Triple plays are rarities in baseball. Only a handful are turned each season, and teams can go years without seeing one in a game. The Detroit Tigers saw one on Thursday, but of the wrong variety.
My oh, Manny.— MLB (@MLB) August 4, 2017
@Orioles turn their SECOND triple play of the season. https://t.co/VbcGLKWp9u pic.twitter.com/RC5lKdTWFG
Coming on the heels of two rain delays — and a day after this marathon of a game — this looked like a bad omen for the Tigers.
Fortunately, they took it to Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who departed after allowing seven runs in two innings. I don’t have a stat to back this up, but one imagines it has to be one of the shortest outings for any starter in MLB history that had a triple play turned behind him.