Opening Day was supposed to feature all 30 teams in action, but Mother Nature has overruled Major League Baseball on that score. In addition to the Nationals-Reds game in Cincinnati being postponed, the Pirates-Tigers tilt in Detroit has been washed out as well.
The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, which was an off day, precisely in case today’s game was banged. First pitch set for 1:10 PM with, presumably, Ivan Nova facing off against Jordan Zimmermann, as was expected today.
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.