By Matt McCoy
The Indians pulled off a Major League Baseball first Tuesday night when they turned an unusual triple play in the fourth inning. Triple plays have happened before, but not like this one. It's the first triple play that was turned thanks to baseball's new replay system.
The Dodgers had runners on first and third when Tribe reliever Kyle Crockett got L.A's Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to left fielder Michael Brantley, who threw a strike to catcher Yan Gomes, gunning down the Dodgers Dee Gordon, who tried to tag up and score. L.A's Yasiel Puig was on first, and on the play at the plate, tried to tag up and go to second. At first, it appeared he was successful after being called safe, but second baseman Jason Kipnis, who took the throw from Gomes objected and Tribe manager Terry Francona challenged the call on replay. After a short deliberation, Puig was called out and the Tribe had an unusual 7-2-4 triple play--the first ever that involved instant replay.
In fact, another replay challenge was involved in the play. After Puig was called out, Dodger manager Don Mattingly challenged the out call on Gordon at home. The umpires checked it and that call was upheld. It was quite a sequence. Check it out.