Think last night's 7-2-4 double replay triple play was weird? Here are five that were even weirder
On Tuesday night, the Indians turned a bizarre 7-2-4 triple play against the Dodgers, made more unusual by the fact that each team issued a replay challenge on a different part of the play.
The Dodgers had runners on the corners when Indians left fielder Michael Brantley caught Adrian Gonzalez's fly ball. Brantley then gunned the ball to catcher Yan Gomes, who tagged out Dee Gordon at home. Then, Gomes caught Yasiel Puig trying to advance and threw to Jason Kipnis at second, completing the play.
Puig, however, was called safe by the umpire, leading to the first challenge. After review, the call was overturned. But then, the Dodgers challenged the ruling that Gordon was out at home.
However, that call was upheld, and the triple play was preserved.
There has only been one other 7-2-4 triple play in MLB history. It happened on June 15, 1986 in the Kingdome, when Mariners designated hitter Ken Phelps flew out to left fielder Jerry Hairston to kick one off in the third inning of a matchup against the White Sox.
But triple plays aided by helpful calls have happened before. This year, the Rockies pulled off a triple play on an interference call -- only the third in Major League history:
No triple play really comes "standard," but some are stranger than others.
On September 1, 2006, the then-Devil Rays turned a triple play against the Mariners that started with a strikeout and included two attempted steals:
In 2012, the Dodgers were on the other end of an odd triple play -- this time against the Padres. San Diego first baseman Jesus Guzman laid down a bunt he believed to be foul, but Los Angeles catcher A.J. Ellis realized it was actually fair. Ellis threw the ball to third baseman Juan Uribe for an incredibly relaxed 2-5-6-3 play:
And then some triple plays start with speed and luck, but can get a little out of control. Check out this history making 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play by the Yankees from April 12, 2013: