Nationals left fielder Adam Eaton made a Jim Edmonds-esque catch to rob Ozzie Albies of extra bases in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Braves. Max Scherzer had already surrendered three runs to the Braves and Albies’ fly ball threatened more as Ender Inciarte was on first base. The fly ball sent Eaton racing towards the warning track in left-center field. He leaped at the last second, snagging the ball as he landed chest-first onto the warning track.
Unfortunately for the Nationals, the offense couldn’t do much as the club fell 7-1 to the Braves. Scherzer gave up five runs in five innings on the afternoon, though only two of those runs were unearned.
Eaton went 1-for-5 at the plate. In 23 plate appearances to start the season, he’s hitting .429/.478/.810. That seems good.
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.