Chris Davis hit more than 1,200 feet worth of home runs.When Chris Davis struck out on a slider down and away (practically in the right-handed batter’s box) in the first inning against Francisco Liriano in the first inning on Tuesday, it made him 1 for his last 21 in two-strike situations.
Davis snapped out of his two-strike funk in his next at-bat with a ground-ball single. In his next three turns, he took care of business much earlier in the count.
Davis hit three homers on the next four pitches he saw in helping the Baltimore Orioles to a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit as many home runs as he’d had in his previous 30 games entering the day.
The nitty gritty
Davis’ first homer came on another Liriano slider, though this one hung up in the strike zone. Prior to the homer, Davis had missed on 16 of the 23 sliders he’d seen from left-handed pitchers this season.
Since returning from the disabled list, Davis had been having trouble timing fastballs. He’d missed on 19 of the 46 he’d seen that were 91 mph or faster. But that would not be the case in this game.
Davis became the first Orioles player with a three-homer game in interleague play. He’s also the third player to have multiple three-homer games for the team since it moved to Baltimore in 1954, joining Eddie Murray and Boog Powell, who each had three.