Cleveland Indians Triple Steal

May 28, 2008

The Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox last night 8-2 with the help of a triple steal. There hadn’t been a triple steal in baseball since Oct. 1, 1987.

The triple steal comes a short 15 days after the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera turned just the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. When I first read the headline I initially thought someone must have stole home with the bases loaded, but it looks like the defense had more to do with accomplishing this rare feat.

With the bases loaded and Ben Francisco batting, White Sox pitcher Ehren Wasserman faked a throw to third and threw to first, which caught Jamey Carroll off the bag. First baseman Paul Konerko got Carroll in a brief rundown. David Dellucci broke from third and Konerko’s throw to catcher Toby Hall was in the dirt, allowing Dellucci to score. Dellucci, Carroll and Grady Sizemore, who was on second when the play began, were given stolen bases.

Kind of sounds like a three ring circus, but one for the record books nonetheless. The unassisted triple play is probably more impressive and you can see the video for that below. I can’t believe Cabrera threw the ball in the stands after it happened. Lucky fan.

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