triple play

noun

Definition of triple play

: a play in baseball by which three players are put out

Examples of triple play in a Sentence

The batter hit into a triple play. They turned a triple play in the first inning.
Recent Examples on the Web Adley Rutschman hit a two-run single in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles turned the 15th triple play in team history, rallying to beat the Blue Jays, 5-4, in Toronto to avoid a three-game sweep. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 The Mets haven’t turned a triple play in a regular-season game since 2014, when Lucas Duda took advantage of an aggressive Yasiel Puig baserunning mistake to finish off a 6-4-3-2 play in a game against the Dodgers. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2021 McCoy turned, fired to shortstop Mikayla Milby and caught junior center fielder Lucy Nash trying to retreat to second to complete the triple play. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2022 Golden not only finished 1 for 3 with an RBI, but the junior second baseman was pivotal in initiating a triple play in the bottom of the sixth inning that stopped the rally that Lexington Catholic was trying to build. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 17 June 2022 The Chicago White Sox were on the wrong side of major-league history Monday when AJ Pollock’s long fly to right-center went from a potential hit to an inning- and momentum-ending triple play. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2022 Buxton wheeled and threw to third baseman Gio Urshela, who tagged Moncada between second and third, then touched second to retire Engel for the 8-5 triple play. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 Pops became frustrated when crew chief Umptron 9000 called an automatic triple play because the bottom of the third had taken more than thirty seconds. Jonathan Zeller, The New Yorker, 30 June 2022 Buck & Gio made the 1st 8-5 triple play in MLB history look easy. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of triple play

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triple play was in 1869

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2022

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“Triple play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triple%20play. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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