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.

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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. NOLA.com, "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 Skoglund had managed to avoid early trouble, nearly getting a triple play in the second inning, but walked Aaron Hicks to start the fourth. Dave Skretta, courant.com, "Tyler Austin, Sonny Gray Lead Yankees To Rout Of Royals," 21 May 2018 The Brewers turned a triple play in the second game of the doubleheader What a crazy day. 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

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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triple play

noun

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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