The Buffalo Bisons may have an abysmal 27-41 record at home this year, but with just three home games remaining they gave a crowd of 9,866 a treat on Tuesday night.
(Video evidence of the feat courtesy of BisonsTV.)
Buffalo turned the first triple play at Coca Cola Field in 14 years in the top of the third inning against the Rochester Red Wings.
With the score knotted at two, Rochester’s Jason Pridie reached on an error and right fielder Dustin Martin walked. Second baseman Steve Tolleson then stepped to the plate 0-1 on the day with a strikeout. With the runners in motion on a 1-0 count, Tolleson hit a line drive to Buffalo shortstop Argenis Reyes, who made a diving grab for the out. Pridie and Martin were then unable to get back to their bases as Reyes relayed the ball to Luis Rivera at second, who finished the play with a throw to first baseman Mike Lamb to complete the 6-4-3 triple play.
The inning-killer was only the second registered in the history of Coca Cola Field, the first turned on July 27, 1997 with Jeff Manto (5), Torey Lovullo (4), Richie Sexson (3) doing the job against Nashville. No Bisons opponent has ever turned a triple play at Coca Cola Field.
Despite the setback, Rochester won 9-6 on Tuesday night on the strength of four home runs and 14 hits.