GIF: Manny Machado Forces Rich Thompson Into Inning Ending Rundown

Remember when people were worried about Manny Machado making the transition to third base? That was funny.

The Orioles 20 year old infielder made a veteran defensive play on Wednesday night that helped set up Nate McLouth’s walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Machado fooled Rich Thompson on a pump fake throw to first that forced the Rays pinch runner off the bag at third.

Then the next inning Machado scored the game winning run. GIF after the bump.

Manny Machado makes a veteran defensive play

Feel it happen.

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8 Comments

  1. MGW

    September 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

    “Stat Boy” was one of those guys. Yet another of his many “predictions” as to how this young man would struggle at 3rd.

    Like his dumb golf analogy, which by the way he plays, he should have known that the shortstop is generally the most gifted athlete on the field and a move to third would not be out of the realm – see Cal Ripken.

    I wonder if he knows that Miguel Cabrera played zero games in LF before being called up to the Marlins to play…LF.

    I wonder if he knows SS Justin Upton played exactly 9 games in the minors in CF befor being called up to play…CF.

    LMAO

  2. Dude

    September 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I watched the last 15 minutes of that game last night like 50 times! Best darn Orioles play i’ve seen this season. The kid has good baseball awareness. Don’t forget to mention Hardy too. If he wasn’t backing up Machado and covering the bag, that play would’ve never happened.

  3. 9inchnails

    September 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    SWEEP! SWEEP! SWEEP!

  4. 9inchnails

    September 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    To mu man Ol’ Brua, I amy owe you 5 Jimmie John’s but….

    Something magic happens, everytime you go
    You make the magic happen, the magic of Orioles’ Baseball!
    When the game is close, and the O’s are hot

  5. 9inchnails

    September 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    My man Ol Bruz, gotta excuse the excitement and fat fingers….

  6. 9inchnails

    September 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Where you at Yankee fan?

    • spy

      September 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I think he is waiting for Maris and Mantle to bat…………..

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