NEW YORK CITY — There is more than one way to turn a double play in baseball, but there are still those that can be classified as “unconventional.”
Washington Nationals rookie Trea Turner, getting into his first action since returning to the ballclub this week, touched off an unusual twin-killing in the second inning against the New York Mets on Sunday.
With one out, Mets outfield Alejandro De Aza walked on a full count, bringing up pitcher Steven Matz. After working a 2-2 count, Matz grounded sharply to Turner, who was playing at double play depth.
Fielding the ball in the path of the runner, Turner charged De Aza to make the tag, while keeping an eye on Matz flying down the line to first. When De Aza retreated, Turner made the decision to whip the ball to first place for the force out.
First baseman Daniel Murphy then made a perfect throw to shortstop Danny Espinosa, who needed to tag De Aza for the out:
Unconventional, but extremely effective. The Nats left the inning preserving a 2-1 lead.