24-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado had a game for the ages yesterday against the Chicago White Sox! Machado hit a homer in each of the first three innings of the game yesterday (James Shields in the first two innings and Matt Albers in the 3rd inning). Machado finished up the game going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs in a 10-2 Orioles’ win. That was the first time a hitter whacked a homer in each of the first three innings of game since July 2nd, 1930 when White Sox’ outfielder Carl Reynolds did it against the New York Yankees!
Machado has now played in 105 games for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year and he is 131 of 427 (.307 avg, .923 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 32 doubles, 25 homers and 67 RBIs. Machado is leading the Orioles in both doubles and runs scored. He is also second on the team in both homers and RBIs right now. Machado has now played in 556 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 642 of 2,245 (.286 avg, .813 OPS) with 328 runs scored, 93 homers, 282 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Despite only being in his fifth year with the Orioles, Machado is already tied for #32 in franchise history with his 93 homers! He is also #30 in batting average (.286), #16 in SLG (.477), #30 in OPS (.813) and he is tied for #49 in doubles (135) in Orioles’ history! And he’s just getting started!