In the blink of an eye, one of the rarest plays in baseball happened during Thursday’s game between the Texas Rangers and L.A. Angels — and it left everyone scratching their heads.
It was a triple play, which is already pretty rare, but it was the rarest kind: a triple play in which the batter is not one of the three players to be called out. It reportedly hadn’t happened since June 3, 1912 — until last night.
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the fourth inning, Texas third baseman Jurickson Profar fielded a grounder hit by the Angels’ David Fletcher. That’s where things get a little confusing, but the way we would explain it is that Taylor Ward, the runner on third, at first thought Profar had caught the ball and intended to stay on third. But then Profar stepped on third base for a force-out of the runner who had been at second, and Ward saw that he had nowhere to go and let himself be tagged out. Meanwhile, everyone else was equally confused, enabling Profar to throw to second base for another force-out, of Kole Calhoun, who had been on first. (Not realizing Calhoun was already out on the force-out, the Texas second baseman went after him and tagged him out anyway.)
You might be able to explain it better than we can. Here’s the play …