Angels turn first triple play in 26 years during 9th inning against Rays

The Los Angeles Angels turned their first triple play in 26 years during the ninth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

1. Rare Triple Play

The Angels completed the triple play when the score was tied 6-6, but they eventually lost the game 9-6 in 10 innings.

2. Outcome and Score

With runners at the corners and the infield playing shallow, shortstop Luis Rengifo initiated the triple play by making a short toss to second baseman Brandon Drury.

3. Key Defensive Play

Randy Arozarena was the first out as Drury caught the ball and then threw to first baseman Nolan Schanuel to complete the first two outs.

4. Infield Execution

Yandy Diaz, positioned at third base, held off running home until Drury threw to first base. This hesitation played a crucial role in the triple play's success.

5. Critical Delay by Runner

Nolan Schanuel's perfect throw to catcher Logan O'Hoppe allowed him to tag out Yandy Diaz on his left shoulder before he could reach home plate.

6. Perfect Throw Home

Both catcher Logan O'Hoppe and pitcher Carlos Estevez celebrated the triple play's completion, reflecting the significance of this rare defensive feat.

7. Joyful Celebrations

This triple play marked the seventh in the history of the Los Angeles Angels and the first since July 5, 1997, against the Seattle Mariners.

8. Historic Occurrence

Catcher Logan O'Hoppe returned to play after almost four months due to a torn left labrum, while first baseman Nolan Schanuel made his major league debut. Schanuel was the 11th overall pick in the recent amateur draft.

9. Injury and Debut

Nolan Schanuel's promotion to the big leagues after being drafted was the fastest since Chris Sale's promotion in 2010 with the Chicago White Sox.

10. Quick Promotion

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