Earlier this season Josh Hamilton held his own personal home run derby at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when he sent four over the outfield walls on May 8. Last night Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis didn’t quite equal Hamilton, but he came pretty close.
Davis’ 23 home runs on the season are a new career-high, as are his 64 RBI.
Unless you’re an Orioles or Red Sox fan you probably didn’t pay much attention to the 17-inning game the two played back in May. During the marathon contest Davis came in to pitch two scoreless innings and picked up the win in relief. Thanks to that effort and yesterday’s heroics Davis finds himself on a pretty short list.
From Elias: Chris Davis is 3rd player w/ 3-HR game & a win as pitcher in a season since 1900. Other 2? Babe Ruth (1930) & Jim Tobin (1942).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 25, 2012
The Orioles are now 68-57 and tied with the Oakland A’s for the second wildcard spot in the American League, which to some may be more impressive than what Chris Davis has done this year.