WATCH: The Phillies Turned a Triple Play Yesterday
In a 6-5 win over the Padres yesterday, the Phillies turned their first triple play in almost seven years. You can watch it above!
The play took place in the bottom of the 7th inning, with the Phillies clinging to a 6-5 lead. It was the most important play of the game, obviously.
Padres rookie Jabari Blash came to the plate with runners on first and second and no outs. Edubray Ramos had walked the first two batters of the inning. But Blash’s hit down the third base line went right to Maikel Franco. He tagged third, threw to Cesar Hernandez, who threw to Tommy Joseph at first to complete the Phillies’ first triple play in almost seven years.
“I’ve told these guys a couple of times: I thought I would hit into one before I would be on the successful end of one,” Joseph told reporters afterward. “That’s pretty awesome, needless to say.”
Per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:
It took Franco 1.01 seconds to catch the ball, step on third and throw to Hernandez, according to Statcast. It took Hernandez 0.5 seconds to catch Franco’s throw and throw to Joseph. Hernandez’s throw clocked at 70.2 mph.
Blash hit the bag 4.69 seconds after he hit the ball, arriving just a tad after the throw.
It was the first triple play since Eric Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play on August 23rd, 2009.
The Phillies held on to win the game yesterday, 6-5. They face the Dodgers in Los Angeles today. It is the first time the Phillies will face Chase Utley since he was traded last season.
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