Davis’ streak goes back to last season, and he’s one short of the major league record for most consecutive plate appearances without a hit. Tony Bernazard holds the record of 57, set in 1984.
In his first three at-bats, fly balls to right and two to left, Davis hit the ball sharply, but he struck out in his final two at-bats. His teammates picked up the slack in a 12-4 victory over the Oakland A’s.
“The first three at-bats were really good,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
“So, I’m taking that as a positive moving forward. How about the defense he played? Made a diving play, made a couple really nice plays. He helped us win the game.
“To go through what he’s going through and to still play the defense he’s playing and still to have the attitude he has, speaks really highly of his character. Tough to put yourself in his shoes and what he’s going through. I admire him for being out there and playing his butt off and throwing the defense out there that he’s throwing out there. Good for him. I was hoping one of those balls would fall. but it just didn’t.”
Andrew Cashner is among those rooting for Davis, who also received support from Monday night’s small crowd of 6,585.
“Everybody in here’s pulling for CD,” Cashner said. “The guy used to be one of the most feared hitters in baseball. So, it doesn’t just affect him, it affects us. We don’t want to see him do bad. We want to see him do well. His first three at-bats he really hit the ball pretty good, squared it up. I thought today was definitely a step in the right direction. He came up big with that play down the line. He brings more than just his bat, but I know he wants to hit and I think it will come.”
Offense breaks out: The Orioles set season highs for runs and hits in their 12-4 win over the Athletics.
The Orioles had 15 hits. Richie Martin and Trey Mancini had three each. Jonathan Villar, Renato Nunez, Cedric Mullins and Jesus Sucre had two each.
Mullins had two triples, his first two in the majors. He became the first player in Orioles history to hit his first two triples in the same game. He scored on the first one on an error by Athletics second baseman Jurickson Profar.
“We put a lot of pressure on their defense and make a lot of things happen,” Mullins said. “My first triple, we were able to put pressure on them to make a good throw. The ball got away and I was able to score.”
Martin, who is a Rule 5 draft pick from the Oakland organization, insisted that there was nothing special about playing well against the A’s.
“I mean, every day you’re playing big-league baseball so you’re facing good arms and good teams every time,” Martin said. “So, no, not at all.”
Mancini and Villar homered. It was Mancini’s fifth in 10 games, and Villar’s third.
The Orioles broke their four-game losing streak and won for the first time at home this season. They’re 5-5.
Small crowd: The announced attendance of 6,585 is the smallest paying crowd in the history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The previous low was on April 9, 2018 when 7,915 attended a game with Toronto.
It was the smallest crowd for the Orioles since May 11, 1989, when 1,201 attended a makeup game with Oakland at Memorial Stadium.
Means gets a start: John Means will get his first major league start on Tuesday night against the Athletics.
“I was excited that they had that kind of trust in me,” Means said. “Obviously, that’s what I’ve done my whole career.”
Means will be the first left-hander to start for the Orioles this season. He’s 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, and has struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings.
He learned the good news on Sunday.
“[Hyde] called me into the office, and he pointed to the board, and he’s like, ‘You’re starting Tuesday.’ He wanted me to give whatever I could.”
Means threw a hitless inning on Saturday night in relief of Dylan Bundy.
“That outing the other day was basically my bullpen,” Means said.
He’s not sure how long he can pitch.
“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes,” Means said. “We’ll see if we can keep the strength up throughout the game and play it by ear.”
Means, who didn’t think he’d make the ballclub until he got word at the end of spring training, is happy with his early-season performance.
“I think they’re taking note of it, too, and they have trust in me,” he said.