Originally written on B-More Birds Nest  |  Last updated 11/19/14

 

Eventually, we’re going to run out of ways to describe the incredible ways in which this 2012 Orioles team continues to win.

On Wednesday night, it looked like the Tampa Bay Rays had the O’s against the ropes. With closer Jim Johnson on to try to extend a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the ninth, Tampa appeared to have covered the corners with two outs on an Evan Longoria infield single.

Longoria hit a slow tapper down the third base line – because, of course he did; Johnson leads the league in those kind of dribblers by a wide margin – and Random Tampa Baserunner (like Random Henchman in a James Bond movie) who had just stolen second cruised in to third as Manny Machado bare handed the roller.

It was obvious to all that Manny didn’t have a play at first, and his wisest course of action was to “eat” the ball. Machado, though, showed some 20-year old swagger (a word I’m about 5-10 years too old to use) and pump faked the throw to first. Random Tampa Baserunner – (Ok, it was Rich Thompson) bit, ready to go home if the youngster made the mistake of throwing the ball to first.

Machado turned after his pump fake and tossed to J.J. Hardy, who had snuck in to cover third behind Thompson, who was now several steps from third base.

And just like that, the threat was over, and the O’s had a chance for the walk-off win.

Who led off the O’s half of the inning?

Machado, of course (as so often happens…).

The rookie hit one off the end of the bat that fell in to left field, largely because the Tampa outfield was playing extremely deep to try to cut off any deep knocks.

Following the single, Robert Andino laid down a perfect bunt to move Machado to second with one out.

Nate McLouth stepped to the plate, and took the Kyle Farnsworth offering deep into the right field corner. When the ball was hit, I didn’t think it had any chance to be fair, but, sure enough, it hit about a foot inside the yellow line to the right of the Esskay Scoreboard.

Game, Orioles.

The O’s are now 80-62, a season-high 18 games over .500. It’s the first time they’ve won at least 80 games in a season since 1998, and they remain in a tie for the AL East lead with the New York Yankees. By virtue of winning the first two games of the series against Tampa, they’ve extended their lead over the Rays for the second wild card spot to three games.

They go for the sweep Thursday at 12:35, as Wei-Yin Chen takes on Jeremy Hellickson.

I can’t wait to get out to the yard. See you there.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rajon Rondo reportedly traded to Mavericks

Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow: 'He wants another shot at playing'

Keenan Lewis: Saints preparing 'funeral' for Falcons

Chris Christie defends being a Cowboys fan

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Harbaugh turned down Michigan money in 2011

Why the Saints pose a legit threat to any playoff team

Matt Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

Eagles fan posts on Craigslist seeking help for team

Michael Vick has almost paid off all his massive debt

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell is having MVP season

Jim Harbaugh comments on the reported offer from Michigan

Michael Jordan's college Converse shoes sell for $33,387

Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are the Monstrosity of the Midway

Tom Brady's TD celebrations frighten teammates

The impact of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Dwight Howard kicks Nuggets mascot Rocky

Report: Bears in disbelief over Cutler benching

Is Titans-Jaguars the worst prime-time game this century?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins and other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

C's in serious trade talks about Rondo

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.