Zach Davies and Chris Carter wrote themselves into the history books on Friday night when Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto lined into his first career triple play. With runners on first and second, Carter scooped the liner and stepped on the bag to retire Votto and Scott Schebler, then flipped the ball to shortstop Orlando Arcia to catch Jose Peraza for the triple play.
According to the Triple Plays Database at sabr.org, Carter’s play marked the 39th 3-3-6 triple play turned since 1876 and the eighth of any kind orchestrated by the Brewers. More remarkably, it was the second time that Davies and Carter have helped turn a triple play in 2016, the sequel to a 5-4-3 flip they recorded in April against Marcell Ozuna and the Marlins.
The triple play also landed Carter in some interesting company. He’s now the third infielder to notch two triple plays with the Brewers, along with former team members Prince Fielder (2009, 2011) and Jeff Cirillo (1997, 1999). Carter is the first to accomplish the feat within the same calendar year.
The infielder followed up his defensive wizardry with his 38th home run of the season, launching a 109 m.p.h. rocket off of Reds’ right-hander Anthony DeSclafani in the second inning.