VIDEO: Replay confirms Rockies just miss second triple play of 2014

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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The Rockies came dangerously close to turning their second triple play of the season on Friday night. The Pirates had runners at first and second in the fifth inning when Jordy Mercer grounded to Charlie Culberson at third. He stepped on the bag and fired to second to start the would-be around the horn triple play.

Second base umpire Tom Hallion ruled shortstop Josh Rutledge missed the second base bag (Colorado was using an infield shift), however, so Russell Martin was ruled safe. Rutledge's throw to first was in time to get Mercer, so the end result was a 5-6-3 double play with the outs at the corners.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged Hallion's call, which was upheld by review. Here's the play:

That play was really, really close. It looked like Rutledge may have gotten the base with a toe at one point, but I guess the replay was inconclusive.

The Rockies turned an around the horn triple play against the Padres on May 18 with the help of an interference call at second base.

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