Yanks Save Chapman’s Bacon With Outstanding Triple Play

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The New York Yankees pulled off what was arguably the play of their season Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.

The Yankees completed a rare triple play — the team’s first since 2014 — while hanging on to a 1-1 tie with runners on first base and second base in the top of the ninth and closer Aroldis Chapman struggling.

“Amazing,” Chapman said via the team’s Spanish interpreter, per NJ.com. “Exciting … It’s one of those plays that you don’t see every day.”

Andrew Vaughn hit a one-hopper at third baseman Gio Urshela, who stepped on the base and threw it to second baseman Rougned Odor, who immediately got it over to first base. Luke Voit stretched as far as his left hamstring would allow and rejoiced.

“Vaughn hit the ball pretty hard, and I’m right in line with Gio there,” manager Aaron Boone said, per NJ.com. “How [Vaughn] hit it, right away it popped into my head actually. And Gio being as instinctive as he is, obviously did the right thing, quickly stepped on the bag, threw a strike to Rougie who really turned it over well to really finish off a special play and get us out of trouble there, especially when [pinch runner Billy] Hamilton comes into the game, the threat he is.”

Boone said he thought it lifted the Yankees for the ninth inning, but it was Gleyber Torres’ walk-off single that secured the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the White Sox.

Written by Megan Turner

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