Mets triple plays

The Mets’ Pagan-Blanco-Reyes-Davis triple play against the Nationals on Wednesday night was the team’s 10th TP in its 48-plus year history.

Here’s the full list, with some research help from the The Society For American Baseball Research and Retrosheet:

May 30, 1962, Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets
6-4-3 triple play in top of the sixth inning

The Dodgers’ Willie Davis lines out to Mets shortstop Elio Chacon, who makes a leaping catch and throws to second-baseman Charlie Neal, who doubles up Maury Wills and throws to first-baseman Gil Hodges, who catches Jim Gilliam off first.

May 31, 1964, San Francisco Giants at New York Mets (23-inning game)
6-6-3 triple play in the top of the 14th inning

Orlando Cepeda lines out to shortstop Roy McMillan, who steps on second to double up Jesus Alou, then throws to first-baseman Ed Kranepool to catch Willie Mays off first.

April 15, 1965, Houston Astros at New York Mets
9-2-6 triple play in the top of the 2nd inning

Jimmy Wynn hits a fly ball to right-fielder Johnny Lewis, who catches the ball and throws home to catcher Chris Cannizzaro, who tags out Walt Bond after tagged up and tried to score from third, then Cannizzaro throws to shortstop Roy McMillan, who nabs Bob Aspromonte while he was trying to decide whether to advance from first.

Sept. 28, 1966, Chicago Cubs at New York Mets
5-4-3 triple play in the top of the 6th inning

Joey Amalfitano lines out to third-baseman Eddie Bressoud, who throws to second-baseman Chuck Hiller, who doubles up John Boccabella and throws to first-baseman Jim Hickman, who catches Ron Campbell off first.

Aug. 3, 1982 New York Mets at Chicago Cubs
6-4-3 triple play in the bottom of the 8th inning

Larry Bowa hits a fly ball to shortstop Bob Bailor, who flips the ball to second-baseman Wally Backman to double up Jay Johnstone, and Backman throws over to first-baseman Dave Kingman, who catches Gary Woods off first.

Sept. 29, 1982, Chicago Cubs at New York Mets
4-4-3 triple play in the top of the third inning

Keith Moreland hits a grounder to second-baseman Brian Giles, who tags Bill Buckner as he was running from second, steps on second base to force Jay Johnstone from first, then throws to first-baseman Rusty Staub to get Moreland.

June 6, 1989, New York Mets at Chicago Cubs
3-6-3 triple play in the bottom of the fifth inning

First-baseman Dave Magadan fields Vance Law’s hard-hit short-hopper and tags Lloyd McClendon running from first, throws to shortstop Kevin Elster who gets Damon Berryhill from second, then throws back to Magadan to get Law.

Aug. 5, 1998, San Francisco Giants at New York mets
3-6-3-2 triple play in the top of the fifth inning

J.T. Snow hits a hard grounder to first baseman John Olerud, who checks Barry Bonds at third and then throws to shortstop Rey Ordonez to force Jeff Kent running from first. Ordonez fake throws home to hold Bonds and then throws to Olerud to get the batter, then Olerud throws home to get Bonds.

May 17, 2002, New York Mets at San Diego Padres
5-4-3 triple play in the bottom of the fifth inning

Wiki Gonzalez grounds to third-baseman Edgardo Alfonzo, who who steps on the bag to force Deivi Cruz from second and throws to second-baseman Roberto Alomar to force Sean Burroughs from first, then Alomar throws to first-baseman Mo Vaughn to get Gonzalez.

May 19, 2010, New York Mets at Washington Nationals
8-2-6-3 triple play in the fifth inning

With the Nationals’ Livan Hernandez at second and Nyjer Morgan at first, Washington sent the runners while Cristian Guzman hit a short fly ball center. Angel Pagan hustled in to make a great shoestring catch, and Hernandez was already standing on third and Morgan on second when Pagan tossed the ball toward shortstop Jose Reyes in an effort to begin the sequence. Pagan’s errant throw sailed past Reyes and landed near the mound, but both runners stood still as if confused about whether it was indeed a catch. Mets’ catcher Henry Blanco picked up the ball, threw to Reyes for out No. 2 and then to Ike Davis at first for out No. 3. One of the umpires was about to rule it a single (it was clearly a catch), but a colleague overruled him and signaled three punch outs for the triple-play.

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