4. The First Triple Play in IronPigs History (May 16)
May 16, 2012 will long be remembered in IronPigs Nation for the off-field event that took place that morning. Undoubtedly that event is still to come in the countdown. But that night the then-22-16 IronPigs had a game to play - the second of a four game series - against Indianapolis.
The Pigs would win the game 1-0 behind starter Scott Elarton who improved to 5-1 and an RBI single by Cody Overbeck in the 6th inning. The shutout was the second straight for IronPigs pitching and would be part of a combined 38-inning scoreless streak (a franchise record) that went from May 15 to the top of the 3rd of May 20th's game against Louisville. While May 16th's game played a role in that historic streak, it was a single moment late in the game that makes the #4 moment in our countdown.
In the top of the 8th, the Indians' Chase d'Arnaud tried to lay down a bunt with two runners on and no outs. But he popped it straight up in front of the plate.
Catcher Erik Kratz stepped out in front of the plate, caught the pop-up, threw down to second, and shortstop Andres Blanco threw back to first for the first triple play in team history. The triple play, the win, and the continuation of the scoreless streak were bright spots in an otherwise dark day in Pigs history.