The Chicago White Sox got their first triple play in nearly a decade in a 5-0 shutout victory over the Texas Rangers Friday night.
Texas loaded the bases on Chicago starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the sixth inning when designated hitter Prince Fielder doubled, third baseman Adrian Beltre singled and left fielder Ian Desmond walked.
First baseman Mitch Moreland hit a ball sharply down the right field line which Adam Eaton caught. He threw to first and Desmond was tagged out after he overran the base in a mad scramble. First baseman Jose Abreu threw home to catcher Dioner Navarro, who was walking Fielder back towards third when he saw Beltre caught between second and third. He threw to shortstop Tyler Saladino, who began a rundown until he saw Fielder head home. He threw to Navarro, who tossed the ball to third baseman Todd Frazier. He tagged Fielder out.
Score it 9-3-2-6-2-5.
Quintana rose to 2-1 with the win. Rangers starter Martin Perez fell to 0-2 with the loss.
The last time Texas was caught in a triple play was June 1, 1991.
Eaton said, “Besides marrying my wife and the birth of my kid, that’s high up there. I’ve never had that much fun on a ballfield.”
The game was Beltre’s 2,500th at third base, second on the all-time list. He has another 370 to catch Brooks Robinson.
Saturday, the Rangers send Colby Lewis (1-0) to the mound to face White Sox starter Carlos Rodon (1-2).