triple play


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

The Tigers scored three stray runs, beginning in the bottom of the second inning, when Bobby Wilson nearly grounded into a triple play. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Nicholas Castellanos ends losing skid with walk-off HR; Tigers win, 4-3, in 10," 21 July 2019 Cirillo initiated an around-the-horn triple play in the nightcap of the doubleheader, sending the ball to Mark Loretta at second before arriving to Nillson at first for the feat. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Freddy Peralta's outing calls to mind Steve Woodard's amazing performance in 1997; here's a look at that contest," 13 May 2018 Gattis bore full responsibility, but offered little tangible explanation, for his bizarre role in a fourth-inning triple play that clearly peeved his manager following the Astros' 9-2 win on Thursday. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Evan Gattis discusses gaffe which led to triple play," 20 Apr. 2018 Their last around-the-horn triple play at home was started by Gary Gaetti in 1995. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Another series ends on down note for Royals after Yankees win 10-1 | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 2018 But with the help of that triple play, Deer Park went on a 13-4 rampage to win going away. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto Gold all-stars’ day begins with triple play, ends with elimination after 9-8 loss," 24 June 2018 Tulane threatened to get more in the inning, but Houston centerfielder Grayson Padgett made a running over-the-shoulder catch on Luke Glancy's rocket to deep center, and the Cougars were able to get the ball in quickly for a spectacular triple play., "Tulane routs top-seed Houston in conference baseball tournament opener," 22 May 2018 With two on and no outs in the fifth, Bregman bounced Ramirez a 5-4 double play, but no throw for a triple play was possible. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take series opener against Indians," 18 May 2018 Then Like Now The classic triple play—call it the boomer bundle—included many TV channels, broadband internet and a landline. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why You Will See Bigger, Not Cheaper, Cable Bundles," 13 June 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of triple play

baseball : a play in which the team in the field causes three runners to be put out

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