When Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home to end Detroit’s 8-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday, it was the first time since 1988 that a game had ended with an 8-2 double play.
Baseball-Reference’s Raphy did the research and saw only five games that had ended that way since 1973, the last coming 23 years ago.
Oddly enough, Jim Leyland was the winning manager in the last one, too. The Pirates beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Sept. 27, 1988 when Luis Alicea, hitting against Pirates closer Jim Gott, flew out to Andy Van Slyke. Jose Oquendo tried to tie the scoring run from third and was cut down by Van Slyke at the plate.