White Sox turn first triple play of season

Field Level Media

May 23, 2019 at 2:30 am.

After turning double plays in each of the first two innings of Wednesday night’s game in Houston against the Astros, the Chicago White Sox outdid themselves in the third with the first triple play in the majors this season.

After the Astros’ Tony Kemp led off the bottom of the inning with a double at Minute Maid Park, and Robinson Chirinos got hit by a pitch from White Sox starter Ivan Nova, No. 9 hitter Jake Marisnick hit a grounder down the third-base line. Third baseman Yoan Moncada, who was positioned inches from the bag, fielded the ball and stepped on the base for the first out. He then fired to second baseman Yolmer Sanchez, who completed the fielding gem with a throw to first baseman Jose Abreu that arrived just before Marisnick did.

The most recent time before Wednesday that the White Sox pulled off a triple play was on July 8, 2016, during an 11-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Chicago. Two months earlier, they also managed to turn a triple play — against Houston.

The Astros have gone more than a year since hitting into a triple play, previously doing so on April 19, 2018, against the Seattle Mariners.