The incident came just one day after Machado was called out for his style of play following a couple of hard slides at the legs of Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia to break up potential double plays in Game 3. Aguilar had too much of his right foot covering the base, but it looked like Machado could have avoided him.
Major League Baseball fined Machado an undisclosed amount Wednesday, a day after the baserunning incident caused the benches to clear at Dodger Stadium and prompted Brewers MVP candidate Christian Yelich to call Machado a "dirty player". Aguilar appeared upset and the two exchanged words. Repeated over and over and over again, you're just a dirty player.
No argument there. Machado has been playing at the speed of Manny since he broke in with the Orioles in 2012, and for the most part, it hasn't been a big problem. Already out, Machado brought his left foot forward and kicked Aguilar in the back of the leg.
Machado also said that he and Aguilar have been friends for years, calling the Brewers slugger a "great guy". "I know speaking for Manny, he's preparing to help us win".
The Brewers cried foul and presumptive National League MVP Christian Yelich called it "a dirty play by a dirty player". "What happens on the field stays on the field".
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"We are family. We go back to the minor leagues", Machado said in another postgame interview.
"You saw the replay, probably". Machado's effort was also called into question after he failed to run out a ball in Game 2.
Unfortunately, his questionable play at first base last night is overshadowing his production in the most-important series of his career. Machado had 37 homers and 107 RBIs in the regular season, and he batted.242 with three homers and nine RBIs in the first eight games of the postseason. The shortstop later scored the winning run, sliding home to give Los Angeles a 2-1 win that evened the NLCS at two games each.
Machado appeared to apologize to Aguilar during the game and explained to reporters what he was trying to do on the play.