Posted by Raphy on August 10, 2011
I ran across this puzzling play description today:
|b10||4-5||0||12-||RR||M. Lawton||Triple to RF (Line Drive to Deep RF); Meares Scores; Nixon Scores; Lawton to 2B|
So Lawton hit a walk-off triple and ended up on second base? Did he go back to second after touching third?
Lawton clearly received a triple for this play, as both this site and mlb.com have Lawton with 6 triples for 1998 and an event finder list of his triples includes this one (mlb.com gamelogs only go back to 1999):
|6||1||1||1998-05-08||MIN||NYY||Hideki Irabu||tied 1-1||b6||---||2||4 (0-2)||0||0.04||0.27||.70||Triple to 2B (Line Drive to Deep 2B)|
|7||2||1||1998-06-16||MIN||@DET||Tim Worrell||ahead 3-7||t7||---||2||6 (3-2)||0||0.01||0.27||.09||Triple to 1B (Ground Ball to 2B-1B)|
|8||3||1||1998-07-03||MIN||DET||Matt Anderson||down 3-2||b8||-2-||1||3 (2-0)||1||0.36||1.26||3.42||Triple to RF (Ground Ball); Nixon Scores|
|9||4||1||1998-07-24||MIN||TEX||Esteban Loaiza||down 1-0||b5||-2-||2||3 (1-1)||1||0.15||1.04||1.70||Triple to CF (Fly Ball); Meares Scores|
|10||5||1||1998-07-26||MIN||TEX||Scott Bailes||ahead 2-6||b7||---||0||5 (2-2)||0||0.01||0.92||.15||Triple to 2B (Ground Ball)|
|11||6||1||1998-09-01||MIN||TBD||Roberto Hernandez||down 5-4||b10||12-||0||5 (0-2)||2||0.46||5.93||*ENDED GAME*:Triple to RF (Line Drive to Deep RF); Meares Scores; Nixon Scores; Lawton to 2B|
The question here would be where was Lawton when Nixon scored the winning run. My assumption in this case is that the person scoring the play and the umpire or official scorer saw two different things and therefore recorded them differently. This discrepancy is even evident in the news reports of the time. The AP stories from September 2nd call Lawton's hit a double, while some of the other newspaper/online stories call it a triple.
EDIT: I believe Charles in comment #18 has explained this play as well as the confusion surrounding it.
1998 was not that long ago and this was an memorable play. Does anybody have any recollection of this happening?
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Bonus Trivia: This game is unique among all games with play-by-play in the PI database. What makes this game special?
EDIT: Eorn in comment #3 has correctly answered the trivia question.