John Lindsey, 33-year-old rookie, done for season

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It’s not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie.  He is an underdog.  He is like us in some ways.  He is finally getting a shot in “The Show.”  All that Hollywood stuff.

33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on September 9 of this season.  After 16 years in the minor leagues, 1,571 games played on the farm and countless bus rides, Lindsey finally got his shot in a major league pinch-hitting appearance and … flew out.

To me, it’s always better that way.  Feels more real.

Lindsey got a standing ovation that night by the alert Dodger Stadium crowd and eventually got his first hit.  He racked up 12 major league at-bats over the past two weeks.  But now he’s done for the season, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, due to a fracture in his left hand that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch during Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks. 

That’s baseball.  Ain’t it great?

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.