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Tulowitzki for the three! BINGO!
2007-04-29 14:51
by Bob Timmermann

Troy Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history today in the seventh inning in a game against the Braves at Coors Field.

With no outs (obviously) and Kelly Johnson on second and Edgar Renteria on first, Chipper Jones lined a ball to Tulowitzki near the second base bag (#1), then he stepped on second to catch Johnson (#2), and then tagged out Renteria (#3) as he was running toward second.

Rafael Furcal had turned the last UTP back on September 10, 2003 for the Braves against the Cardinals. The Rockies only other triple play was on April 10, 2003 when Orlando Palmeiro of the Cardinals lined into a 3-6 (Todd Helton to Jose Hernandez) triple play.

Thanks to ToyCannon for the heads up.

The unassisted triple play roll call.

2007-04-29 15:06:13
1.   StolenMonkey86
from the article

DENVER -- Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki gave the Coors Field crowd something to cheer about Sunday, once they recovered their dropping draws.

I'm going to assume that they mean "jaws", but maybe I'm missing something.

2007-04-29 16:20:51
2.   scareduck
Tuwolitzki? Has Elmer Fudd taken over your keyboard? Is there a joke here I'm missing?
2007-04-29 16:21:22
3.   Blaine
Are all of those UTP of the middle infielder variety? It would seem that this would be about the only way to do so, unless there was something even more flukish.
2007-04-29 17:44:27
4.   Bob Timmermann
I got Tulowitzki spelled correctly everywhere but one place! The most important one.

There is a link now to all the UTPs. All but two of them are by second basemen or shortstops.

2007-04-29 19:41:17
5.   Jose Habib
Hey Bob, why don't you add UTP's to your "The last time..." sidebar?
2007-04-29 19:56:05
6.   Bob Timmermann
Well, it wouldn't require updating often would it?
2007-04-29 21:01:13
7.   StolenMonkey86
the last time a player turned an unassisted triple play and won was John Valentin for the Red Sox on July 8, 1994.
2007-04-29 21:05:30
8.   Bob Timmermann
The Rockies won today.
2007-04-30 00:57:00
9.   El Lay Dave
3 Check the link Bob provided; two were by first basemen.

I vaguely remember seeing a CF pass on a chance for an 8-unassisted TP. Might have been this game:

As I recall, the CF made a catch while charging hard and with the runners going. He could have kept running to second base, tagged it, and then tagged the runner coming from first, but instead flipped the ball to second base, from where the ball was lobbed to first. (Or my memory could just be faulty.)

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