The Reds greeted old friend Todd Frazier with a weird triple play in his first at-bat
Todd Frazier spent the first nine years of his professional career with the Reds, having been drafted by them in 2007. After two All-Star berths, 108 homers and significant contributions to two playoff teams, though, the team traded Frazier in December 2015.
Frazier never played against the Reds when he was on the White Sox, so Cincinnati's Tuesday night game against the Yankees marked the first time that he ever faced his old team. It would also be the Toms River, N.J., native's first game at Yankee Stadium in pinstripes.
The fates seemed to align when Frazier's first at-bat came in an opportune scenario. The bases were loaded with nobody out in a scoreless game in the bottom of the second. Would Frazier make like Hideki Matsui and introduce himself to the Bronx with a grand slam?
That did not happen. Instead, Frazier did his original team an odd favor. He hit a grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza that seemed destined to be a double play, but the Reds got even more as the ball short-hopped right before it reached Peraza:
As a result, the runner on second, Didi Gregorius, had to freeze for a moment. After Peraza threw to Joey Votto at first base, Gregorius was still hung up between second and third, so Votto threw it across the diamond and caught him in a rundown:
Eugenio Suarez and Arismendy Alcantara, got Gregorius out when he ran outside of the baseline, and the triple play was complete -- the Reds' first since Sept. 12, 1995.
What made the triple play even more unusual was that, due to the rundown, Matt Holliday was allowed to score from third. The Yankees might have taken an early 1-0 lead, but it came at a cost. That made it the first triple play with a run scored since Kenji Johjima hit into one during a Mariners-Twins game on May 27, 2006.
Frazier's first at-bat against the Reds might not have been that good for him, but it was definitely memorable. The Yankees won, 4-2, and Frazier got his first Yankee Stadium hit in his next at-bat anyway.