Watch: Mariners catch Astros napping, turn 12th triple play in team history
Weirdest triple play ever? pic.twitter.com/rqzYGXMrp1
— MLB (@MLB) April 19, 2018
Kyle Seager fielded Evan Gattis’ check-swing grounder, took it to the bag at third and sent the ball to second base for fairly routine a double play.
Or so everybody thought.
The Mariners ended up with a unique triple play on Thursday to end the top of the fourth inning at Safeco Field, a result of a mental error on Gattis’ part.
After the out was recorded at second, Gattis wandered off of first base and started to head back to the Houston dugout, mistakenly thinking the double play accounted for the final two outs of the top of the fourth inning. There were no outs when he hit the ball, however.
Credit Seager and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano for being attentive – definitely much more so than Gattis. Seager noticed the Astros DH off the bag and alerted Cano, who got the ball to first baseman Daniel Vogelbach to put the tag on Gattis for the third out of the play.
It was the 12th triple play in Mariners history and their first since 2015.
And for those scoring at home, the play was a simple 5-4-3 – with a putout recorded by the 3.