McGehee to Lopez to Fielder; Triple play!
The Brewers turned a triple play for the first time in more than decade on Sunday, helping starter Braden Looper escape a jam in the top of the sixth inning against the Giants.
Randy Winn and Ryan Garko hit consecutive singles off Looper to start the inning before Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand hit a bouncer to Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee. McGehee stepped on the bag and fired a throw to second baseman Felipe Lopez, who relayed to Prince Fielder at first to end the inning.
It was the fifth triple play in the Brewers’ 40-year history and the first since April 16,1999, when third baseman Jeff Cirillo initiated a similar, 5-4-3 triple play in a home opener at County Stadium against the Cubs. Cirillo-to Fernando Vina-to Sean Berry in the seventh retired Benito Santiago at first.
For San Francisco, it marked the first time a Giants hitter batted into a triple play since J.T. Snow did so on Aug. 5, 1998 against the Mets.
It was the fifth triple play in the Majors this season and the first since Philadelphia’s Eric Bruntlett recorded an unassisted triple-killing to finish an Aug. 23 win over the Mets.
You can see a video of the Brewers’ triple play in MLB.com’s gameday application.