In the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the New York Mets, the Dodgers had runners on first and second with no outs and Matt Kemp at the plate. Kemp hit a ground ball to Mets third baseman Eric Campbell. Campbell saw the opportunity and began what should have been a routine 5-4-3 double play. They play should have ended with two outs and Yasiel Puig on third base. But that was not meant to be.
After Mets first baseman Lucus Duda looked up from first base he saw the speedy and reckless Puig heading home. Duda turned towards home and fired to catcher Travis d’Arnaud who applied the tag on Puig. With that the Mets turned their first triple play in over four years. Puig, who appeared to be trying to sneak home, has continued to make base running errors. While there is no doubt to his raw ability, Puig needs to learn to pick his moments. When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked about the play after the game he stated:
“It’s just the wrong play. It’s what we talked to him about. We always go back to, on those types of plays, you play the scoreboard. Today it was the wrong play, and he’s going to make mistakes, and we’re going to live with that and we’re going to keep teaching him. But the disappointing thing is I think that’s the second time almost that same exact play happened, and you … want guys to learn from their mistakes.”
Regardless, it is good to see something good happen to the Mets. It is hard to believe that it had been over four years since their last triple play. Thanks to Lucus Duda, they start the clock over.
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