Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado walks it off early

When the Baltimore Orioles finish up a game well after midnight, it’s not late, it’s early. Last night’s game began with a two hour and fifteen minute rain delay before things even got started. But eventually they did, and fans saw Jeremy Hellickson be ineffective. Hellickson’s line: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R (3 earned), 4 BB, 1 K.

However the O’s did have an early (or was it late?) lead. Mancini plated a run on an RBI-single in the last of the first. However the top of the third was almost back-breaking for the Birds. It certainly was for Hellickson, needless to say. New York plated six runs before the smoke cleared. To top it off, Jones dropped a routine pop fly in center, which attests to the two unearned runs.

However keep in mind that this is a resilient Orioles team. Furthermore while the clock said it was late, it was still early in the game. And the Orioles knew that. Apparently New York did not.

Manny Machado smacked a solo homer in the last of the third to bring the Birds back to within 6-2. Two innings later Jonathan Schoop added one of his own, and the lead was down to 6-3. However when you’re attempting to come back in a game solo homers only go so far. And that’s why Mark Trumbo decided to smack a two-run shot in the sixth, and suddenly it was 6-5.

And that brings us to the ninth inning, which as I said in reality was actualy “early.” This is a situation in which the Orioles being a veteran team who’s been in pennant races in the past really did them well. New York is young and many of their players don’t have much experience under the bright lights of these late season games. Especially ones that start so late…and end so early!

With two outs in the ninth Beckham took a walk against NY’s Betances. That brought Manny Machado to the plate, representing the winning run. Perhaps in the grand scheme of the season this game will be lost in the shuffle, and ultimately won’t mean anything. But anytime you have an opportunity to walk off the New York Yankees, you take it.

And that’s exactly what Manny Machado did, as he smacked a walk off two-run homer to left center, giving the O’s a 7-6 win. With the victoy, the O’s now stand only one game out of the wild card. Anaheim currently holds that spot, with Minnesota only a half game back. And then the O’s are a full game back. So…it’s on.

The series concludes this evening at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Sonny Gray. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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