Brewers have fun turning triple play
Feat accomplished for fifth time in team history, first since '99
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers turned a triple play for the first time in more than decade Sunday, and every out was a big one.Casey McGehee to Felipe Lopez to Prince Fielder bailed starter Braden Looper out of a sixth-inning jam at Miller Park, and Fielder's 12th-inning home run capped a 2-1 Brewers win over the Giants that was dotted with spectacular defense. "It was fun," Fielder said. "Especially the way the season is going now for us, it's always good to have something fun happen." Looper was trailing, 1-0, when Randy Winn and Ryan Garko hit consecutive singles to start the inning. Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand followed with a sharp bouncer to third baseman McGehee, who happened to be positioned near the foul line. McGehee stepped on third and threw to second baseman Lopez, who fired to Fielder at first. Just like that, Looper was out of his predicament. "I knew we were going to have a chance," McGehee said. "It just so happened we were playing on the line and the ball was right there, right on the base. I was just hoping I didn't bounce it to Felipe. I knew we were going to have to hurry." The throw was low, but Lopez handled it and relayed to Fielder. "When I threw it," Lopez said, "I was like, 'Oh my God, it's a triple play!'" Fielder squeezed the baseball and flashed one of his big smiles. "I didn't really realize it until the play was over," Fielder said. "That's my first one ever." It was the fifth triple play in the Brewers' 40-year history and the first since April 16, 1999, when third baseman Jeff Cirillo initiated a similar 5-4-3 play in a home opener at County Stadium against the Cubs. Cirillo to Fernando Vina to Sean Berry in the seventh retired Benito Santiago at first.
|The Brewers have turned five triple plays in their history.|
|9/6/09||Brewers 2, Giants 1||Casey McGehee (3B) to Felipe Lopez (2B) to Prince Fielder (1B)|
|4/16/99||Cubs 9, Brewers 4||Jeff Cirillo (3B) to Fernando Vina (2B) to Sean Berry (1B)|
|7/28/97||Brewers 9, Blue Jays 4||Jeff Cirillo (3B) to Mark Loretta (2B) to Dave Nilsson (1B)|
|5/16/79||Angels 4, Brewers 3||Sal Bando (3B) to Paul Molitor (2B) to Cecil Cooper (1B)|
|4/28/71||Red Sox 10, Brewers 3||Rick Auerbach (SS) to Ted Kubiak (2B) to Mike Hegan (1B) to Ellie Rodriguez (C)|
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.