The San Francisco Giants pulled off a very important win on Sunday night over the Atlanta Braves.
The offense busted out for eight runs and helped guide the team to an 8-5 comeback victory.
Rookies Patrick Bailey and Casey Schmitt let the way for the young Giants offensively as they prevented a sweep at the hands of the Braves.
In the top of the fifth, something very interesting took place.
The Braves had runners on second and third with one out and Ronald Acuna Jr. at the plate.
Acuna grounded one to first baseman J.D. Davis, who flipped the ball to pitcher Scott Alexander.
Alexander quickly flipped the ball to second baseman Thairo Estrada to get the out at first before Estrada threw home and completed the double play.
On Twitter, Sarah Langs of MLB.com pointed out that some unique history was made on this double play.
about that double play in Braves/Giants…
it was the 1st double play in the expansion era (since 1961) that went exactly 3-1-4-2 (with no other fielders involved)
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 28, 2023
Langs notes that this was the first 3-1-4-2 double play that involved no other fielders in the expansion era, which began in 1961.
Orlando Arcia was originally ruled safe at home plate, but Bailey called for a challenge, which ultimately went the Giants’ way.
This is not something you’ll see every day.
It was certainly a weird play.
Davis broke towards the ball when it was hit and Alexander couldn’t get to first base in time.
Fortunately, Estrada found his way over to the bag and fired a strike to the plate to complete the double play after catching the throw from the left-hander.
It may have been an unorthodox play, but it got the job done for the Giants.NEXT: Paul DeJong Has Made Himself Right At Home With The Giants