When Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley lofted a ball into shallow left field in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the Orioles probably expected an out.
When that same ball fell beyond shortstop J.J. Hardy's grasp, they probably expected none.
Instead, the Orioles got three.
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So, to recap:
Hardy was unable to field the ball, but he threw it to second base, where Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop tagged Mitch Moreland, who was off the bag. Schoop then stepped on second to force Dustin Pedroia, who was standing on first base and likely assumed an infield fly had been called (it hadn't). Schoop completed the triple play by throwing to first baseman Chris Davis, retiring Bradley, who was not on the first-base bag.
What a roller coaster of emotions Orioles manager Buck Showalter must have ridden during that play. From an easy out, to a potential error, to slowly realizing his team just got out of a two-on, no out jam while trailing 5-2.
So, just your basic 6-4-3 triple play.
This was the first triple play for the Orioles in 17 years and the first in the majors this year.
The play couldn't help the O's enough, though. They lost by that 5-2 count.