Baseball is back (for now), and the Cubs have had one of the hotter starts, opening the year 4-1.

They’re currently losing to the Reds tonight in Cincinnati, but even if they do fall to 4-2, they’ll have at least had a special moment, when Kris Bryant turned a 5-3 triple play tonight to end the seventh inning. It was the first MLB triple play since the Twins turned one against the Braves on August 7th last season, meaning it’s been nearly a year.

Considering the bases were loaded with no one out, that is perhaps the quickest turnaround to a run-expectancy chart possible. Of course, it probably shouldn’t have counted, as replays showed Bryant didn’t actually catch the ball. At first it was pretty odd that the Reds didn’t even ask for a review; considering it took a run off the board, that would seem like an obvious situation for replay.

Except it’s not actually reviewable, because baseball’s replay rules continue to be ridiculously convoluted.

That catches in the infield can’t be reviewed makes very little sense, as it’s seemingly implying that umpires make those calls correctly 100% of the time. But, hey, the Cubs will certainly take it, and as long as they don’t mount a ridiculous comeback from this point it’s not really going to affect the outcome of a game. The Cubs were due for one, too; they hadn’t turned a triple play since 1997.

And the team they turned it against twenty-three years ago?

You guessed it: the San Francisco Giants. (Sorry, it would have been way better if it were the Reds, but still.)

Anyway, it’s wild that baseball can cram through huge, sport-changing rule updates like the universal DH, expanded rosters, and even perhaps going to seven-inning doubleheaders later in the season, but still can’t get replay right.

UPDATE: The Cubs did indeed lose, but the team’s Twitter account offered their own version of the Bryant “catch”.

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