Three's the Charm
On Sunday the Phillies' Mickey Morandini executed the ninth unassisted triple play in baseball history and the first since Washington Senator shortstop Ron Hansen had one in 1968. Moreover, Morandini became the first second baseman to pull off the feat in a regular-season game. ( Cleveland second baseman Bill Wambsganss turned the trick in the '20 World Series.) After making a diving catch of a liner hit by Pirate Jeff King on a 3-2 pitch, Morandini stepped on second to double up Andy Van Slyke and then tagged out Barry Bonds, who had been running from first. There have been only four unassisted triple plays in the National League, and Pittsburgh's stadium announcer Art McKennan, 84, has witnessed three of them.
By the Numbers
?At week's end Met pitcher Anthony Young had lost 13 straight decisions this year. Since 1948 the only other NL pitchers to have lost that many in a row were also Mets: Roger Craig (18 straight in '63) and Craig Anderson (16 in '62).