Have you ever seen a Mets triple play? Ever wonder how many Mets triple plays there are? As you might imagine, they are very rare. To make three outs during one continuous play requires at least two runners already on base, no outs, and a batted ball.
Let’s get the pain out of the way first. The Mets have hit into 10 triple plays in franchise history.
Mets Hit into a Triple Play History
|September 30, 1962||Cubs||4-3-6||Joe Pignatano|
|August 15, 1964||Phillies||1-6-3||Bobby Klaus|
|May 2, 1967||Giants||1-6-3||Ken Boyer|
|August 15, 1967||Phillies||5-4-3||Phil Linz|
|July 16, 1971||Astros||6-3-5||Cleon Jones|
|April 21, 1987||Pirates||4-3-6-2||Wally Backman|
|May 11, 1993||Cardinals||4-6-3-6||Todd Hundley|
|May 15, 1999||Phillies||6-6-4||Mike Piazza|
|August 23, 2009||Phillies||4-4-4||Jeff Francoeur|
|June 10, 2010||Padres||5-4-3||Ruben Tejada|
The August 23, 2009 unassisted triple play that Jeff Francoeur hit into is very memorable. It was the bottom of the ninth. The Mets were trailing 9-7, having already scored 1 run in the inning. They have runners on first and second. Francoeur hits a line drive up the middle, only to have the second baseman catch it, step on the bag and tag the runner from first. A bottom of the ninth “walk off” unassisted triple play!
Perhaps even worse, from a personal perspective, is the September 30, 1962, triple play. It was the last game of the Mets inaugural season. They had already lost 119 games. In the eighth inning, Joe Pignatano popped into a 4-3-6 triple play in what would be his last MLB appearance. Incredibly, it was also the last game for Sammy Drake and Richie Ashburn, the two runners who were tagged out. Pignatano is the only player to end his career by hitting into a triple play.
Now for the fun stuff! The Mets have turned 11 triple plays in franchise history.
Mets Turn a Triple Play History
|May 30, 1962||Dodgers||6-4-3||Elio Chacon,|
|May 31, 1964||Giants||6-6-3||Roy McMillan,|
|April 15, 1965||Astros||9-2-6||Johnny Lewis,|
|September 28, 1966||Cubs||5-4-3||Eddie Bressoud,|
|August 3, 1982||Cubs||6-4-3||Bob Bailor,|
|September 29, 1982||Cubs||4-4-3||Brian Giles,|
|June 6,1989||Cubs||3-6-3||Dave Magadan,|
|August 5, 1998||Giants||3-6-3-2||John Olerud,|
|May 17, 2002||Padres||5-4-3||Edgardo Alfonzo,|
|May 19, 2010||Nationals||8-2-6-3||Angel Pagan,|
|August 24, 2014||Dodgers||5-4-3-2||Eric Campbell,|
The last Mets triple play involves Bartolo Colon making his first start since his mother passed away. In the sixth inning, Matt Kemp hits a ground ball to third baseman Eric Campbell, playing because David Wright left with a sore neck. Campbell fires the ball to second baseman Murphy, who then makes the toss to first baseman Duda for a 5-4-3 double play. But Yasiel Puig never stops running, perhaps forgetting how many outs there are, and tries to score. Duda throws the ball to d’Arnaud who easily tags out Puig for the third out.
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