Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado rifles a bullet across the diamond to retire St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko for the third out.
It’s been a frustrating year at the plate for third baseman Manny Machado, as well as his ball club in the Baltimore Orioles. Machado might be only hitting .215 on the year and Baltimore is hovering around .500 in a loaded AL East, but they had a great day on Saturday against the struggling St. Louis Cardinals.
Already up 14-7 in the top of the eighth inning, Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko would hit a sharp grounder down the third base line with a runner on base. Machado cared for none of that as he went well into foul territory to grab the batted ball on one bounce.
Across his body, he would rifle out Gyorko for a ridiculous third out of the inning to retire the side. Machado’s arm strength was so ridiculous on that play that he was able to gun out Gyorko by several steps. In most instances, Gyorko should have been out by maybe half a step. Unbelievable.
It was one of those plays we’ve grown accustomed to seeing out of Machado at the Baltimore hot corner. He absolutely channeled his inner Brooks Robinson to be the 21st Century’s Human Vacuum Cleaner in the Charm City. It was an impress play all the way around for Machado.
Baltimore would crush reeling St. Louis 15-7 on Saturday to improve within a game of .500 at 33-34. St. Louis would fall to 31-36 on the year, as ace Adam Wainwright would get bounced after only 1.2 innings.
Machado had a solid day at the plate himself. He would go 2-5 with a two-run homer off Wainwright in the second inning, his 13th of the season. However, it was Machado’s glove that will be the most memorable moment from that Saturday at Camden Yards.