Triple plays are very rare in baseball, and the Texas Rangers pulled off an extremely rare kind of triple play on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Angels led 6-3 in the top of the fourth and were threatening to blow the game open with the bases loaded and — obviously — no outs.
David Fletcher hit a rocket one-hop groundball and third baseman Jurickson Profar made a terrific diving stop. Off the bat, the ball looked like a line drive, and it was tough to tell in real time if the ball bounced before Profar caught it. This led to confusion on the basepaths. The Angels’ Taylor Ward headed back to third base, thinking Profar caught the ball in the air. Profar stepped on third base for a force out, before tagging Ward, and throwing to second base for another force out (the Rangers’ Rougned Odor then went to tag Kole Calhoun, but he’d already gotten the force out to complete the triple play).
Check out the very bizarre play:
You don't see this every day. pic.twitter.com/6MPPS5u5Xo
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 17, 2018
That’s the ol’ 5-4 triple play, and the first triple play without retiring the batter since 1912.
According to STATS, Inc. the Rangers triple play marked the first time thst the batter was not retired on a triple play since June 3, 1912. Brooklyn vs. Cincinnati.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 17, 2018
Rangers execute rather casual looking 5-4 triple play involving a bases-loaded force by Profar at 3rd, a tag of a runner who left 3rd and flip to Odor at 2nd. 2nd Triple Play at Globe Life Park.
— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) August 17, 2018
And it’s only the second triple play at Globe Life Park, with the last one taking place in 2002.
4/14/02 was the only other triple play ever in Globe Life Park. Rangers did it against Seattle then.
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) August 17, 2018
It also ended up being a crucial play in the game. The Rangers came back to win 8-6.