The Associated Press
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox pulled off their first triple play in nearly 10 years in unique fashion in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game against Texas.
With the bases loaded and no outs, right fielder and Springfield native Adam Eaton made a running catch of Mitch Moreland’s drive down the line as the runners took off.
Eaton fired to first. Jose Abreu at first missed Ian Desmond, but Desmond overran the bag and was eventually tagged out in foul territory.
Abreu then threw on his knees to catcher Dioner Navarro, who saw Adrian Beltre caught between second and third and threw to shortstop Tyler Saladino.
But Saladino then saw Prince Fielder break from third, and threw home. Third baseman and former Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier eventually tagged Fielder in a rundown to finish the 9-3-2-6-2-5 play.
It was the first triple play for the White Sox since Sept. 18, 2006, against Detroit. Texas hadn’t been the victim of a triple play since June 1, 1991, against Seattle.
It was the first triple play in the majors this season.