New Orioles first baseman Chris Davis led off the top of the second inning today by chasing a 2-2 changeup from Yankees starter Freddy Garcia and swinging through it.
Get used to it.
Davis strikes out a lot. He also hits tape-measure home runs.
You could say he’s a left-handed version of Mark Reynolds, who followed Davis to the plate and also struck out.
Davis has struck out 303 times in 954 plate appearances over parts of four major league seasons. He also will bounce a few baseballs on Eutaw St. Stay alert during the next homestand.
Garcia has a nasty changeup today. Orioles hitters need to make note of it.
Garcia’s two fastballs to Davis were clocked at 83 and 84 mph.
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta threw 21 pitches in the bottom of the first, when the Yankees loaded the bases without scoring. Manager Buck Showalter would like to stay off the dugout phone if at all possible.
Update: Davis led off the top of the fourth by flying to left field on a 1-0 pitch.
Vladimir Guerrero is 0-for-2 and has stranded three runners.
Arrieta has allowed three hits, walked three batters and thrown 54 pitches in three innings, but he’s still ahead, 1-0, on Adam Jones’ infield hit in the top of the third that scored Robert Andino, who swiped two bases.
Felix Pie was thrown out trying to steal second to end the top of the fourth, and he appeared to injure his left wrist.