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The Blue Jays turned a triple play last night

Apr 21, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

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The Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years last night as part of a 4-3 win over the Royals.

The Royals got their first two runners on in the of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek when Eric Hosmer ripped a hard-hit liner to Adam Lind. Lind snagged it, quickly stepped on first base to double up Yuniesky Betancourt and then threw to Yunel Escobar, who stepped on second base before Alex Gordon could make it back. Watch the play here.

It was the fourth triple play in franchise history for the Blue Jays and the first since September 21, 1979 against the Yankees. Interestingly enough, it was also the first time the Royals had hit into a triple play since June 19, 1979.

Anyway, it’s clear the Royals just can’t catch a break right now. They have now dropped eight games in a row, their longest such streak since they lost 10 straight from July 10-24, 2010.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Thank you for the coverage D. J. Triple plays are rarer than no hitters.

    • D.J. Short - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      No problem. Always planned to make a separate post about it.

  2. missthemexpos - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    The expression on the face of Lind (WOW, A TRIPLE PLAY!) as he jogs back to the dugout says it all.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    And now there have been 2 this year (although the first one was very controversial.

  4. charlutes - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    This is all true, except the last time the Jays turned a triple play was in the 1992 World Series. Except Kelly Gruber’s tag of Dion Sanders was not recorded by the umpire and the play was ruled safe at second. Go Jays.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Bob Davidson was the umpire who blew the call in game 3 of that World Series.

      • cur68 - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        Saw Balkin’ Bob at work last night on the telebision: Phillies v Padres. Knew there as a reason I hated him and couldn’t remember it. Thanks for reminding me, boys. He was up to his old tricks last night, too. Called Hamels on a balk that only he saw. Cholly had to speak with him, man to moron, after the game.

  5. mybrunoblog - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Triple plays are rare and always cool. For the record the Blue Jays new(old) logo is awesome.

  6. bleedingteal4life - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    The jays haven’t been the same since Stieb left. I miss all those classic players with heart, that played for chump change and allowed for players today to earn what they do. They made the sport great.

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