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Working out of trouble, the ultimate way
2007-08-28 08:18
by Bob Timmermann

Rafael Perez of Cleveland came in to pitch last night at home against Minnesota and faced one batter, threw three pitches, and got all three outs of the seventh inning when Mike Redmond of the Twins grounded into a triple play.

Back on September 8, 1991, Barry Jones of Montreal came in to pitch against the Reds in the ninth inning with runners on first and second and no one out and saved a 2-1 victory when Chris Sabo grounded into a 5-4-3 triple play.

Don Nottebart of the Reds also faced one batter and got a game-ending triple play back on May 30, 1967 against the Cardinals.

Eleven pitchers in the last 50 years who have gotten three outs in an inning while facing just one batter in the game, but not all have involved triple plays.

2007-08-28 15:08:38
1.   Johnny Nucleo
Interesting! Another way of looking at a "cheap save" or at least one with very little effort. I wonder if any of them involved throwing just one pitch.
2007-08-28 15:27:16
2.   Bob Timmermann
Jones threw two pitches in his save.

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