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This is an example of the beauty of baseball: Bruntlett ends Phils win with solo triple play.

Wow, wow, wow. I wish I had seen it when it happened, but at least there's YouTube:

  1. Bruntlett catches the batted ball before it hits the ground, causing the batter to be out.
  2. The baserunner who was on 2nd was on his way to 3rd, so when Bruntlett steps on 2nd base before the baserunner returned to tag up, that baserunner was out.
  3. The baserunner who was on 1st was on his way to 2nd, and Bruntlett managed to tag him out before the baserunner became safe by standing on any base.

It would be fun figuring out how to score this play. I'm guessing an L4 for the batter, an a CS for both of the baserunners. Anyone know a more correct way?



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Aug. 24th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
The batter picks up an L4, the guy coming from first to second gets a "4" as his line terminates halfway down the 2nd base line... but what to do with the guy who was on second? That's the hard part. I can't seem to find anyone who really knows what to do with a runner who fails to tag up and is called out.

The Reisner and Project Scorecard people have some ideas, but they're long strings of code that seem more suited to computer arrays than a baseball scorecard.

I think the jury's out.
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'd score it an F-4-U-U (1)(2)(3).
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Triple Play Scoring
I believe it would be scored as a 4U for second base unassisted. Then you would put a line though the two base runners. Mind you it's been a long time since I scored a ball game.

Aug. 24th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Triple Play Scoring
Are you saying 4U for the batter's out? I think that would indicate a ground ball that the 2nd baseman picked up and managed to get the batter out at first. That's why I think L4 for the batter's out -- a line drive that the 2nd baseman caught. If you wanted to call it a P(op) or F(ly) instead of a L(ine), I wouldn't argue.

I can see 4U (as opposed to my original thought of CS (caught stealing)) for the base runner on first who got tagged out, with the line halfway between 1st and 2nd. Maybe a 4U for the base runner on 2nd, too.
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