By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
The Philadelphia Phillies stunned the New York Mets on Sunday 9-7 off second baseman Eric Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play, the first to ever conclude a major league game since 1929.
The Phillies took a 6-0 lead in the first inning and an 8-2 edge in the third. The Mets responded by scoring two runs in each of those innings, including an inside-the-park home run by Angel Pagan to begin the bottom of the first.
Down 9-6 in the bottom of the ninth, New York caught a couple of breaks, including two plays that Bruntlett couldn’t make. One was an error that allowed batter Luis Castillo to be safe at first and Pagan scored, and the other was an infield hit behind second base by Daniel Murphy.
The Mets were down by two with runners on first and second and no outs. The runners were running on the 2-2 pitch to Jeff Francoeur and that’s when one of the most bizarre endings to a game occurred.
Francoeur scorched a line drive up the middle, Bruntlett was covering second base and caught the ball in stride to step on the base and then he turned around to tag Murphy. All of this happened in five seconds.
Bruntlett recorded the first out by catching the ball, he stepped on second base to double up the second base runner Luis Castillo for out number two and he tagged the first base runner Murphy, who was trying to steal second, for the final out.
The two teams return to Citi Field on Monday for the last game of the four-game series. The Phillies lead two games to one.
WSOE Sports Director