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A.J. Ellis ties obscure, quirky MLB record

Ellis x 3By Jon Weisman

In the bottom of the fourth inning of tonight’s 2-0 victory over Philadelphia, the Dodgers recorded all three outs on Clayton Kershaw strikeouts in the dirt that required A.J. Ellis to throw out the runner at first base.

Ellis became the second Dodger catcher and first since Bruce Edwards on August 15, 1946 to rack up three assists in one inning. And according to Baseball Almanac (though I don’t know how up to date that site is), Ellis is the seventh MLB catcher and first since 1976 to do so.


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Timmermann found at least two other instances of catchers getting three assists in an inning, including Drew Butera’s father Sal on September 7, 1981.

Update No. 2: Having gone through the records with Timmermann, I’m confident, if not completely sure, that Ellis is the first catcher ever to get three assists in one inning on strikeouts that required throws to first.

Speaking of threes: Kershaw pitched three innings before a 43-minute rain delay and three innings after, and his strikeout total for the game was 3×3. Dee Gordon stole three bases in three tries. Yasiel Puig raised his batting average to .343 with a rhyming 3-for-3.

And Brandon League put three runners on base in the seventh inning, before J.P. Howell got three consecutive outs to end the threat, the start of three shutout innings by the Dodger bullpen, to complete the combined three-hit shutout.


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  1. oldbrooklynfan

    It was great to see Kershaw have his normal brilliant outing. I was beginning to worry about him .It’s hard to believe that Ellis was the first Dodger catcher to have 3 assist in one inning since Bruce Edwards. That’s a looong time.

  2. It’s even nice to see Bruce Edwards mentioned, since he was the starting catcher displaced by Roy Campanella, as I recall.

    The 3’s in last night’s game reminds me of one of Jon Miller’s routine in imitating The Vin, where he says, “Dusty Baker wears the number 12, a number with profound biblical implications,” and then recites how it’s a multiple of 3, which would be the Trinity, and of 6, the days it took to create the heavens and earth, and on and on until finally Vin/Jon says, “When told about this, Dusty replied, ‘You know, I hadn’t thought of it.'”

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