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.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.