Third baseman runs to bag, makes nice throw to second as Orioles go around the horn
By Brittany Ghiroli
BALTIMORE -- With the Orioles trailing after a pair of rain delays Thursday night, third baseman Manny Machado put some life back into the home dugout at Camden Yards. Machado started the O's second triple play of the season in the second inning of a 7-5 loss to the Tigers.
The Orioles went around the horn to help Chris Tillman escape another jam. Machado fielded James McCann's grounder, touching the third-base bag and firing to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Schoop pivoted and tossed to first baseman Chris Davis just in front of a hustling McCann.
"I don't know [how many triple plays I've witnessed]. I think the last one I saw was Ian Kinsler hit into a triple play a few years ago," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It happens, it's part of the game. You know, Machado really is the key to that, because he tags the base on the run and makes the perfect kind of three-quarters throw to second base."
The 5-4-3 triple play was the O's first since May 2, when they turned the feat in the bottom of the eighth inning at Boston. And while it wowed the crowd at Camden Yards, it didn't do enough to change the momentum for Tillman, who didn't record an out in the third.
"It usually does [change the momentum]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, "but that gives you an indication of how much Chris is struggling with his command right now. Because usually, on paper, that's what happens."