The White Sox turned a triple play during the fifth inning, with Reymond Fuentes on second and Dusty Coleman on first. It was Cruz's line shot off White Sox reliever Scott Carroll that started the festivities.
"It was unfortunate. The runners were going," Cruz said. "Hit it hard. Any time you get a triple play, it's pretty odd."
"I just got lucky," said a smiling Coats. "All I had to do was get it into the infield, and it was an easy triple play. I thought off the bat it might be a little bit in front of me.
"But then it just carried enough to me. Once I caught it, both the guys were at the next base, so all I had to do was toss it into the infield."
During Kansas City's seven-run seventh, it was Drew Butera's line drive that tipped off Coats' glove and resulted in an inside-the-park homer. It completed the odd afternoon, although it was difficult to top the triple play.
"I've seen it on ESPN and stuff being turned," Coats said. "But never in person or at least never involved in one either."