Hey, it's time to watch the Astros turn their first triple play since 2004
Sure, it seemed like a problem when Astros starter Lance McCullers gave up a double and single in the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday's game against Detroit. It seemed even worse when the normally impeccable Jose Altuve committed his first error of the season, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
But the Astros just wanted to whet your appetite for the majesty to come. After all, you can't pull off incredible defensive feats if no one's on base. With runners on first and second, Ian Kinsler stepped up to the plate and grounded one to third baseman Jonathan Villar, who promptly flipped it to Altuve, starting a beautiful 5-4-3 triple play:
It was the Astros' first triple play since 2004, and only the 10th in franchise history. Since it would be a shame to lose after such a gorgeous play, they went ahead and scored two runs in the sixth inning, winning the game, 3-2.