Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado starts a triple play in loss

If you stayed until the end of last night’s Baltimore Orioles game, you get “fan of the year.” That would have meant that you stayed through two rain delays, Detroit getting a large lead, and the Orioles almost coming back. But at the end of the day (no pun intended), it also would have meant that you  were just at the ballpark for a long time.

Chris Tillman just didn’t have it last night. Tillman’s line: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (5 earned), 2 BB, 1 K. Now while you don’t make excuses for players, it is fair to point out that after the game began 45 minutes late due to a passing storm, the first rain delay was called after Tilman only recorded two outs. The second one was almost right after the first one. So there was a lot of starting and stopping.

However before those first two outs had been recorded and the game halted, Kinsler and Upton had both smacked two-run homers for Detroit. So the fact is that Tillman just didn’t have it last night. But again, starting and stopping isn’t easy.

When the game finally did resume for good, Orioles fans were treated to a rarity in the field, which ironically had already occurred this year. The Birds turned an unconventional triple play earlier in the season, however Manny Machado was able to start a traditional one in the top of the second last night. With nobody out and runners at first and second, Machado fielded a ground ball and stepped on the bag at third for a force out. He then began the relay around the horn in the infield, recording all three outs on one play.

Triple plays happen, but they’re considered special in baseball. So to anyone who was in the park last night, you saw something that doesn’t happen everyday. Unfortunately for the Orioles, that was the only early highlight. Detroit would put five more runs up in the third (only three of which were earned due to an error) to take a 7-0 lead.

But the Birds did fight back. Machado got them on the board with a sac fly-RBI in the last of the third, and Schoop added an RBI-double as well. Castillo added a sac fly-RBI of his own in the fourth. Machado would also plate another run on a fielder’s choice in the last of the seventh.

One good sign for the Birds was that Tim Beckham smacked a solo homer in the eighth to bring the O’s to within 7-5, but that’s as close as they got. Beckham played in his third game as an Oriole last night, and he’s made an impact in each of them. Thus far at least, it’s been a good trade for the O’s, needless to say!

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman heads to the bump for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Justin Verlander. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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