Chris Davis hasn’t hit a home run this season, but he’s got the right opponent to break the streak.
Davis has belted 16 homers against the Blue Jays since the start of the 2012 season, and Adam Jones has 14. No other major league player has collected as many as 10 against Toronto during that span.
Davis and Jones each have hit at least seven homers against the Jays over the past two seasons. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, they’re the second pair of teammates in Major League Baseball history to have that many homers against an opponent in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig did it three straight seasons against the Philadelphia Athletics from 1930 to 1932.
Davis flied to the warning track in center field to end the bottom of the first inning after Jays starter Dustin McGowan struck out Nick Markakis and Delmon Young. The ball sure sounded good leaving his bat, but it died a few feet from the fence.
In the third inning, Davis lined a couple of pitches foul before flying to the edge of the center field track and stranding Young, who reached on a fielder’s choice after Jonathan Schoop led off the inning with an infield hit.
Two good at-bats for Davis, still no home runs.
Davis, who clubbed 53 homers for the Orioles last season, is 10-for-35 with three doubles and six RBIs in 10 games.
Chris Tillman has thrown 39 pitches in three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two.
Nick Markakis threw out Dioner Navarro trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.
Jones is using his walk-up music to pay tribute to The Ultimate Warrior, the professional wrestling Hall of Famer who died earlier this week. I’m wondering how many fans made the connection.
Update: The Orioles committed one error before tonight. They had two miscues by Jonathan Schoop in the fourth that led to two unearned runs off Tillman.
Schoop threw wildly to first after fielding Jose Bautista’s bouncer, and he threw wide of second while trying to start a double play on Adam Lind’s grounder.
Ryan Flaherty, who had the first error of the season, failed to turn a double play after taking a throw from Chris Davis at second base. His relay bounced past Tillman, who was covering first. Navarro was credited with an RBI and no error was charged, since a DP can’t be assumed.
Both teams have two hits through four innings. Nelson Cruz doubled in the fourth.
Jones appeared to cut the Jays’ lead in half in the fourth, but his fly ball died at the left field fence. He crushed it and had nothing to show for it.