Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado walks-off against the Yankees
In what is becoming a regular occurrence, the Baltimore Orioles got another walk-off win at Camden Yards.
After two against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Baltimore Orioles got their third of the month against the formidable New York Yankees.
This time, the winning home run was hit by Manny Machado.
In what has been an exciting start to the month, the Orioles have now established a new streak: walk-off on odd days of September. Unfortunately, the streak will not last as the team heads to Cleveland after this series is complete. And, they happen to have the day off on the 7th. But, after three odd days in a row with a walk-off, it can legitimately be called a streak.streak.
And, what a streak it was. The Orioles have become experts at keeping the game exciting until the final inning.
Instead of starting the game with a home run, the Orioles manufactured on in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop walked and Adam Jones hit a single. Trey Mancini manufactured a run, earning a RBI when Schoop scored off of his soft ground ball to short.a RBI when Schoop scored off of his soft ground ball to short.
The second inning belonged to the Yankees. They scored six runs off of walks, singles, a hit-by-pitch, and all kinds of ugliness off of Jeremy Hellickson, who just couldn’t get things under control. Unfortunately, his replacement, Richard Bleier, didn’t do much better as he ended up letting the men on base get home. He was only given credit for one earned run, but he didn’t hold Hellickson’s to prevent the big inning. An error by Adam Jones didn’t help. It just wasn’t good.
Then, Machado did what he does: hit a home run in the bottom of the third. The score was 2-6 at the end of the third inning.
Fortunately, the Orioles did not allow any other Yankees runs to score. And, the team continued to chip away, one run at a time, throughout the game. Schoop homered in the 5th, Trumbo followed with another homer in the 6th. The game remained at 5-6 until the bottom of the 9th.
With the tying run on first, Machado became the hero again with a walk-off home run. Tim Beckham earned a two-out walk and Machado hit a 1-0 bomb to centerfield to win the game.
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The race for the most home runs on the team continues between Schoop and Machado. They both had 31 after the 5th inning of the game, but Machado ended the game still one ahead. Trumbo hit his 22nd. After Tuesday night’s game, the Orioles are leading the entire MLB with 216 home runs. The Texas Rangers dropped to second with 215.
The win against the Yankees also put the Orioles one game out of the second Wild Card spot. The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels are tied for the spot, with the Yankees 2.5 game up in the first one.
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The Yankees and Orioles have their last game at Camden Yards Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Sonny Gray and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to pitch. The teams meet up for a final regular season series at Yankee Stadium later in September.