I know other stuff happened in this game but the triple play was extremely important and occurred in a spot where it was desperately needed. In the seventh inning of a tied game, with men on first and second, with no outs and with a 3-2 count on Manny Machado, CC Sabathia looked like he was going to be in trouble. Then, it happened.
And this time when the play was over, it really was a triple play, unlike the play in the July 1, 2004 game that Michael Kay mistakenly called a triple play. Ahem.
Sabathia pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits with nine strike outs. He didn't walk a batter. The unearned run happened in the top of the seventh after Youkilis made an error at third and then first base umpire called a balk on Sabathia and the runner who advanced to second scored on a single.
Sabathia was angry and called the call "horse sh*t," and he was right. It was. I'm not sure what Larry Vanover was thinking with the call but the Yankees struck back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a big miscue by a gold glove winner.
(Don't you love when that happens?)
With the bases loaded and two outs, Vernon Wells stepped in agains Pedro Strop and launched a 2-0 offering to dead center field. It looked as if it were going to be a sure out but Adam Jones closed his glove before the ball actually reached it and it dropped. That miscue results in three runs scoring and Wells making it to second.
The Yankees were up 5-2 and thanks to that big triple play, that's the way it would remain.
- The last Yankees' triple play was April 22, 2010 in Oakland and it was only a 5-4-3.
- Before that, it was 1968 when they made a 1-5-3 triple play.
- Oh and by the way, CC Sabathia was pitching in that April 22, 2010 as well.
- The last time the Orioles had a triple play against them was in 1996.
- Eduardo Nunez was hit by a pitch and thankfully only has a bruised wrist.
- The 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play was the first in MLB history (or at least the first since the 1870s)
- Kevin Youkilis had three hits and Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli had two walks apiece.
- That Mariano Rivera guy earned a save.