Hours after Manny Machado closed the chapter on his Baltimore Orioles career with an emotional goodbye message, a new chapter began as he debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Some are calling it Mannywood 2.0, which calls back to Manny Ramirez’s time with the Dodgers from 2008-10. Others are calling it the biggest in-season trade Major League Baseball has seen in several years. The Dodgers simply hope it leads to the franchise’s first World Series Championship in 30 years.
Regardless of what Manny Machado’s time with the Dodgers proves to be, it got off to a near perfect start Friday night in Milwaukee.
Machado, who was playing his preferred shortstop position and batting second, reached base in each of his first four plate appearances in the Dodgers 6-4 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. His night started with a first-inning single against Milwaukee starter Wade Miley. After drawing a pair of walks, he singled again his fourth time up.
Machado had a chance to make it five straight times on base in the ninth inning, but ended up flying out to right field. Though Machado was not involved in any of the Dodgers runs, he made his impact felt at the plate.
As a team, the Dodgers cranked out 11 hits. The biggest being Kiké Hernández’s three-run home run the ninth inning. The Dodgers improved to 54-43 with the win.
How did Manny Machado say goodbye to Baltimore?
Early Friday, Machado posted a heartfelt message on Instagram.
How did the Orioles fare without Manny Machado?
It’s a lost season for the Orioles, which is one reason they were motivated to trade Machado. His upcoming free agency is obviously the biggest reason.
Baltimore entered its first game without Machado at 41 games under .500, but showed a lot of resilience by rallying from a five-run deficit in the eighth inning. Unfortunately for the Orioles, Toronto prevailed in the 10th-inning on an Aledmys Diaz single that somehow squeaked past third baseman Renato Nunez and shortstop Tim Beckham. Fitting, considering those are Machado’s positions.
The Orioles are now 28-70 on the season, and are expected to continue unloading veteran players ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
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