Manny Machado read the shift and turned it into a run-scoring adventure around the bases
As a baserunner, awareness is key. Any slight flinch from the defense can be all you need to make something happen on the base paths. Sometimes, that leads to a total series of wacky circumstances and, in the case of the Orioles in their 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, an adventurous way to score a run.
As messy as that description was, the spectacle was even better:
And all of it was the result of Machado noticing the opportunity and capitalizing.
As manager Buck Showalter said to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli after the game, this wasn't a freak occurrence, given the work the O's put in with their baserunning:
"It is something we talk about all the time. That is one of the challenges of running shifts. You've got to be really proactive and think about [it]. ... They work on it. Sometimes the play, it's tough to cover all of them. It was a good heads-up play."
Always pay attention!