Pirates make baseball history with 4-5-4 triple play

Published May. 9, 2015 9:09 p.m. ET

Veteran baseball reporter Tim Kurkjian frequently says one of the great things about the sport is that each time you go to the ballpark, you're liable to see something you've never seen before. Those who attended Saturday's Pirates-Cardinals game in Pittsburgh saw something no one had ever seen before in a major-league game.

The Pirates turned a 4-5-4 triple play, the first one in MLB history, according to mlb.com.

Here's how it happened: With the Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta on third and Jason Heyward on second, Yadier Molina hit a line drive that looked destined for the outfield. Peralta took off for home, and Heyward raced toward third, obviously thinking he was going to score, too. Neither counted on Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker leaping to stab the liner.

Walker quickly threw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who touched third for out No. 2, then seemed temporarily confused before tossing back to Walker at second for out No. 3. Heyward had stopped running, then belatedly headed back toward second, but was nowhere close.