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Minor league team pulls off unusual game-ending triple play

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Talk about ending your season on a high note in front of the hometown fans. The Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, pulled off one of the more improbable game-ending plays you'll see — in a game on Saturday that also happened to be the last game of their home season.

The Mud Hens pulled off a triple play in the top of the ninth, taking care of an inning's worth of outs in a single play. This wasn't any triple play either. It was a 7-2-4-3 triple play. The opposing Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians affiliate, had runners at first and third with nobody out when Ryan Rohlinger came up to bat. The score was 4-1 Toledo, so a single swing from Rohlinger could have tied the game. Turns out it ended it.

Left fielder Gustavo Nunez caught a fly ball off Rohlinger's bat, gunned it home for out No. 2 at the plate. Catcher Bryan Holaday made a great play to get the out, leaping to make the tag then alertly eyeing the runner between first and second base. After a brief rundown, the Mud Hens had out No. 3.

At least, this being their final home game and all, the Mud Hens didn't have to come up with an encore for the Toledo fans.

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