If there was one thing Orioles fans were accustomed to since last August, it was the presence of Manny Machado manning third base.
Since his call-up on Aug, 9, 2012, Machado had played every possible inning of every game with the Orioles.
But in the fifth inning of Thursday night’s contest against the Cleveland Indians, Machado was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Will Little. It snapped a streak of 1,206 consecutive innings played by Machado to begin his major league career. He’s played 130 consecutive games.
Machado struck out swinging on a 1-2 curveball that dove away from the right-handed Machado and into the dirt. As he walked back to the dugout, Machado exchanged words with Little, and he was ejected.
On Wednesday night, Machado found himself in the middle of another controversial call in the fourth inning of the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Indians. Machado dove headfirst into first base on a grounder. Instant replays showed Machado’s hand beat Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir’s foot to the bag, but he was called out by Little.
Machado’s ejection did nothing to quell an offensive outburst by the Orioles, though, as they scored five runs after his ejection to take a 7-3 lead over the Indians.
They held that lead through six and a half innings, when a passing downpour caused the grounds crew to bring out the tarp and the game to be delayed.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun