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Cubs turn odd triple play

May 10, 1997

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs made the first triple play in the majors this season, taking advantage of the infield-fly rule and the wind at San Francisco to turn an odd one Saturday against the Giants.

With pitcher Kirk Rueter at second and Darryl Hamilton at first and no outs in the fifth inning, Stan Javier lofted a fly into shallow center field.

Second base umpire Bob Davidson waited before calling an infield fly rule, meaning Javier was automatically out and the runners could advance at their own risk.

But battling the sun and wind at a park known for notorious conditions, three Cubs lunged for the ball before it bounced off center fielder Brian McRae’s glove and hit the ground.

Rueter took off for third, but McRae threw him out. Hamilton hesitated and then tried for second, but third baseman Jose Hernandez’s throw to Ryne Sandberg beat him to complete the triple play.

The Giants led 3-0 when the play occurred.

The last team to pull a triple play against the Giants, and the last one Chicago turned, was at Candlestick Park on July 9, 1986, when Ed Lynch, Davey Lopes and Terry Francona combined on one for the Cubs.

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