Monday, May 7, 2012
All Chris Davis, All the Time
In case you hadn't heard, the Orioles beat the Red Sox in 17(!) innings yesterday. The winning pitcher was none other than first baseman/designated hitter Chris Davis who shut the Red Sox down over two innings to ice the victory. He even struck out two Sawx players, including "superstar" Adrian Gonzalez.
Now, Chris had pitched back in high school and college but that still means that he likely hadn't stepped on a mound since sometime in 2005. And he didn't look too rusty to me. At least the O's know they have that as an option if the situation ever arises again.
To give you an idea of how rare this feat is, he became the first American League position player to earn a win in a game since 1968.
The Red Sox also resorted to using a position player as a pitcher, but their guy, Darnell McDonald, (himself a former Oriole) didn't do nearly as well and gave up a three run homer to Adam Jones.
Chris has been a favorite of Kalina and mine since his time with the Rangers in 2009 when he tossed Kalina a ball during fielding drills and was just generally goofing around. He seems like a great guy and I'm happy that he was the winning pitcher yesterday.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the Orioles are the BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL right now too! 19-9! This is crazy!