This is why nobody bunts anymore.
The Kansas City Royals tried to small-ball their way to a run on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, but the end result was a triple play for the Minnesota Twins.
After back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third by Jarrod Dyson and Cam Gallagher, No. 9 hitter Nicky Lopez attempted to bunt the runners over into scoring position.
But as Lopez attempted to bunt the high 94 mph fastball, he popped the ball up into the air, which was caught by Twins first baseman Miguel Sano.
Sano fired the ball to second base, where Dyson was halfway to third before he started retreating back to get doubled off.
Gallagher, meanwhile, was nearly at second base when shortstop Andrelton Simmons caught the ball. He began chasing Gallagher down before tossing to first to complete what turned out to be a rather easy 3-6-4 triple play.
It marked the third triple play turned of the 2021 season and fourth in Twins history since 2017.
The Twins' previous triple play on Aug. 7, 2019, against Atlanta, was part of a three-week stretch in which they turned two 5-4-3 triple plays, following another against the Yankees on July 22, 2019. In fact, it was their fourth triple play turned in the last five years -- and Sanó was involved in all of them. He was the third baseman for two of them, starting with another against the Angels on June 1, 2017, and the first baseman for the other two.
Minnesota's four triple plays in that span are twice as many as any other team in that period (the Reds and Orioles have two apiece).