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VIDEO: Manny Machado slugs grand slam

Jun 1, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado nearly doubled his season RBI total with this four-run blast Sunday afternoon in Baltimore’s 9-4 rout of the host Astros at Minute Maid Park …

Machado is off to a slow start since his May 1 activation, but the 21-year-old can get it going in a hurry.

  1. randomdigits - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Intentional walks bad.

    Mmmmkay?

    (Markakis had been walked to get to Machado)

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      They walked him to setup the double play, and Machado hadn’t been hitting that well as of late. (Although his previous at bat was a double to right center.) Additionally, so far this year, Kakes has been the much better hitter. They also walked a lefty to get to a righty. So the move made a lot of sense on paper. But IW’s do often end up poorly.

      • randomdigits - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Nick is slugging 396, you take your chances with him.

      • theeperspective - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        I have to agree with scout on this one. Considering Houston was down 5-1 at the time, they couldn’t afford to give up much more. If they didn’t have the double play option, infield would most likely be in to prevent the run from third increasing Markakis’ chance of getting a hit. What’s your point with slugging %? Let’s look at his .300 BA first. All he needed to do was get a hit to drive in 2. Finally, if you have been watching the games you would know that Machado came into the game struggling badly at the plate, including a ton of infield ground balls. Adding that to scouts reasons and I think the math is done for you.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Hopefully this is the beginning of the kid turning it on. All in all it was a good game for the Birds. Sadly Cruz was hit by a pitch on the wrist and may have been seriously injured. Hopefully it’s just a bruise.

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