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Watch Kendall Graveman turn a highly unusual and incredible unassisted double play

Unassisted double plays happen a fair amount in baseball. Mostly, if it doesn't involve Jake Marisnick , they're turned by infielders. 

But unassisted double plays by a pitcher? Much more rare. Mostly because he's standing on a mound, far away from any bases. The ground ball or line drive or baserunner would have to line up together in a play that was perfect and, frankly, bizarre. The pitcher would have to be smart and super athletic. The pitcher would have to be Kendall Graveman during Thursday night's A's-Angels game.

Yes, after fielding a grounder from Juan Graterol, the A's starter got Ben Revere caught in a rundown, tagged him out, then leap-frogged Revere to tag out Cliff Pennington. Graveman basically shut down an Angels' fifth-inning rally all by himself. Manager Bob Melvin talked to's Jane Lee about the play postgame:

"That's probably the best play I've ever seen a pitcher make," he said. "I didn't know how to put that one down on my card."

Per Elias, the last time a pitcher pulled off a double play of the unassisted variety was, surprisingly, Luis Perdomo last season. His was of the more natural line-drive up the middle variety.The last A's hurler do it? Blue Moon Odom during a game against the California Angels in 1971. Ironically, Odom was in attendance on Thursday. They should take a picture together.

"That's really neat," Graveman said. "He told me before the game, 'Hey, I'll be in the front row watching you.' That's pretty neat that that happened."

And as to what was he thinking during the actual play:

"Just trying to save a run there first of all. To get a double play there without a run scoring is something I really didn't draw up before the pitch, but it happened and it was a positive for us."

Unfortunately, Graveman's effort wasn't enough as the Angels won, 2-1.