Saturday, August 23, 2014

Philadelphia Phillies' Eric Bruntlett Turns Unassisted Triple Play

On Aug. 23, 2009, tensions rose on Sunday as it looked like the Phillies would take their second game in a row going into the ninth inning. 

That’s when things got interesting.

With the Mets at bat, down 9-6, no outs and Angel Pagan on third base, Luis Castillo grounded a ball to second, but Eric Bruntlett couldn’t handle it and Castillo would beat out a late throw. Daniel Murphy stepped to the plate next and it was deja vu all over again. A grounder to Bruntlett which he once again could not handle. The tying run was now on base and a nightmare was unfolding right in front of the Phillies' fanbase eyes, but it didn’t seem as though he could do anything about it.

Then it happened.

A line drive off the bat of Jeff Francoeur which was headed to Bruntlett at second base.  

With the runners going, he made the catch for one out, touched second for another, and tagged Murphy who was caught in a hit-and-run. One man, three outs. It was only the 15th unassisted triple play in Major League history.

Check out the video below of Bruntlett's unassisted triple play: