Two Challenges Required To Confirm Triple Play
Instant replay has been used a lot this year but I believe this is the first time that it was used to decide the outcome of a triple-play and certainly the only time a dual challenge has been used on a triple play.
The Indians had opened a 5-2 lead on Josh Beckett and the Los Angeles Dodgers as the game headed into the fourth inning. Beckett helped his own cause by doubling off struggling Indians pitcher Justin Masterson. Dee Gordon followed with a single to move Beckett to third and he came into score on a single by Yasiel Puig as Gordon moved to third.
Masterson was not fooling anyone and was removed from the game for Kyle Crockett. Adrian Gonzalez sliced a fly ball to left fielder Michael Brantley who threw home to retire Gordon. Puig tried to catch the Indians napping and tagged up and was initially ruled safe at second base.
Terry Francona challenged the call which was overturned resulting in the triple play but it wasn’t official quite yet. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly jumped out of his dugout and requested the “out” at the plate be challenged. The call was confirmed and the Triple Play became official.
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian called it the Triple Replay:
“It took two strong throws combined with a pair of instant-replay challenges, but the Indians pulled off an improbable 7-2-4 triple play in the fourth inning of a 10-3 rout of the Dodgers. Michael Brantley to Yan Gomes to Jason Kipnis with an assist to the Replay Operations crew in New York.” – MLB.com