The Mets found another way to lose today, hitting the Philadelphia Phillies closer, Brad Lidge, hard in the 9th inning. They already had a run in when with runners on first (Daniel Murphy) and second (Luis Castillo), Jeff Franceuor lined a shot up the middle.
The runners were moving on the play (Jerry Manuel was trying, I guess, to stay out of the DOUBLE PLAY), when Eric Bruntlett snared Frankie’s hot smash, touched second to double up the runner there, and tagged Daniel Murphy coming into second base.
While trying to stay out of the double play, Manuel caused a game ending TRIPLE PLAY, only the second time ever that has occurred in major league history. It was also the 15th unassisted triple play in post-1900 major league history, tying the amount of perfect games in post-1900 history.
In fact, this was the third time a unassisted triple play and a perfect game (the two rarest feats in baseball) have happened in the same season. In 1968, Catfish Hunter beat the Twins on May 8th while Washington Senators shortstop Ron Hansen performed the feat on July 30th. In 1994 Kenny Rogers beat the Angels on July 28th, only three weeks after John Valentin had an unasssited triple play on July 8th. Lastly, both Bruntlett and Mark Buehrle accomplished each feat during this season.
I only use post-1900 seasons in my record talk since the game was so very different back then. Actually, everyone should use 1903 as the barometer since that was the first year of the World Series.
Anyway, the Mets have lost games via a dropped popup by Luis Castillo, missing third base while running (Ryan Church) and now an unassisted triple play.
Only the Mets..
Wouldn’t it be great if they lost a game on four home runs in a game by an individual? There have been 15 of those recorded in major league history, but only 13 of those are from post-1900.
And they also lose a lot of games started by Oliver Perez. His start today is not even his worst start as a Met. Last year in San Francisco, Perez gave up six runs in the first inning, but only recorded one out.
Only the Mets.