The fifth inning of Tuesday night’s Cubs-Cardinals game debuted a new kind of triple play.
But it could just as easily be known as the Stephen Piscotty Hat Trick.
In his second at-bat against Chicago starter Jake Arrieta, Piscotty drew a 3-1 count before getting plunked by a fastball in his right elbow.
After shaking it off and heading to first base, the Cardinals rightfielder scampered to second when a pitch landed short and got away from catcher Willson Contreras. Contreras recovered the ball and threw it over the mound toward shortstop Addison Russell, but the offering sailed squarely into Piscotty’s other elbow.
Now with two grimaces under his belt with a 2-0 Cubs lead, Piscotty sprinted to third on Kolten Wong’s slow two-out grounder to second baseman Javier Baez. Baez overran the ball and missed the barehanded put-out at first, sending Piscotty around third for a play at the plate.
Baez quickly picked up the ball and misfired a bullet in the direction of Contreras, instead drilling Piscotty on the side of the head as he — by purely baseball standards — safely reached home.
Piscotty remained on the ground after scoring the Cardinals’ only run in the 2-1 loss, and soon walked off the field escorted by his manager and medical staff. He left the game in St. Louis to undergo concussion protocol and will be tested again on Wednesday as he waits clearance to return to the diamond.
Piscotty can only hope he doesn’t have another at-bat remotely as unlucky as this one.