled off the inexplicable during the Wednesday’s finale of a three-game tilt with the Atlanta Braves, as the AL Central-leading squad turned a triple play for the second time in just over two weeks.
Already down 6-0 — the second game in a row the Twins got down big to the Braves — starter Martin Perez loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third inning with Tyler Flowers headed to the plate.
The Braves catcher hit a grounder to third baseman Miguel Sano, who stepped on the bag, threw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop who proceeded to relay a throw just in time to first baseman C.J. Cron for the triple play.
How rare are triple plays?— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 7, 2019
Well, we just turned our 2nd one in a little over 2 weeks. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/3KSqGpOMx8
MLB Stats shared some remarkable statistical oddities related to Wednesday’s triple play.
The @Twins have turned multiple triple plays in a season for the 1st time since 1990.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 7, 2019
Martín Pérez is also the 1st AL pitcher to be on the mound for multiple triple plays in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2006. pic.twitter.com/hF6l7igT0c
The Twins turned their first triple play of the season against the New York Yankees on July 22.
TRIPLE PLAY ALERT!— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 23, 2019
The Twins turn one on the Yankees! (via @MLB) pic.twitter.com/6BHPNiTwUB
The odds of a team turning a triple play during a given season are low. To turn two in the span of just two weeks is downright uncanny.