Monday, August 24, 2009

Eric Bruntlett Triple Play


Eric Bruntlett made an amazing solo triple play for the Phillies against the Mets.

The play was indeed history making, as it was only the second game ending unassisted triple in major baseball league history, and the 15th overall, as Eric Bruntlett was able to get final three outs on his own thus securing the victory for the Philadelphia Phillies’ over the New York Mets. The final score: Phillies 9 and Mets 7.

The last such play, was on May 31, 1927 and was performed by Detroit Tigers first baseman Johnny Neun and resulted in a 1-0 victory over Cleveland.

Regarding the unassisted triple play (video below) Eric Bruntlett, 31, a utility player who has variously played second base, shortstop, and left field, told the media:

“It was kind of a reaction and after it was over I was just trying to figure out what happened,” Bruntlett said. “The opportunities I’ve had, I haven’t done that well with them. So it was certainly nice to have a good day at the plate and end up feeling good about what I’m doing.”

According to Reuters, quoting the Major League Baseball Web site mlb.com he further said:

“It’s hard to know how to react to it. I was almost laughing. That doesn’t happen. What do you do there? Game is over. High fives.”

Watch the Eric Bruntlett triple play video from Sunday August 23 and see happened when he caught a line drive from Jeff Francoeur, tagged second base, doubled off Luis Castillo, and went on to tag Daniel Murphy as he attempted to run to second base.

The final score that night: Philadelphia Phillies 7 and New York Mets 6, as a result of the remarkable play.

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