The Indians turned a triple play last night. It was not one of those cool bam-bam-bam around-the-horn numbers. It was, like a lot of triple plays, partially a function of a base running mistake. This one, you will not be shocked to know, a mistake by Yasiel Puig, who — after the first two outs were recorded on a fly out + runner from third tagging up and being pegged at home — decided to break from first to second and and was nailed there.
But it was notable for more than some classic Puiging. It was notable because the call of a triple play was upheld only after a video review. Two of them. The first one on that play at second, where the umpire initially called Puig safe and Terry Francona challenged it. It was close, but I think the call was right. The second challenge was the play at home, where the base runner was called out, Don Mattingly challenged, but the call was upheld.
It took some time and was not as fun as some of those bam-bam-bam around-the-horn triple plays, but it was still pretty cool.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.