Tigers turn 6-4-3 triple play in Spring Training game cut short by rain
You know that feeling you get when you go to buy a candy bar from a vending machine and realize that there's already one dangling, so you can get two for the price of one? Or that feeling you get when you put on a pair of jeans fresh out of the dryer and find $5 in the pocket?
Well, the Tigers just experienced baseball's version of that exact feeling when they got out of a second-inning jam with a 6-4-3 double play that featured an extra tag for a third out. That's a long way of saying they turned a triple play.
Back-to-back walks and infield single loaded bases with nobody out, but Shane Greene escapes with 6-4-3 triple play. Looked more like a DP.- Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 25, 2016
Tigers pitcher Shane Greene found himself in a second-inning jam during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves that was shortened due to inclement weather (or maybe the looming apocalypse). With the bases loaded and no one out, Braves Minor League catcher Willians Astudillo cranked a sharp line drive to shortstop Jose Iglesias that might have been that first elusive out, were it not too hot for him to handle.
So, instead of catching the liner on the fly for a lone out, poor Iglesias had to settle for flipping to Ian Kinsler to start a 6-4-3 triple play. Kinsler tagged the runner at second, got the forceout by touching the bag and fired to first to complete the rare feat.
Not the most effecient way to get through an inning, but we're guessing that Greene was pretty thrilled to benefit from the fact that Iglesias couldn't make the initial play.