Chris Davis said he had seen the list of players that have hit 40 homers as an Oriole. He joined Brady Anderson, Frank Robinson, Jim Gentile and Rafael Palmeiro on that list tonight in the win over Seattle.
“That’s pretty good company to be in,” Davis said. “I’m proud of the way things have gone this year, but we still have a lot more work to do. It’s nice to be a big part of a winning team.”
After he hit 33 last season, did he think 40 would be in reach in 2013?
“Maybe, you never know,” Davis said. “I think anytime you set goals at the beginning of the season you obviously want to try and reach them. But you never know how the season will play out. I’ve been fortunate enough this year to put up some pretty good numbers so far.”
It was his second milestone in two nights after he became the 20th Oriole to record a 100-RBI season last night.
“Feels good, especially coming with two wins,” Davis said. “We swing the bats well tonight as a team, coming out early in the game. Huge win for us tonight.”
“Oh, absolutely (it was great to help Tillman),” Davis said. “You won’t have your best stuff every night you go out there. He hung in there long enough to give us a chance to win. It was one of those nights where both teams were swinging well. Battle of the offenses all night. It was big to get our bats rolling.”
Nate McLouth hit his first career grand slam tonight, clearing the bases off Brandon Mauer in the sixth.
“It was a fastball. Put a good swing on it,” he said. “Been swinging the bat OK, but I hadn’t felt like I was driving the ball well lately, so it was nice to hit that one out.”
McLouth said it was a relief to see the O’s bats produce 17 runs the last two nights.
“Yeah it is,” he said. “You try to fight the feeling of frustration when collectively you are not swinging well. It’s kind of natural to want to do too much at the plate. We were able to get a bunch of guys on base tonight.”
Ryan Flaherty, who has not played much lately, got the start at second base, going 3-for-4 with his seventh homer. How has he tried to stay ready with so few at-bats lately?
“You know you have to do a lot of extra work early. That is the only way to try and simulate the game. Do the best you can and when your name gets called, be ready,” Flaherty said.
Tillman became a 14-game winner tonight despite giving up six runs over 5 1/3 frames.
“I missed early and got out of whack and struggled to get back,” Tillman said. “Just couldn’t get back in rhythm. I struggled with all my pitches, just inconsistent. I fought and fought to get there.
“Wish I could have been better. Should have been better. Our offense did what they had to do and really picked us up tonight.”
Steve Johnson was in the clubhouse after the game after arriving just before game time. He was reinstated from the disabled list, taking the roster spot of Brian Roberts, who went on paternity leave. He doesn’t know how long his stay will be this time.
“No, I’m here for obviously at least a couple of days. When they have to make a move, they’ll make a move,” Johnson said.