ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — The Orioles’ 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday could have been worse had the Rays not erased three runners with sloppy play on the base paths.
For the second straight game, Tampa Bay ran into three outs on the bases. Credit Orioles right fielder Joey Rickard for some heads-up throws to make those outs possible.
Rickard recorded three outfield assists, becoming the first player to do that since Sept. 12, when then-Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton accomplished the feat in a 15-inning game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rickard was the first Orioles outfielder to have three assists since Joe Orsulak on Sept. 12, 1991, against the Cleveland Indians at Memorial Stadium. The only other time an Orioles outfielder recorded three assists in a game was John Shelby on Sept. 11, 1983, at Philadelphia, according to STATS.
Rickard could thank some brain cramps by Rays catcher Wilson Ramos. Rickard recorded his first assist in the first inning when Ramos came into second base standing up instead of sliding on an RBI double and stepped off the bag just as Manny Machado tagged him. Two innings later, Rickard doubled Ramos off first base after Matt Duffy’s flyout to right.
The third assist was credited on Rickard’s throw to second on Rob Refsnyder’s single that started a rundown on Carlos Gómez between third and home when Gómez slipped on the turf making a hard turn of the bag.