The Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years last night as part of a 4-3 win over the Royals.
The Royals got their first two runners on in the of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek when Eric Hosmer ripped a hard-hit liner to Adam Lind. Lind snagged it, quickly stepped on first base to double up Yuniesky Betancourt and then threw to Yunel Escobar, who stepped on second base before Alex Gordon could make it back. Watch the play here.
It was the fourth triple play in franchise history for the Blue Jays and the first since September 21, 1979 against the Yankees. Interestingly enough, it was also the first time the Royals had hit into a triple play since June 19, 1979.
Anyway, it’s clear the Royals just can’t catch a break right now. They have now dropped eight games in a row, their longest such streak since they lost 10 straight from July 10-24, 2010.
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.