Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson made a catch that will almost certainly wind up on year-end “Plays of the Year” lists. With Tuesday’s game knotted at 1-1 between the Red Sox and Marlins, Mookie Betts hit what appeared to be a go-ahead solo home run off of Odrisamer Despaigne. Brinson had other ideas, ranging back and leaping in perfect time to rob Betts of his homer. Even Brinson himself was surprised he made the grab.
The Red Sox still wound up taking the lead in the top of the 11th as Eduardo Nunez hit a one-out double and promptly scored on Andrew Benintendi‘s single. The Marlins tied it up in the bottom half of the inning as Brian Anderson and Justin Bour drew two-out walks. Cameron Maybin drove Anderson home with a double, but Bour was thrown out trying to score the winning run.
As of this writing, the game is tied 2-2 in the 12th inning.
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.