They Got Him

Last night’s Orioles game ended in very dramatic fashion, as Zach Britton converted his 46th consecutive save (and 44th straight in 2016) thanks to some great defense behind him. After the Birds went down 4-0 in the first two innings, they fought back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Then, Britton ran into some bad luck. He got the first two outs (the second on a 12-pitch AB) before Mikie Mahtook hit a single. Then, Alexi Ramirez took a 3-2 pitch into the left field corner. Michael Bourn raced over to dig it out, and for some reason, Tampa’s third base coach decided to test Manny Machado, who took the relay throw.

Has he never seen Manny throw before?

This would prove to be a fatal mistake.

I was in the car while this happened, coming home from a night on the eastern shore. And lucky me! Because of this, I was fortunate enough to hear Joe Angel’s call of this play live, and I nearly screamed the roof off the car at the conclusion. Take a listen…


Keep on rolling, Birds.

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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone...more


  1. avatarTom on said:

    They probably tested him because odds were that Britton would get the next out with no problem. Risky call but understandable call. Great hustle and throw by Bourne, perfect relay by Manny, Matt owns the plate. Lights out!! Let’s go O’s!!

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