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 Reds added three runs in the seventh inning – including an RBI double from Senzel – before Akiyama lined into a triple play. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Mike Moustakas, Nick Senzel return in big way to lead Cincinnati Reds to 12-7 win," 31 July 2020 The last time the Cubs turned a triple play, according to the Society for American Baseball Research, was on May 10, 1997. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Cubs turn questionable, unreviewable triple play in loss to Reds," 30 July 2020 With my luck, my cardboard cutout will be in the pressbox restroom when the A’s turn a triple play. Scott Ostler,, "Buster Posey and family take one for the team: Team Us," 12 July 2020 Oakland went 2-4 in those six games at Cashman, but the last one certainly was memorable: The A’s turned a triple play and got a walk-off homer in the ninth to beat Detroit 7-6 on April 7. Steve Kroner,, "April 7, 1996: Geronimo Berroa’s HR in 9th gives A’s win over Tigers in Vegas," 7 Apr. 2020 Only 15 unassisted triple plays have been achieved in Major League history. Marc Bona, cleveland, "16 Cleveland Indians items up for auction (photos)," 24 May 2020 Maz grounded to third, and the Mets tried a triple play. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "SportsDay staffers pick the best plays they’ve ever witnessed: Game-winners, miraculous catches and rare anomalies," 4 May 2020 Sepulveda then threw to second base to get Lael Lockhart Jr., completing the first triple play against UH since Rice on April 16, 2003. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH falls to UT-Rio Grande Valley in 12 innings," 25 Feb. 2020 That came shortly after the Yankees had squandered an opportunity of their own in the half inning before by hitting into a triple play. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins turn triple play, outslug Yankees in series opener," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of triple play

1869, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2020

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“Triple play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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