After catching a strong throw from Brandon Moss, Derek Norris tagged Orioles Nick Markasis at plate to extend Friday’s game to 11th inning, when A’s won, 4-3
On the All-Star ballot, Brandon Moss is listed as a designated hitter.
On the A’s lineup card most days, Moss is listed as a first baseman.
So it’s easy to forget that Moss began his baseball life as an outfielder.
The Baltimore Orioles won’t soon forget, not after Friday night, when Moss threw a bullet from right field to the plate, enabling Derek Norris to tag out the sliding Nick Markakis, thereby denying the Orioles a 10th inning win.
The A’s went on to win the game 4-3 in the 11th, when Moss, as he does from time to time, struck out.
“I’m not a great outfielder as far as range and stuff,’’ Moss said. “But people don’t remember that I have a real good arm. That’s really my only defensive tool, but I’ve always had a real good arm. And when you don’t play the outfield a lot, and you play first base, people don’t remember.’’
Josh Donaldson said he thought he’d just made a normal tag, but Manny Machado of Orioles disagreed.
No one was more surprised than Josh Donaldson when Manny Machado jumped up, got in his face and started yelling.
Donaldson had just tagged out Machado for the final out of the third inning. The A’s third baseman had the option to throw to first base, of course, but Machado was right there.
When Donaldson reached out for him, Machado tried to jump out of the way, lost his balance and fell. As he was falling, Machado took off his batting helmet and threw it.
“All I know is I just tried to tag the guy,’’ Donaldson said. “I was actually walking over to pick up his helmet for him and he jumps up and starts yelling. I have nothing against the kid. I don’t understand where it came from.’’