For the first time since May 6, 2004, the Atlanta Braves turned a triple play, and it certainly was a weird one. I bet the Boston Red Sox are wishing they had this one back.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning against the Red Sox, Masataka Yoshida led off with a chopper off home plate for a single. Former Brave Adam Duvall then took a six-pitch walk, which put runners on first and second with no out.
Triston Casas then came out to the plate. After taking a ball, he hit a flare into center field that had a .230 xBA, according to Baseball Savant.
Michael Harris easily made the catch, but both Yoshida and Duvall initiall broke, leading them both into no-man's land.
Harris threw over to first to nab Duvall, and Yoshida, for whatever reason, believed he could make it to third after tagging up. Matt Olson easily threw him out.
This is only the second 8-3-5 triple play in major league history, which was, hilariously, turned by the Atlanta Braves franchise back when they were the Boston Beaneaters in 1884.
The Braves have not turned a triple play since May 6, 2004, when they played the Padres. That triple play was started by Mike Hessman at 3B, who went around the horn to end the eighth. This inning started in a very similar way to tonight's triple play, as the Padres led off with a single and then walked before Kerry Robinson came to bat and hit into the triple play. The Braves lost this game 7-3.
While this got Charlie Morton out of the third, he was unfortunately unable to use it as momentum through a start he struggled in. Morton was unable to have a 1-2-3 inning in his Tuesday night start, walking five batters and allowing six hits in just 3.2 innings.