Biloxi turns wild triple play on way to win
Double-A Biloxi found itself in a jam Thursday night with runners at the corners, nobody out and two Mobile runs already in. An instant later, the Shuckers were out of it.The Double-A Brewers affiliate completed the unorthodox triple play in the first inning -- the first such feat in franchise
Double-A Biloxi found itself in a jam Thursday night with runners at the corners, nobody out and two Mobile runs already in. An instant later, the Shuckers were out of it.
The Double-A Brewers affiliate completed the unorthodox triple play in the first inning -- the first such feat in franchise history -- with a strikeout and two outs on the basepaths en route to a 7-3 win over the BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium.
"I think you play long enough, I think I have [been involved in a triple play], but like I said, I think that was the cleanest one I've ever been involved in, no errors, no extra throws," said Biloxi catcher
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"We put ourselves in a 3-2 count," McDowell said. "Strike three was a good pitch. I get the throw and then Bruce turned it right around and threw it back to me to get the guy at home. Next thing you know, I was like, 'I think that was three.' It was a fun one, something I hadn't been a part of before, and for it to be clean, that's nice too. Not sloppy baseball."
McDowell was alerted to the runner coming his way by his teammates.
"Our dugout was on it," the backstop said. "They were yelling 'runner' and Bruce did a great job at second all in one move with the tag and to turn around and throw. He made a great throw to turn around and get him actually pretty easily at home."
According to Baseball Reference, there have only been two triple plays in Major League history without contact between bat and ball. The moment happened so quickly, it didn't hit McDowell immediately that the inning was over.
"That's when it first clicked to me, [when] the dugout was fired up," he said. "They all came out onto the field and were high-fiving guys and I was like, 'Yeah, that was a triple play.' Those guys were fired up and it all kind of clicked. It was just fun to be a part of."
The play snuffed out Mobile's early offensive threat and enabled Biloxi to settle into the rhythm of the game.
"It was a huge moment," McDowell said. "It kept Drew in the game, kept the game rolling a little bit after a little bit of a slow start and then -- all of a sudden -- the momentum is on our side. It was definitely a huge moment and fun to experience also. You see something new every day on the baseball field."
The Shuckers trailed, 2-0, until the sixth when
While the triple play was Biloxi's first as a franchise, it wasn't the first between the clubs. Last year, the BayBears accomplished the feat against the Shuckers en route to a 4-3 win in 10 innings. It also wasn't the first time Mobile has dealt with a triple play at its expense this season, after hitting into one on May 1 against Montgomery -- also that opponent's franchise first.
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