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Video: Chris Carter turns Brewers’ eighth triple play

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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.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.