NEW YORK -- After the
turned one of the weirdest triple plays you’d ever see in the eighth inning of the
' 5-2 loss Friday night, the Yankees’ celebration was fitting for the act.
By now, the Yankees know that this Orioles team is never out of a game. And when the Orioles brought the tying run to the plate with no outs in the eighth, the O's definitely had another late-inning rally cooking.
But there's no rally killer like the triple play, and Friday night's was a combination of divine execution with a side of luck.
With runners on first and second, Machado’s grounder to Cano was the perfect storm. It was hit hard enough to freeze the baserunners, but one-hopped easily to Cano, who flipped to
Nix then threw to third to get lead runner
"The two lead runners made the right play,” Orioles manager
After the game, Machado – who had two hits and an RBI -- admitted he was too over aggressive on the bases. He said he wanted to get into scoring position for Jones – who has been a clutch hitter for the Orioles – but didn't think at the time that even the best-case scenario -- a Jones two-run homer -- wouldn't tie the game.
"Ball was hit hard, right at Cano," Machado said. "It's a tough, tough judgment call for the baserunners, for Nicky and Casilla. You got to hold on that, let the ball drop. They made the right play. Nix made the right play, threw the ball to third and I was just trying to get in scoring position at that point, let Jonesy come up to hit and change the game a little bit. It was a tough call. Tough play."
But after that play, and knowing they’d have to face closer