Chris Davis had to have been tired of being mentioned in a negative light for the Baltimore Orioles. It’s certainly been a tough season for everyone involved, however for none more so than Davis. But at least for one day he could go to bed knowing that he made a difference for his team in a positive manner.
Andrew Casher even stuck around long enough to get the win, which is more than many Orioles’ starters have done of late. Cashner’s line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K. The Orioles gave Cashner the lead in the fourth inning on a sac fly-RBI by Mark Trumbo. However one inning later New York got twin RBI-singles and took a 2-1 lead. Were the Birds getting nitpicked to death again?
And the answer was no. Adam Jones tied the game with a solo home run in the sixth inning. And one inning later that brought Davis to the plate, and he connected with a solo homer of his own. That gave the Orioles the lead bad at 3-2. And it would be a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Later in that seventh inning the O’s would also get an RBI-single from Renato Nunez, as well as a two-run homer from Tim Beckham in the eighth. Frazier’s RBI-single in the ninth would cut the Birds’ lead to 6-3, which ended up being the final. With the win, the Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak, which incidentally included that four-game sweep over the weekend at the hands of Boston.
You always hope for the player’s sake that something like hitting the go-ahead home run is going to break Chris Davis of his poor season. However at this point odds are against that. But Davis is still churning away as best he can for this season, and in fact he probably does have the right mental approach (quote courtesy of Zachary Silver, mlb.com):
I think it’s really about taking it one at-bat at a time. Not getting too high or too low. Not trying to hit a home run, but just going up there and trying to be a hitter. I think it’s too easy a lot of times to get caught up in the negative and sometimes even to get caught up in the positive and let your guard down. For me, I want to finish up strong. I want to work on some things and go into the offseason with a head of steam.
The series with the N.Y. Mets concludes this evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the starting assignment for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Zack Wheeler. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.