One night after he hit his first career walk-off home run, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado sealed a 4-3 win over the Angels with his glove Wednesday by making a beautiful play on a slow roller with two outs and the tying run on first base. The photo above is of Machado’s game-ending putout, which wasn’t even close to his finest play of the game.
That distinction belongs to the play the the American League’s reigning Platinum Glove Award winner made in the fourth inning on Albert Pujols’s hard groundball down the third base line. It was ridiculous.
“As soon as he gloved it, he has such a cannon you know he can make that throw,” Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce told the Baltimore Sun. “I was just happy he put it in the vicinity where I could get to it. It was in the area, and I had time, and Pujols isn’t the best runner.”
Machado’s gem preserved Kevin Gausman’s no-hitter, which the rookie lost one inning later.
“If [Machado’s play] would have happened in the eighth or seventh, I would have been like, ‘This is my day,’ ” Gausman told The Sun. “But it happened in the fourth. So, a little bit too early for that.”