At just about 4 pm Pacific, Chris Davis moved into first place on the American League RBI leaderboard by smacking a grand slam just over the 388-foot marker in left-center at O.Co. As Davis crossed home plate his RBI total advanced to 79, just one ahead of Josh Donaldson, who is due up in the bottom of the first at Rogers Centre in mere minutes. The way the Toronto Blue Jays offense is firing on all cylinders, Donaldson figures to have a fair number of opportunities to reclaim the league lead.
Back to Crush Davis, though. He’d worked a full count off of Arnold Leon, who was backed into throwing him a 93 mph fastball and he tagged it. The four runs broke a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game winner.
Davis helped the Baltimore Orioles move to 3-2 in extra inning games on the season. With a record of 55-52 after the game became official, the Orioles moved to within a half game of the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot – if the playoffs started tomorrow. Both the O’s and Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 games, giving fans a good taste of competitive fire heading down the stretch. The Minnesota Twins are struggling of late, going 2-8 in their last ten. If the trend continues, the Twinkies could fade from contention before September rolls around.
A resurgent Crush Davis – who still strikes out a ton, but is rebounding nicely from a pretty bad year in 2014 – certainly has to be a big help to the Orioles’ playoff hopes. Yes, he leads the planet with 135 strikeouts, but is on pace for 42 homers and 120 runs driven in. Both of those numbers would be clearly good enough to rank second to his career year in 2013.
Let’s cue up the video and enjoy that sweet swing from the left side of the plate producing on opposite field shot. Don’t forget, that’s a pretty big ballpark, which is part of the reason it never seemed like a no-doubter.