May 11, 2000 Marlins 5, Braves 4
NO PITCHER wants to expend 12 pitches on one batter, but for Atlanta righthander Greg McMichael, the marathon effort was worth it. With Florida runners on first and second and nobody out in the fifth inning, McMichael came in to face Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell. Lowell worked the count to 2 and 2, fouled off three pitches, took a ball and then fouled off three more deliveries. On the 12th pitch of the at bat, Lowell smacked a grounder to third baseman Chipper Jones, who stepped on third and fired the ball to second to start an around-the-horn triple play. The Braves hadn't turned one since June 5, 1986, but the play barely caused a ripple among Florida fans: In their eight-year history, the Marlins have hit into three TPs.