It was the Indians leading in a 5-3 ballgame as left hander Kyle Crockett was on to clean up the garbage that struggling starting pitcher Justin Masterson left behind. The Cuban Missile Yasiel Puig singled home Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett and advanced speedster Dee Gordon to third base.
Next up, .257 hitter Adrian Gonzalez. This is where it all got crazy.
On the 1-2 offering from Crockett, Gonzalez lifted a sharp fly ball that Michael Brantley easily snagged. Trying to test his arm, Dee Gordon tagged and darted for home. Brantley gunned a laser to catcher Yan Gomes who applied the tag for the double play.
Play over, right?
The Cuban Missile over at first base thought he caught Yan Gomes lollygagging behind the plate, so he bolted for second base. Gomes, finally realizing that Puig was off, slung a perfect throw down to second base. The tag was slapped down by second baseman Jason Kipnis, and Puig was ruled….SAFE?
Instantly, Jason Kipnis started screaming to the Indians dugout to review the play. After review, Puig was ruled OUT! The tag was applied just in the nick of time. The boneheaded mistakes by the talented Yasiel Puig continue…
But wait, there’s more.
Now, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wanted to challenge the original play at the plate. This brought up a whole slue of questions about multiple challenges on one play. However, thankfully the play at the plate stood as originally called.
At last, the Indians’ crazy triple play was official!
That sequence of events just goes to show that on any given night something incredible could happen. Not just in baseball, but any sport you are watching. I’m simply happy that the umpires got the call right, and the Indians ended up winning the game, 10-3.