Braves Achieve Rare 8-3-5 Triple Play, First Since 1884

Braves Achieve Rare 8-3-5 Triple Play, First Since 1884
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley completed a rare triple play in a loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in Boston. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley showcased his exceptional skills by executing a remarkable triple play during a recent game against the Boston Red Sox. This impressive display of defensive prowess made history as the first 8-3-5 triple play since 1884. (Image source: David Tulis/UPI)

July 26 (UPI) — In a match-up between the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox, Michael Harris II, Matt Olson, and Austin Riley accomplished a rare and remarkable feat in the game of baseball. They successfully executed an 8-3-5 triple play, a play that hasn’t occurred since 1884.

This extraordinary play took place during the bottom of the third inning at Fenway Park in Boston, as the Braves suffered a 7-1 defeat.

“I’ve never been a part of one, so I can check that off and say I’ve done it,” commented Riley when asked about his involvement in the triple play.

The Red Sox were leading 2-1 when left fielder Masataka Yoshida started off the inning with a single. Subsequently, Braves’ pitcher Charlie Morton walked right fielder Adam Duvall.

At that point, first baseman Triston Casas stepped up to bat. Morton threw a ball outside of the strike zone, followed by an 85.9-mph changeup.

Casas swung at the pitch and sent it high into the air. Braves’ center fielder Harris, positioned No. 8 in baseball scorekeeping, caught the ball and swiftly threw it to Olson at first base (3), resulting in the first two outs of the play as Duvall was tagged out.

Without hesitation, Olson made an accurate throw across the field, which Riley skillfully caught while positioned at third base (5). He swiftly tagged Yoshida out, finalizing the triple play.

Despite the exceptional play, the Braves were unable to gain momentum and ultimately suffered their 35th loss of the season, with the final score being 7-1.

The 8-3-5 triple play accomplished by the Braves marks only the second occurrence of this specific play in MLB history. The first instance dates back to June 7, 1884, when the Boston Beaneaters achieved the same sequence of outs against the Providence Grays, as documented by the Society for American Baseball Research.

In the game, Yoshida delivered an outstanding performance, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs, and a run scored, contributing to the Red Sox’s victory. Additionally, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Braves had only one player, shortstop Orlando Arcia, who managed to get multiple hits. He went 2 for 3.

The final game of the series between the Red Sox (54-47) and the Braves (64-35) will take place at 7:10 p.m. EDT on Wednesday in Boston.

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