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 El Dorado’s defense managed to get a triple play to escape the inning with just a one-run deficit. Michael Huntley, Orange County Register, 11 Apr. 2024 For example, a ball used in a triple play would be worth more than a single. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 28 Jan. 2024 By the time the first pitch is thrown at the Cleveland Guardians' home opener on April 8 at Progressive Field, fans will have seen something more unusual than a no-hitter, more rare than a perfect game and astronomically more exciting than an unassisted triple play. Tom Withers, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 But then the same guy who snared the liner to start the triple play, made an error two innings later that allowed the first run to score after Dunning had allowed a double to the No. 8 hitter with two outs. Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2022 Dunning did not get into first-inning trouble and didn’t need the triple play defense to save him, which had been the hallmarks of his first three starts. Dallas News, 25 Apr. 2022 On a night when the Minnesota Twins pulled off the first 8-5 triple play in major-league history and manager Tony La Russa earned his first ejection of the season, the Chicago White Sox fell 6-3 in 10 innings before a raucous crowd of 32,483 on the South Side. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 After a critical loss to Detroit in which Tigers pitcher Denny McLain started a triple play, Robinson told teammates where things stood in his folksy way. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2023 Three-Person Teams This triple play includes an advance agent who arrives a day early to scout routes and ground locations; the second agent travels with the client and, at the destination, the third agent handles transport. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triple play was in 1866

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“Triple play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

triple play

: a play in baseball by which three base runners are put out
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