Triple plays are not common place in the realm of baseball feats. When they happen, they can literally turn a game around and are certain to send a jolt through a team, no matter which side of it you are on.
On Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays were on the receiving end of that jolt. In the bottom of the 6th innings with the bases loaded and Jose Bautista at the dish, the Blue Jays outfielder lined a flare toward second base. It wasn’t tremendously hard hit, but the runners were in motion and the the Jays were dead to rights.
Daniel Descalso, positioned perfectly, took the liner and flipped to the shortstop Jhonny Peralta to get the Jose Reyes at second. Peralta then finished the relay to first baseman Allen Craig to take out Melky Cabrera and finish off the triple killing.
It took a few minutes to research, but it was the first triple play that the Toronto Blue Jays had hit into since May 12, 2008, when the Cleveland Indians turned the trick on Toronto. Of course, that one was of the special variety, as Asdrubal Cabrera achieved the ever rare unassisted triple play (only 15 all-time).
The Blue Jays last turned the trick on their opponents on April 20, 2012, when they achieved the feat on an equally impressive 3-3-6 triple play. The fielder responsible for that play? Adam Lind, who also happened to be the guy standing in the on-deck circle tonight with a front row seat for the fresh killing.