The Twins hit three triples in one inning and yet scored just a single run
Twins' triumvirate of triples translates into one run
During the sixth inning of Sunday's 4-3 win vs. the Rangers, the Twins pulled off a feat that hasn't been seen in some 50 years: They hit three triples in a single frame, and scored just one run off their efforts.
Here's how the historically impressive trio of triples happened, with slightly underwhelming results: Eduardo Nunez led off, knocking a triple into the corner.
After a Kurt Suzuki pop out in foul territory for the first out, Shane Robinson thwacked a pitch and flew around the bases for his second triple of the day, scoring Nunez.
Eduardo Escobar promptly followed with, yes, a triple.
Only Robinson wasn't on base to be driven in -- he'd been picked off during Escobar's at-bat for out No. 2. So, when Byron Buxton -- making his MLB debut -- struck out in the following at-bat, the inning was over. The total count for the inning: Three hits on three triples, one run.
It was the first time in team history the Twins hit three triples in one inning. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was also the first time in 50 years a team racked up a trio of three-baggers while managing to put just one run on the board. And perhaps the most surprising aspect of the feat is that Byron Buxton, whose 12 triples in the Minors this season led players across every level of pro ball, was not involved in the triple-ooza.
But hey, the Twins won the game by one run (scored by Buxton in the ninth). Maybe they knew they'd only need one run during the sixth inning and didn't want to overdo it.
Additional reporting by Rhett Bollinger/MLB.com.